Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on The Dex Files Blog Tour. The tour is being hosted by Emmy at Sinfully Delicious Book Reviews. You can find the complete tour schedule here. I had no business signing up for more tours right now, but with this being Dex, I couldn't resist. There's just something about that man...
The truth is out there...
The Dex-Files is a compilation novel that accompanies the Experiment in Terror Series and is not to be-read as a stand-alone. In the Dex-Files we find a variety of scenes and chapters from the enigmatic Dex Foray's POV from books #1-6 in the series. Some of these scenes have been previously published, albeit from Perry's POV, while other scenes are completely new.
In addition to it not being a stand-alone, the novel also contains some major spoilers and should be read only by those who have read all the published books in the series.
Book #1 - Darkhouse
*Lighthouse Meeting *Pie Scene *Jenn and Dex
Book #2 - Red Fox *Bar Scene *Playing Nurse *Up a Tree
Book #3 - Dead Sky Morning *Strippers *Truth or Dare *Tent Scene
Book #4 - Lying Season *Lunch With Friends *The Big Question *The Xmas Party
Book #5 - On Demon Wings *A Phone Call *Off the Road
Book #6 - Into the Hollow *Bailout
"And With Madness Comes The Light"
Oh, wow, am I ever so happy that I signed on for The Dex Files Tour. When I learned that an actual book from Dex's point of view was coming, my heart did a snazzy high-kick. There are few, if any, characters as maddeningly frustrating, evasive, startling, and yeah, sexy as Declan "Dex" Foray. And with this book, author Karina Halle proved once again why he's one of my favorite characters.
The is comprised of snippets of Dex's life, beginning with his childhood, which was touched on in Old Blood (Experiment in Terror #5.5). I always wondered what made Dex, well...Dex. But after reading the Prologue and "After School Special", things become shockingly clear and I can't help but wonder how he isn't even more messed up. I was speechless.
As the stories progress through Dex's life, you learn more about Abby and Maximus. Then Dex meets Perry and once again, I was shocked. The phrase "everything is not what it seems" applies to everything I thought I knew about Dex. I was saddened, thrilled, and amazed by Mr. Dex. And I can honestly say, that I love him now more than ever.
Now, the writing. I shouldn't be surprised that Halle did such an amazing job with Dex. She did create him after all. But I can honestly say that I am in awe of her. For those who've read the series, you know Dex is one weird/quirky dude. She didn't bring him down a notch in an attempt to make him go down easier (Minds out of the gutter, people! Ohh..who am I kidding.) This is full-throttle Dex and his mind is a filthy dirty place. And I liked it. I actually read a lot of the book to my husband to see what a man would think (because this was too good not to share!), and his response was "Yep, pretty much."
Also, serious questions were raised in The Dex Files. Serious, life-altering questions. Questions that make me look at Halle in a whole new light because, you guys, this changes everything and it's pretty effing EPIC.
The Experiment in Terror series continues to get better with each installment. I can safely say I have no freaking clue what will happen next, but as long as I have Perry, Dex, and Little Fifteen, it's all good.
" 'I just want you to enjoy all the pies in life, Perry,' I said, gazing at her, trying to get her shy eyes to meet mine. 'That's all.' " (eARC, 31%)
"I didn't want to be Red Fox's savior, but I wanted to be hers." (eARC, 46%)
Expected Publication: August 13th, 2012
There are two tour giveaways.
Sinfully Delicious Book Reviews (US/Canada)a Rafflecopter giveaway
Escapism from Reality (International Giveaway)a Rafflecopter giveaway Source: Received eARC from author in exchange for an honest review.