Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Review - Ashes to Ashes by Karina Halle

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Ashes to Ashes by Karina Halle
(Experiment in Terror #8)
Publication date: December 11th 2013
Genres: Horror, New Adult, Supernatural

It’s been two months since Perry Palomino and Dex Foray’s relationship reached a new turning point, two months since Perry started a new life in Seattle, and two months since their Experiment in Terror show took on a new partner, ex-Wine Babe Rebecca Sims, and found a new level of success. But whenever there is light in their lives, the madness still has a way of coming back in.

When the team is sent back to the stormy Oregon coast to investigate a haunted school, Perry wants to use the opportunity to reconnect with her family and reintroduce Dex into their lives. Only Perry’s not the only one who’s reaching out – her grandmother Pippa has started appearing to her with disturbing warnings and Perry’s presence at the school has ignited a chilling new wave of supernatural phenomenon. Once used a century ago as a sanatorium to house children dying of tuberculosis, the school’s past residents are slowly coming back to life and with one thing on their mind. They want someone to play with, someone to join them. Forever.

Even when dead, some children get whatever they want.

And they want Perry.



The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

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 fiance and rescue pup.

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This is my stop on the tour run by Xpresso Books - thank you to Giselle, and to Karina Halle, for giving me the opportunity to review this book! I absolutely love this series, so I was thrilled to get a spot on the blog tour.

The eighth book in the series returns to Perry’s perspective as she and Dex take the Experiment in Terror show to a haunted school, formerly a sanatorium. Creepy child ghosts and sinister apparitions make this a nail-biting read! Perry and Dex have to be one of the most entertaining fictional couples ever, and I think what makes them so fun to read about is the way that their characters and their relationship develop with each book, rather than stagnating. They’re three-dimensional, complex characters, and balance each other perfectly. They face challenges but they face them together.

Again, Ashes to Ashes blends romance with the supernatural in an entertaining tale. There are humorous moments, sizzling romantic encounters, and scenes steeped in spine-chilling terror. A certain scene in a morgue…yeek! There’s emotional tension as well as sinister suspense, and of course some hilarious one-liners courtesy of Dex.

This is a horror series with emotional depth, romance and great characters. The series is building towards what promises to be a thrilling final book – and with an ending like that, I’ll be first in line to get Book 9!

Rating: *****

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  1. I do have to continue this series I really enjoyed book 1 and I hear it only gets better from there! :) Thanks for being a part of the tour, Emma!

  2. Yeah, definitely looks worth looking in to! Thanks for the great review :)

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

  3. I see Karina's books everywhere. I even have two of them. I just don't have any time to read them. Someday... Thanks for the recommendation, Emma!