Saturday, October 17, 2020

Red Fox by Karina Halle

Hello friends! If you remember a couple of days ago, I posted my book review of Darkhouse, book 1 in the Experiment in Terror series. Today I'm back with some thoughts on book 2.

Plot Summary:

With Book Two of the Experiment in Terror Series, Perry Palomino and Dex Foray trade in the stormy Oregon coast for the unforgiving deserts of New Mexico.

In the for­got­ten town of Red Fox, a Navajo cou­ple is tor­tured by things unseen and by motives unknown. Wild ani­mals slink through their house in the dark, a bar­rage of stones pound their roof nightly, and muti­lated sheep car­casses are turn­ing up on their prop­erty. Armed with a cam­era and just enough to go on, Perry and Dex travel to the des­o­late locale, hop­ing to film the super­nat­ural occur­rences and add cred­i­bil­ity to their flail­ing web­cast. Only their show has a lot more work­ing against them than just grow­ing pains. Tested by dubi­ous ranch hands, a ghost from Dex’s past, and shapeshift­ing decep­tion, the ama­teur ghost hunters must learn to trust each other in order to fight the most ancient of myths…or die trying.

My Thoughts:

As I mentioned in my previous book review, I really enjoyed the first book of this series. I felt like it was a good introduction into the main characters, as well as their worlds. I really liked Perry because I thought she was cool and also relatable. I liked the chemistry between Perry and Dex. I liked Dex, although I did find him a little cocky/annoying in the best possible way.

In Red Fox, the story picks up a few weeks after Darkhouse. The first episode of their ghost hunting web show (Experiment in Terror) is out, and while her parents don't really approve of it, Perry is excited to be a part of the project. She's excited at the prospect of going to New Mexico with Dex, to explore what's going on at Will and Sarah Lancaster's ranch.

I enjoyed Red Fox just as much as I enjoyed Darkhouse, but I did take a few more issues with it, which is why my rating on Goodreads is 4 stars.

What I liked:
  • The setting of the Lancaster ranch in New Mexico was really cool. I liked Will and was genuinely scared on the first night that Perry and Dex were there. A lot of weird stuff happened and I had no idea how it was happening. I liked that there was a lot of exploration into Navajo myth and folklore. Perry, Dex, and Dex's old friend Maximus did quite a bit of research to try to figure out what was going on at the ranch.
  • The chemistry between Perry and Dex was QUITE intense, as I knew it would be. The series is definitely a slow burn as far as their romance goes, but I really like that. I enjoy the cute minutes that they share together. Neither of them is willing to admit it out loud, but they're starting to really care for each other.
  • All of the new characters. Perry and Dex have to work with Maximus, who is an old college friend of Dex. He claims that he can communicate with the dead, although both Perry and Dex are skeptical. I kind of hope he pops up again in the series! The tension between him and Dex really added a lot to the story.
What I didn't like:

  • I just felt that while the story was so cool and creative, there were things missing here and there. I found the story a little difficult to follow at times because there was so much going on. And that could have been on purpose. Throughout the story you question who is trying to help Perry and Dex with their project, and who is trying to hurt them. Maybe I just should have reread certain sections so that I really understood what was going on.
All in all, I felt like it was a great story and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. I've already checked out the third book in Kindle Unlimited. Karina Halle (the author) just announced on social media that she will be releasing a 10th book in the series and that some time in November she will be taking the series down from KU so that she is able to share it on all publishing platforms.

That makes sense, but it also means that I only have less than a month to finish the rest of the series before the books are removed from KU. Haha. So expect more Experiment In Terror reviews coming soon, as I plan to try and binge read the rest of the series.

>> More information on Red Fox

Until next time,

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