By Karina Halle Editions: ebook, paperback Published: September 21st 2012 by Diversion Books (first published September 19th 2012) Genre: NA Urban Fantasy / Romance Source: NetGalley
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.
Bomy’s Flutter: fun but not riveting for me
World Building: 1974 America blends with paranormal – demonic – elements.
Characters: Dawn and the band were cool, but they didn’t really reach me for some reason. Dawn did grip my attention in the beginning but then my emotional investment in her took a slow and steady fall. I didn’t respond to the whole band and tour thing, though I like some rock stuff, little metal…I just don’t respond to the people doing the magic, I guess. There’s this disconnect between art and artist, my admiration for the art doesn’t extend to the artist. I can be very much into the artist, but as a person, not an extension of the art. So the whole band and groupies thing was entirely lost on me. The characters had a lot of potential but they didn’t pull me in all the way, in the end.
Plot: The story is fun if you’re into the roadtour and band thing. The plot is active without getting tiring and there are a few interesting twists in.
Writing: First person narrative from Dawn’s POV
Curb Appeal: Awesome, awesome cover. The blurb does a good job at introducing the story and characters.
All in all, this was a cool read but I didn’t respond to it all the way. It has great potential for you if you’re into bands and band-life with some paranormal twists. Give it a shot, it might be a better fit for you.