Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

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Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle
The Devil's Metal

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: September 20, 2012
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Series: Devils #1
Published by Createspace
Pages: 329


“If you take ALMOST FAMOUS and you throw in a decent amount of QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, minus the vampires but keeping it paranormal, then you will get THE DEVIL’S METAL.  And if there is one author out there that can pull that off and make me want to read it and like it, then that’s Karina Halle.” ~ Under the Covers

Let me start by saying that this book scared the bejesus out of me!  No, not all the time, but I did have to put it down for the night because it was not what I wanted to be reading at 1am while everything was dark and I was getting creeped out. LOL  But I enjoyed every bit of it!

If you take ALMOST FAMOUS and you throw in a decent amount of QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, minus the vampires but keeping it paranormal, then you will get THE DEVIL’S METAL.  And if there is one author out there that can pull that off and make me want to read it and like it, then that’s Karina Halle.

This is a unique story set in the 1970s of a young aspiring reporter and music reviewer who gets the chance of a lifetime… going on tour with her favorite band to write an article about them for Creem Magazine.  It’s a tough world out there for a female journalist and this is the piece that will make her known.  Of course, it helps she’s with the band.

Dawn is 21, her mother killed herself, her dad is an alcohol and her younger brother has Tourette Syndrome.  To say she’s had a tough life is an understatement.  She still has a great attitude and a lot of drive.  The love interest in this story is the dark and brooding guitarist of Hybrid, Sage Knightly.  I had an instant fascination with him but it wasn’t until closer to the end of the book that he started puling at the strings of my heart.  And then there’s the band.

“We all lost our souls when we joined this band…… ”

The band has issues, and they don’t know it yet.  I won’t tell you what the book is about because it was fun to be surprised and spooked along while reading it, but I will say this… Be careful what you wish you.

This book had a bit of everything.  Crazy rockstar sex and drug antics, near death moments, creepy gross moments, and a whole lot of WTF?!?!?  Karina Halle didn’t pull any punches and dug in.  I’ve come to think of her books as MUST WATCH because, quite frankly, this would make a great horror movie!

The ending was not how I expected things to go down, and the twist (or would that be a cliffhanger) at the end was something I had seen coming for a little while.  The clues were there, but it still doesn’t make sense to me.  I just don’t think Dawn did the same as Sage, so how did she find herself in that position.  But that’s a story for the next book to explain. 🙂

On a side note…

From the blurb…”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.”

What? Seriously!?  I just have to know which parts are the “loosely” based on…teehee.

Favorite Quote:

“Finding someone you truly love is much harder than finding someone to love you.”

*Review copy provided by publisher via Netgalley

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About Karina Halle

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 has appeared in pub­li­ca­tions such as Con­se­quence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNo­mad Travel Guides. She cur­rently splits her time between her apart­ment in down­town Van­cou­ver and her sail­boat, where a book and a bot­tle of wine are always at hand.

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You had me at Almost Famous. I love that movie. I love that this is set in the 70s, that is definitely different. This book sounds very exciting. I am dying to read it. Another I just found on Netgalley. Although I am not looking forward to the gross out/WTF moments. I will read with caution. Great review again, thank you so much 🙂

Lori Meehan

Sounds interesting. I’m not that into YA books but I might give this a chance. Thanks Francesca.


I’ve seen both of those movies so I’m intrigued to see what both of them mixed together in a book would be like-thanks for the author intro Francesca!

Wow this sounds really interesting! I definitely want to get my hands on this one. I am loving this cover too.

Great review!

Under the Covers Book Blog

Yay I hope you get to read it! It’s very original and yessss the cover is what drew me in.


Everywhere where I see,everybody love books from Karina Halle 🙂

And this series sounds interesting,I need somewhere to begin,and this series look like a good start 🙂