Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2) by Karina Halle


Rating: 4 stars

Genre: Romantic Suspense

So I’ve just finished book two and again I’m left feeling exactly the same as I did after finishing the first instalment. WTF JUST HAPPENED DUDE?! Yeah it’s one of those books that keep you on your toes from beginning to end; there’s always something going on, not a second of boredom takes place. Hence why I’m enjoying reading this series.

In book two we are taken on journeys commencing from the viewpoints of both Ellie and Camden. It’s finally nice to know what really goes on inside that head of Camden’s and as expected it’s all Ellie, Ellie Ellie. Boy he has it bad. I think that really helped bring out the story more, get a little break from only reading Ellie’s thoughts. Anyway, so Ellie is bound with Javier after leaving Camden to pick up where he left things with his ‘family’. I say that in quotation marks because it’s really difficult to see his ex-wife as being his family. She’s selfish, only really cares about money, and would go as far as putting her son’s life in jeopardy in order to gain hold of cash.  So Camden being the gentleman that his father never raised him to be, does his best to please his wife, mostly for his son’s sake but things take a turn where he most likely never saw it coming from. And as far as Ellie goes, well she starts by giving Javier a tough time, blaming him for everything that’s most likely her fault as much as his, but we all know it’s hard to forget a past that eventually shaped the person we ended up becoming.

The one thing that enraptured me the most about this book was the fact that it plays like an action movie; from start to beginning and I am a sucker for action. I love the thrill it leaves you with, the constant solving of the whole mystery in your head and going through everything that you think will happen. This book mostly took place in Mexico, and there are also many new characters we get to meet; from the past as well as one’s we’ve never heard of before. The execution of every scene was presented brilliantly and contained just the correct amount of suspense to keep me reading on.

I musn’t forget to state how Camden completely blew me away. Who knew how much power he possessed deep inside to go to the depths of going against all his morals and everything he once knew. He’s probably a little under estimated because from the way he fought for what he really wants in this book, it’s hard to recognise him as the same man from book one. He’s shows a ruthless side to him that’s really hard to decipher because I never saw it even coming. I guess sometimes the situations life presents makes it easier to forget who we are and when we have to fight, it must be done with all our strength.

The only issue I had with this book was the same one I had in the first book. Ellie. It gets difficult to go through the thought process of a character when you don’t feel pity for their situation. I had a hard time trying to sympathise with her due to my belief that she was the main cause of all her problems and then finally having fate catch up to her, she probably deserved it in the end any way. I’ll just highlight a few points to back up my opinion. Firstly, she doesn’t seem to realise that she doesn’t really have a right to blame Javier and judge him as the criminal, the bad guy, the one who is the reason for everything going wrong in her life. When to be fair, she WAS a con artist, and a criminal judging another for being the exact same thing as them, well it didn’t really sit well with me. Also, it’s easy for everyone who reads the story to see that Javier is very much in love with Ellie and that she probably is the root to his destruction. It seems that everyone she touches is doomed for ruin. And she isn’t able to see his love as evil as he may be, I didn’t really understand how. I know he’s not exactly perfect but then the life he’s living is probably the cause of who he’s become, sometimes it’s necessary for survival, just like her situation and experiences caused her to become something she’d grow to loath. He’s not really understood well and to be honest I felt more sorry for him than I did for her.

But then the ending was the part that blew me away. As always, I was left in anticipation of just knowing what would happen next. To reveal anything much would be to possibly ruin the story for anyone planning  on reading but just know it’s not something you would have ever expected to happen! And now I’m really looking forward to finding out the conclusion to this whole new mess the characters in this book have found themselves in. And I sincerely hope I am able to somehow get past my love/hate relationship with Ellie. Still, it’s very difficult to read this book and not enjoy it. It contains all the right ingredients; drama, love, passion, revenge, danger and suspense. And I do love all of those things. I recommend!

“I shook my head, trying to make sense out of what had happened. As before, no sense came. I completely lost every sense of right and wrong and good and bad. I became this black, suffocating thing, everything I feared in others. I became Javier. I became my father.”

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5 thoughts on “Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2) by Karina Halle

  1. I love to read and I’m currently reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s one of Oprah’s books in her book club. The books you described above sound good. I’m writing them down, so when I finish this book I can go get started on this trilogy. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Great! Well I hope you do read them and let me know what your opinions are on them. Thanks for taking the time to read my review 🙂

      1. I surely will. I have to finish the book I’m currently reading, but as soon as I’m done, I’ll just trot right on up to the bookstore, right around the corner and get started. It’s always nice to have someone critique the book first, that way I don’t waste money on books that are terrible, but have great covers. LOL You most definitely cannot judge a book by its cover. Take care. 🙂

      2. Yeah I know it sucks when you buy a book thinking it will be great but turns out that it’s not what you expected. Happy reading 🙂

      3. Same to you. I’ll be following your blog and check out what you have to say about various books you might read. Thanks. Take care. 🙂

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