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“ahhhh la continuacion no me atrapo tan rapido como el ibro anterior, lo que si es que no espere ese final¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ quiero leer el siguiente libro ya¡¡¡¡¡¡”GEORGINA B wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is not normally the genera that i read,but after all the reviews stating how wonderful it was I wanted to try it. I read all three books in two days, I couldn't put it down.”booksandmorebooks wrote this review Saturday, September 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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8 (yes 8) Stars!
If you have yet to read anything by Karina Halle, I would suggest Sins & Needles as a starting point. Unless you are a youngin' then this one is not for you, 18+ please. Halle has a talent for creating characters that are deeply flawed, utterly unique and incredibly readable. It is a talent that brilliantly shines through in Sins & Needles.
Ellie will have you loving her yet screaming at her throughout the book. She is tough and brave yet incredibly insecure at the same time. You feel for her and the trauma she's been through but her decision making skills will have you pulling your hair out. She's had a rough go of life and is always looking for an easy mark to scam whatever it is she needs. It's a talent learned from her parents during a childhood of conning anyone they crossed paths with. An extreme situation landed her at her uncle's farm during her teen years. Now, years later, she's returned to the farm in hopes of a fresh start.
Camden knew Ellie, as much as anyone ever could anyway, during her high school years. He too is back in town trying a different life and running from his own personal demons. Ellie falling back into his path should be happy circumstance; but when two troubled and damaged people collide, happy doesn't really have a chance.
Camden is the local wierdo-goth-boy turned tattooed hottie. He's grown out of his awkwardness but not his obsessions. He comes off as such a sweet and nice guy to start but boy...screw with this guy and you see a whole other side. His extremes work for him, make him more intriguing by bringing out a dangerous vulnerability.
Their pasts are catching up to them both and when these two team up it turns into one thrilling adventure with an ending that will have you screaming for the next chapter.
There is no sweet fluffiness here, if that is what you look for in a book ~ look elsewhere. Here you will only find a dark and secretive thrill ride with betrayal abound. Sins & Needles is unlike anything I've read before. It's deadly sexy, thoroughly exhilarating and absolutely engaging. ”
“I almost gave this 2 stars and truthfully I still don't know how I feel about it. I spent the first half of the book really disliking the main character and now that I've finished I still don't like her all that much but the storyline was intriguing enough that I'll at least read the next book to find out what happens.”Colleen S wrote this review Saturday, July 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I'm not sure what to say about this book. This is the first novel by Karina Halle that I've read and it won't be the last...I will be devouring her novels. I loved this book. I can't say that enough, I loved it. I think Ellie and I kind of go way back but only in the worst ways (I say this with a grin, I assure you). Sins and Needles was a dark book, not too dark, dark enough. This book had shadows but that light at the end of the tunnel thing, that was kept well at bay, kind of hidden maybe for another book, but I hope not. This book had it all, music, drugs, sex, illegal activity, dysfunction, heartbreak, lol it's in there...and if you know anything about the kinds of things I like to read, you know that this was damned near a perfect book for me. Hell, right up front she mentioned Jim Morrison, kudos all around, I was hooked. I hope this story stays dark and I really hope it works out in the end....I can't wait to see how she pulls that off.
I think what got me more than the story was Karina Halle, herself. This author and I have shared a few lines. Literally, we have shared the same lines which kind of floored me to be honest. She didn't steal them from me because mine haven't been published and I didn't steal them from her because this is my first read of her work. Normally, that would make me hate what I was reading. But honestly, it kept me going, making me have to know how she got to them and where they were going. Just a line here and a line there, just enough to make me smile in the darkness. I firmly believe that "normal" people do not think the way Karina Halle thinks which is exactly why I MUST read everything she's written! Just consider me a fan for life lol
God, you have to love a story that makes you run to youtube to listen to something mentioned on the pages!
Page 9: There wasn't a car or a soul around for miles. It was just me and Jim Morrison and the extreme landscape.
Page 37: Javier once told me I wore my guilt like a badge of honor, because it meant someone else was suffering the same as I was, or worse.
Page 61: I don't know what it is about seeing a musician in their element, but somehow their element (which must be fire, if has to be any of them) turns them into an animal.
Page 61: But when he was playing, you could see he was 100 percent in the moment. It was just him and his guitar, just him and the music and nothing else. It made you wonder what kind of secrets this man had because he seemed to only divulge them to the instrument in his hands.
Page 129: From the way he was positioned by the window, he almost looked angelic. But angels don't have tattoos and they certainly don't have guns in their hands.
Page 155: He had about as many issues to work out as I did. Of course, I tended to rely on drugs to get me through that.
Page 187: I wanted him to stop. He did when he hit the part on my arm, the three notes from the guitar after Knopfler sings the titular sentence. Three notes that never sounded so desolate. Three notes that sounded so much like loss in a song that ended with hope.
Page 207: A world without you in it is a song without the music. You need both to make it whole.
Page 227: What happens to love when it turns to hate? Was this it? Did it turn to death?
Page 242: No, maybe not. Because then I wouldn't have this. I wouldn't have you. I have to live with my mistakes, but I don't have to regret them. I regret my actions but I can't regret the consequences.
Page 267: I met Camden in high school, a place that taught me kill or be killed better than my parents ever could. I met Javier after. He helped me perfect the skill.”
“Wow. People were holding onto some serious stuff going back to high school days (i'm talking to you Camden). So many dangerous cats in this story, too. I don't think I'd last long as a grifter.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Tuesday, June 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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.
“You're a con artist. A liar. A thief. An unredeemable soul. You can't be reformed. You can't be saved. You'll die trying to make the world pay for what it did to you. And you'll die alone.”
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.
“I hate you, Ellie Watt," he whispered, lips coming closer to mine, "because I still love you after all these years.”
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 was like a living, breathing painting on an all-male canvas.”
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...
“I cleared my throat and spoke into his kiss. “Sorry, it’s been a while.”
“You should expect to hear the same thing from me in about five minutes,” he murmured.
“Five minutes, huh?”
“I’ll make it the best five minutes of your life.”
I bit his lip, hard, then released him and looked into those intense blues. “Clock’s ticking.”
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.
“He sucked in his breath as his saw me, his eyes travelling from my toes to my hips, as if he hadn't seen it all before. "Jesus," he whispered, gaze lingering everywhere. "I keep forgetting that you're art already...”
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...
“I love you,” he whispered. “From now until the end, under any name you choose.”
Rainy Day Reads
“What a pleasant surprise, any time you read a book just about in one sitting, you know you got a winner. I Loved the writing style, and the totally flawed and very real characters. This was, dark, sexy and suspenseful... And one hell of a trip for me.”Lupdilup wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“WTH how many feelings does Ms. Halle have to stomp, kick, bit, lick, thrust, twist and torture before I blow my last nerve ? I think I lost years off my life, and two nights of sleep. Even now, 12 hours after finishing the book I am lost in the back seat with Ellie or standing on the porch with Camden. I am lost, bewildered and rehashing ever little detail. I need hope, I need some closure, i need the next book. Dang it Ms. Halle you have made me an addict.
Camden, you can tat me anytime any place. I am on your team Dude !”