Bold Tricks by Karina Halle Review Feature

Review of Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

With more lives at stake and games in motion, Ellie, Camden and Javier form an uneasy alliance that will take them from the treacherous streets of inner-city Mexico to the wilds of the Honduran jungles in order to find their freedom. But with liberty just on the horizon, the cost might come at their own redemption.

 My Review of Bold Tricks (The Artist Trilogy #3)
Talk about a gut wrenching finale! This book concludes the Artist’s Trilogy nicely and ties up pretty much every loose end. However, the way things pan out, of course there is a love triangle to resolve and it gets resolved in more ways than one, though I can definitely tell, some people will be rioting from the end result.

 This book starts off right after book 2 “Shooting Scars”. I absolutely love that it was written this way because it reads like one really long suspenseful novel. We find Javier, Camden and Ellie stuck together unwillingly, but with similar goals in mind still. Mainly ‘Kill Travis’. And that’s if they don’t kill each other first. I can’t help but think of ‘Kill Bill’ throughout this quest of theirs as it turns into one deadly ride after another, all across Mexico and Central America. The Cartels are still a huge threat for the trio as they saddle up to rescue Gus, Ellie’s old friend and possibly now, Ellie’s Con Artist mother, but they don’t dominate the scenery as they did in book 2. We get to see another side of each character. Like it or not, it’s time to swallow the hard truths about Ellie that she didn’t even know about herself. Though I did find some plot lines were predictable, but still, some were not.


The sex in this one, whoooaaaa! Yes there was plenty of it and it was hot! Several scenes were made up of just sex so be ready to steam it up!

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Okay, I admit…the guy I was rooting for, the one I really wanted to win Ellie’s heart…well, it’s devastatingly sad that it turns out the way it did but, I have to say, the best man for Ellie pans out. This book is so chock full of action, chase scenes and bombings galore, it did begin to feel like I was watching a Michael Bay movie playing out before my eyes. This is okay for me but some can cause some fatigue for a reader not into that much action.

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The story unfolds slowly at first with Ellie’s thoughts and musings dominating the chapters but, once you get past that part, wow, there’s A LOT of action! Just when you think the story is over, another twist happens and then yet another comes slamming in. The amount of back stabbing in this one was atrocious and I really was wondering how Ellie was going to pull herself out of each mucky situation and come out alive. She’s definitely grown from the first novel in the series, turning into one tough chica, without remorse and hardened to the core. It made me wonder how she could really come out the other end emotionally and mentally intact, but that’s for readers to read and find out for themselves if she does or doesn’t

An epic conclusion to a very fast paced trilogy that leaves you saddened that it’s really over. A definite must read to your list this year. What are you waiting for? Just beware, when you're done, here comes the withdrawals! 
5 Stars!!!!

I received an ARC of this ebook from the author for an honest review. Thank you :)

Check out my reviews of the Entire Series on Goodreads!
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On Every Street (The Artist Trilogy #0.5)

 Sin's & Needles (The Artist Trilogy #1)

Shooting Scars (The Artist Trilogy #2)

Author Karina Halle
The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently splits her time between her apartment in downtown Vancouver and her sailboat, where a book and a bottle of wine are always at hand.

Darkhouse is her first novel and the first one in the Experiment in Terror Series. Things only get better from here on in.

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