As the Experiment in Terror Series picks up momentum and gains extreme popularity with each new fellow reader in our huge reading-crew (I’m telling you, it seems that whoever reads the series, LOVES the series), we still get questions from newcomers that are curious about our incredible enthusiasm over it.
Like just today (and this is a question I get, and that we see on the Facebook page, over and over again):
Jill: have had the first two books of this series on my kindle forever! I don’t know why I am hesitant to start them… they just don’t sound like my kind of thing… but I don’t think I have read any reviews on here that didn’t like them!! However, I have read the first one is hard to get into. Did you feel that way?
Megan: Yes, I felt the same way and had the first one for a while before I was able to read it and get into it. IMO the first one isn’t as good as the following books. The interaction between Dex and Perry is what draws you in and it takes a little before that appears in the first book, but push through it you won’t be sorry!
So I’ve collected a few of our conversations (and answers), and thought I’d post them for all who are still wondering if they’ll like it. Don’t delay! If you want to get caught up for days in an amazing series, that is exciting, scary and heart swooning-ly and heart breaking-ly exhilarating… THIS is it! We are HOOKED and anxious for the next installments (book 6, 7 & 8 PLUS Dex’s POV that will be available NEXT week!!)
Kassandra: Hey everyone! I really want to start the Experiment in Terror series but is it THAT great like everyone says ??? Thank you for your repliiies
Melissa: Yes! it is THAT great. And like Julie said in the other post below the first book may dishearten you but don’t give up. It gets MUCH better in the following books. Enjoy! Oh i forgot to mention.. its really creepy scary.. but thats me. Im a wuss
Kassandra: Okay… Could I maybe even skip the first one and get on with the second or should i just read the first one to get the plot and everything ? I bought the book so ill probably readi it haha but thanks for your response though Melissa! Hahahaha hope i wont get to scared -_- Really REALLY scary ? Will i sleep at night ?
Julie: You have to read the first one, Kassandra! You’ll miss too much if you don’t and you might be lost
Maryse’s Book Blog: Yep!! It IS that good. I would never insist (the way I have with this) on a series or book that I DIDN’T truly love, ’cause we’re all in this reading game together, and I want you to have as much fun as I am having. Of course, tastes will differ at times, but I wholeheartedly believe if everyone gave this one a go, it will, for SURE, be a favorite. And I do know some have liked but not gone crazy for book #1, but it IS good, and it just keeps getting better from there. Addictive. It’s the only way i can describe this series.
And Karina Halle (the author) gave away her SECOND book for free awhile ago, too. It was just for a short period, to help encourage a few readers to continue on after the first one. Sidenote: even though, again, I thought the first one was plenty interesting and I KNEW that stuff was gonna get crazy… there was no way I was stopping with just one. But some did, so Karina said:
“Hey love bugs, just in case you had some friends that read Darkhouse, thought it was MEH and weren’t sure if they would take the plunge with the rest of the series (EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE TOTALLY MISSING OUT)? Red Fox (#2) is FREE on Kindle today for the last time EVER. Better tell them to get on it!
and another “frequent question” —> Just how scary is it?:
Yvette: OK I want to start Dark House but I dont read scary books!! Will I be totally freaked Maryse?!!!
Maryse’s Book Blog: ahhhh I don’t know. It had it’s creepy moments, for sure, but I’m a horror fanatic (movies and books), and to me these aren’t anywhere near scary like I used to read (Dean Koontz, Stephen King, etc etc… – I was I dunno…. 9 or 10 when I read The Exorcist? and I loved it!! haha). I’d say you’ll be fine, and these are totally worth the fright-moments!!
Yvette: Omg 9 or 10 when you read the exorcist!!!!! Wow lol ok I’m gonna start it tonight I’ll let you know how it goes!!!!!
Tracie: I wasn’t too freaked out, but I like scary stuff too. The only time I was sort of spooked was when I was reading it in the dark all alone with only the light from my iPad. Like Maryse said, definitely not as scary as Stephen King or Koontz. I think book 5 was the scariest one for me.
Missy: Yvette, please keep us updated. I feel the same way you do-I soooo want to read the series, but I don’t really read scary books. All the amazing reviews have me so curious, though!
Yvette: Missy that’s why I want to read them too!! Very curious but you know what they say about curious and cats lol!!!!! I will keep you posted!!!
Jeannie: I was hesitant to read them because I thought it was more of a horror book than romance. Boy was I wrong! Definitely try it, I couldn’t stop reading after the first book. It was addicting.
Yvette: Oh good there is some romance!!!!
Jeannie: The first one is free (e-book), so you have nothing to lose! But I bet you will be addicted like the rest of us. The books are like Lays Potato Chips, you can’t just can’t stop reading. I was sneaking peeks at the dinner table when my husband wasn’t looking…
Is it that scary? Depends on what scares you, but it has SO MUCH of everything else that we love in a book. The romantic tension and angst is off the charts!! But SO realistic, and… the *frights* are totally worth it (or are icing on the cake to those like me, who love that kind of stuff).
So are you ready? Yes you are! Check out the reading order guide, and devour each one. You know you want to! And once you finish #2, you’ll be in for good. —> Karina Halle – Experiment in Terror Series Reading Order
And check out anything else I’ve written about the series (reviews of each book, news, etc..) –> http://www.maryse.net/tag/experiment-in-terror
Megan: I have been rendered completely and totally unproductive thanks to the EIT series. Just met Mary in book 3 and I’m biting my nails with each page- plus omg the Dex/Perry TENSION is soo yummy and maddening. Sigh, just had to share…
For more about what I’ve written on the Experiment in Terror series, see below (lots, right? haha. I LOVE this series soooo much. In fact I’ve been in a “Dex-daze” all day today…):
- Karina Halle – Experiment in Terror Series Reading Order
- The Experiment in Terror Series – Intrigued Readers Want to Know…
- Behind The Books – Interview With Karina Halle
- Book Review – Darkhouse by Karina Halle
- Book Review – Red Fox by Karina Halle
- Book Review – Dead Sky Morning by Karina Halle
- Just Finished Reading Lying Season by Karina Halle & I’m Freaking Out!! The Torture Is Just So Gooood!!
- Book Review – Lying Season by Karina Halle
- Book Review – On Demon Wings by Karina Halle
- Book Review – Old Blood by Karina Halle