Lea Reviews ASHES TO ASHES by Karina Halle

Ashes to Ashes by Karina Halle
(Experiment in Terror #8)


It’s been two months since Perry Palomino and Dex Foray’s relationship reached a new turning point, two months since Perry started a new life in Seattle, and two months since their Experiment in Terror show took on a new partner, ex-Wine Babe Rebecca Sims, and found a new level of success. But whenever there is light in their lives, the madness still has a way of coming back in.

When the team is sent back to the stormy Oregon coast to investigate a haunted school, Perry wants to use the opportunity to reconnect with her family and reintroduce Dex into their lives. Only Perry’s not the only one who’s reaching out – her grandmother Pippa has started appearing to her with disturbing warnings and Perry’s presence at the school has ignited a chilling new wave of supernatural phenomenon. Once used a century ago as a sanatorium to house children dying of tuberculosis, the school’s past residents are slowly coming back to life and with one thing on their mind. They want someone to play with, someone to join them. Forever.

Even when dead, some children get whatever they want.

And they want Perry.


Ok, let’s start with the disclaimer, yeah? This is book 8 in a series, so if you haven’t read all of the Experiment in Terror awesomeness available to you thus far, STOP RIGHT HERE! Don’t ruin this for yourself. Go get the seven preceding books, as well as the four novellas, and read them all, quickly. Also, if you have an issue with foul language you might want to steer clear of this review, and probably the series. 

Now that that is out of the way. Holy fucking shit. I am still a little in shock about the ending of this book. I finished it at about three in the morning, and even though I had an inkling as to where this crazy train would end up, when it derailed, I couldn’t help but jump up off the couch yelling—to borrow a line from Perry and Dex—“What the actual fuck!” And then? Then I had to try to calm myself down and go to sleep, while visions of freaking creepy, sickly kids danced in my head. 

To say this book scared the crap out of me would be putting it mildly. I think this was the scariest one since…well shit, since the last one. They seem to be getting increasingly more terrifying with each turn. This installment has our favorite couple, along with Rebecca, checking into a school that may still be frequented by patients and staff that died on premises during its run as a sanatorium. Yeah, see. Frightening as fuck, but so, so good.

“Maybe some ghosts don’t want attention. Maybe they just want to inflict the pain and terror that they felt every day. Maybe some are too far gone in their hate and revenge that they cease to be ghosts and become something else.”

Their story seems to have come full circle, since it takes place near Uncle Al’s house where they met. The horrors that await them in the school, however, seem stronger than what they faced in the lighthouse, but so are they. Well, at least we hope they are. Stronger and more prepared to deal with the awful things that go bump in the night, or any time of day for that matter. And then there is also Perry’s family to contend with, frustrating and skeptical as always.

But one fantastically different thing is the condition of our dynamic duo’s duo-ship. It’s the best, the absolute best it’s been so far, and the fire that burns between them just gets hotter and hotter, the connection deeper and deeper. I love the way their relationship has gradually evolved throughout the series. Halle’s character and story development is impeccable when it comes to these two. It may have taken a while to get us to where we are, but it was so worth the wait, the pay off made that much better by the build up. It makes me want to search out fledgling authors and beg them to read, study, absorb the awesomeness,  to help them learn how the shit should be done.

Dex in love is something to be admired, that’s for sure. Still dirty-mouthed and sexy as sin, he’s aces at spewing sugar mixed with raunchiness, and I didn’t think he could get any better. But the really romantic stuff? Be prepared.

“What we have—it consumes me. It devours me. And it scares me more than anything we have ever encountered, because if I ever lost you, if I ever had to live without you, I wouldn’t be whole.”


The most horrific part about Ashes to Ashes is that it’s the second to last in the series. That’s right, our friendly ghost spotters only have one more book left, and then what the hell am I supposed to do? Oh, I know Ada will have her voice, and if we are lucky, we will get some Dex and Perry goodness through her. It’s just that the sadness I already feel at the upcoming conclusion makes me wish against all things sacred that I could erase my memory and start this journey all over. But I am also super freaking anxious to get my hands on book nine so I can find out what is going to happen.

Maybe I am being a tad dramatic? Besides, from what I can tell,  Halle has a lot of  other stuff in the works, which should pacify me—actually, I'm ecstatic since she is easily one of my favorite authors—after the end of EIT.  And of course, she totally nailed it with Ashes to Ashes, making it definitely worthy of more than FIVE FREAKY FUCKIN’ STARS.



  1. This is such a great giveaway! I'm about to start book 3 in the series, Dead Sky Morning. I'm waiting for some Perry and Dex Chemistry!lol Love the adventures!

  2. Haha ok then I won't read this review I want no spoilers! But I have a long way to go as I've only read book 1 *le gasp* I know I fail. And I really liked it too and all I hear is how epic the series gets form there!!

  3. Awesome Review! Wish I could read them again!


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