ARC Review: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Posted August 20, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 2 Comments

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ARC Review: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle
Shooting Scars
by Karina Halle

5 Stars


Released: August 20, 2013
Series: The Artists Trilogy #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 265
Format: ARC

“SHOOTING SCARS is another action packed thrill ride….and I am more Team Camden than ever.” ~Under the Covers

After the way we were left off with SINS & NEEDLES and the unending wait for SHOOTING SCARS, I finally had my paws all over it.  And even though you may think this book was a lot about Javier, since Ellie was with him quite a bit (albeit against her will), for me this was all about Camden.


More of a bad boy and starting to spread his badass wings… Camden risked it all and didn’t put up with shit! *sigh*  Yes, just when I thought I couldn’t love him more I am more Team Camden than ever.  And along those same lines, I might’ve wanted to punch Ellie in the face a time or two.

SHOOTING SCARS is another action packed thrill ride!  From the moment it starts it keeps you on edge until the very end.  Things are not easy for Ellie.  She’s in Javier’s hands and to my surprise, he actually wants something from her.  To use her to kill someone.  Except she won’t know until it happens and starts unfolding.

Ahhh Javier, you have a way of messing with a girl’s head.  Starting with Ellie and then I was there right along with her.  I could see that in his sick way he cared for Ellie a little.  I did feel the love.  But Javier is worst than ever.  Ellie’s betrayal broke what little there was left of good in him.

But I think my favorite part was to see Ellie broken down.  I am starting to understand her and I am anxiously awaiting to see the day she has some peace, love and acceptance.

Of course we can’t help but be thrown a curve ball at the end of the book.  I am very curious to see how the last book in this trilogy will play but one thing is for sure.    I hope my heart can take it!

Favorite quotes:

“Maybe lying is what I do best.”

“I’m in it to the end.”

“They’re looking for a pretty boy with a dumbass smile; you look like a piece of shit.”

“You always had simple tastes, Ellie.  Except, perhaps, for me.”

He made me feel safe, whether I was in his arms or at his side or just in his presence.  For the first time in my life, I had a protector — and I never knew I needed one until then.

“You are not mine to touch.”

She really was the only one I truly, drowning in my passion, loved.

Even at her worst, she made me want to be a better man.  To be good enough for the both of us.

“There are fallen angels too.  Angels with dirty wings.”

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Karina Halle

The daugh­ter of a Nor­we­gian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Van­cou­ver, Canada with trolls and eter­nal dark­ness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadis­tic appre­ci­a­tion for freak­ing peo­ple out. Like many of the flawed char­ac­ters she writes, Karina never knew where to find her­self and has dab­bled in act­ing, make-up artistry, film pro­duc­tion, screen­writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, travel writ­ing and music jour­nal­ism. She even­tu­ally found her­self in the pages of the very nov­els she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screen­writ­ing degree from Van­cou­ver Film School and a Bach­e­lor of Jour­nal­ism from TRU. Her travel writ­ing, music reviews/interviews and pho­tog­ra­phy has appeared in pub­li­ca­tions such as Con­se­quence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNo­mad Travel Guides. She cur­rently splits her time between her apart­ment in down­town Van­cou­ver and her sail­boat, where a book and a bot­tle of wine are always at hand.

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Thanks for the great review Francesca!

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