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The end of one of my favorite series has come. No more Experiment in Terror books. No more Dex & Perry. A friend of mine raved about how good this series was, but it wasn't until about a month before Ashes to Ashes released that I started reading it. I was completely hooked! I took me about a month to read books #1-8. I was in LOVE! In love with the creepiness, with Dex & Perry (whom quickly became one of my all-time fave couples), but most of all I fell in love with Karina Halle's amazing writing. So to say I was (im)patiently waiting for Dust to Dust would be an understatement.
Dust to Dust starts right where Ashes to Ashes left off. I won't give much detail since it's best if you go in blind whether you have began reading this series or not. Let's just say that crazy shit happens which ends up with the gang traveling from one corner of the US to the other (my dear New York to be precise). They go there kind of blind, but Perry will do anything to get the person she loves back.
There was no such thing as strange occurrences – everything had a purpose. Everything was very real and very dangerous. There was no way any of this was going to be easy.
This book had me feeling like I was in a roller coaster (loops and upside-down turns included). It was packed with action, fast-paced, and had many OMG moments from the very beginning to the very end. Some of those OMG moments even had me sobbing on my pillow *sniff sniff*
“I love you absolutely, resolutely. There is no question, no doubt. This love just is. It exists and because it exists, I exist.”
I have never read a series like it. The way Karina intertwines the horror aspect of the series with the romance between Dex & Perry is amazing. Karina made me come out of my comfort zone and embrace this super, freaking scary series. Was Dust to Dust as scary? Oh, yes! I read most of it with the lights on because every time I read a scene, I could've sworn there was something like it in my room.
I tried to savor every line in this book and read it really, really slow but that didn't happen. I could not put this book down. Not only was it scary, but it was also super romantic and emotional. I often found myself swooning at the things that would come out of Dex's mouth because, come one, is freaking Dex! Even the funny, crude things he would say made me swoon. He goes to hell and back in this book and all the shit he went through and seeing him as vulnerable as he was in this book made me fall in love with him even more.
“You’re such a dick, Dex.”
“I don’t mind being called a dick. Why not highlight my best feature, right?”
And then there's Perry. If Dex is one of my favorite heroes, Perry is one of my favorite heroines. She has grown so much from the insecure woman she was in Darkhouse to this book. She is funny, smart, has one big heart, and is one of the bravest characters I have ever metShe would do anything, and does it, to protect those she loves. Thinking back to the Perry back then is like thinking about a whole different person. I just love her and it is so easy to relate to her. So this to amazing characters together are just amazing.
I was a little scared at first. When you love a series this much, you want the author to do it justice and end it with a bang. Karina did that and more. The series as a whole has been one crazy, scary ride filled with tears, laughter, a few (ok. MANY) F-bombs, a lot of love and sexiness (because, HELLO it's Dex & Perry!).
With my heart aching and tears in my eyes, I say goodbye to this amazing series (for now. I'll be re-reading it sooner rather than later :D ). Goodbye to one of my favorite couples. Goodbye to two of my favorite characters. Goodbye to of my favorite series. I cannot wait to see where else Karina Halle will take us next!
"I love you! Always have, always will. Always."
Experiment in Terror Series
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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her husband and rescue pup.
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