Carter was only twelve when he witnessed the disaster that killed more than a hundred people at Starland Amusement Park. Five years later, Carter’s hometown is no longer a busy Florida panhandle resort, but a slowly dying town full of empty motels and attractions rusting behind chains and padlocks.
Now something evil stirs in the ruins of the old amusement park…something with an alluring siren song drawing visitors into the dark mysteries of the forbidden world behind the gate. Something with an appetite for restless, yearning souls.
Carter reluctantly returns to the old park in the company of a new girl in town, who is obsessed with urban decay and pop-culture ruins, and discovers the evil at work. To stop it, and protect the children of the town, Carter will have to face his oldest and deepest fears.
Conch City is a sea side town with a cheaper alternative to Disney World. It’s main attraction is a horror themed roller coaster called Inferno Mountain. Carter is scared of the ride, the laughing devil’s head seems to be taunting him when he goes to ride it. The amusement industry is Carter’s life he’s spent his life on the beach dealing with tourists at his parent’s go cart track. That all changes when a disaster hits the park.
This book is packed full of creepy vibes. It had this outstanding ability to give me chills. From the moment the big bad thing happens the book is literally a roller coaster ride of bad stuff happening to Carter and his friends.
It also has this insane ability to stick with me. I remember details, and character names, and feelings and emotions well after I have finished the book. I keep turning certain scenes around in my brain. Scenes I desperately wish would go away by the way. I have swiss cheese holes in my brain stuff slips through really really easily, Inferno Park is glued in there.
If you like sweeping horror that creeps up on you then this book may just be for you. If you don’t mind vomiting in your mouth a little bit this book might just be for you. If you like being scared this book might just be for you. If you don’t like any of those things read the book.
I can’t really place my finger on ONE thing that makes me stand up and say ‘read this book!!!’ I mean it’s the whole freaking thing. The opening is cinematic in feel. The middle just builds on the feeling that I am watching a really great slow burning horror film, and then the bodies start dropping and I’m like…OH MY GAWD!
The plot is this ebb and flow where you think…oh no he just did that, but it’s okay, because they are totally not going too.. oh their doing that. If I could, I probably would have read this book with my hands over my eyes at the scary parts. Cue foreshadowing music, cue creepy shadows, cue classic classic horror vibes.
The characters feel like real teenagers. They are not well adjusted, they make big dumb teenager decisions, they fumble and stumble their way through all the horrible crap happening to them. Carter and Victoria are characters I think every former geeky teen can identify with.
From the moment I saw that JL Bryan was releasing this book up until I turned to the last page I was excited about this book. I’m so happy that I spent the time with it that I did.
Oh, and don’t read Inferno Park right before bed. Or while eating.
A few weeks I read the Survival novella series by Tracey Ward. All three of them. In like two days. The story was unique, so I didn’t hesitate at all to download and begin her first zombie series. What I found in the first book Until the End, was everything I loved about the Survival series, plus more.
Ali and Jordan are strangers. They live on the same floor at there apartment building. Both are students at the same school, but Ali is a loner. She keeps everyone at a distance, and has since she found her mom, dead by her own hand, in her kitchen when she was sixteen. Ali handles her mother’s suicide and the aftershocks in her own unique way, but not handling it, she masks her feelings and problems with humor.
Jordan is something like a white knight. He seriously is, and it’s kind of nice to read about a really nice guy for once. He saves Ali from having her face eaten by her roommate. His reasons for saving her are a little off, but still he continues to save Ali, and she him. They truly form a really solid bond throughout these pages.
My favorite thing about Ward’s writing is the way she weaves humor throughout the story. I have never laughed so hard at the apocalypse. Ali, just getting home from her therapist, is pleasantly surprised to find her roommate eating her other roommate.
“I had harbored a small hope that she’d ignore me seeing as she already had dinner, but she always has been a selfish, greedy bitch.”
I found her candid, and blunt dialogue refreshing. It mirrors the way that I, and the people I am friends with speak to each other.
I highly recommend this book, and the Survival series to zombie fans.
Note these book contain things that aren’t suitable for all young readers. They have drug, and drinking references. There is a fair amount of swearing as well.
Halo, the first book in this series, is one of my favorite reads from last year. Radicals is easily one of my favorite reads this year. The book picks up in the aftermath of the Sanctuary’s attack on Freetown. Ryka, Kit and Jack are left to pick up the pieces, and move forward. Changes need to be made to protect the people of Freetown, and Ryka and Kit are both willing to sacrifice themselves to make sure the others and each other are safe.
Are you tried of YA Dystopians yet? If the answer is NO. The I implore you to pick up this series by Frankie Rose. She’s created a world and characters that are so easy to get lost in that it’s always a little bit of a shock to come back out of it. Kit has to be one of my absolute FAVORITE leads ever. She’s just got this bad to the bone, awesomeness to her. But she doesn’t come off completely devoid of all feelings. I think Frankie Rose balances her post halo emotions just right. She’s still tough, she’s still a little unstable with her new feelings, but she’s also able to function (quick recap Kit was once Falin Kitsch a death fighter in the Sanctuary. She fought life and death matches. A halo is a necklace/collar type device that the Falin wear. It releases chemicals into their system to numb both their emotions and physical pain).
Ryka, is a great and swoonworthy leading male. He’s sort of perfect. He handles Kit with understanding, and a large dose of humor. He grounds her when she would fly off, and she does the same to her. It’s all very romantic, and sweet. Except Ryka is definitely a sarcastic bugger.
I think Frankie writes some of the best action sequences around. She gives such a clear mental picture of what is happening during the fights that it’s like watching a really good movie in my head. She manages to maintain the pacing, and give us the information we need as a reader flawlessly.
Radicals was a great second book. The story arc, which I can’t really recap without spoiling the first book, is properly moved forward. There are some really great moments in this book, and I really, really need the next book ASAP.
He’s thirty-eight. I’m
He speaks Spanish. I speak
He lives in Spain. I live in
He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m
covered in tattoos.
He’s married and has a five-year old
I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or
Until now.Because when they say you can’t
choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the fucking truth.
To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it
sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer
interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a
few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while
enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to
get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected
to fall in love.
Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has
ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a
pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a
successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm.
Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship
changes from purelyplatonic to something…more.
Something that makes Vera feel alive for
the first time.
Something that can never, ever
Or so she thinks.
“You know, I can’t pretend any longer,” I blurted out,
I had reached my limit.
He had stopped, standing absolutely still,
his back to me. He was either going to start walking again or he was going to
turn around. I held in my breath.
With his back to me he said, “No. We
can’t. I have one last question for you.”
That wasn’t what I expected. Questions
were getting dangerous.
“What?” I asked softly.
He slowly turned around. “What is love? In
I raised my brows. “Love, in English, is
“What is it in Spanish?”
I was so enthralled by his hypnotic eyes,
I could barely remember. “Amore?”
He shook his head ever so slightly. “No.
Love in Spanish is you.”
Then he turned around, heading
This was bullshit.
I got out of my chair and ran for him. I
grabbed him by the arm and pulled on him hard, turning him around so that he
was facing me. I kept my fingers buried in his jacket sleeve and stared up at
“That’s it?” I cried out, my voice
breaking with anger. “You tell me that I am love in your language? And then you
He gazed down at me like he was in a
trance. “What would you rather I do?” he whispered.
I felt as if I were about to cry. My face
contorted in pain and confusion. “I don’t know! Not that.”
“What about this,” he said huskily. He put
one hand into my hair, his fingers moving through my strands, trailing along my
scalp. My skin erupted in goosebumps. “Or this.” He took his other hand and did
the same, until both were in my hair, holding the back of my head, his fingers
pressing into me with a delicious amount of pressure.
Thoughts began to leave my head. They were
replaced by emotions. Wants. Needs. All of them swirling around me like a
He took a step so that he was right up
against me, his firm stomach against mine, and what seemed to be an erection
pressing into my hip. I felt like I couldn’t get any air at all. He tilted my
head back so that I was looking up at his eyes, his lips just inches from
“You can tell me stop,” he whispered. “And
I will stop. But please, don’t tell me to stop.”
At that moment, I didn’t even know what
the word meant.
With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists
Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication
deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series,
Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.”
Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a
closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from
Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel
writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications
such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently
lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for
the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.
Karina is represented by the Waxman
Leavell Literary Agency.
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Take one part ’70’s hard rock scene, add in romance, and horror and you have the Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle.
To be honest, despite my Karina Halle fan status I was hesitant about reading the Devil’s Metal. For some reason it didn’t seem like something I would enjoy. Which is silly considering how much I love rock music from this era. (I am listening to Neil Young’s Decade right now as I type).
Boy, was I wrong in thinking I wouldn’t enjoy The Devil’s Metal. Karina once again managed to blow me away again. This book like everything else she does is proof that she is a writer. And a versatile one.
This book is all things. It’s one moment giddy, and exciting as Dawn discovers she gets to tour with her favorite band, it’s sad when she finds out that said band isn’t quite the dream that she thought it would be. It’s gripping as Dawn tries to discover her purpose. It’s a coming of age story, in a very sick and twisted way. The book reads like a movie. A documentary style horror film. Nothing is what it seems, and the deeper the reader gets, the more ‘Oh Crap’ moments we get to experience with Dawn. It reads real, and authentic. Probably because Karina brought in her real life experiences as a music journalist into the story.
The story is a trip. Things start off well enough but they go downhill quickly, and nothing makes this reader more excited than when stuff hits the fan!! I seriously love the darkness that seeps into the pages of this book.
Jacob, is probably my favorite character. He just comes off a bit twisted, but still caring. It’s like me, poured into a mans body.
For people who only know Karina through her contemporary romance series The Artist Trilogy, I urge you to pick up this book. It’s got all of those things that made TAT great in it.