Static – Tawny Stokes

You belong to me…
I own you…
The hypnotic timbre of Thane’s voice surged through my body making me tingle all over. Like a rush of heroin injected into my vein, soothing me, exciting me, I was completely and utterly hooked.”
Salem has spent the summer following Malice around on tour with her best friend Chloe. This last show before schools starts again is in her home town and Salem has decided to give it up, her virginity that is. She wants to lose it to someone special and has decided to get into the after show party and seduce Thane – the bands lead singer. Salem takes on more than she can chew though and when she wakes up the next day in a dumpster with no memory of the night before she starts to worry about what happened. These worries, however, are nothing compared to those that come a few days later when things start happening to her body that she cant control. She needs to find out what happened that night, and whats happening to her now. 

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When I picked up Static in the kindle store I didn’t realise it was paranormal. I have a terrible habit of judging whats in a book by its cover and I just assumed that it was a contemporary about music and band-boys. I was pleasantly surprised once I realised that the paranormals in question weren’t vampires! 
I really loved the Incubi mythology in Static. I’ve heard of the demons before but not much and I don’t think I’ve read anything with demons like this before! I really loved this take on them and found it really interesting. The legend that linked into it was really cool and definitely kept me very interested! 
The characters were great and I loved how passionate Salem was about music and – well  everything. She was a strong character but did lack a little depth in places. I really loved her name though and her relationship with her mum too. 
I loved Trevor and really enjoyed his background in the story and how it had developed him into what we get in the book. However his cowardice cant go unnoticed and I’m glad Salem managed to help him get what he couldn’t on his own. 
The music/ band style importance of the book really made sense and I understood how it would be the perfect background for the incubi – the need to be in the public eye and appeal to many is exactly what they would need and being in a band or famous would increase their appeal. 
I really enjoyed the story and most of Static, however I thought that the pace was very off in places. It started slow then picked up, went a little slower and then the end was so fast it felt rushed! I would have preferred a bit more to go into the ending but I still liked the overall conclusion to the book. 
The mix of music/contemporary with paranormal in Static was great and I really think it will appeal to a wide range of people because of this. I also think that the cover will help the book pick up non-paranormal readers as its not typical of the genre.
Static was published in the US by CreativeSpace in August 2011. My copy was purchased via the Kindle store. 
  • Great review! I agree, the cover looks more like a book about musical life than a paranoramal novel. This looks interesting, thanks for posting! 🙂

  • Ooh! This sounds fab – I agree – saw the cover and thought it would have a musical theme. Guess it goes to show we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Great review 🙂