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Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  17,906 ratings  ·  2,391 reviews
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 s ...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published January 25th 2013 by Metal Blonde Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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I need to think and calm down before I ....


A big thank you to Karina Halle for providing me an ARC for an honest review !!!

“I hate you Ellie Watt,” he whispered, lips coming closer to mine, “because I still love you after all these years.”
Shock seized me first, the butterflies shredding me to pieces. Then he grabbed
Steph Sinclair
Before we even get this par-TAY started, I'm going to throw something out there: This was not a bad book. I'm saying this now because I know I'm about to be the black sheep when it comes to Sins & Needles. So before everyone in my Goodreads friends list comes out with their torches and pitch forks, guys, I can totally see why you all love this book.

Alright, now that we've got the basics out of the way, strap in because I'm about to light it up. BTW, yeah, spoilers 'cause that's how I roll.

Emily May

4 1/2 stars

Sorry for using such a cheap trick to drag you in but this is the picture Halle used as inspiration for Camden. And I know many people have used that image in their reviews but, come on, do you really ever get tired of looking at that?

This book came as a complete shock to me. It's one of those where I have no idea why I read it, it must be some sort of masochistic curiosity that makes me pick up books I'm almost certain I won't like. For one thing, it's an indie novel and my luck wit
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
ETA: downgraded to 3 stars. September 20, 2015

Review completed February 1, 2013

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"Nope. This is about taking control. It's about controlling yourself, getting into that tiny moment in which you can make things happen. (…)"

After a scam gone awry and being on the road for two months, Ellie Watts decides to return home because she ran short of money. Because of her criminal lifestyle Ellie does not have a lot of friends. As it is, friends are dangerous liabilities when you're a grifter. That's t



This book was just BRILLIANT!!! I swear, it was like watching one of my favorite Tarantino movies, except it wasn't a movie, it was a book and it's the very first time a book has ever made me feel that way. The story kept me enthralled the entire time, and I loved every minute of it.

From shady drug lords to sexy tattoo artists to the maffia and visits to a casino, this book had everything in it to earn itself a place on my "favorites of
Tough Critic Book Reviews
Sometimes you need to bury yourself so deep in fiction that you forget that the real world exists. Sins & Needles is a story about drug lords, con artists, the Mafia, and a sexy tattoo artist. It's a story about redemption...justification. It's a story that perhaps seems a little unbelievable. But isn't that what makes fiction so amazing? There's no rules, anything can happen, anything goes. It's like Quentin Tarantino & Martin Scorsese wrote a book and had Kristen Ashley and M. Leighton ...more
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥

"We all make our own paths in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we’re lucky, we’re given the chance to make things right again.”


"Don't try and con a con man"


A-helluva-lot STARS!!!

Brilliant, inspired, unique, refreshing, mysterious. Dark, gothic, gritty, sexy, a Tarantino movie in the making. A story of a girl and a boy, names that aren't defining, criminals, use and abuse.


The sacred and profane
The pleasure and the pain
Somewhere your f

Welcome Readers,this golden tale is about Ellie and Camden....

She is a con artist and he is a tattoo-artist.

She is someone who has visible scars and his are deeply hidden.

She has the SINS and he has the NEEDLES.

 Watch her surrender her sins to his needles. 

"Jesus," he whispered, gaze lingering everywhere. "I keep forgetting that you're art already."

"So what are you going to tattoo on me?"

"Whatever your scars tell me to," he said.....

After a few minutes,the needle buzzed,alive and waiting to tr
Sometimes when you finish a book, you loved it so completely, so thoroughly, that you don't even want to give it a 5-star rating. Because then you start thinking of all the other 5-stars you've given, and it just doesn't compare. You don't want it to be compared. This was one of them. Having read a copy the minute it was made available, there were no reviews or feedback yet, giving me absolutely zero expectations, and I. Was. Blown. Away! (!!) I have both been dying to, and dreading, reviewing t ...more
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤

She is a con artist...


That’s what Ellie Watt,with the thousands of other names,is..
After a fake bride scam goes wrong she goes back to her childhood town to rebuild her life legitimately....
When she hits her hometown she runs into a blast from the past...


Camden McQueen used to be the freak who dressed all in Goth.At one time he was her only friend until she let peer pressure destroy their relationship...

"I'm not bad. The world is bad and I'm just trying to survive in it.”

This is a new Camden!!
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*


Sins & Needles… I guess the title says it all, right?

Are you going to read about Sins? Oh yeah!
Are you going to read about Needles? Si!

Ok, I know there are GREAT reviews about this book so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet. Oh well, sweet is not a word I should use in my review…

I always try to learn something from the books I read. Yes, also from the porn ones I read! Back to S&N, I learnt you can’t steal things that are not
~ Becs ~
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This is your Soundtrack to this review – please open it in a new window and listen while you read! It is relevant to the story.

“I’m not bad. The world is bad and I’m just trying to survive in it.”

This was SUCH a good book – absolutely compelling from the first page right through to the end with an ending to leave you positively salivating for the next part.

This is the story of Ellie, Eden, whatever she is calling herself the day you meet her. She is a liar, a con artist, a fake virgin bride,
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Feb 20, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in reading about physically or emotionally scarred characters
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read w/Michelle
Revenge never felt so good.

In this game of deception and lies will anyone come out a winner?

4.5 stars. This is the brand of drama I can subscribe to. By now, you all know that I loathe drama for the sole purpose of shock value. But when you add drama into a story which has some teeth to it, I'll be up front and center waiting to see what happens next.

There's something about the vibe of this book which reminds me of how I felt when I read Tiffanie DeBartolo's - How to Kill a Rock Star for th
Taryn at My Secret Romance
This is all you're getting for now...until I can think straight...

I am Team Camier Yes...I made that up because I just can't decide on which Team I want to be on. I want BOTH.

But I lean towards Javier more....
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Sins & Needles is one of the best books I have ever read, hands down. I can't remember the last time I've been this captivated while reading. I literally could not put my kindle down, even though I wanted to because I was having an anxiety attack reading this st
Karina Halle
Dec 18, 2012 Karina Halle is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
THIS...this book. Preparing for a wild ride :)
Jennifer Kyle

Thank you Karina Halle for giving me the opportunity to read Sins & Needles.

”Beautiful, sad, wounded, and lost,” he continued. “A freak, a work of art, a liar, and a lover.”

This is the well written story of Ellie Watt who is a twenty-six year old con artist. When Ellie’s latest scam falls apart, she packs up her latest identity and heads back home to her Uncle Jim in Palm Springs CA. Ellie Watt wears different names and looks since her departure from Palm Springs and is hoping that her unc
Lise *friends don't flag*
Revised 7/29/13 *Spoiler Free*
“This will be the last time. I’ve said that before. I’ve said it a lot. I’ve said it while talking to myself in a mirror, like some Tarantino cliché.”

This book did remind me of a Quentin Tarantino film; with the use of music, satirical subject matter and damaged characters. Uh huh good book, and would be a good movie… And as Rebecca Espinosa stated in her review:
“The situations they were placed in and the way the story unfurled, it reminded me of a movie, a re
Wow, that was one hell of a ride! Loved it!!!

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-He was exotically, dangerously beautiful. He'd been mine once. He'd broken my heart once.

-"I just care about you. I want you, angel, and I won't rest, won't leave you alone, until I have you. You do understand, don't you? You do realize how fucking long I've been looking for you!"


”We all make our own paths in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we’re lucky, we’re given the chance to make things right again.”

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I loved this book so freaking much!!! It was so amazing!! This is not your typical love story where everyone lives happily ever after. Its an extremely unique, thrilling, fast paced story that will have you on
Aestas Book Blog

Woah – what a wild ride!

It was just such a “different” read! It was quite refreshing to read something that you really can’t compare to anything else.

It was edgy and gritty, at times heart breaking and others steamy, along with a touch of snark.

I’m finding this book hard to review despite really liking it because for most of the book you really don’t know which end is up. Usually when I write my reviews, there are some constants to base it off of but with this one the ground was constantly
Mafia, drug lords, con artist and sexy tattoo artist...this was one hell of dangerous and exciting ride! Get yourself ready, this is a MUST READ!

Ellie Watt is 26 years old con artist with very hectic life. Always different names, different places and different enemies. Now after 7 years she is coming back to town where she spent her teenage years determined to leave her grifting lifestyle behind. With unusual and difficult childhood, we can say that Ellie is not your typical heroine. She lives d
Lisa Jayne
Oct 10, 2013 Lisa Jayne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa Jayne by: Anna
Shelves: favourite-series

“You know how I feel about your scars. They only make you more beautiful.”


Wow what a Refreshingly different story; moving, heart breaking and totally Unpredictable. The story of Ellie and Camden had me sold from chapter one, however this is not your typical sunshine and lollipops love story, it is dark, sometimes painful and moving. karina Halle has produced an outright gorgeously written book with interesting characters.

What's it all about?
Where do I even start to describe this
Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss
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I knew Sins and Needles was going to be great. I mean, knowing that her inspiration for Camden McQueen was this guy, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this! My expectations were high because Halle's "Experiment in Terror" series is my favorite adult series, hands down. With Sins & Needles, Halle did not disappoint. I was floored and blown away with how fantastically addictive it was. I absolutely loved it. I'm officially obsessed with
The girl needs a ….

The girls needs a

The girl cannot understand the

The girl remembers the date (this should be 2013 and not 2010)

That was the date that The girl started another

The girl loved the other book and all the other books in the


The girl feels she will never


The girl wanted to


The girl is saying a

to her

The girl hopes this affliction ends in the near


This is how I looked at the end of this book:

Wow wow wow, I didn’t expect this.

This book was awesome, it was like a mixture between action and romance. Sometimes it felt like I was watching a tennis match… Just when you think, what else can go wrong BAM it hits you. Who is conning who?? Who is running from who??

The first 41% I thought, Ellie you BIATCH. How can you do that?? And then I was like WTF just happened here??? I didn’t see that coming, yes I’ve read there are twists in
“I have to live with my mistakes, but I don’t have to regret them. I regret my actions, but I can’t regret the consequences. We all make our own paths in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we’re lucky, we’re given the chance to make things right again.”

One word to describe this book...
Sins and Needles

YES! This book was fanfuckingtastic! Could not put it down! A definite must read!!!

Ellie Watt is a con artist. She is 26, and ever since she was 19, she has
I have just finished Sins and Needles and can not say enough how much I loved it! This was the first book by Karina that I ever read and I can't believe I left it so long to start. She is a brilliant author and I am so glad I read this book.

Sins and Needles has two main characters in it - Ellie Watt and Camden McQueen.

Ellie is a con artist by profession, learning all her tricks of the trade from her parents, she lives her life running from one grifting job to the next. She takes massive risks, s

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"We all make our own path in life. Everyone we meet, everything we do, it changes us. It makes us who we are. And, if we're lucky, we're given the chance to make things right again."

I was so excited to win an ARC of Sins & Needles from Karina. I was highly anticipating the release since I am such a huge fan of all her other works. I don't know how she does it, but the characters of her books are some of my favorite of all time, they feel so

This book was SO good !!

A tattoo artist

A con artist

They used to be best friends...
They used to support each other but as it turned out Ellie was always weak.

Even though Camden was her best friend , she humiliated him so as to fit somewhere.
He was hurt..

And then she left...

Years later Ellie decided to go back to the town where she grew up.However she never thought that her ex-freak best friend would have turned into a HOTTIE.

Camden , on the other hand , believed in her and he was trying to pers
4.5 Stars

To be honest I was really hesitant about picking up this book, because I don’t usually like con stories. I hate people trying to cheat others out of their hard earned money, and take things the easy way. There are of course exceptions to this for me:

*The reason for the con is to defraud a defrauder, someone who “deserves” it in some way.

*The con is to serve up some much deserved revenge.

I guess I’m not a turn-the-other-cheek sort of girl, well in fiction anyways. If someone’s got it
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“You're a bad person, Ellie," he said without a trace of irony.

"I'm not bad. The world is bad and I'm just trying to survive in it.”
“You know how I feel about your scars. They only make you more beautiful.” 177 likes
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