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!**
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!
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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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
Experiment in Terror Books 1-5 ~ click here
Experiment in Terror Books 5.5 & 5.7 ~ click here