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review 2017-07-28 14:12
On Every Street by Karina Halle
On Every Street - Karina Halle

I picked this for my free Friday read last week and I was so looking forward it. It’s the prequel to the Sins and Needles trilogy, of which I reviewed the first book yesterday. This book takes us back to Ellie’s past where we get to know the infamous Javier, the antagonist in Sins and Needles. In that book we don’t see Javier, but we’re told about him through Ellie and we’re led to believe he’s a pretty wretched guy. Javier was a man Ellie previously had a relationship with that ended badly. He shows up at the end of Sins and Needles and becomes part of the love triangle that is Ellie, Camden and Javier.

 

It ended up that I pretty much hated most of this novella. The plot was okay at the beginning,  but then it became a love story between Ellie and Javier. I fell in love with the story of Sins and Needles, the romance element being tagged on to the end. But in On Every Street there was hardly any plot. It was too much of a change for me and not what I was expecting.

 

Then there were the characters. Ellie was completely different to what she was in Sins and Needles. I get that the events in the novella were supposed to be one of the reasons that she became what she did, but the difference was too stark. She wasn’t even vaguely similar to the Ellie from Sins and Needles. I felt like I was reading about someone else entirely.

 

Then there was Javier. Oh my God! What a world class prick! He was so smarmy it was ridiculous. Every time he opened his mouth I cringed. And we were supposed to believe he had women dropping at his feet!? Ugh, he was hideous. I loved Sins and Needles but now I’m not going to continue with the trilogy because I can’t bear to read another bit of smarmy drivel that comes out of his mouth.

 

Oh and I don’t want to forget to mention the cheese. It reeked! Just don’t do it to yourself, don’t read this!

 

I read this for my free Friday read and really wish I hadn’t.

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review 2017-07-27 13:57
Sins and Needles by Karina Halle
Sins & Needles - Karina Halle

As I’ve said in a few posts, I wasn’t well for a while and wanted to read something that was light and completely different to what I would normally read. When I landed on cars land 18 and found out this book was published in 2013, it seemed like the perfect time.

 

Sins and Needles is part of a new-adult trilogy. It concerns Ellie Watt, a twenty-something grifter. However, she’s ready to give the grifting life a rest and returns to her home town Palm Valley to spend time with her Uncle. When she arrives in Palm Valley she isn’t sure what she wants, to stay there for good or just visit with her uncle.

 

One day she bumps into Camden McQueen, a guy who was her best friend for a period in high school. When she knew him he was dorky, but now he’s matured into a very attractive man.

 

As she gets to know Camden and she sees how well he’s doing for himself, she can’t resist formulating a plan to steal his money and return to her grifting ways. But as you would guess, their mutual attraction gets in the way.

 

The reason I enjoyed this new-adult novel so much is that even though it contained some odvious troupes from the genre, it didn’t feel that way. Everything just seemed to fit together really well.

 

As much as it was hard to like Ellie, the author brought in a strain of backstory that meant that even though I didn’t like her much, I understood why she did some of the things she did. Camden on the other hand was someone I could route for the whole way through.

 

There are quite a few sex scenes, by the way and even though they were well done there were too many for me. One or two would have been enough

 

Above all, though, this was a fun read that was easy to get into and stay that way. The sexy storyline was punctuated with enough meat to make this a satisfying read.

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text 2017-07-23 21:44
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
On Every Street - Karina Halle

This is the prequel to the first book in the Sins and Needles trilogy that I finished reading a few days ago. That book was loads of fun, but this one is so unbelievably cheesy it reeks! I want to read the rest of the trilogy, but is it really worth it when the prequel is so cheesy!?

 

I'm reading this for last week's free friday read.

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text 2017-07-19 21:03
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Sins & Needles - Karina Halle

You know, it was so refreshing to change things up from what I normally read. This was fun, light and sexy and exactly what I needed.

 

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text 2017-07-17 21:16
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Sins & Needles - Karina Halle

Like I said in my previous post, I'll update about my last 3 rolls as soon as, but this is what I'm currently reading. Apparently it's one of the better new-adult reads, but that's not saying much! It's a contemporary romance that's easy to follow, like I wanted and I'm enjoying it, so who knows, maybe the reviews were right.

 

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