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Thursday, March 15, 2012

{Book Review} Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4) By Karina Halle

Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4)
By Karina Halle
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Released: December 13th 2011
Genre:Fiction- YA with adult themes- Horror

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.

Review: I don't think I've been so addicted to a series since I read the Xanth series in high school. Ms Halle write a very emotionally charged book this time, with a cliff hanger that has me biting my nails waiting for the next installment.
This book was more character driven in my opinion. I liked seeing Perry interact with people outside her family and Dex. I also noticed that in the book you really get a feel for how much Perry has grown and matured. Yet there's still a witty cynicism to her. On the other hand I think Dex backpedaled a couple years in the maturity department. I also lost a lot of respect for him as a character. Although a few more pieces of the puzzle that is Dex are revealed. Another main player in this book is Jennifer, Dex's girlfriend. While I really disliked her, I also felt kind of bad for her. Dex and Perry seem to have a connection through their mutual "talent" and similar traumatic backgrounds, that Jenn could never hope to have let alone understand. Not to mention, I was already biased against her from reading the previous books. Mainly because I want Dex and Perry together, because they make a cute although slightly crazy couple.
The relationship drama is broken with a trip to a haunted asylum, which I was a little disappointed in as I expected it to be scarier. Also there is the arrival of a competitive ghost hunting team. And an angry ghost who's haunting Dex.
Now I need to mention, once again this series is labeled YA by the author, but I really don't think anyone under 17yrs should read this book. Just my own opinion.
All in all another 'I don't want to put this book down' segment in this series.

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