Series: Devils, #1
Published by Diversion
Published on September 19, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Horror, New Adult, Paranormal
It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid.
At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell.
And Dawn has a backstage pass.
The Devil's Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author's exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.
“To really understand music, to love it for what it is, you have to be open-minded and go into everything thinking you might find a new part of yourself. It can only make your heart bigger.”
With the Devil’s Reprise (Devils, #2) coming out in TWO days, I thought I’d post a little blast from the past. This is my review for The Devil’s Metal that I posted on goodreads almost a year ago. I was thinking about writing a new, full review, but I couldn’t part with my initial ramblings, so without further ado…
Man… can Karina Halle write her ass off!
I knew after reading the EIT series, that I had to and will always read anything that Karina writes. Let me just say that this did not disappoint, not one freaking bit! The writing was descriptive and realistic and awesome!
And the characters, oh the characters! The development was perfection! There were so many of them and I felt for pretty much all of them – whether it was love or hate or something else, I felt. We aren’t just bombarded with tons of information right away, details are slowly revealed and everything is done with so much purpose. Dawn was everything I love in a heroine – smart, real, a little mouthy, witty, and strong. I won’t go into every character, but let me just say one word. SAGE. OMG! Love, love, love him!
I went into this knowing that it was about an aspiring music journalist, touring, and that it was set in the 70’s. Other than those few things, I was going in dark. I am SO glad I did! I had no idea where the story line was going until it was pretty much happening. That made the ride all the more fun and intriguing. And I like to think of myself as pretty tough when it comes to not getting spooked, but there was one part in this that had me thoroughly freaked. I mean getting up to make sure my doors were locked, closing the blinds, heart racing, look over my shoulder every 2 seconds freaked! And I loved it!
Highly, highly recommend! Cannot wait for more! I NEED MORE!
“Those bands, you plan your life around them. You plan vacations around concert dates. You save babysitting money for records. You live for those days when Creem magazine arrives in your dusty mailbox and you frantically flip through it for any information on your favorites. The bands, the musicians that you love, they love you back. And when they quit, when they fall apart, when they die—they ruin that future you thought they’d always be a part of.”
Keep an eye out on Tuesday (release day) for my review of book #2 – The Devil’s Reprise!