Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sins & Needles by Karina Halle *Review & Kickin' Giveaway*

Sins and Needles Tour

OMG, OMG , OMG!  That was my initial reaction when Karina picked us to help host the Sins & Needles Tour because that meant I was getting an ARC and I would read it before all of you lovely people!  (yes, I did just rub it in)

See once I read the blurb for this book a while back I just KNEW I had to read it!  Check it out:

Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents' latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.

The bomb right?  Well Hell yea it was the bomb and a whole lot of diggity!

Sometimes you can't adequately review a book because it just meets and exceeds all expectations and all you really want to do is dance:

Lordy, I love it when a book makes me feel that way!

The characters are brilliant.  The storyline?  Brilliant.  
The switching from 'then' to 'now'?  Brilliant!

Those of you who have read my reviews know that I am strictly a NO spoiler girl and I hate to give  any hints to plotlines because I LOVE to be surprised.  
So, in lieu of a rehash of the book  here are a few things I can tell you that I loved:

1) Ellie Watt- If her con artist ways make you feel less sympathetic to her woes in the beginning you quickly change your tune when you start to get her back story.

2) Camden McQueen- He is hubba hubba delicious and seems to good to be true.  However, my favorite thing about him are his 'dumbo like ears'.  As Ellie says "This stranger had flaws.  I couldn't stand perfect people."

3)  The music- Karina has created a playlist throughout Sins & Needles that has me making lists and searching for songs.  As a completely 'live by music kind of girl' I love this aspect of her writing.

4) The twists and turns - this book is exciting!  Better yet the action and thriller elements are more exciting than the sex (NOT that that isn't good too) but I don't feel like this is a sexy book with some thrills.  Instead, this is a thrilling book with some very nice sex!

5) The realistic elements to the con - I seriously have to question Karina on her knowledge of cons and being on the lamb.  She seems to have this down to a tee ;)

So you saw my dancing picture up top and that is how I felt when I got the book and about 90% of the book with some other emotions jumping in at times.  However, let me show you what the last 10% feels like:

Here I am with my book  (if I were a boy) and had the
actual book instead of e-book ;)

Next I took to the bottle!
And then when you come to the end and your little finger can't turn the page anymore you will be sending Karina messages like this asking for Shooting Scars #2 (it's not due out until summer):

I want it NOWWWW!

The reality is Karina is brilliant and this book is freaking AHmazBALLS!  You must pick it up ASAP.  I'm not only saying this because of how great it is but also because I could really use some company in this lonely 'I need book #2 bed'. 
The othe reality is you only have to wait until April to get the prequel "On Every Street"!!

No Surprise here!

**The Artists Trilogy is a dark and sexy contemporary ride about three flawed individuals caught in a world where it's so easy to justify the bad things we do. This is a pure adult read (Not YA or NA).**

Now even more awesomness!! Check out this fabulous giveaway Karina is offering!! 

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  1. I'm super excited to read this book! I've heard lots of good things!!

    thanks for the giveaway!

    jaime @ Fic Fare

  2. This looks so good!!!! Great Review Chele :) Thanks for the giveaway Karina!

  3. Hi there! We have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! You can see our blog for the details.

  4. This sounds awesome! Great review! Do you know when the paperback comes out? :D


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