The Devil’s Reprise

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Diversion books!

Synopsis:

Given a second chance, music journalist Dawn Emerson and guitarist Sage Knightly are reunited, only to have their lives threatened again by a demonic bargain. The sequel to THE DEVIL’S METAL, from USA Today bestselling author Karina Halle.

When Dawn Emerson got the chance to go on tour with her favorite metal band, Hybrid, she thought she landed the writing gig of the century. But what started off as a dream for the budding music journalist quickly turned into a nightmare that she and guitarist Sage Knightly barely escaped alive.

Now, months after they went their separate ways, Sage invites Dawn to accompany him on his first solo tour across Europe and write about it for Creem Magazine. But like the last tour, nothing is as easy as it seems. Sage is a broken man on the path to self-destruction and Dawn isn’t sure if she’s the right person to save him. And aside from having to pick up the pieces of their burgeoning relationship, they have to negotiate the mysterious new photographer assigned to Dawn’s story, as well as vindictive promoters and demonic groupies they thought they’d never see again.

Because this time, it’s Dawn who made a deal with the devil and the only thing worse than having to uphold a bargain with the prince of darkness is not remembering how you’re supposed to pay it back.

It may be with their souls.

Thoughts:

The only book that I’ve read by Karina Halle, is the first book in this series, The Devil’s Metal. You can find my review for that HERE.

I don’t know why I have enjoyed this series so much, because it is completely out of my comfort zone and both books have really freaked me out. Still, I think Karina Halle is a fantastic writer. I just don’t think I could read her books too often. I’m a scaredy cat. I’m still thinking of some of the very vivid, scary, warped scenes in the book. I was happy to read the next book in the series, despite it being completely out of my comfort zone. I wanted to know how things continued for Sage and Dawn. Sage still has some personal demons to fight and it seems that Dawn begins to have demons to fight as well.

I think what I took from this book was a message that individuals always want more than we have and we should be grateful for what we do have.. (easier said than done, I know!). In this series Karina Halle shows how literally some people sell their souls to the devil in order to get more than they have.

I thought I was getting brave, I wasn’t as creeped out by the story as I was in The Devil’s Metal, but then an awful, awful, disturbing scene happened and I was terrified. I really wanted to stop reading as I could picture it so vividly in my mind, but I really couldn’t stop. I probably read through that scene at supersonic speed, but it was seriously, seriously creepy and warped.

I think it’s testament to Karina Halle’s writing, that she can get me, a scaredy cat, to read a book like hers. It’s not all scary though. There are some incredibly naughty scenes and some very emotional moments. It’s well worth reading.. if you can handle it!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Next NetGalley November Read:
Lies You Wanted To Hear- James Whitfield Thomson

Stacking The Shelves #43

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

NetGalley:

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I’ve been very good this week and I’ve managed not to buy any books! I couldn’t resist requesting these books though. I enjoyed The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle, so I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, The Devil’s Reprise. The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St.James and Nancy Rue looks interesting. I also can’t wait to read It Felt Like A Kiss. I really like Sarra Manning’s writing.

Please feel free to leave your links to your Stacking The Shelves post, and I’ll come and check out what you’ve got this week!

The Devil’s Metal

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

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

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?:
Yes!

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