RL’s Book Series: By A Thread
–(1) Ebook of Shooting Scars by Karina Halle
I’m a bit sad right now. Because… I didn’t really enjoy Shooting Scars as much as I wish I did.
I fell in love with Ellie and Camden in Sins & Needles, and after finishing that book, I was still going crazy for their story, pretty much still high off their story. Because that book is intense. Seriously, I had no idea of the wild ride that was Sins & Needles, but let me tell you, it was incredible. Edge-of-your-seat intense. Sexy. Dark. Angsty. All of which I LOVE. And did I mention I was Team Camden? Because I was SO Team Camden, even though Javier was one sexy mofo. He’s just too bad and unredeemable for me, unfortunately.
So by the time I’d finished Sins & Needles, I wanted Shooting Scars IMMEDIATELY. I wanted more Camden, more Ellie, hell, even more Javier. I had to satisfy myself with On Every Street though, which was brilliant! I applaud Karina Halle for writing the best novella I’ve ever read. And so after all this waiting, after all the teasers, when I finally got Shooting Scars in my hands (well, on my iPad in my hands), you can be sure I totally squealed. I read it as soon as I could, (which was pretty much the day after the book was released), but… I ended up disappointed. I didn’t not like it; it just wasn’t as good as the first book. Shooting Scars didn’t live up to my expectations, and I had such high expectations for it. I loved all the characters in Sins & Needles, and to see them fall flat in Shooting Scars was disheartening.
Everything felt too rushed for me. It seemed as if the book was just too fast and easy to read, even though I did take two days to read it. I wanted to get caught up in the craziness and angst, fall in love with the characters all over again, but the plot just zoomed by, and I couldn’t immerse myself into the story, even when I wanted to. Shooting Scars just didn’t have the same oomph, the same intensity, as Sins & Needles, and try as I might to love it, I didn’t.
I was so excited to be reading both Ellie and Camden’s POVs, and I was especially giddy for Camden’s, of course. But when I actually got to reading his POVs, he’d changed. Camden is entirely fueled by revenge, and I just could get a clear sense of his love for Ellie anymore, which was unfortunate. And Ellie didn’t seem as badass as she was in Sins & Needles. Yes, she’s stuck with Javier, but I felt that she could have done more to protect herself and others. Javier is his usually arrogant, mysterious, sexy self, and he’s so very intriguing. You wonder if he’s still in love with Ellie after all these years, and then you have to backtrack and wonder if he even knows what love is, if he’s capable of it. And that, he, was the best part of the book. Because if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s Javier being unpredictable.
Shooting Scars does have intense moments, as everyone is now in Mexico. Travis appears in the flesh, and of course things get hectic when you have evil drug lords. You won’t be disappointed with the scenes of action and suspense!
Even though Shooting Scars was a let down for me, I’m definitely looking forward to the third and final book in The Artists Trilogy. I honestly LOVED Sins & Needles, and even On Every Street, and I’m hoping I’ll love Bold Tricks just as much.
Look at the pretty cover for Bold Tricks!
Did you know….
That there’s going to be a movie of THE BOOK THIEF????
Well, me either!!! At least, I had no idea until today, when I saw a post by the author, Markus Zusak! I’m so sad that I honestly had NO IDEA there was going to be a movie 😦 You can read everything about the upcoming movie and trailer here on the author’s tumblr!
Psst… the trailer has already been released! Go check it out here! The Book Thief is one of my all-time favorite books ever. It’s the type of book that strikes at your heart and makes you think and doesn’t leave your head for a long time, if ever. So go read it if you haven’t! You will not regret it, even as your heart is tearing apart at the end…
So I’ve just finished Shooting Scars by Karina Halle, and… I’m a bit sad. I didn’t think it was as good as the first book, which I loved. I’ll be posting my review of it soon, and for now, I’ve started Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen! I got an advanced copy from Netgalley, along with The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa, which is like, OH MY GOD!!!!! Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors ever, and to get an advanced copy of her book…. *faints* I love love love her Iron Fey series and The Immortal Rules, and getting an early copy of one of her books is like a dream come true! *hyperventilates*
What I reviewed this past week:
And don’t forget to enter the giveaway on the blog! You can win 2 books, a finished book and an ARC!
The Last Hurrah Giveaway Hop (ends in 1 more day!)
AAAND, can’t forget about some new releases coming out next week!
Oh my gosh, how did I not know about this??? I can’t believe I didn’t know the second this book was releasing its cover and blurb. AHHH!!!
Scarlet was one of my favorite reads last year, and I was SO happy that the author was going to write not one, but TWO more books after Scarlet! Because Scarlet was freaking amazing, and I highly recommend it if you’re into fantasy, romance, and a badass heroine.
And yay! We get more Rob!!! *squeals*
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
What an adorable cover! I just really love the covers for Jennifer E. Smith’s books. Anyway, I’ll be adding this to my to-read list. I’m not exactly a huge fan of Jennifer E. Smith (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was meh, but I really liked This is What Happy Looks Like), but I’m willing to read The Geography of You and Me. I’m definitely judging a book by its cover here lol.
Shooting Scars by Karina Halle
Series: The Artists Trilogy #2
Publication Date: August 20th 2013
SO excited to read this one! I’ll probably be starting it today, because I just can’t wait for more Ellie and Camden
and Javier! I LOVED Sins & Needles (my review here) and it ended on a freaking cliffhanger, so obviously I have to read Shooting Scars asap.
Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen
Series: Nova #1
Publication Date: September 3rd 2013
I got this from Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review), and I’m so happy! I really liked Jessica Sorensen’s The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (but weirdly, I wasn’t a fan of The Secret of Ella and Micha), so I’m excited to be reading another of her books! Which reminds me, I have to read The Redemption of Callie and Kayden asap too!