Friday 21 June 2013

Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle

Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents' latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.
  • Genre: Romance, Mystery, Suspense
  • Age: adult
  • Source: owned ebook 
  • Read from January 29 to February 01, 2013

FINAL RATING: ★★★★★★/★★★★★

"We all make our own paths in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we’re lucky, we’re given the chance to make things right again.”

 A-helluva-lot STARS!!!

Brilliant, inspired, unique, refreshing, mysterious. Dark, gothic, gritty, sexy, a Tarantino movie in the making. A story of a girl and a boy, names that aren't defining, criminals, use and abuse.

♪♫The sacred and profane
The pleasure and the pain
Somewhere your fingerprints remain concrete
And it's your face I'm looking for on every street♪♫

 Insert a name of your choice here, I'm gonna go with: Ellie Watts 

She is the con artist daughter of a con artist family. The apple under the apple tree. 26 years old and dead. Inside were it counts. And scarred outside where it shows...

She comes back to the house she grew up. Not a home, just a place. 

"A name is like a home, then. All those years without a name. All those years without a home."  
She returns, where she grew up, where she loved with innocence, betrayed with intent, lost and forgot. Deep in the desert, under the unforgiving sun and the shadow of the Joshua Tree.

You can't run from your past. You can hide, you can hope, but it always catches up with you. And you pay. For your Sins.

I've called "Ellie" many names, while reading this book but I couldn't have said it any better...
"Beautiful, sad, wounded, and lost," he continued. "A freak, a work of art, a liar, and a lover." 
I'm not condoning and I don't even understand her but HELL, girl you stun me....

C.M, let's stick with Camden, OK?

 "Do you think because you can’t see my scars that they don’t exist? That’s the trouble with pain, Ellie. If you’re lucky, you can wear it for all the world to see. Most people have their pain deep inside, in places no one ever goes. Not until it’s too late."

Camden McQueen is the last person, Ellie would have expected to meet again. The town's Sheriff son, ex-goth and school scapegoat, altogether freak and only friend, grew up to be a gorgeous tattoo artist. 

He doesn't have the scars, but he has the burdens that come with them. The bitterness, cautiousness, despair, that always accompany them.

He also has something that elevates him.
"I hate you, Ellie Watt," he whispered, lips coming closer to mine, "because I still love you after all these years." 
Now Ellie, has to be brave enough to put her Sins in his hands. And hope that his Needles will fade them enough, to let them rest.

Sins & Needles

Working together for their "Gualala". Will it suffice? Can they trust each other? No, not until they put all their ghosts behind. Until then...

What a book?!
What an ending?!
A rock concert, a haunting melody, a scary ride.

Brace yourselves, enjoy the ride and trust noone! Well, except the ones that always were there...

Bravo and amazing!


You can also check out my wonderful co-blogger's review:

Kristalia's Review

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