on Sins and Needles (The Artist Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle.


If you have been following my Goodreads column, you know that I’ve been reading Sins and Needles longer than usual. Around 2 weeks. To be fait, I read like 7% of it during those 2 weeks and the rest yesterday night. And I enjoyed the book very much. It totally helped with the aftertaste of Teach Me. This will be a praise review – just so you know. Here we go.


sins and needles

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.

**WARNING** This book contains graphic language, sex and violence. Readers who are sensitive to sexual scenes, violence and a lot of cursing should refrain from reading this book.This is not YA or NA. 18 and above.

(*spoilers free*)

To be completely honest, I didn’t get into the book properly until 7% precent in. The first few pages wanted my full attention and after a tiring day, I couldn’t focus. But I knew I have to read this because of the praises it got. And I was very intrigued by the synopsis as well. The book didn’t disappointed later on. I just want to say that in my opinion this wasn’t that much of a new adult book because the main characters are 26 but I wouldn’t necessary classify it as adult book. The sex wasn’t that featured as well but what made this book so sexy were the characters and the brilliant storyline.

I cared so much for these characters. Yes, I totally fell in love with Camden. I don’t usually do this but look at the inspiration that Ms Halle used! Do you know what I mean?????

camden mcqueen

The thing with these characters is that they are bad people yet we understand them and even close eyes at the things they had done. Ellie is by no means a typical new adult main character – she is dark, funny, self conscious, flawed yet perfect. I admit, there were times I wanted to strangle her but not in a way like I wanted kill of all the characters in Teach Me. I loved her inner monologues because she made me genuinely laugh. Sometimes, I couldn’t help but compare her to Katniss Everdeen, not because their story is similar but I saw some similar character traits. Camden is no Peeta though. Ok, at first I thought he might be, but he is just as messed up as Ellie is. And I love it. I didn’t see it coming from his character but it didn’t make me love Camden any less. He is perfect. And then there’s Javier. I don’t know how I feel about him yet, but I know he is not just one-dimensional character that might seem from Sins and Needles. I will tell you more after I read the prequel.

i love you

The plot was brilliant, unpredictable, but there were some minor issues (that bugged me). I was absolutely taken in the world of Ellie and Camden! I know this is suppose to be a contemporary romance but hell, it’s so much more than that! I got so worried of the well-being of my favourite characters because Ms Halle was able to write the suspense like a genius. If you want to read my reactions to Sins and Needles while reading the book, click here. To the issues that I had. While I loved the suspense, the romance sometimes lacked for me. I think that their storyline was developed very well in the beginning until around 85%. Then it was too abrupt for me (but that’s just me) but it didn’t ruin the book for me by any means.

i want more

Overall, I loved this. I’m so glad that I finished it and met these complex great characters! I would definitely recommend this to everyone. I’m very excited to read Shooting Scars (The Artist Trilogy #2) but apparently I need to read the prequel first – the story of Ellie and Javier. I’m very tempted to skip it, but I don’t want to ruin my experience of this series. It might take me awhile to finish it, but I promise I will!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Thank you for reading and drop a comment if you want to say something!



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