ARC Review: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Shooting Scars

Shooting Scars
by Karina Halle
Series: The Artists Trilogy #2
Expected publication: August 20th 2013
Category: Adult 18+
Genre: Contemporary, Drama
Source: eARC from publisher

My Rating:

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Sometimes the right choice can be the deadliest.

When Ellie Watt made the ultimate sacrifice for Camden McQueen, she never thought it would be easy. But walking away with her ex-lover, Javier Bernal, in order to ensure Camden’s safety has brought a whole new set of dangers. With Javier’s plans for Ellie growing more secretive by the moment, Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game before her past swallows her whole.

Meanwhile, Camden’s new life is short-lived. Fueled by revenge and pursued by authorities, he teams up with an unlikely partner in order to save Ellie. But as Camden toes the line between love and retribution, he realizes that in order to get back the woman he loves, he may have to lose himself in the process. He might just turn into the very man he’s hunting.

Told in dual POV from Camden and Ellie.

~My Thoughts~

Shooting Scars picks up where Sins & Needles left off, which I had hoped for since the first book left me hanging with my jaw on the ground. This continuation of the story is told from both Ellie and Camdem’s POV, which really worked well in their current situation. I love and hate the dual POV, but mostly love it. It’s just that each chapter is a different POV so you’re flipping back and forth from one intense viewpoint to another, and each chapter is more intense than the last, and you begin to lose track of who is in deeper shit because it’s all just so overwhelming!

Phew, I think I may need fingernail transplants after this one.

It’s never been more difficult to write a review without spoilers than this particular book. It’s the equivalent of trying to describe a hundred dollar entree eaten in the most extravagant restaurant prepared by the most skillful chef without using words like delicious or decadent. And let me tell you, this book is all that and more.. sinful to the highest power. Ellie has sacrificed herself to save Camden and his family, but it turns out that Camden can’t trust anyone in his life either. He’s now been screwed over for the last time and to exact his revenge, he turns himself over to the dark side. Darth Vader’s got nothing on him.

Before reading this second installment I beg you to read the prequel, On Every Street. Without the deeper understanding of the history between Javier and Ellie, you can’t fully understand her motives in this part of the story. She has quite the internal struggle going on – is she the horrible person everyone believes her to be, or is there really a glimpse of goodness in her, that spark of something that Camden sees in her. You know how people say that the bad stuff is easier to believe? I think that is part of Ellie’s struggle. It’s so much simpler for her to believe she is bad and play that role to its fullest potential. But she starts to waver at some point during this story. She doesn’t seem as strong as she did in the first book, but then again if I was forced to go to Mexico with a man that I love to hate and hate to love, and face my greatest fear in the midst of dueling drug cartels, I would probably begin to break down, too.

I can’t describe in mere words how freaking awesome this series is. Halle’s characters have more layers than an onion, and with each chapter another flap is pulled back revealing more. This series is intense! Each book is like a can of Pringles — you open that bitch up and before you know it the whole can is gone and you’re left with your hand stuck at the bottom, wanting more. This second installment hasn’t even been released yet and I want to know when I can get my hands on the next one. So yeah… it goes without saying that I highly recommend this book, this series, to everyone that finds enjoyment in a nail-biting, action-packed, super steamy, dark & twisted drama.

*Please note that this is an ADULT book due to graphic… everything.
Please eat your Pringles responsibly.

My review of On Every Street (the prequel) can be found here.

My review of Sins & Needles (book 1) can be found here.

~About the Author~

KH

The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with). Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

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Wife, mother, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • I was a bit surprised by your enthusiasm because the blurb made it sound like a rather typical romance. It’s not clear what the plot, stakes or villain are or if there are any beyond the love triangle. I guess there must be if you enjoyed the suspense so much. From your review, it sounds like a great book. She could use a better blurb though.

    • I honestly didn’t even read the blurb. LOL. I loved book one so much, and then the prequel, that I didn’t even need to read the blurb! I just NEEDED to keep reading. But I totally understand your point, Lexa, now that I’ve gone back and read it. It could use some sprucing up.