Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Publication Date: May 1st 2011
Book Synopsis: With all the vampire, werewolf and faerie books out there, it's easy to become numb to all things supernatural. The antidote? Darkhouse introduces two real and unforgettable characters, Perry Palomino & Dex Foray, amateur ghost hunters who are "attractive, relatable and oddly heroic," "flawed but loveable," "slightly crazy" and just the most endearing pair to ever tackle the paranormal...just don't call them normal. Darkhouse is a thrilling and sexy new take on concepts like Supernatural and The X-Files, bringing a breath of fresh air to a genre that has been inundated with the dead.My Thoughts on Darkhouse: Wow! What an amazing tale! I was not sure what I was getting into when I started this book - the cover, with the title was quite captivating. I was so pleasantly amazed at what I found inside.
As the synopsis states, this is not your typical supernatural tale. Darkhouse is a very real, very believable story of a young woman who was drawn to and decided to check out a supposedly haunted lighthouse on her uncles property. Boy, she didn't know what she was getting into.
I am a big fan of such shows as Ghost Hunters and The X-Files. This does put you somewhat in mind of those shows. However, Karina Halle's writing style makes it so much better. She hooked me from the beginning, and it was most definitely a page-turner!! It is a book that kept me thinking about it, even when I was not reading it. It drew me back constantly - even if it was just for a few pages - I took what I could get with the time I had available.
I loved that the protagonist of this tale, Perry, is an average girl, someone you could relate to, not real popular; she has a less-than-perfect body, but she is her own person, and is not afraid of a challenge. She meets and becomes sidekicks with Dex. Perry's sister describes him as looking like the devil, while Perry says he looks sorta like Robert Downy, Jr. I take that as being a little dark, but good looking. He is ten years older than Perry, has seen the world, and seems like a great match for Perry.
Halle wrote a tale that is scary in the way that it gets under your skin - it gets in your mind. I love psychological thrillers. I would characterize this in just that fashion.
Anyway, you've just got to read this book! Darkhouse is one of the best books I have experienced this year!! I am very anxious to read Red Fox to see what happens next in the Experiment in Terror!!!
About the Author: From the day she was born in Vancouver, BC, Karina Halle always stood out from the crowd. Born with club feet, she spent the first six years of her life in casts on both legs. Though her disability prevented her from becoming a prima ballerina, it did allow her imagination to flow freely as she created her own little worlds where nothing was impossible (unfortunately, those worlds tended to be on the macabre side – some things don’t change). Fast forward to age 18 when she decided to forgo the usual route by backpacking by herself around Australia and New Zealand and she really learned the value of being fearless. That same ambition piloted her through numerous travels, a bachelor’s degree in journalism, various certificates in film and writing, a successful blog, her current work as a rock music journalist and, of course, her devotion to the Experiment in Terror series. Karina currently resides in Vancouver’s West End and can often be found with a bottle of wine, listening to her music a bit too loudly.About the series - Experiment in Terror (taken from The Experiment in Terror website):
A (very) mature young adult novel that is scary, sexy and relatable, filled with the supernatural and things that go bump in the night.
In a large, flaky nutshell, the Experiment in Terror Series is an eight-part sci-fi/fantasy/horror series that revolves around a pair of ghost hunters. Well, aspiring ghost hunters, anyway. After filming a creepy experience in her uncle’s dilapidated lighthouse, 22-year old Perry Palomino becomes a YouTube and internet star overnight. She attracts the attention of Dex Foray, a producer and cameraman for a site that specializes in various webisodes, who convinces her to be a host for a low-budget ghost hunting series. The only problem is, neither Perry or Dex are entirely “with it” — I mean, they see ghosts, after all. And when the duo isn’t wrestling with their very notion of reality, they’re grappling with a working relationship that’s deep-cut with sexual tension. As the series moves on, leading Perry and Dex to new locales and supernatural situations, their lives become more and more intertwined, where they discover that ghosts aren’t the only things that can haunt them.
Book #1 — Darkhouse is available now
Book #2 — Red Fox is available now
Book #3 — Dead Sky Morning is available now
Book #4 — Lying Season
Book #2.5 — The Benson (An Experiment in Terror Novella)
Book #5 — On Demon Wings will be published May 13th, 2012
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