I am a mother of two boys and avid reader; I practically live and breathe books. If I could sustain my life on just reading, I would live forever. I'm weird, and proud of it. I have traveled to many places: Mexico, St. Marteen, Prague, England, Cozumel, and Canada to name a few. Many moons ago I co-hosted "Welcome to Insanity" radio show on a micro radio station in TX- but our show was played via streaming internet in coffee houses in Amsterdam. I have a BA in theater. I used to be "the finder of lost things" but I think my last child robbed me of my gift. Now I just have a large collection of useless information... it goes with my growing mountain of "to be read" books
First off: Hats off to a GREAT quote! "'Well, if it ain't a trifecta of gingers,' he said with a smirk. 'I feel like the apocalypse is coming.'"
I have to say, Karina Halle has snuck up on my this year and just amazed the hell out of me. I may not fall into *squee*mode on each and every book, BUT each and every book is entertaining and engaging and enthralling- sometimes even (nearly) against my will. And to have horror, AND romance, AND a 'fun' past setting, AND rock stars... and that JUST this series alone! It's like she took one look at me, noticed I used to LOVE horror, have a serious 'hippy' thing going on, throw in some steam and rock and voila: book candy for Alana. (OK, I know this wasn't written for me or anything, but I'm considering adding her to my stalk 'favorite authors' list.
OK, I hear you... asking, "Alana, you only gave this 4½♥'s... what's WRONG with it to remove a heart?" There were a few points where I was like, "dude, how can you NOT see? Did everything from the first book fall out of your head." Maybe it was on purpose, because it was SO obvious, like a big, flashing sign saying ---> Look Here for Obvious Future Plot Clues. But like I said, maybe it was meant to be that way, and that fact just didn't sit right or something. But, it wasn't enough to seriously inhibit my enjoyment overall. I shuddered, I gasped, I SO wanted it to work out for Sage and Dawn.
It's very much a horror book married with a rock star romance. You have to read book one to fully 'get' the plot, and understand several of the characters and their motivations. I was worried for a moment there... really I was. Downright nervous. My heart wanted to drop right down into my stomach... but I was like, wait, hold it right there heart... we trust Karina. Right? Yes. We trust her. She hasn't steered us wrong. Well... not for long anyway. Against ALL odds... my faith was justified. Against the freaking laws of nature, too... but *whew* it all worked out.
Another prop I have to give it, I read it in basically one sitting. I'd highly recommend reading this during the day, and NOT at night. Maybe I'm just a wimp, but there were some seriously scary scenes (for this little scaredy cat.) And, LOVE that it had foreign destinations (woohoo for Prague!)
Overall... if you like rock, and horror, and steam, and small doses of snark, and a more 'groovy' setting... why are you still just reading this review? Go. Run. Grab a copy!
I received a free eBook from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. I purchased book one myself, and was keen to continue the series. *Quote used is based upon the ARC, and may need to be updated*