It’s Almost Famous with a demonic twist. The Devil’s Metal is a creepy look at life on the road for a 1970’s rock band through the eyes of a journalist. My family and friends know what a baby I am about anything remotely scary (and I was a bit nervous to pick this book up. I had visions of sleepless nights and mega nightmares when I began reading.) but I was able to handle this novel just fine.
Karina Halle does an amazing job of taking a plot that could turn out hokey and making it believable and creepy. Whether Dawn (aka Rusty) is on the tour bus with the band, back stage, or in a bar, it is easy to imagine the scene Halle paints. Feeling the emotions of the characters is equally simple . Everyone is well developed and you see many facets of each personality, not just the part that makes them the stereotypical character. Even the bus driver has more going on than trying to out-run the groupies.
The Devil’s Metal is described as a paranormal romance, but it’s a lot heavier on the freaky than the getting freaky unless you count the band members’ random hookups. There is a romance, but it takes a bit to get there.
The spookiness also takes a bit to get there after a strange and creepy man speaks to Dawn in the very beginning of the novel. It gradually increases though and comes from surprising people. The demons are especially frightening to imagine and pop up in many unexpected places.
This insider’s look at a touring band also provides insight into 70’s rock that I found intriguing. I just missed this era, so I loved the nostalgia and the tidbits about bands that were popular at the time. Because Halle gives a sense of what life on the road is really like, there are sexual situations, drug use, and cursing that make The Devil’s Metal inappropriate for younger readers. It didn’t bother me in the least, but I also wouldn’t let a 13-year old read it; it’s New Adult instead of Young Adult for a reason.
And, while it doesn’t play into the plot too much, I loved that Halle didn’t ignore the fact that the basic premise of the story is just like the movie Almost Famous. In fact, she incorporates it into her book and has Dawn find out that the band requested “that kid from Rolling Stone” before she was contacted.
If you’re looking for something a little scary to read around Halloween, The Devil’s Metal is the perfect pick.
Genre: New Adult paranormal romance
About The Devil’s Metal
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.
About the Author
Karina Halle is a music journalist and all around wino who resides in beautiful British Columbia. When she’s not rocking out or taking a nap, she can be found writing her ghost-hunting Experiment in Terror Series.
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