Thursday, February 21, 2013

Giveaway & Review: And With Madness Comes the Light (EIT Book 6.5) by Karina Halle


The Experiment in Terror (EIT) series by Karina Halle is has become my all time favorite series ever. If you haven't read it, you need to! Like, right now! I have never read anything like EIT and find it next to impossible to categorize it into a specific genre. It is smart, witty, suspenseful, addicting and will have you falling in love in no time. The main characters of this series are Perry Palomino and Dex Foray. They meet in an abandoned lighthouse one fateful night and end up starting an internet show (hence the name Experiment in Terror :P) about all the creepy haps they can stumble upon. Although this series is titled after the name of the internet show they work on, it really is more of a character study of these two fabulously fucked up individuals. The reason I can say this is my absolute favorite series, is because it is about my absolute two favorite characters ever. Apart, Dex and Perry are likable and interesting characters, but put these two together and it's magic. The wit, banter, dialogue, and sexual tension between these two is off the charts. I have never been so invested and addicted to a series in my life. 

The most recent addition to the EIT family is a novella (#6.5) And With Madness Comes the Light (AWMCTL)…

Synopsis (partial) from Goodreads:

The Man. The Mystery. The Madness.

Told from Dex’s POV, And With Madness Comes the Light is short story/novella that spans the time period from the end of Lying Season (Book #4) until the end of On Demon Wings (Book #5). If you were ever wondering what really happened to Dex while Perry was gone - his journey to Dex 2.0 - now is your chance.

Because this series may be new to many of you, I am going to try to keep my review as spoiler free as possible! J In And With Madness Comes the Light we are lucky enough to get another peak into the twisted mind of Dex Foray. The Dex Files (EIT # 5.7) is one of my favorites of this series, it’s when we got our first glimpse into Dex’s head, so I was BEYOND excited to dive into AWMCTL and get more of his POV.

Due to when this book takes place, there is a different feel from Dex. He is down in the dumps and isn’t in a great place.

“That was the ball-sucking thing about heartache. It didn’t follow logic or physics or any sort of rules. It wasn’t that you started off in absolute grief and then slowly got better. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, from hate to love and back again. Each day was different. It was a roll of the dice, a turn of the cards."

There is a lot of interaction between Dex and secondary characters, Rebecca and Dean in this one. Even through the heartache and depression, the trademark Dex humor, wit, and snark is still very present. The conversations been him and his friends were hysterical.

“Shit. Dean and I had gone from workout buddies to acting like a bunch of overanalysing pussies. Next thing you knew, we’d start having our periods at the same time.”

“Frankly, I don’t think I could hang out with you if you weren’t the vice type of guy.”
“Well then, you’ll be pleased to know that I’m still drinking and I’m still wanking to porn.”
“That’s my boy,” LOL! <3 Rebecca!

Also, a new more vulnerable, open, honest side of Dex is revealed (Hello, Dex 2.0!). I didn’t think it was possible to love this man any more than I already did, but this book proved that my Dex-love knows no bounds.

This book helped to fill in a lot of blanks and get a better, deeper understanding of Dex as a person. He once again had me laughing my ass off, clutching my chest in agony, doing happy dances, and finally sobbing like a baby.                                                         

I highlighted over 70 passages in this book, and let me remind you it was a NOVELLA, not a full-length novel. I think that right there speaks for itself. If you haven’t had a chance to check this series out, what are you waiting for?! The first one, Darkhouse is free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They get better and better as you go and will continue to surprise you. Check them out and if you are updating on Goodreads, chances are I’m already be stalking your updates! J


Karina is giving away 10 And With Madness Comes the Light autographed book plates, so please make sure you enter the rafflecopter below. 

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Publication date:
February 14, 2013

GenreRomance - paranormal, Romance-Fantasty, Romance-Suspense


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  1. I haven't read her book before. Thank you for sharing :-)

    1. You're welcome! They are amazing! Enjoy!

  2. I haven't read the book yet but its on my tbr! :)

    1. I hope you bump them up! They are so worth it! Nows the time to buy if you havent already, Darkhouse is free and #2 - Red Fox & #3 - Dead Sky Morning are both $.99 for a limitied time! :)

  3. Perfect introduction to the series for those who have not read it yet. You said it perfectly Brenna!

  4. I have not read this series, but I hope to soon!

    Thank you for the chance :-)

    Nicoleta D.

  5. I haven't read this series yet.... Maybe i will win and Then can get started!!! :)

    thank you for this chance to win....

  6. Great review Brenna <3 and I totally understand about having so many highlights! I think the highlight section of my kindle is the whole novella lol

  7. I love how much he loves Perry...the intensity is amazing!!!!

  8. I haven't read this series nor have I heard of the author but it sounds like the kind of book I LOVE reading! Thank you so much for the heads up!!!