Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review: Dust to Dust by Karina Halle

Dust to Dust (Experiment in Terror,#9)
the final installment 
by Karina Halle
Genre: Horror, NA, Supernatural

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?

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"I love you. Always. Beyond death."

I thought I've seen it all, read everything what could/would possibly happen to one of my favorite book couples. I thought I was prepared to experience the final installment. After nine full length novels and several novellas I truly believed nothing can shock me or crush me....well guess who was wrong?! Yup, me, like 100% wrong. This last book was everything I hoped it would be. It evoked so many emotions in me that I really considered to open and drink a bottle (NOT just a glass) of wine at noon to help me get through it. All her books made me feel but this last book, smh, made me cry bittersweet tears. It took 9 books to make me bawl my eyes out...yeah Karina is that good. so many emotions rushed through my body that I couldn't ponder or enjoy one emotion too long because a new feeling pushed its way into my mind and in my heart.

Karina made my heart bleed and bloom with the purity of Dex and Perry's love devotions:

"I couldn't lose him. I wouldn't." 

"I love you absolutely, resolutely. There is no question, no doubt. This love just is."

"I love you! Always have, always will. Always!" 

Karina also scared the bejesus out of me. Like I said I thought I've seen and read it all. I mean come on, after nine books you naturally assume that, right?!? RIGHT?!! Oh boy was I wrong. It was as if she upgraded her "I scare the heck out of my readers" -mood. So here I was sitting in broad daylight, goosebumps all over my body, because (good bless her vivid imagination) she pulled me in in Perry and Dex's darkest most cruelest moments. I felt their sorrow, pain, angst, desperation... GAAH just everything. I was scared beyond for both!! 

"His eyes were dark pools that had no depth, no sign that made the man had no empathy at all - or that he was even a man."

"...I didn't sense his beautiful soul. I sensed nothingness, foul and black and endless, a gateway to a world I prayed I'd never see."

I don't know how she's doing it but everything felt so realistic; the stuff she comes up with haunts you, too, not just Perry and Dex. Karina has this ability to create the perfect setting, tagging her readers along, keeping the illusion alive - an illusion that either scares the heck out of you, or makes you feel in all the right and wrong places. It was a constant up and down with my emotions; I was calm and relaxed one minute, allowing to think "all will be ok now", and in the next my heart was beating so fast and hard trying to jump out of my rip cage. Yeah my emotions and overall well-being took a toll while reading this book!  

Dust to Dust is packed with everything we came to love in Karina's EiT books - horror, angst, lust, love and supernatural creatures perfectly wrapped up in a all consuming plot that glues you to your e-reader. Even after all these books she still managed to top it off, mesmerizing me, her readers, by following Perry and Dex's last adventure. This series holds a special place in my heart and ever will!! This book was everything I wished it would be...

*** 5 Love Beyond Death Stars ***

Note: If you're new to this series, book 1, DARKHOUSE is for free on Amazon! In my opinion, Darkhouse is like the introductory book -it's a bit slower then the rest of her books but you get a great picture who Perry is and how she met Dex. Even though her books are labeled as Horror and Supernatural, keep in mind that it also has a slow building love story in it. Dex and Perry experience so much, grow closer together due to a 'special bond' that it was pure bliss to follow them how they fell for another, bit by bit, more and more, in every book. They literally don't just face supernatural barriers in the books but emotional ones too. And yes, the books HAVE to be read in order, otherwise you get lost. 

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