Sunday, August 03, 2014

Review: Dust to Dust by Karina Halle

Series: Expirement in Terror #9
Release Date: August 11, 2014
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Genre: Horror/Romance
Source: ARC provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★★

The dramatic conclusion to the Experiment in Terror Series.

Perry Palomino and Dex Foray.

On their own, they’re uniquely brilliant. Together, they’re an unstoppable team.

Until now.

Because after everything the duo has encountered, they haven’t come across an evil quite like this. An evil that has been years in the making, an evil that will stop at nothing until they, and everyone they care for, are destroyed.

Dex and Perry’s love has survived a multitude of sins.

But can it survive the end?

**Series Spoiler Free, I promise**

The Experiment in Terror series is one that will always have a special place in my heart.  Not only because it's special in how it effortlessly braids horror and romance together, but for the community it has created.  I've met many of my best friends because of this series.  It never fails to amaze me the amount of fans that come together in the absolute need for fucking therapy while reading Dex and Perry's adventures through this fucked up wonderland.  

Dust to Dust Karina Halle Teaser


That is really what the Experiment in Terror series has been, some kind of fucked up wonderland.  And Halle nailed the finale with the perfect amount of fear, heartache and unconditional love.

Perry and Dex have been through hell and back many times, but this time...the evils that be are determined to claim lives.  It's truly a race against time and across country to face one last big bad.  

Perry shows new strengths in this final installment.  There is a lot she has to face on her own and they don't all come in the form of cloven hoofed demons.  Some come with the face of someone she loves.  Perry's growth over the series still feels very natural to me.  She doesn't change overnight, it takes time, mistakes, lessons learned, yet always comes out just a little stronger than before.  She will always be one of my favorite heroins, because she feels so real.

Dex changes as well but in smaller, less obvious ways.  He'll always be one of my favorite heroes and let's face it, it's because of his crude ass mouth.  He says the best things.

I woke up feeling like a nun's ass - all dried out and tight as a rubber band, my head absolutely pounding from a headache that wouldn't go away.
The scary was so good in Dust to Dust. Think gaping hole mouths, black eyes, giant bugs and some really pissed off ghosts from the past.  Mirrors and my husband going down on me will never quite be the same. <--- gotta read the book to know about that fun fact.  Dust to Dust gave me the same feel good chills that I got from On Demon Wings, which has always been my favorite book of the series. 

But, outside of the scary is the tenderness.  The love that took so long to show.  The sacrifices that some are willing to make.  At times it warmed my heart and at times broke it.  Really broke it and while it was all shattered and lying spread on the ground, Halle comes right back to walk all over it with bloody shoes.  Then returns, to mend you all back up with Barbie BandAids. 

If you are already a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed with how it concludes.  If you haven't yet started the series, well..at least you won't have to wait with held breath for the next. It's done baby and I could not be more happy with it.


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