“ Print Length: 111 pages / Publisher: Metal Blonde Books / Published: 23 Jun 2012 „
Old Blood - Karina Halle
A while back, I came across a new series by an author I had not come across before. It was a series which held fantastic reviews previous to me reading the books, and came well recommended by many different people. I was so happy when I found that the very first book in this series; Darkhouse, was FREE on Amazon, and continues to be free to download on Kindle still. If you have not already started the series then you have no excuse! If you do not have a kindle then that is not a problem - Amazon allows you to download a PC kindle free also! I really do love that word!
The first book was completely different to most books I have read in this type of genre, and the realness of the writing kept me hooked from beginning to end. I was eager for more, and luckily I had already got hold of the other books in the series, once again on the Kindle, though it is also available in paperback form.
My review on the first books in this series can be found on my book blog; elfie-books.blogspot.co.uk.
There are currently six main book in this series with a further three due to come out shortly. There are also a number of shorter novellas which fall in between the main books, Old Blood being one of these. This novella is second one and comes between On Demon Wings (book five) and Into the Hollow (book six).
The books in this series so far are as follows;
Dead Sky Morning
On Demon Wings
Into the Hollow
Come Alive (Expected out 2013)
Ashes to Ashes (Not yet published)
Dust to Dust (Not yet published)
With the following novellas;
The Dex Files
And with Madness comes the Light
With all this said, I will now take you on to my review of this second novella of the series...
CREEPY CLOWN LADY RETURNS
"It's difficult to recall the many details of my life. All that stand out are the important moments, the moments, big and small, that shaped the path I chose."
There are so many vampire, werewolf and faerie books out there, and I admit, I have read a large share of these, though after a while, supernatural and fantasy books along these lines can quite often look the same and make you become almost numb to all things in this genre. This book, and the series as a whole, deals with the supernatural, and in the main, ghosts, though it covers this genre like never before.
The Experiment in Terror series takes the supernatural on to a whole new level in more ways than one. The main focus is upon ghosts and the supernatural, though this book reads so 'real' that you almost forget that you are reading fiction. The author throws in so many twists and turns and throughout the whole series as well as this book, the story takes it one step further and provides amazing entertainment.
Old Blood follows a slightly different path to the one we have grown accustomed to from the previous books in this series. The first, main difference is that we do not follow Perry in the slightest. She does appear for a miniscule amount of time near the end, though this story is not about her, and not from her point of view. Instead, we travel back in time almost, and look at the history of the person who we have come to know through Perry as 'The Creepy Clown Lady', so nicknamed for her appearance.
The Creepy Clown Lady, or Pippa as we now know her as, has been a constant catalyst throughout the whole series so far, though until now, we did not know much about her at all.
Beyond the horrid, clown-like makeup, Pippa is a woman like everyone else. Yes, in the main novels which take place in the present, Pippa is not quite alive, though this book travels back to when she was alive and well...ish! We follow her journey through life from a young age, experience what she has experienced, and begin to understand why she turned out the way she did, and exactly what happened to her, and in turn, what she and Dex have in common. Yes, we do see a little of our much loved character, though a much younger and more placid version.
So how did an aspiring actress and loving mother fall into a deep madness, and what was the unfathomable betrayal that led to her untimely death?
From the very beginning of this series, I have felt the amazing writing alongside the powerful, imaginative and completely spectacular story lines really take off and make these something special. This second novella does have a large element of this, and the 'realness' continues to thrive within the pages, though I feel that in the majority, the power and flow is just not as strong.
The main focus is upon the character of Pippa, which is a complete jump from what we are used to. It is a great point in the storyline of the series as a whole, that we learn more about this character, and the history is both entertaining and interesting. As usual, the character of Pippa and the other characters are written in such a way that we can really see their situations play out in front of us, though I do feel that there are some weaker links in this novella - something which has not occurred in the past books. We also see a younger Dex and find out a little more of his history which is, again, very interesting, though I found the young character of Dex so alien to what I am used to that it almost felt as though I was reading a whole different story.
The supernatural element in this story is still apparent, though it does take a back seat to the character involvement, which is similar to 'Lying Season'. There is no real creepiness in the storyline at all, and although this is not an overly bad thing, it does lack what all the other books have which makes a gaping hole in my opinion.
The flow and style of this story is one that we have come to expect in this series. Once again, it is perfectly timed and flows magnificently. The style and flow mirror the action and story and in a lot of ways at a lot of moments in this book, both style and flow represent more of an urgent prose, and it is reflected in the writing perfectly. There are a number of slower points which do stand out which I found a little tedious, though the strength of the story, even though slightly weaker than I am used to in this series, was able to pull this slow feeling through and I could still emerge interested the other side.
Due to knowing a little about the main character already, as well as knowing some of the aspects of Dex's history, accompanied by the fact that this book is set in the past, there is a lot of predictability. This does deter from the story, though, as it is more a story to fill in the gaps rather than anything else.
The main group of books in this series best fall into the paranormal romance genre with many other aspects falling into it, though this novella cuts out the romance part and simply focuses upon the paranormal with a hint of mystery.
Unlike the rest of the collection, the harsh language and sexual scenes are not apparent here.
So what makes this book any different to other books along these lines?
In comparison to the rest of the books in this series, this novella is vastly different due to many factors which include the different viewpoint, the lack of story continuation and the missing main characters, though this is all explained and played out well for the subject matter.
When looking at other books in this genre, I can not really say that this is overly different in any ways. The rest of the series is amazingly different and really stands out, though in a lot of ways, this novella is rather disappointing.
One thing which I find very important in a book is the ending. A story can be written perfectly, though if the ending is wrong, then it gives me a really terrible feel to the whole book, almost as though I feel my time was wasted reading it, even if I did enjoy the rest of the story.
So how does the ending of this book compare?
The ending brings the story of Pippa to a lovely close. We are able to learn a lot about this character and will be able to bring this into future books in this series. To name how I feel about the ending, I would say that it is 'pleasant'. Yes, there are a few small surprises, though there is nothing spectacular or mind-blowing about this ending.
"Either way, I died with an aching heart for the things I suffered through and the things I loved. In the end, it's all the same.
In the end."
The whole Experiment in Terror series to this point has been absolutely fantastic. I can not praise the author enough, and even though I was a little disappointed in this book, it has certainly not made me feel any less in awe of this author and her writing.
You do not need to read the novellas in this series to enjoy the story as a whole, though unlike the first novella, this one does contain a lot of interesting and often useful information which can open your eyes to the action in other books.
This book should not be read before 'On Demon Wings'.
Will I read the next book?
I already have! This is not a series you will be able to leave easily once you have started!
Throughout this series I have learnt that you will simply not want to wait for the next book so I suggest purchasing them all at once. Luckily, if you are reading on a Kindle device, the one click download enables you to buy the book and read it without delay which is fantastic, as once you have entered the world that this author creates, you will not want to leave it!
This novella is approximately 111 pages long and can currently only be bought in Kindle format for £1.92 on Amazon.
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Do I recommend this book?
Yes. Even though I was disappointed in this novella, to complete the whole series, I feel that this one is a must.
The Experiment in Terror series has to be one of my favourite series this year.