Group Discussion and New Release Review: The Devil’s Reprise by Karina Halle
Book 2 in the Devil’s series
Release date: October 29, 2013
Book provided by NetGalley and Diversion Books
Ever wonder what life in a Rock and Roll band would be like? Ever dream of the stardom and adoring fans? Karina Hall’s Devil’s series takes a look at the life of Sage Knightly and his band Hybrid (Devil’s Metal) then alone on a solo tour in Devil’s Reprise. Regina and I enjoyed these books and rather than just review them, we wanted to share our thoughts on this book. The Devil’s Reprise is the second book in the series and it is highly recommended that the books be read in order.
AH – The Devil’s series takes a look at life in a Rock and Roll band in the mid-70’s. I found it interesting that many of the rock stars mentioned never made it past their 28th birthday. I loved the author’s explanation for this and how she incorporated it into her story. In a way, it kind of made sense to me, although the lifestyle was probably more of a contribution than the supernatural – but who knows? .
Regina — Hmm, that is an interesting observation. Although she definitely shows other reasons why the rockers didn’t live long. Halle pulls no punches in making the rock stars seem like good sweet guys — they are who they are. Did you read the afterword at the end of Devil’s Reprise? She talks about how she wrote the first book in the Devil’s series while she was on tour with a rock band.
AH – The afterword at the end of Devil’s Reprise was cool. I think Ms. Halle lived through all of our teenage dreams, lol.
AH – I think I was mad at Sage for a lot of the book. I mean, Sage got a second chance at life and it looked like all he wanted to do was self-destruct. He seemed to think himself unworthy of love and it just bothered me.
Regina- Your rating for this book is a lot higher than mine. I gave it 3 stars and I was being generous. I liked the first 50% but the 2nd half I didn’t thing was well done. So to go back to your point, yeah poor Sage *insert sarcastic eyeroll*. I don’t begrudge him doing rock star stuff, but yeah — really? He is older and more worldly than Dawn and his hurt about her and his loss from the last book didn’t get much sympathy from me.
AH – The author’s attention to details was incredible. It never felt as if she were info dumping. I enjoyed how the work behind a band tour was described, and how the author captured the very essence – the sounds, the smells, everything – of a rock and roll band tour.
Regina – Halle does this very well. She captures the enthusiasm and love for music and the frenzy of fan hood — all of it. You are right, she created a world that was intricate and well constructed — one that most people do not see.
AH – This series reminded me of the movie Almost Famous where a young reporter for The Rolling Stone followed a band on tour. Karina Halle’s twist on the story, adding in the supernatural made the Devil’s series unique.
Regina – For me, yeah I see that similarity. But because it was told mainly from Dawn’s point of view rather than a male journalist and the rockers were so sympathetic, for me it seemed very different. But I can see the connection definitely.
AH- The horror aspect was very well done. I was so freaked out – flies, freaky chambermaids, and phone calls from beyond….
Regina – I loved the horror element. I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t read the first one, but playing on an already annoying type of person — yeah horror was well done.
Regina – So why did you like the second better than the first? I loved the first. I think it could have (maybe should have) been a standalone. The audio was great and I loved how the story was resolved. The second book, just seemed superfluous. And I couldn’t get into it as much. But man the sex scenes at the beginning of Devil’s Reprise!!!
AH – I agree with you, the audio version of the first book was awesome. The narrator really captured Dawn’s voice and all of her emotions during Hybrid’s tour very well. I think I rated Devil’s Reprise higher because I loved the ending and yes, those sex scenes were hot!
Thank you to NetGalley and Diversion Books for a review copy of this book.
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