Monday, September 2, 2013
Book Review - On Every Street by Karina Halle
On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy, #0.5)
by Karina Halle
First, let me start off by saying that I loved the first book in the series, Sins & Needles. On Every Street is a prequel to the first book, and takes us back into the lives and history of Ellie Watt, also known as Eden White; and Javier Bernal. I generally prefer moving forward with stories, rather than delving into past histories. But I was so intrigued with these characters that I was eager to learn more about them. And for the most part, the characters did not disappoint!
Javier, both suave and charming, was quick to sweep Eden off her feet and into the blissful land of love, money, and indulgence--albeit, a land of crime, murder, and drug cartels. Still, Javier seemed genuinely over the moon in his feelings for Eden. But as the story points out, this was a pairing built on a foundation of lies and vengeance, with two very broken people trying to come together to make themselves whole. And although I was rooting for love to find a way, I could not imagine a viable solution. Could either of these two lost souls dig their way out from under the mountain of lies and deceit upon which their union was being constructed? You will need to read the book to find out! There is pain and heartache, but it is a worthwhile journey.
Generally speaking, I am forgiving when it comes to typos and formatting issues that have no impact on the story. Content, however, is an entirely different matter, and this book contained some repetitive words and phrases that were hard to ignore. I tried to, I really did! But after the first 75 pages or so, I began flagging them. For example, I would have liked to see some variety in how Javier's facial expressions were described, besides the manner in which his lips twitched. And in the span of approximately 80 pages, the word "stain" or "stained" was used at least five times to describe Javier's desire to mark Eden as his own. It was difficult to ignore, and slightly annoying.
Minor annoyances aside, this was a well written book with characters that jumped off the pages! I craved insight into these characters after Sins & Needles, and On Every Street definitely delivered! I felt their emotions, and when their hearts were being ripped out it felt like mine was being ripped out, too! It was painful, but I could not put it down. We saw the characters in all their raw, tortured glory. And although it was gut wrenching at times, it added important context to the series.
Reviewed by Stephanie