Thu, March 28, 2013

Darkhouse by Karina Halle Review

Darkhouse book cover

Darkhouse book cover

By Karina Halle
Publication date: March 10, 2012
Metal Blonde Books, 346 pages
Source: Purchased for my Kindle

With all the vampire, werewolf and faerie books out there, it’s easy to become numb to all things supernatural. The antidote? Darkhouse introduces two real and unforgettable characters, Perry Palomino & Dex Foray, amateur ghost hunters who are “attractive, relatable and oddly heroic,” “flawed but loveable,” “slightly crazy” and just the most endearing pair to ever tackle the paranormal…just don’t call them normal.

Darkhouse is a thrilling and sexy new take on concepts like Supernatural and The X-Files, bringing a breath of fresh air to a genre that has been inundated with the dead.

***Darkhouse and the Experiment in Terror series is a horror/romance for mature audiences only. Readers who are easily offended by harsh language should think twice about reading it.***

— description

Guys, I’m torn. And befuddled. So here’s what’s up:

I liked the horror/ghost story aspects of Darkhouse by Karina Halle. It is legit scary.

And I truly enjoyed the main character. She has the slight edge where we aren’t quite sure if she’s mentally ill, if she cares or doesn’t care, if we like her or dislike her.

But I read a lot of rave reviews of this one that made it seem, like, HOTT. Yeah, “hot” with two Ts, so you know it’s SERIOUS. Only…I did not get that AT ALL.

I think if I hadn’t been waiting for the sexytimes/romance to kick in, I might have enjoyed the suspense and scariness of the story a bit more.

Here’s my question: Is it just me? Or does more of this come later in the series? Do I need to keep reading it? All thoughts welcome! Has anyone ever had this happen: Where maybe reading too many of reviews skewed your reading experience? I mean…err…not that reading reviews is bad. KEEP READING MY BLOG PRETTY PLEASE. But you know what I mean, right?

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  1. Alexa Y. said:

    It’s alway difficult if you’re reading a book that got mega-hyped. That’s why I tend not to read books when they’re in the middle of the hype or try to avoid all the hype about them (which is tough either way). It’s unfortunate to hear about this one! I know a lot of people like this series, so it’s kind of sad that it didn’t live up to the hype for you.


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  2. Tarryn B said:

    KEEP READING, Anna! I absorbed the entire series in a matter of days and I loved it… which doesn’t mean you will too, but I think there’s a possibility you’ll start liking it a whole lot more than you do right now 🙂


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  3. Tara said:

    That’s interesting that the summary includes a disclaimer about mature romance but it never happens? I’d be supremely disappointed!


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  4. Genevieve Hayes said:

    Interesting comment about reviews potentially skewing the reading experience. I can’t remember it ever happening to me with books, but I’ve experienced the similar situation where watching movie trailers has skewed watching some movies for me. For example, I hated “Cry Wolf” the first time I saw it because it wasn’t what I expected, but the second time, I loved it and have since seen it many times.


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  5. Lauren said:

    This series definitely gets better as it goes. The first book is really just an introduction to the characters and premise. I also devoured the entire series plus all of the novellas. One of my favorites!


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  6. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know said:

    I’ve often found myself thrown off by my expectations. Those expectations come from hearing what other people thought about a book. Of course, I can’t bring myself to just not read the reviews of the bloggers that I follow, but I do try to give a good bit of time before I read a book I’ve read a review on so that it’s not as fresh in my mind.


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