Title: The Devil’s Metal
Author: Karina Halle
Series: Devils #1
It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid.
At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell.
And Dawn has a backstage pass.
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.
I had read a few reviews about this book and have heard nothing but good things about this author. If you do not know this book is actually on the paranormal side… It was a rocker book with paranormal undertones if you will.
It was more about the story of how the rockers started and how things were today (1970’s) Dawn was sent to do an article on the band. That is what it was about. We do get rockers from time to time and we get some of their stories. We get it all from her point of view as a fan and journalist.
I liked it and didn’t like it at the same time. What I loved was the beginning through to about 3/4 of the way. I just couldn’t understand the paranormal aspect. I wanted to I did and to be honest I always wondered if there was a possibility that maybe there are actual demons in reality because of how they are brought into this book. I think it could have been done in a way that could have made me love it but it just really wasn’t. I was left kind of confused when the paranormal stared because to be honest I didn’t know it was a paranormal read. I was expecting a rocker book, so maybe that is partially why I was not ga-ga over it.
I did like a good majority of it though, I kind of wish we found out maybe she could see demons from the start or she had something that made her different.
Over all it was a good read. I kind o wish I we got more on Jacob I liked him.
If you read this thinking that it is all rock star you may be disappointed so know that you get paranormal as well. Yet you don’t get much of an explanation until you get closer to the ending. It was very interesting though. I am sure there are many out there who will LOVE this series.
For me it was just okay.