Monday, December 30, 2013

Review: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Book: ShootingScars (The Artists Trilogy #2) 
By: Karina Halle
Published: August 20, 2013
Published By: Grand Central Publishing
Description: 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: If you have been a dedicated follower of my blog for at least a year, you know I absolutely love Karina Halle, and her books (going to one of her author events in Virginia shortly). So when this came out, it took everything in me not to drop everything I was doing and obsess over it until it was read. NaNoWriMo came in the middle of it too, and I had to pause my reading lest I be swallowed up in the lives of Ellie, Javier, and Camden. As soon as it was over though, I spent an entire day on finishing it, and I did just that.
Shooting Scars was just as great as Sins and Needles, I can’t even explain. I did prefer the Ellie POV’s over the Camden ones, but that’s just because I love Ellie and couldn’t stop seeing how she would deal with things. She’s definitely my fav character, hands down.
As is the norm for all of Karina’s books, our MC’s are extremely flawed, and in this one, it’s no different. Ellie makes a HUGE mistake (or not, depending on how you look at it) and feels bad for her judgment afterward. Camden tries to make her hurt, just because he hurts. Javier is abusive and aggressive, and just overall horrible and amazing. I mean, he literally referred to himself as Zorro! Love that movie, and love Javier (anyone else picturing him as Antonio Banderas?) He’s scary and I love him, though I don’t want Ellie with him at all.
“You’ve gotten wilder”
Have I?”
“Yes. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle you anymore.”
I smiled to myself but it quickly faded.
I didn’t know how I was going to handle myself either.
There’s just so much emotion, I can’t properly explain it all. Read this series if you haven’t yet. Start with Sin’s and Needles . It’s perfect. 5 stars for Shooting Scars and I’m picking up Bold Tricks  in about a week or so. I’ve got a bunch of books that have piled up that I need to read first.


Lan said...

I'm glad this book was as good as the first. I don't know how I'll feel about the dual POV as I wasn't all that keen on the flashbacks in the first book but I guess I'll just have to wait and see :)

Sherre said...

I didnt really like the dual POV either...but It was so good in terms of action and Perry that I didnt care.

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