Friday, May 11, 2012

ARC Book Review: On Demon Wings by Karina Halle

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On Demon Wings (Experiments in Terror #5)

Karina Halle

Review of Lying Season (Experiments in Terror #4)

Publication Date:
May 13th 2012

Publisher: Metal Blonde Books


Genre: Horror, Paranormal

When the life you wanted has crumbled beneath your fingers, there’s nothing left to do but pick up the pieces and soldier on. You’ve done this before.

But what happens when you no longer feel like yourself anymore? When fires spontaneously start-up around you, when you hear growling coming from underneath your bed, and you no longer recognize your face in the mirror. What happens then?

Ghost-hunter Perry Palomino doesn’t have much time to find out. Now, the evil she used to hunt is a lot closer to home. It’s inside of her, taking over her life bit-by-terrifying bit, and there’s only one person who can help her.
If part of her doesn’t kill him first.
Oh. My. God. This is possibly one of the best books I've ever read, I'm not even exaggerating. It is so good that I am going to have to come back to this review in like a day to write most of it because I a still reeling from the experience. Needless to say this is the best written and scariest so far of the Experiments in Terror series. Halle has completely out did herself and I am on edge to see what will happen next. Why is this book not on every horror lover's shelf? It certainly deserves to be.

Now, personally, having had a couple of ghost experiences myself, I find stories about hauntings incredibly fascinating. I am one of those people who watch shows such as "A Haunting", "Celebrity Ghost Story", "The Haunted", etc. So I have a bias towards more personal experiences, and that is what we get in On Demon Wings. Perry as a person is haunted, as opposed to a place, and I sit there reading, freaking out along with her, upset her parents are acting the way they are (though very realistically so). Because I believe in ghosts and such, I find this book the scariest out of all the Experiment in Terror books, there is a sense of realism in this book that isn't in the others. The kind of things that happens to Perry, are similar to experiences I've heard happening to other people and it's that that makes this book so scary.

Also, I have no idea if it's on purpose or not, but I love that there is a Rosemary's Baby feel to some of the book. I used to be really into old Horror flicks, and that is one that scared me in a psychological way, so good for that.

Now, steering away from the plot itself and towards the characters, once again Perry hits the nail with acting so much like me. The way she completely shoves off everything from Experiments in Terror and attempts to make a new life gave me chills because I had to do the same exact thing recently because of a "best friend breakup", and as people tried to reach out to Perry, pretty much just as I was reading those part, I had a friend from the past reach out to me (talk about scary coincidences). That aside though, what strikes me is that it is very realistically portrayed. Perry is running, and who can really blame her? Of course you can't run from vengeful ghosts.

Perry's family is well done as well. I love how Ada steps up. She is still one-hundred percent the character of Ada, but as the books have progressed you can really tell that she and Perry are finally connecting as sisters and that connection leads to just what Perry needed here. On the other hand, Perry's parents react to things in a very realistic way, they would much rather believe that something is wrong with Perry's head than something paranormal.

This is possibly one of the longest reviews I've ever written (and of course on the blog there is still the Spoiler section), but honestly this is one of the best books I've ever read. After finishing this book I set my e-reader down and had to take a moment. I really wish I could pick out everything that I enjoyed and why, because I'd love to convince everyone to read this series, if only to get to this book right here. I just cannot believe I have to wait for the next one, I want to read it so badly.

Read this book, period. Well actually, read the first four books and then read this book. Even though I know from other books how great Halle's writing is, I had not expected On Demon Wings to be that much better. Others may have different opinions, but for me this is my favourite and that bodes well for the series, since it just keeps getting better and better.


liliac lily said...

Awesome review girl !!!! Sooooo dying to read this ! And the spoilers .... ghosh they are making me jump with excitement !!! :D

Sam said...

Hahahha, you read the spoilers before reading the book? Naughty, Naughty! But of course you can go read it now so do it DO IT.

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