Thursday 20 June 2013

On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy #0.5) by Karina Halle

When young con artist Ellie Watt decides to call herself Eden White and go after the drug lord who ruined her as a child, she never expects to fall for one of his henchmen. But Javier Bernal is no ordinary man. Subtly dangerous and overwhelmingly seductive, Eden finds herself passionately in love with Javier, the very person she's set-up to betray. With her body and heart in a heated battle against her deep need for revenge, no one will walk away from this con a winner.

This 50K word (100+ pages) novella takes place six years before Sins & Needles. It can be read before or after Sins & Needles and may also be read as a standalone.
  • Genre: Romance, Mystery, Suspense
  • Age: mature young adult / adult
  • Source: ARC for review
  • Read from March 06 to 07, 2013

FINAL RATING: ★★★★★/★★★★★

5 I'm-Destroyed STARS

♪♫ A three-chord symphony crashes into space
The moon is hanging upside down
I don't know why it is I'm still on the case
It's a ravenous town
And you still refuse to be traced
Seems to me such a waste
And every victory has a taste that's bittersweet
And it's your face I'm looking for on every street ♪♫  

He lied. I lied. Any love that starts out under a lie is bound to kill you.

To love someone is to reveal your deepest and innermost thoughts. To lay yourself bare in front the other and let your souls recognize each other. Love has no room for lies, deceit, despair and vengeance because then it's not love. It's an obsession doomed to consume you.

Ellie Watt is a broken young woman, set on repeating her parents' mistakes. She becomes the con artist she accused them of being, to take vengeance for an horrible act of violence against her as a child. But one wrong can't right another.

"You want revenge. You want vindication. And I hope you get those things. But the relief will be fleeting. Because you can never right the external wrongs until you fix what’s wrong inside you.”

She becomes Eden White and she takes a chance.

"I never became the person I was meant to be. Instead I had to become someone else. And I didn’t know who she was yet."  
A chance to forget, to live and love. But betrayal follows betrayal, obsession and possession are easily mistaken for love in the eyes of an innocent, the scars are hidden but always there, lurking in the background.


 She makes a mistake. A rookie one at that. She falls for her mark. She found a keeper, a lover, a tormentor, at last.

Javier Bernal is a dangerous man.

A criminal involved with the drug cartels, ruthless and seductive, sweeps Ellie of her feet and for the first time in her life, he shows her care and passion.

"I want to stain you, Eden. I want myself imbedded in your skin, in your heart, in your soul."  

Is everything a facade or did she finally find her home? Has finally life repaid her a little?

Can love redeem you or did your heart trick you into the worst mistake of your life?

This is an amazing book in it's own right. Forget the Artists Trilogy, Sins & Needles, everything you think you know.
If you didn't care for Sins & Needles (I don't know how..:D) , it doesn't mean you should skip this book too. It's a dark and twisted story of passion and despair, sex and torment. It grabs you and never lets you go, leaving you feeling raw and wondering of your own emotions, falling for a smooth talking bastard.

Now, if you are like me, a Karina Halle fan, this the story you were waiting for and don't want to miss. The story that sheds a whole new light on Sins & Needles, that will make you crushing not on Javier or Camden, but on Ellie and understand all the injustice she faced in her short life. It's the backstory that gives a whole new meaning in what exactly did Ellie sacrifice in the end of Sins & Needles. Not only herself and her future but her soul, her sanity, her identity. 

And witnessing the dark side and the million shades of grey in between, you will crave for more purity, love and sanctuary.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE! READ THIS BOOK! You will love it... Karina Halle's unique ability to make realistic characters who screw up and are left to pick up their lives piece by piece, her attention to detail and style will suck you right in and win you over!

*ARC courtesy of the author, Karina Halle, in exchange for an honest review* 

My initial reaction to the news: 

 I won't like Javier.... I won't like Javier.... I won't like Javier....


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

Kristalia's Review

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