There really should be more than five stars to give! Karina Hale's work is a gift, that must me shared by all!! I swear if she hadn't reached out to mThere really should be more than five stars to give! Karina Hale's work is a gift, that must me shared by all!! I swear if she hadn't reached out to me and requested a review of her awesome new series, what would I do with myself? And more material just keeps on coming, new genres yet she's created worlds so original and entertaining that she's created her own genres! Which In my opinion Karina Hale's broke the mold! I cannot wait to read more of My man Dex, my homegirl Perry, Ada. And all the other fantastic characters in all the other worlds she's created.
Bottom line....you see a book written by this chick, Pick it up! No questions asked. Don't read the blurb. Just open the book and enjoy yourself! It's a given. Point blank period....more
Destined for greatness in the corporate world, Olivia Dahl's only regret is that an ideal love life eludes her. After crossing paths with the irresistDestined for greatness in the corporate world, Olivia Dahl's only regret is that an ideal love life eludes her. After crossing paths with the irresistible vampire, Benjamin Ward, Olivia is propelled into the middle of a demon invasion and forced to rely on the vampire that took her life. Olivia fights to save the city from being overrun by demons while resisting her unyielding attraction to Benjamin.
Together, can they stop a demon invasion? Can Olivia learn to forgive the Vampire that changed her life forever?
In a world of vampires, demons, and heady revelations, Olivia struggles to find new purpose.
This was a great and fast paced read! I recieved this from the author and the blurb looked good enough to give it a go. Boy am I glad I did!
After a date with Mr.Wrong, Olivia's sick of being alone. But finding "The One" is not as easy as she thought. Meeting the sexy Benjamin after her unimpressed date gives her hope that there are some great guys out there, unfortunately when she wakes up the next morning she realizes Benjamin has turned her into a vampire then she's thrust into a war between the vamps and demons! A chance meeting with Olivia and never in his wildest dreams did he intend for her to be his progeny. All he wanted to do was get some nookie and some blood and be on his merry little way but he never intended on enjoying her company then losing control. Now he's got a sexy, foul mouthed and headstrong, baby vampire to take care of along with a war between Demons and Vampires. Him and those of his brethren are the only ones who stand in the way of Demons enslaving humans and becoming a scourge of the earth. Demons drink the blood of humans as well but the problem is, thats its an addiction to them and they almost always kill their victims, whereas vampires need humans to survive so they tend not to kill their victims. There's change erupting in the underworld, the heir to the throne is hiding in the human realm and the current ruler of the Demons is after her and wants her dead so he can continue to rule. Unfortunately she believes she is human and since her powers have yet to emerge she's a sitting duck until that happens. Now its up to Olivia and Ben to find her and protect her before the Demons get to her because she's the only one who can stop the Demons from crossing over into the human realm. The problem is...when she realizes who she is, will she want to close the gates and stop them from taking over the human realm?
All in all, I greatly enjoyed this read and am eagerly anticipating the next book in this series! I recommend this to all Paranormal Romance fans!...more
Thank You Karina Halle for bringing this fan-fucking-tastic series to my attention last year...you Rock! --------------------------------------------- Thank You Karina Halle for bringing this fan-fucking-tastic series to my attention last year...you Rock! ----------------------------------------------------------------------
"Perry," he said quietly, his fingers trailing down the side of my face, "you'll never have to save my life. You gave me life. I never lived a single day until the first day I met you."
At the end of Lying Season...I was litterally D-YING!! Being a huge supporter of Dex and Perry's relationship I wanted to KILL Dex when he did what he did..while also realizing his utter remorse soon after! All the push and pull and whatnot with those two is what really makes this series quite feckin' entertaining. Add that to all the supernatural shit that goes on and you got a winner! On Demon Wings was definitely my favorite of the series! Even though I felt that way about each one....I still feel the same. In this installment Perry goes through a lot of ups and downs, trying the heal and create a new life for herself sans Dex. Still seeing ghosts and trying to have a more positive look on life, Perry faces her most challenging battle to date. Her lows were so great in regards to her heart break it was hard to fathom at times. Karina Halle does a fantastic job of making you feel the hurt then the next thing you know....BAM! Some shit goes down and you're like..."What the fuck?!". I know when I went to the kitchen to get some water last night...I was freaking the freak out!!
One of the things I loved about this book was Perry and Ada's relationship...it was good to see them start to trust each other and count on one another. I really think Perry should listen to her lil sis more especially in regards to a certain someone...but I wont name cuz Im not gonna spoil nothing;) Said someone is a complete douchecanoe(God I love that word) if you ask me....but whatevs!
All in all, Winner winner chicken dinner, I say! I loved every second of it and was scared shitless to boot! Anytime you're thanking someone for creating something that Literally made you almost piss your pants is saying something! Alls Im saying is read this series at night....see where that gets you! But seriously...READ THIS BOOK....it really is the most original, scary, most fantastic, dark and gritty series out there! BTW...That cover is sick and it makes so much sense now!
".......You have every right to hate me for this lifetime and many others. You have every right to never see me again. To spit on my grave. But tonight, now, I'm not going to give up on you or," his voice fell with weight, "die trying."
It would never be better than this. Better than him. Reyes was the apex. It was all downhill from here. He was heaven and hell at once, angel and demoIt would never be better than this. Better than him. Reyes was the apex. It was all downhill from here. He was heaven and hell at once, angel and demon. I wondered how long I could keep him. How long I could call him mine.
I know I probably say this about every freakn Charley Davidson book but fuck it...Best of the friggin series! Charley is just straight up awesome sauce, Reyes was his usual oh so sexy self and I just couldn't put this thing down! Ignored everyone in my house and delved into the world of Charley and the gang!
Last time we saw Charley she was in pretty bad shape, being the victim of torture by the hands of that evil bastard Earl Walker. Now its two months later and she's still licking her wounds, hasn't left her apartment since that horrific day and has become obsessed with....**gasp** the Home Shopping Network of all things. Although she has a case of PTSD she still hasn't lost her sarcastic, and amusing quips. Cause come on....this is Charley we're talking about here!
"You're wrong. I'm not mad at myself. I'm great. I'm full of awesome sauce. Have you seen my ass?"
More drama ensues as we find out that in addition to her PTSD, mixed feelings for the enigmatic Reyes and Daddy issues, the Demons are coming for her. Earl's torture has changed Charlie dramatically, the once fearless vixen has since become terrified. So much so that she's not only become agoraphobic, but is sleep deprived and reeks of fear. Which is tantalizing to the Demons and are taking drastic measures to get her. Of course Reyes is having none of that as he hunts down the bastards responsible one filthy demon at a time.
In addition, Charley is taking on an intersting case, being hired by a girl who believes someone is trying to kill her. No one in her family believes her and this particular case hits home for Charley. The girl, Harper, is being stalked and has been terrorzied her entire life. Harper's bitchy and upitty stepmother harbors resentment toward the poor girl. As Charley investigates she begins to suspect the stepmother as the instigator in her plight.
“See. She is completely unstable. When she finally deigned us with her presence, she said she had been on the run for her life. Of all the ludicrous…” Mrs. Lowell shifted in irritation. “And now she hires a private investigator? She has gone over the edge.” I wrote the word psycho in my notebook, then scribbled it out before she saw. I was letting my own biases guide me on this case, and that would get me nowhere. Taking a mental step back, I took a deep breath and tried to see this from Mrs. Lowell’s perspective, as difficult as that might be. I didn’t often identify with rich bitches, but they were people, too. Weren’t they?
One of the things I loved most about this particular book was the progress of Charley and her sister Gemma. I love that the've reconciled and Gemma plays a big part in this one as she's trying to help Charley heal from her horrid ordeal. There were also some great dialog between the two especially the aftermath of the Maragita party she and Cookie had while trying to get Charley to get some rest.
Have you seen my pants?”
“Speaking of which, how did you get home without them?”
“I borrowed a pair of your sweats. I ran into a convenience store with them on. I talked to neighbors out in their yard when I pulled up. And only after I got inside did I realize they had ‘Exit Only’ written across the back.”
“You stole my favorite sweats?”
“I wanted to die.”
“It’s weird that sweats would make you suicidal. I’d analyze the crap out of that if I were you.”
Charley and Cookie together are a riot! She's the perfect contrast to Charley and her humor and their banter is just priceless! One should always have a friend like Cookie....I just love her!
“So, how was your day?”
“Well, I was in a bank robbery, taken hostage by the Gentlemen Thieves, almost arrested as an accessory, and had one of the most interesting evenings of my life. Speaking of which, did you know the nectar of the gods is in my va-jay-jay?”
It really takes a special person to deal with Charley and her off the wall comments and crazy antics. I swear I'll die when this series has to end....
Now back to the real issue at hand...Reyes! Since our fuckalicous hunk is out of the slammer, he's not only taking down demons and watching Charley in the shadows. Finally in a position to claim his woman, our boys not pulling any punches.
“There is a fine line between love and hate, or haven’t you heard? Sometimes it’s hard to decipher exactly which emotion is strongest.”
I raised my chin. “I don’t love you either.”
He lowered his head and watched me from underneath his dark lashes. “Are you certain? Because the emotion pouring out of you every time I’m near you is certainly not disinterest.”
“That doesn’t mean it’s love.”
“It could be, I promise you. Take off that sweater and give me ten minutes, and you’ll believe beyond a shadow of a doubt you’re in love.”
There are lots of smexy interactions with Charley that just had me panting for more and Charley doesn't stand a chance against his charms. And who does she think she's fooling? She knows she can't resist Reyes...who the hell could or would in any capacity? I know I wouldn't.
“For one week, all I could think about was drinking margaritas--well, that and running my tongue along Reyes's teeth--but I didn't have salt--or Reyes's teeth. I'd also lacked the energy to leave my apartment to get some--or the desire to stoop low enough to beg Reyes to let me lick his teeth after what he did--so I could only wish for a margarita. And dream of Reyes's teeth."
All in all, fanfuckingtastic addition to the series! Losts of action, drama and a sex scene that had me panting like a schoolgirl! If you're a fan of the series, get your asses out there and get this book! It really is the best so far and each book just gets better and better! I am dying to get my hands on Fifth Grave Past the Light. Charley and Reyes are the epitome of most epic couple eva!!
He turned onto his side, rested his head on an arm, and put a large hand across my belly. With a mischievous grin that transformed his handsome face into that of an angel’s, he asked, “Do you know where the gods keep their nectar?”
I narrowed my eyes in suspicion, and said, “No idea.”
His hand slid down my stomach and between my legs. I sucked in a sharp breath as he leaned in and whispered in my ear, “Let me show you.”
After two more explorations of our stamina, a shared roast beef sandwich, a shower, and another exploration of our stamina, we lay on my bed, entangled in sheets and towels. Reyes wrapped me in his arms and was almost asleep when I said, “Who knew that all this time the nectar of the gods was in my va-jay-jay?”
Blurb: Amateur ghost-hunter Perry Palomino has battled ghosts, fought off skinwalkers and skirted the fine line between life and death. But can she suBlurb: Amateur ghost-hunter Perry Palomino has battled ghosts, fought off skinwalkers and skirted the fine line between life and death. But can she survive bunking down in Seattle for a week with her partner (and man she secretly loves) Dex and his perfect girlfriend, Jennifer? And can she do so while being tormented by a malicious spirit from Dex’s increasingly shady past? With love and life in the balance, Perry must discover the truth among the lies or risk losing everything she's ever cared about.
My Thoughts: Book 4 in experiment in Terror....Perry is embarking on the most difficlt journey of her life. Meeting and staying with Dex and his girlfriend! Once she gets there the truth about Dex and Jennifer's relationship start to unravel. This is so far, the very best of the series in my opinion! Its filled with the same scary and emotional twists as the previous books but there much more, so much more. I cant really get into details about the surprises but I must say that I laughed, I cried, I got the living shite scared outta me and I loved every minute of it. You guys really need to get out and get this series! All paranormal and dark fantasy fans will dig this...I promise you. If not ur just crazy cuz Karina Halle defintely has a winner here...trust me!! I cannot put into words how much I loved this book...Im dying to read the next one. Thank you Karina for sending me this awesome series...your defintely won yourself a stalker fan!! If GR would let me give this more than 5 stars, I would in heart beat!...more
Blurb: With the Experiment in Terror show finding some success, amateur ghost hunters Perry Palomino and Dex Foray embark on their most terrifying inveBlurb: With the Experiment in Terror show finding some success, amateur ghost hunters Perry Palomino and Dex Foray embark on their most terrifying investigation yet. A tiny, fog-shrouded island in the rough strait between British Columbia and Washington State has held a dark secret for decades: It was a former leper colony where over forty souls were left to rot, die and bury each other. Now a functioning campground, Perry and Dex spend an isolated weekend there to investigate potential hauntings but as the duo quickly find out, there is more to fear on D’Arcy Island than just ghosts. The island quickly pits partner against partner, spiraling the pair into madness that serves to destroy their sanity, their relationship and their very lives.
What else can I say but I absolutely loved it! Finished yesterday some time and am starting the next one directly after! And I must say that, I was scared shitless most of the damn time....reading this at night terrified me( in a good way)! If you haven't read this series....what are you waiting for?? You are really missing out! Seriously!...more
Rhiannon's Law #18: No one asks for their life to change, but it does. The bad things we face are tests created to separate the strong from the weak. Rhiannon's Law #18: No one asks for their life to change, but it does. The bad things we face are tests created to separate the strong from the weak. Once you've found your place--as the savage lion or the tranquil lamb--it's up to you to take the next step, to decide what comes after. Even if it means destroying everything in your path on the road to deliverance.
How is it possible that this series can get better?? With a heroine like Rhiannon Murphy it's inevitable! Since she changed the future in Renfield Syndrome, all is not well in Rhia's world. After Disco's betrayal of her trust and the wild night of passion she shared with Paine still fresh in her mind, Rhiannon must face some hefty consequences. Disco is looking for redemption, his maker is coming to town to force Rhiannon to hand over Sucker(the demon killing blade). Now Rhiannon is beginning to understand that Disco and Paine have sheltered her away from the more dangerous aspects of being in a vampire family.
Its a race against time and if she doesn't hand over Sucker they are all in for a world of hurt! Marius is not one to be trifled with and neither is they're Demon maker Revenald. She'll soon learn that crossing him will assign her a fate worse than death. And to top it all off, she's made a pact with fallen angel Marigold Vesta. She must restore her to power or Rhiannon will serve as her host.
Rhiannon's Law #28: If you're going to fuck up, be sure to fuck up good and proper. Nothing makes failure acceptable, so you might as well make your misery count.
Basically it's a catch 22. She needs Sucker for protection against her enemies and if she gives it up, she's as good as dead. And if she doesn't give it up to her Master, she'll wish she was dead. Her love life isn't all roses either. Paine is in love with her. Disco wants her back and feels like shit for betraying her the way he did and Rhiannon just can't seem to find it in her heart to forgive him even though she really wants to. But when the time finally comes, will it be too late? And more importantly; Is this Ripple Effect business real....it sure seems like it.
All in all, this was a fantastic addition to the series! It still had its funny flair that I fell in love with and its dark and twisted suspense.
"I've been watching over you."
"Where I'm from, it's the same thing. Stalking isn't cool unless you're an Edward."
The Demons of this world are really some sick bastards that actually gave me nightmares. This series really does have everything that I love; dark humor, steamy sex, betrayal of the worst kind, a heroine I can relate to and can kick major fucking ass! It's definitely one of the best Urban Fantasy series out there. I really hope people stop pirating her work so she can continue this series. It really is an awesome urban fantasy tale thats a love story at heart.
Love didn't come with a guarantee. That's what made it so special, so cherished--so rare. You believed in the truth of your heart, even at its worst, because you had no other choice....more
Perry Palamino is a 22-year-old slacker who always wondered what the hell she wants to do with her life. With a marketing degree under her belt and aPerry Palamino is a 22-year-old slacker who always wondered what the hell she wants to do with her life. With a marketing degree under her belt and a thank-less job as a receptionist she's just not happy! Perry's always had the feeling that she was meant for something but not quite sure what that is. She has these terrifying dreams about creepy man and is being stalked by some crazy clown lady. On a weekend away at her uncle's she stumbles across this lighthouse and feels compelled to go in there. The lighthouse is scary as hell and is well known to be haunted. While in her trek through the lightghouse she has a scary encounter with some ghosts and runs into Dex Foray. Some unexplainable things go on in this lighthouse and she has some great stuff on film. So she blogs about it....and posts the video's on YouTube. She gets quite the fan-base in blogverse and things start to fall in place for her. Then she gets a call from the egnimatic Dex Forray and he offers her an oportunity to be host on a internet show with him to go with the story she wrote about her encounter at the lighthouse. So off they go....Dex and Perry, back to the ominous lighthouse or "Darkhouse".
This was an awesome, scary, dark and gritty tale that I just got sucked into. Iv never read a story such as this one. The whole asepct seemed so real to me. Like most Dark Fantasy or UF books out there you always just believe the story...believe where the narrator is taking you. But this felt so real to me and many times I questioned....is Perry really seeing this?? Is she crazy? That being said I just found a new series to obsess over. Perry is complicated and kicks total ass. She also has great taste in music! And then there's Dex...he has this crazy, wonky, Jonny Depp/Robert Downey Jr thing going on. Very ecentric in a very sexy way. I swear fans of Dark Fantasy will love this series and the sexual tension between Dex and Perry is smokin'. Please guys...read this damn book! You won't be sorry!...more