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.
The Devil's Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author's exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.
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.