This entire story has been such a crazy emotional ride. I first fell in love with Sins & Needles. Karina Halle opened up my eyes to a whole new level of reading. I’ve never been so completely involved in a novel, and so ridiculously clueless as to what’s going to happen next. In Sins & Needles I was obsessed with Camden. To this day I still talk about that HOLY COW moment in the middle of the book. In On Every Street I was irrevocably in love with Javier. In Shooting Scars, I have to say I fell in love with Ellie, again. And maybe Javier and Camden too – with a little bit of Gus on the side.
I’ll be the first one to admit it. I’m obsessed with Dual POVs. I love hearing both sides of a story, its like a two stories within a story. Shooting Scars beings exactly where Sins & Needles left off, with an intensity that you forgot you’d be able to feel from reading. I can’t even deal. I really think the best two words to describe this book (and series) is sexy and intense. Karina grabs you from page one, sucks you in, and then grabs even harder before letting you get a breath of air. I-N-T-E-N-S-E.
Going back and forth between Camden and Javier… is probably one of the worst battles in the history of book boyfriends. One minute I’m screaming and I’m on Team Javier, and the next I’m scoffing at the fact that I even said I was into Javier! So, I’m gonna put this out there. I’m team Camier. I can’t decide who I like better. For Ellie, I think I would choice Camden, and for me… I can’t even choose. I just can’t. Each of them has such uniqueness to them that you can’t help but fall in love with them both. Not to mention, if you haven’t fallen in love with Ellie already… I can’t imagine why. She’s sassy, tough, misunderstood, lost, and just a beautiful soul. Ellie’s relationship with Gus in Shooting Scars really got me thinking though. I won’t delve further into my theories, because they are in fact my own theories, and I wouldn’t want to spoil anything by putting ideas in your head before you read the novel.
The characters have definitely evolved in this novel. You see such a different side to each of them, as well as reaching further into Gus’ life. Plot twists and turns keep you guessing and just reaching for anything and everything you can possibly grasp at for theories. I know I’m all over the place with this review, but I can’t seem to put into words how much I love Karina’s work. I haven’t yet started the Experiment in Terror series, but I have the first few of them, because I just know I’m going to love them. This woman is so damn talented and so brilliantly sick and twisted (in an amazing way). If you’re going to give any book a chance that has some raw steamy sexual moments, intense jaw dropping gritty moments, then The Artist Trilogy is most definitely for you. I can NOT wait for Bold Tricks to come out!!! I’m pretty sure that anyone who reads this will be dying with anticipation. It’s going to be so crazy. Once again, I’ve been left Breathless by Karina, and I’m scared of what is awaiting us in Bold Tricks. Oh GOD, What’s going to happen!? Camden!? Javier!? WHAT!? *GASP*