Title: Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy ~ Book 1)
Author: Karina Halle | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: January 25 2013
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Length: 438 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Could not be more perfect, that IS Ellie Watt.
Point of View: 1st person, following Ellie with some flashbacks in 3rd person
My Rating: 5 Stars
What an amazing ride Sins & Needles just took me on. I could easily see this story played out on the big screen or even in a gritty TV drama on a cable network. The story unfolds at a perfect pace, that not only keeps you interested but also on the edge of your seat. I lost count at the number of times I audibly gasped or clamped my hand over my mouth while letting out a few curse words.
Ellie, Ellie, Ellie... What am I going to do with you? To say I went through a mixture of emotions with Ellie is an understatement. At one point I was actually yelling at my Kindle and threatening her. The fact she is a fictional character is neither here nor there, this is what Sins & Needles has driven me to. I was accosting my beloved Kindle. In the end though I can easily say I love her, faults and all. She is one messed up cookie, and makes some terrible decisions but I still love her.
Then there is Camden. *sigh* I love Camden, and I am sure 99% of the other female readers will agree with me. He is hot. Like from head to toe, friggin hot.
He is honestly one of the most complicated and loveable male characters I have ever read. Troubled past? Check. Troubled future? Check. Talented tattoo artist? Check. Covered in tattoos? Check. Talented in bed? Check. Need I go on? His character surprised me the most because I did not expect him to step up in the way that he does. So yeah, he surprised me in a very good way. Ellie is a full on messed up individual but in his own ways so is Camden. Ever hard the saying 'two wrongs don't make a right'? Well in this case they do. Somehow they work, and somehow together they are perfect.
oooOOOooohhh and did I mention the talented in bed part? These two are on fire when they are together. Five minutes? I have no doubt she agreed it was the best five minutes of her life after this scene...
It is so difficult to get across how beautifully this story plays out. The author never lets you know too many of the facts at one time. There are 'flashbacks' for Ellie which are written in the 3rd person. I really enjoyed the use of these throughout the book. It was a way for us to get to know her character's past but also not really deviate from the 1st person telling of the main story. It also avoided a long drawn out chapter where her story would eventually have to be told. It was seamlessly weaved into the current story, and it fit perfectly.
And the ending? Holy crap I need Shooting Scars right now. This is not a joke or a prank, I am deadly serious. I need that book like I need air. There is no exact release date at the time of this review but it does say Summer 2013 so at least it is not going to be that torturous. Oh, and did I mention Shooting Scars is going to be dual point of view following both Ellie and Camden? CRAP. Who am I trying to kid here? Summer or not this wait is going to be pure torture. I wonder if I can beg, borrow or steal for an early copy? I may have learned a few tricks from Ellie I could try...