Sunday 30 June 2013

Blog Tour ~ Come Alive (EiT 7) by Karina Halle with EiT Giveaway

Today we are on the Come Alive Blog Tour! We have our review & Giveaway!
Come Alive is book 7 in the Experiment in Terror Series by Karina Halle.

Book Description:

It’s one thing to bring the woman you love back into your life. It’s another to try and keep her there. For Dex Foray, con­vinc­ing Perry Palomino to open her­self to their bur­geon­ing rela­tion­ship has been more chal­leng­ing than hunt­ing ghosts, bat­tling demons and stalk­ing Sasquatch com­bined. Add in the fact that the only way they can keep their Exper­i­ment in Ter­ror show run­ning is to take on a third part­ner in the form of the mys­te­ri­ous Max­imus Jacobs — all while inves­ti­gat­ing a sin­is­ter voodoo sect in New Orleans — and you’ve got the per­fect South­ern storm and a recipe for dis­as­ter. Luck­ily, Dex has never been one to back down, even when his life –and heart — are on the line.

Come Alive is told from Dex’s POV.

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Reviewed by Willow ~ 5 Stars just isn't enough!

**Warning - This review contains swearing - Well we are talking about Dex Foray!** 

Karina Halle you totally rock, that was definitely the best EiT book. Being in Dex's head is amazeballs. I've highlighted the Sh*t out of Come Alive because Dex is so awesome and there is soooo many good lines in there.

When I finally got my mitts on it (it was the longest week ever leading up to release, I just couldn't get my head into another book!) I then had to fight my husband for my iPad! He read the first page over my shoulder and the next thing I know my iPad has been ripped outta my hands and he's sat there reading it! He never reads but I guess when the first few words were "so f**king Horny" and then Dex proceeds to talk about Perry's "amazing tits that jostled with every turn" I'm not surprised by his sudden interest in reading!

So the book starts straight away after Into the Hollow, they are driving back home, Dex reflects on the last night in the motel room, which is kinda cool because you do get to know what was going through Dex's head leading up to and when Perry decides to join him in his room. Unfortunately they never had chance to discuss the events of the night as they've had to get up and deal with the police and fallout of the events with the sasquatch. Going back to Seattle things are a little awkward for a while, Dex doesn't know if she's still moving out or where they are headed.

I really enjoyed seeing them figure out their relationship here, Dex is ecstatic and wants to yell to the world that Perry is his, but Perry doesn't seem as she's ready for that, but they are at last both wanting to be in a relationship - something we EiT fans have been waiting for a long time!  There is a good dose of just Dex and Perry here and it's awesome!

But my good mood did not last long, with two people showing up I really don't like - Jenn

""Well, to what do we owe the honour of your presence?" I asked snidely. National slut Convention next door? Twatwaffles anonymous? "

Thankfully the bitch isn't around long though. But with Dex and Perry not having any footage of their sasquatch trip, Jimmy is not a happy bunny. He gives them an ultimatum, either EiT gets axed or they take on someone else onto the show with them - just one problem the "someone" is the Douchecanoe Maximus!!

Oh you know this is going to be good - Dex, Perry and Maximus going off together after everything has happened between them. With Maximus in charge they head off to New Orleans to investigate happenings in a derelict house. But there are rumours going around about an evil Voodoo sect creating Zombies and Maximus knows just who to talk to. A lady from his past, Rose. Rose gets the gang involved with a voodoo priestess and her assistant and they try to figure out who is responsible. Of course you know things are never going to go to plan with Dex and Perry involved.

During this time we get to find out about Rose and Maximus' history, and a lot more about Maximus, his past and why he's always around. Here's Dex's reaction:

This was just too f**king weird. F**ked up sprinkles on a slice of psycho sh*t cake

What was weird was that I found myself actually warming to ginger balls by the end of the book, now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I actually like Maximus, I never trusted him, hated him even at one point, but I also felt for him in this book and he is there for Dex when he needs him. Dex softens a bit to him too for a short time, even having a moment before Dex goes back to being Dex:

"F**k. I needed to get out of the room before I started having my period"

Lets just go back at bit though, I was merrily going along enjoying the book when at around 62% it seemed that Karina wanted to rip out my heart and crush it in her hands. I couldn't believe after everything Dex and Perry had been through I was reading this. WTH? I was scared to read on, I was concerned for my sanity, surely this couldn't be happening?

But I did continue, gingerly turning each page (yes I chose gingerly on purpose!), wondering what was going to happen next, but I didn't have a lot of time to think about it because it all kicked off with the gang in danger! 

I loved loved loved the ending, but I can't tell you about that ;-) you'll just have to read it and see!

So if you are reading this review but have not read the series, I cannot stress this enough. I left it a long time before starting these books - I didn't think I was into "paranormal/Horror" books so was put off and I guess really I'm still not in to paranormal books but I love this series. Ok so in every book they are investigating something paranormal, and yeah sometimes that stuff is weird, sometimes it scares the sh*t out of me (Dead Sky Morning!) but I love the story of the relationship with these two. It is long and there are many bumps along the way, but its also good that its not insta-jump into bed and insta-madly fall in love, I love the whole will they won't they?, will she forgive him?, can they ever be happy? Karina's writing is funny and witty and Dex is a real character. Book 1 Darkhouse is free right now so what have you got to lose? Give it a go kiddo :-) And to help you along, because I think this series awesome, I am doing a giveaway for books 2-4 in the series! See the bottom of the post for how to enter! 

About the Author: 

The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).
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.

Karina is represented by Scott Waxman of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

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Books in the Experiment in Terror Series

Darkhouse (#1)
Red Fox (#2)
The Benson (#2.5)
Dead Sky Morning (#3)
Lying Season (#4)
On Demon Wings (#5)
Old Blood (#5.5)
The Dex-Files (#5.7)
Into the Hollow (#6)
And With Madness Comes the Light (#6.5)
Come Alive (#7)
Ashes to Ashes (#8) ~ Coming winter 2013
Dust to Dust (#9) - Coming 2014

Our Reviews:

Experiment in Terror Books 1-5 ~ click here
Experiment in Terror Books 5.5 & 5.7 ~ click here 
Experiment in Terror Books 6 & 6.5 ~ click here 

Blog Giveaway:

As I say I love this series and think everyone should experience "Derry".  As Book 1 - Darkhouse is currently free I'm going to give one lucky reader ebooks 2-4 in the series. All you have to do is leave a blog post below before 3rd July telling me why you think you should win the ebooks, I will pick the winner ~ Willow. 

Tour Wide Giveaway (US ONLY)

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  1. Louise Rawcliffe30 June 2013 at 15:24

    I would like to win these as you will all have this man confessed to read and I have nothing to look forward to. So give me something booky to get excited about....pretty please :)

  2. I would love to read these, and as an underpaid teacher I need free books!

    1. Lori, please contact us with your email address. I will gift you the books

  3. Great review!! Thanks for calling Jenn out for what she really is -- a BITCH! Well, I prefer Perry's name for her in Lying Season! <3

  4. They sound great!! I really would love to read them!

  5. Warming up to Maximus by the end of this one was my reaction as well, and I NEVER thought that could happen! i loved the ending as well!! :D

  6. Three words, not sure I can do that, but I loved the last one, every time they are together my heart soars!!!! I almost died when Dex was giving up so easy!

  7. I loved it when Perry decided that Dex was her home :)