Review: Dust to Dust by Karina Halle

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Review: Dust to Dust by Karina Halle
Dust to Dust
Book Info

Released: August 11, 2014
Series: Experiment in Terror #9
Pages: 241

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“Dex will forever be one of my top book boyfriends.” ~ Under the Covers

It’s the end of an era for me.  The Experiment in Terror took over my life for a while when I was binging on reading and catching up.  And I loved every second of it.  Since then, I’ve become a rabid fan and can’t recommend it enough to anyone I talk to.  Dex and Perry are now part of my life.  I was both sad and happy to see the series end.  In a way sad because I really don’t want to let them go, I could read about their dilemmas forever!  But happy because I love seeing a series end on a high note and not when I’ve lost my love and interest.

That being said, I was petrified to read this.  I had come to all kinds of conclusions of where this book had to go based on events leading up to it.  I had talked to friends and we had plots made out in which there would be bloodshed and death.  And I carefully faced cracking this open.

My thoughts?  Let me try to break them up.


Dex is as always one sexy pervert.  I wish my sexy pervert.  He’s going through a lot in this book as this final installment is all about him going back to his past and dealing with his demons.  Quite literally.  It was tough to see him crumble.  But there were still moments when he would shine through and be his adorable self.  I laughed with him, I cried a little for him.  I definitely drooled over him quite a bit.  Dex will forever be one of my top book boyfriends.


I admit I started off this book wanting to slap a bitch.  She’s still kickass but she was turning into a teenager with the way she was thinking, acting and speaking.  Throwing tantrums at times.  She did managed to snap out of that stage and I was all glad for it.  It’s amazing to see how far she’s really come from the girl we started reading about.  Kudos to you, Perry on still being one of my favorite chicks!

The Shock

Wow.  Did Karina Halle go there?  Yes, she did!  I was surprised about one scene in this book, that I won’t say what it is so as to not spoil anything.  I kept thinking it would stop.  But I also see how it was necessary for it to happen so that there would be a moment of clear thinking and realization.  I hurt with Perry, and with Dex for it.  I wanted this further addressed and discussed in the end.

After I got over that shock, there was another….then another. Gah!  My poor heart.

The Horror

After ASHES TO ASHES I was expecting to get be in a fetal position in the corner of my couch with a safety blanket wrapped all around me while I read this and had good view of every angle of the room to make sure nothing was coming at me.  Not quite.  This was a little scary at times, but not nearly as scary as this series has been in the past.

The Smexy

I wanted more, good, hard sexy times!  That is all.

The Words

Karina Halle can sometimes create magic with just words.  And especially the words that come out of Dex’s mouth.  That broken man that has given everything he has, his soul, to Perry. But his words make me fall harder and harder for him every time.

“I love you. Always. Beyond death.”

Satisfied with the ending of the series?

Yes.  Overall I am.  Do I think this is the strongest book in the series?  Not by far.  Did I want it to go out with a bang that rocked my socks off.  Absolutely.  But I think this wasn’t it.  I do think all the major threads I wanted wrapped up were addressed.  But overall, I’m happy with how things finished and where our favorite couple ended up.  They will be missed.  And I will recommend this series to anyone who wants a good scare and an adorable set of characters to absolutely fall in love.  And because I’m greedy and not really ready to let go, now I’m ready to continue the saga with Ada!

Favorite Quotes:

“Underneath the flashy lights and the slick streets and the throngs of people passing in the warm night, there was an undertone to the city that reeked of madness.”

“This love just is.  It exists, and because it exists, I exist.”

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DARKHOUSE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
RED FOX: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
THE BENSON: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
DEAD SKY MORNING: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
LYING SEASON: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
ON DEMON WINGS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
OLD BLOOD: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
THE DEX FILES: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
INTO THE HOLLOW: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
AND WITH MADNESS COMES THE LIGHT: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
COME ALIVE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
PERCEPTION: Amazon | GoodReads
ASHES TO ASHES: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
DUST TO DUST: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads


About Karina Halle

The daugh­ter of a Nor­we­gian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Van­cou­ver, Canada with trolls and eter­nal dark­ness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadis­tic appre­ci­a­tion for freak­ing peo­ple out. Like many of the flawed char­ac­ters she writes, Karina never knew where to find her­self and has dab­bled in act­ing, make-up artistry, film pro­duc­tion, screen­writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, travel writ­ing and music jour­nal­ism. She even­tu­ally found her­self in the pages of the very nov­els she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screen­writ­ing degree from Van­cou­ver Film School and a Bach­e­lor of Jour­nal­ism from TRU. Her travel writ­ing, music reviews/interviews and pho­tog­ra­phy has appeared in pub­li­ca­tions such as Con­se­quence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNo­mad Travel Guides. She cur­rently splits her time between her apart­ment in down­town Van­cou­ver and her sail­boat, where a book and a bot­tle of wine are always at hand.


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  1. I think one of Halle’s greatest strengths as an author is how she sets a scene- you can feel the cold, the spray from the waves. I have put off reading this book because I heard that Perry was difficult and ever since the “possession” book at times I have wanted to smack her.

    Dex is an amazing character, deep, damaged and impactful.

    Thank you so much UTC for introducing me to this series and for the sleepless nights while I consumed the series and scared myself.

  2. Thank you for reviewing this series! I love it! I, too, have recommended this series to others and they love it too.

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