Well, it's been over two weeks since Darkhouse was unleashed on the world and I thought it would be cool to put together some feedback on the book. All good feedback, at this point. There hasn't been any "legitimate" negativity yet, though I know that will come. Not everyone can like everything (as a music journalist, I know this all too well) and my book(s) certainly isn't for everyone. But when I do get some constructive criticism, I'll be sharing that too.
But until that comes - and for my own benefit - here's what people have been saying on Twitter and Facebook. Best of part of this is, some of these people I have never met before. Makes me happy to know the books are reaching people everywhere.
@jinnee79 Janine Boon
I've gotta stop reading @Wanderlust1ng's book Darkhouse before bed. Keep having the craziest dreams!
@loveyourcake Vancouver candice
just finished reading Darkhouse by @wanderlust1ng, seriously needing part two right now. and more wine. much more wine. #greatbook
@Wanderlust1ng your book is really good! It gave me the appropriate creeps as I was reading it in the middle of the night.
@bitsyblingbooks Charlie Courtland
I'm reading DARKHOUSE by Karina Halle. It is a page turner. Read till 3 am. Mature YA, paranormal horror (ghost not blood).
Got the book in the mail today. Had to force myself to stop reading at chapter 10!
I am half way and loving it!
I read a copy on my friends kindle... fricking loved it. I seriously read it in two days. When is the next book out??? Btw I imagine dex to look like the guy who hosts amazing race?!?
(note, she meant Australia's Amazing Race lol)
Then of course there are my first book reviews, this one courtesy of Bitsy Bling Books (check out the site, it's awesome):
"What makes it so good? Perry is a reliable character: flawed, insecure, impulsive, but despite her own roadblocks she has a determination that the audience can clearly see even if she does not (yet). It is her self-awareness that makes the character appealing, trustworthy and honest. Her vulnerability provides sympathy without demanding pity. Dex is similar and it is not surprising that the Clown Lady insinuates Perry and Dex are cut from the same cloth. Their contradictions show strength of character and reveals a great deal about the individuals. For example, Dex admits he lies and by doing so disproves he's a liar because he confesses to the deceit. A true liar would never willingly reveal this deprecating detail."
"Darkhouse is an example of a confident and assured author's 'voice.' The writer connects with the characters, deeply understanding and channeling them onto the page. By the end I was convinced Perry was writing this story. I have no doubt that Perry and Dex are real--and they live through author Karina Halle."
And excerpts from Candice Baked in Vancouver's hilarious review (read the rest on her great blog):
"Right from the start the main character, Perry Palomino, sucks you in with her relatable and sarcastic personality."
"As I read through the first few chapters, I was drawn into the stories that have yet to be told. There was enough character information to give me a glimpse into her life, and that of the Palomino family, which made me wish there was a corresponding movie I could go see after I finished reading."
"There were times I thought I could predict what was going to come next, only to be surprised by the creativity that turned up around each corner (or should I say each page)."
"When I arrived at home, I found flowers and a bottle of wine that bf had got for me. What a sweetheart. I poured myself a glass - - and then immediately locked myself in the bathroom for 2+ hours to become one of those people I had envied before. I had a book - and I liked it enough to not watch television in order to find out what was happening!! Not only that, but in the bath! I continued reading so much so, that bf had to come in and restock my glass."
"Not only had Darkhouse turned me into a sexy bitch, but it also left me craving answers. I contemplated paying Karina to tell me what happens at the end, but I know it will be far more interesting to explore and grow with these characters in the books to come. This series will no doubt have more twists then I can even begin to anticipate right now - and that is what a series should be. Addicting."
If you've happened to read a copy, I'd love to hear what you say. Drop me a line on Twitter (@wanderlust1ng), on my Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/experimentinterror), in the comments here, or just email me (see sidebar). You can also leave reviews on Amazon (if you purchased through Amazon), Smashwords or GoodReads.
Honestly, even if you didn't like the book, I just like to talk about it anyway. Nothing makes me happier than discussing my books and my characters. This is the closest I'm ever going to get to becoming a mother, people! Indulge me :)
And if you have yet to pick up a copy (in print or e-format), you can pick your poison HERE.
By the way, the second book, Red Fox is being released on June 13 (JUST TWO WEEKS!). I'll have more information about availability and advanced copies, pre-ordering etc, down the line.