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Dead Sky Morning by Karina Halle {Amanda’s Review}

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Dead Sky Morning by Karina Halle {Amanda’s Review}Dead Sky Morning by Karina Halle
Series: Experiment in Terror #3
Also in this series: Lying Season, On Demon Wings, Into the Hollow
Genres: Fantasy, Horror
Pages: 192
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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With the Experiment in Terror show finding some success, amateur ghost hunters Perry Palomino and Dex Foray embark on their most terrifying investigation yet. A tiny, fog-shrouded island in the rough strait between British Columbia and Washington State has held a dark secret for decades: It was a former leper colony where over forty souls were left to rot, die and bury each other. Now a functioning campground, Perry and Dex spend an isolated weekend there to investigate potential hauntings but as the duo quickly find out, there is more to fear on D’Arcy Island than just ghosts. The island quickly pits partner against partner, spiraling the pair into madness that serves to destroy their sanity, their relationship and their very lives.

Dastardly and bastardly things are afoot.

Thoughts on Dead Sky Morning

After reading The Benson–the novella between this book and Red Fox–I was really looking forward to Dead Sky Morning. The Benson really capitalized on everything I really love about this series and is, to date, my highest rated EIT book. For some reason, though, the full-length books tend to fall a little lower on my enjoyment scale, and I’ve spent the last few books trying to pinpoint exactly why that is. At this point, I think it comes from Perry’s narration: she spends a lot of time rehashing things and often takes away my ability to draw conclusions for myself. This often colors my perception of the situations she finds herself in.

But seriously, guys. THINGS HAPPEN in this book. THINGS. Dastardly and bastardly things are afoot. When Perry and Dex go to a former leper colony and camp, there are so many ways their trip could go wrong. SO. MANY. WAYS. And many of them do. I love the creep factor in Dead Sky Morning, the utter aloneness, and the slow, unrelenting spiral in madness (are they really going mad? or is it something else entirely? dun-dun-dun). And a leper colony. This alone is enough to make you shiver. And sad. The underlying story and all the ghosts and EVERYTHING (is this vague enough? I hope so) was satisfying in its scary factor. WHAT WILL HAPPEN? WILL DEX AND PERRY SURVIVE? Dun-dun-dun. (These feel appropriate. Trust me.)

It is impossible to review an Experiment in Terror book without mentioning the relationship between Dex and Perry. Though I’m not even really sure what to say. The relationship is simultaneous clear and confusing. And I love hate idontknowwhat it. Things definitely happen here as well, but not quite what you may expect. Or maybe you expected it. OR MAYBE YOU DIDN’T. I do like how these adventures throw them together and force them to get all up in each other’s space. It makes interesting revelations tumble out and emotions run high, the latter of which leads to good drama.

I may have to start reading Lying Season now.



About the author: Amanda, noun: 1. Creator of On a Book Bender and Bout of Books. 2. Editor at The Path of Least Revision. 3. Lover of language and books. 4. Drinker of wine, coffee, and vodka. 5. Idea wrangler and wielder of words.

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  • Amy @ bookgoonie December 10, 2012, 6:25 am

    dun-dun-dun…clear as mud ;D it is so hard to review mysteries & series without giving stuff away. You’ve intrigued me once again.

    • Amanda @ On a Book Bender December 10, 2012, 8:22 pm

      I have a bad habit of saying “dun-dun-dun” while watching TV shows, too. I do it often enough that my boyfriend will often say it for me if I “forget”. ;)

  • Mary @ BookSwarm December 10, 2012, 7:28 am

    Dastardly…love that word. It leaves such room for interpretation while casting a pall over the world. Sounds quite intriguing, what with all the dastardly stuff.

    • Amanda @ On a Book Bender December 10, 2012, 8:24 pm

      I agree. Dastardly is a good reviewing word. It’s vague enough that it doesn’t give things away. I feel like dastardly is under-used. We should fix this.

  • Jenny December 10, 2012, 9:29 am

    “The relationship is simultaneous clear and confusing. And I love hate idontknowwhat it.”

    Oh yes. I understand those feelings perfectly! I’ve run into several couples that have made me feel this way *cough* Ethan and Merit *cough* but I usually end up loving them all the more how twisted up they leave me:) It kind of makes me want to meet Dex and Perry!

    • Amanda @ On a Book Bender December 10, 2012, 8:28 pm

      Dex was actually someone I didn’t warm up to for a few books. He’s… an odd one. But there’s a reason for it.

      Speaking of Ethan and Merit, I still need to read Biting Cold. =/

  • Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal December 10, 2012, 6:36 pm

    This book! THIS BOOK! I love what happens from here on out. ALL THE SHENANIGANS! EVERYTHING GETS CRAZY!

  • Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) December 10, 2012, 7:57 pm

    I’m so happy you loved this one! It’s my FAVORITE in the series! The creep factor is totally there and Dex and Perry? YES! So many things happened! I hope you like Lying Season. :)

    • Amanda @ On a Book Bender December 10, 2012, 8:35 pm

      Yes! The series really picked up for me after this book. (I have Lying Season and On Demon Wings scheduled for December and Into the Hollow for Jan!)

  • Kristin @ My ParaHangover December 10, 2012, 9:51 pm

    I need to do what Felicia is doing next year and NOT take any review books and actually read what I own. I bought a bunch of these books last time you reviewed her and they were on sale. OF COURSE I haven’t read any yet!!!! Stupid NetGalley pulling me in everytime!!! UGH!!!

    Awesome review!!! I can picture your “Idon’tknowwhat” flailing!!!

    • Amanda @ On a Book Bender December 11, 2012, 10:02 am

      Yup. I’m so much happier reading what I want to read. :)

      I hope you get to these soon!

  • Kelly December 11, 2012, 7:59 am

    OK, I’m intrigued. I hadn’t heard of this series before now, but anything involving lots of dastardly and bastardly “things” is a must-read. LOL.

    • Amanda @ On a Book Bender December 11, 2012, 10:08 am

      THINGS! is the perfect word for reviewing, I think. And dastardly and bastardly are just fun. ;)

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