Book Review of Darkhouse by Karina Halle

Posted July 15, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 6 Comments

Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Release Date: March 10th, 2012
Pages: 346
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: I purchased a copy for my Kindle. 

Blurb: 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.

Review: First of all, three stars is NOT a bad review. I really liked Darkhouse. But I had a couple of issues with the book. The one thing I do want to say though? You wouldn’t be able to tell this is a self-published book. Is the editing perfect? No, it is not, but the errors were so far and few between that it really did not hinder my reading experience at all. And that is one thing that I run into often when reading self-published books. I didn’t find that to be a problem here.

As far an content editing goes, there are a few things I would have fixed. The pacing was off a bit in the beginning. Once the book got going, it was great. But it was choking on fumes there a little in the beginning trying to get started. The were some lines of dialogue that were a little awkward and with a little rewording, could have been smoothed out. Awkward dialogue really interrupts flow for me. If I roll my eyes, that is never a good sign. And I know that I am pickier than most people, but now that I edit as a career, it’s hard to not read for enjoyment the same way that I do for work. Though I try. 

I could tell you that the author used more adverbs than she should have and that there was a lot of showing v. telling, and there was in spots. But I still found this to be a really FUN reading experience. And that’s what reading is about. This was just a really GOOD book. I love reading about ghosts and creepy things. I love being scared and being on the edge of my seat waiting for something to make me jump. I love atmospheric settings. And this book had all of those things. If you are a fan of Supernatural or any of the ghost hunting shows, you will probably like this book.

Most of all though, the thing I loved most about Darkhouse were the characters, Perry and Dex. First of all, I talk to Karina a lot on Twitter and through Facebook and I love her to death. I’ve gotten to know her quite a bit and she’s amazing. And perhaps that is why I loved her characters so much. I can see her personality a lot in them. And since I love her, it was only natural that I would love them. Dex is a brooding smart ass and not every reader is going to love him, but I did. He’s mysterious but fun. Moody but intriguing. Perry is a cynical, sarcastic, hilarious girl. I saw a lot of myself in her. Was she a bit whiny? Sure. But I totally get where she was coming from. And the two of them together are intense. You want them to get together, but most of all, I just really loved the progression of their friendship. Karina knows what she is doing with these two, and it’s only the first book. Fantastic.

So now I’m going to whine a little. I was disappointed by the ending. I didn’t love the way it wrapped up. I wanted more resolution with the actual storyline. I loved the way SOME loose ends were tied up, but I felt like the book was unfinished. So I kind of hope in the future, we might be coming back to this story. I really can’t say much more without spoiling the book and I don’t want to do that so, just read it. If you like books about ghosts, the paranormal, romantic tension, or a creepy setting, you will probably like Darkhouse. It’s not perfect, but it sure is a lot of fun.

6 responses to “Book Review of Darkhouse by Karina Halle

  1. I can totally see how it would be difficult to looks past grammatical errors when you are a copy editor for a living. At least you don’t let it ruin the books for you. This one does sound like one that I would really like, I love me some creepy! I’m happy you wouldn’t be able to tell it was a self pub! That’s great!

    • I never try to let editing ruin a book for me unless it is absolutely atrocious. I will critique it though because I feel it is a valid reason to read or NOT read a book. To me, it’s incredibly important. If you can’t present an edited product to readers, you should hold off until you can.

      If you read this book, I think you will like it. Based on some of your tastes, I think this series would be a lot of fun for you to read. Let me know if you decide to.

  2. I like how you comment on the flow of the book and how it reads. Sorry if thats totally a lame compliment, but it’s those kinds of little things that make or break a review for me. Haha i read the blurb and thought “Yup, that first line is just for me.” I used to be really into fantasy and things, but just thought it was a bit overdone after awhile. (I vowed never again to read another vampire book. and then I started a blog *facepalm*) but I might give this one a shot. Never know. Loved your review, as I said and I’m a new follower!

    • It is totally NOT a lame compliment. Flow is extremely important to me. If I have to read a sentence twice, something needs to be changed. I take the same stance with my editing. If the writing trips up the reader while they are reading, that is so not good.

      Thanks for following and I will return the favor. FYI, this book does not have vampires in it. Just ghosts. And I can’t wait to read the next one.

  3. Amy

    I have this series and am really looking forward to getting to them soon. I love creepy books and the characters sound really great. Fantastic review!!

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