ARC Review [& Giveaway]: Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy, #2) by Karina Halle

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shooting scarsTitle: Shooting Scars
The Artists Trilogy, #2
Author: Karina Halle
Date(s) read: August 11 – 12, 2013
Genre: Romance
Source: Author (for review)

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.


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BIG thank you to Karina for sending me a copy of this book for review!

Karina Halle is one of those authors who has a very dedicated following — she’s also one of those authors who you NEED to be reading. Probably one of the most prolific writers I know (and a fellow Canadian!), Karina turns out quality books that keep you completely hooked and turning the pages, stories with amazing characters (strong women, swoonworthy men), and endings that leave you wanting more.

Shooting Scars is the latest from Karina and it was one heck of a ride! Admittedly, when I started reading it, I was so worried I wouldn’t remember anything that happened in the first book, Sins & Needles — BUT Karina very cleverly weaves in recap info into the story that not only had the previous story coming back to me, but vivid images in my mind of what first happened to our main characters, Ellie and Camden.

While I did love this story, it was a little different from the first one. The suspense is all there, but it was killing me that Ellie and Camden weren’t together — instead, we have Javier. Creepy, creepy Javier. If ever there was a character who made me want to wash the creepy crawlies off of myself after reading, it was Javier. The best thing, though, is that the book is told in dual narrative, so while we get cringe-worthy Javier, we also get plenty of the adorably hot Camden.

The best thing about Karina’s writing is that it’s so vivid — I can picture everything that’s going on in my head as I’m reading, from the characters to the settings. Not only for this book, but for all of her books I feel like I have a photographic memory for what’s going on. Her books just read like a movie, which is wonderful.

The only thing that really took this novel down a notch from the first one for me was the ending. Now, I am ALL for a cliffhanger and I’ve come to expect them in Karina’s writing, but there was definitely less of a resolution than I was hoping for at the end of this one. Things still felt up in the air, whereas I would’ve preferred something a little more concrete. HOWEVER, I will still eagerly be waiting for Bold Tricks, the final story in this series — it’s bound to be an amazing finale!

So really, if you’re not reading this series — READ IT! If you’ve read and loved the Experiment in Terror series and think that this one won’t be the same — READ IT! Karina Halle is a master when it comes to weaving words that leave you gripping the edge of your seat and wanting more by the final pages. Give her a try — I dare you!


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6 thoughts on “ARC Review [& Giveaway]: Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy, #2) by Karina Halle

  1. Yes! Someone else who had an issue with the ending! I loved this book and it would have gotten a 5 but for that! It just felt too abrupt and I hate when characters are left hanging like that. Especially when it’s one of my favorites.

    • I completely agree. I love having a resolution — like, that story that’s told in that book is finished and a new one can start in the next book. I didn’t get that with this one!

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