The Devil’s Metal


How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Diversion Books


It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington State College. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid.

At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell.

And Dawn has a backstage pass.


This book isn’t something that I’d usually read, but the synopsis appealed to me because of my love of music. I’m glad I read it even though it really creeped me out at times. When I started reading it, I was drawn into the writing immediately. I was really impressed by Karina Halle’s writing. She clearly knows her music and she summed up the atmosphere of live music shows brilliantly.

The characters are fantastic, a nice mixture of some that you love and some that you hate. I particularly liked the fact that the main character Dawn was a strong, determined girl. It’s easy to make a female character weak and too dependent but Dawn was fierce!

This book for me did have its creepy moments. I have a very vivid imagination and it certainly made my imagination run wild.
Luckily for me, but maybe not for some others, the creepy moments were balanced out by mystery and a little bit of romance. I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s nice to step outside of the genres you usually read sometimes!

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next:
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight- Jennifer E.Smith

4 thoughts on “The Devil’s Metal

  1. This.Sounds.Awesome! I haven’t heard of it before and it is going directly on the TBR. Holy smokes, what fun! It sounds like Almost Famous mixed with a horror movie?! Wow. Thanks for the head’s up!

  2. Pingback: The Devil’s Reprise | Chrissi Reads

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