Review: Lying Season by Karina Halle!

Review: Lying Season by Karina Halle!
Review: Lying Season by Karina Halle!Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4)
by Karina Halle
Published By: Metal Blonde Books
Format: eBook
Release Date: 12/13/11
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 348
Source: Received for review purposes
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Amateur ghost-hunter Perry Palomino has battled ghosts, fought off skinwalkers and skirted the fine line between life and death. But can she survive bunking down in Seattle for a week with her partner (and man she secretly loves) Dex and his perfect girlfriend, Jennifer? And can she do so while being tormented by a malicious spirit from Dex's increasingly shady past? With love and life in the balance, Perry must discover the truth among the lies or risk losing everything she's ever cared about.

I received this Received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I started this series last year at the urging of Megan and really liked it! Although I really enjoyed Dex and Perry’s oh-so-slow buildup, my TBR caught up with me and I ended up having to take a break after the 3rd book in the series. Even before I read this, I was always warned about book 4. Which made me extremely nervous/excited. And oh boy we’re they all right!

Dex and Perry have already survived so much scary shit, but staying with Dex and his girlfriend in their apartment for a few days might be the worst thing Perry has had to go through. I’ve certainly read enough of about Dex’s girlfriend, Jennifer (aka Wine Babe or Wine Bitch as I like to call her) but this is the first time that we (and Perry) get to actually meet her. I was hoping that she was as big of a bitch that I had made her out to be in my head. At first, I was a little bit disappointed because Jennifer seemed…normal. Not at all the total bitch I was expecting, and I felt a little bit let down. Luckily, Jennifer slowly but surely lets out the bitch in her. While one side of me was mentally screaming ‘finally!’ the other part of me made me want to strangle Dex. How could he be with this bitch still when he so obviously has feelings for Perry????

Okay, I got a little bit ahead of myself there. Like always, this wouldn’t be a true EIT book without plenty of scary shit happening. Ghosts, haunted places, and Creepy Clown Lady! Compared to Dead Sky Morning, which probably scarred me for life (rabid raccoons and haunted babies with peeling skin and eyeballs…shudders!) this didn’t scare me as much this time around. Maybe because I’m getting a little bit used to how scary these are…or it could be that I refuse to read these books after the sun goes down…Don’t get me wrong, this book is still scary as fuck! Haunted insane asylums and bleeding, rotting ghosts! I’m a huge chicken and tend to stay away from books like this, but I can read through almost anything for a good love story and Dex and Perry’s relationship overrides and the scary stuff for me.

This is such a pivotal book for the series. A game changer! We finally get to learn more about Dex’s past in this book and it made me understand a little bit more of why he is the way he is, and why he’s still with that bitch Jennifer. This book is filled with so much sexual tension and chemistry, I was dying for something to come out of it, finally. The ending of this book was O.M.G. Soooooo, soooo good! But then we got to the real end of this book and I was like ‘that did NOT just fucking happen!’ Needless to say, I started the next book right away. I love these characters because they are so flawed and realistic. They each do their own fair share of stupid things, things that have you wanting to shake some sense into them. At the same time, you can’t help but root for them while waiting for them to get their shit together. This book is so far my favorite of the series. It has the perfect mix of emotional, scary, angtsy and sexy. I’m excited to continue with the series and finally catch up!

Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Lying Season:

“You’re the light in all this madness. You’re my light. I should have been with you…” The thought hit him as his face crumpled in amazement. “Oh God, why am I not with you?”
“Because you’re an idiot,” I said.

“I want you to stay with me,” he said. “And that’s the problem. Every time you leave me, I need you a little bit more.”

‘What are you saying?’ I asked softly.
‘I’m saying that you’re like my best friend,’ he said. ‘You are my best friend, and I could never let pills take away what makes you, you. Your heart. And your beautiful soul.’

“And you and Dex?”
“What about us?” …
“What’s the deal with you?”
“There is no deal. We’re just partners.”
“Are you sure? Because we all have bets on whether you guys are banging each other or not.”

About Karina Halle

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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.

Comments

  1. I skimmed your review because I just realized that I have book 1 on my kindle! The fact that this is now book 4 in the series and you’re giving it 5 stars says a lot and it looks like it just keeps on getting better and better so I will bump book 1 up my reading list for sure. And that cover! So creepy, I love it!
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  2. Wow, I’ve honestly never heard of this series before. And the fact that you’re giving 5 stars to the fourth book in a series really speaks volumes. Totally creepy cover, definitely looks like something I would see you reading. lol Great review! :)

  3. Oh gosh, this book thoroughly pissed me off. I remember screaming at my kindle at the very end. But I also loved a lot about it too. I can’t believe I haven’t read past book five. I’m glad you enjoyed Lying Season!
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  4. I feel like Karina Halle has been a really hot author in the blogosphere right now and I still need to read one of her books! This one sounds sooo creepy, though, and I like the sound of all the different paranormal/supernatural aspects included. Fantastic review, Nereyda! <33
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  5. Wow, 5 stars! I need to get off my butt and read this series soon. Just about everyone I know who’s read it raves. I’m so glad you loved it!
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  6. That cover is freaky! I haven’t started this series but I hope to soon, the number of books in the series scares me off but I’ve been really excited about the release of the spin-off.

    A great review! :-)
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  7. I love this series! After reading book 1, I went ahead a bought all the books right away (which was 5 at the time) so I jumped right into the next book too!

    Glad you loved it!

  8. I hear amazing things about this series, but I just cannot do it! I cannot do scary books like that, they get in my head and never leave and then I freak out lol. Great review!

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