Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Book Review - Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy, #2)
by Karina Halle
Published 2013
432 Pages

Shooting Scars picks up right where we left off in Sins and Needles. En route to her new life, Ellie becomes keenly aware of the magnitude of her sacrifice, and begins to wonder if she and Camden will ever see each other again. Of course, Javier will do everything in his power to prevent that from happening. And on Camden's end, he is facing his own set of difficulties in staying alive. 

Soon, Ellie realizes that the illusion of control she once had over the situation with Javier was just that... an illusion. Further, she begins to see behaviors in Javier that are more sinister than ever before. The capacity for emotion that he once demonstrated, however intermittently, was no longer there. And where he used to show a flicker of softness in his gaze, now there was only cold detachment. Was losing herself the only option for survival?

Unwittingly sucked back into old patterns, Ellie is dragged down a dark path even more dangerous than anything Javier could conjure up on his own. There are shootouts, car chases, and violence at every turn. There are also moments of beauty, tenderness, and the peaceful solitude of the open ocean. But one fact remains: as these characters' lives intersect hearts are going to be broken, and someone is going to get hurt.

The story felt a bit rushed at the end. Still, I kept turning the pages! Overall, this is a well written book--sometimes painful, sometimes agonizing, but always exciting!

Reviewed by Stephanie

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