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 University. 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.
Additional info: the Devil's Metal is a New Adult Paranormal Romance
Karina Halle is a music journalist and all around wino who resides in beautiful British Columbia. When she's not rocking out or taking a nap, she can be found writing her ghost-hunting Experiment in Terror Series.
If there's one thing I love just as much as books, it's music. And really for me they are tied together. I'm a lover of words and the person who has the ability to write words that make me pause and allow me to lose myself in the beauty of them is someone who I consider pretty special. As with a book where I can lose myself for hours, so can a phrase in a song bring me the same pleasure with the emotions it can conjure. The Devil's Metal entwines words and music so perfectly!!
Be warned!! This is NOT a Young Adult novel. It is classed as New Adult and is full of sex, drugs and rock and roll!! The sex is descriptive, the drugs are readily available and the rock and roll is epic!! You can also add into that quite a bit of swearing. But damn if I didn't love every minute of it!!
It's the steamy hot summer of 1974 and Dawn Emerson has been contacted out of the blue by Creem magazine and been offered the gig of a lifetime. Her favourite band Hybrid are just about to go on tour and Dawn will be the journalist who writes about all their on road exploits. Dawn is thrust into the world of Hybrid and is seeing and experiencing things that she never has before. But she takes it all in her stride and doesn't take any crap from anyone. And how will she handle being in such close proximity to the man whose posters she has on her wall. The man who is her musical crush, Sage Knightly. But then not long into the tour she starts seeing and hearing strange things. At first she tries to write them off, but eventually they can't be ignored.
Karina Halle has written characters that are so different and diverse and so full of depth. Each one is very different from the next. And I loved them all. Dawn who has such a load to bear, who at times appears vulnerable and then at other times she is so incredibly strong. And then we have Sage Knightly. He oozes sex. But he's also broody, deep and mysterious. I loved that their wasn't an instant love. Attraction and lust? Oh, that's definitely there. But things between them move at a wonderfully teasing pace. And I loved that Sage would come out with these little snippets of conversation that would make me stop and go back just to reread what he had said...
"She's just people. We all are. Just because you're in a band doesn't mean you stop having human problems, Fame, money... that doesn't fix those things. Those things will always find you."
"To really understand music, to love it for what it is, you have to be open-minded and go into everything thinking you might find a new part of yourself. It can only make your heart bigger."
And the demons in the story, they were seriously creepy. Definitely not your usual paranormal fair. And at first things are just a bit off. Some things just don't feel right, but that escalates and you have these fantastic scenes of pure evilness!!
And while the ending isn't a super huge cliffhanger it definitely gives you an "oh boy" moment when you think about what could possibly be coming in the next book. Which by the way can't come quick enough for me!! I will definitely be reading more of Karina Halle's work. The Devil's Metal was simply awesome!!
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