Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin #8) by Jennifer Estep

Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.
Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me — Gin Blanco, aka the Spider — it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.
Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.
Can you believe that we are now at #8? Still, I can't get enough of this series! Again, being Gin.. the Spider, doesn't leave much for down time. Adventure and excitement keep her on her toes and we get into it just by shopping with Finn. However this is only the beginning...

We also get a lot of adventure with another nemesis. One that we hadn't seen before, but also shows Gin that she not only needs to be the elemental with strong magic, but also finesse. We also don't just get a simple... "here is the bad guy, defeat him and it's over". Oh no. As with the other stories Jennifer Estep also creates a story with finesse and twists about who was involved and why. We also get introduced to another thread in her adventures for future stories. Yep, Gin won't be vacationing any time soon.

This book was mostly Gin's tale. We get a bit of Owen and Finn, but not much else. The secondary characters that play hard in the other books are more background in this one. Although I didn't mind it for this story, I do hope for more secondary character action in later books because I enjoy them so much. I'm also hoping for a short on Sophia especially and Phillip as well.

I don't want to give too much away. However, let me just say that if, like me, love this series... you will not be stress free after this book is over. I do think that some people will understand what I'm talking about and others need to read the books to find out. :) I still hope I didn't give too much away. /cryptic paragraph.

I give this book 4 stars. It's just another fun... and bloody... good time (pun intended). I recommend this book to those that enjoy kick arse females as well as UF series.
I received this book from Edelweiss, Pocket books and the author and no compensation for my review was given.

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23 comments:

  1. A very cryptic paragraph indeed

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  2. I really need to start the second book of this series!

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  3. I love KA heroines and UF, and am already fully persuaded to pick up this series. :-) I have a lot of catching up to do before that cryptic paragraph will sink in, but I'm looking forward to getting there. Great review!

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    1. Oh I do think you'll love to hate her villans as well. :)

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  4. I really can't believe this is #8! OWEN!! Get it together, man!

    Loved this installment -- lots of time spent in Gin's head and with Finn, who I adore. He need his own story.

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  5. It is on my device in audio form right now. It will be my work book for the next few days :)

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  6. With a mark of 4 stars this is obviously a series still going strong but then I'm not surprised when it has such a kick-ass heroine.

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  7. This sounds like a lot of fun and good to get perspective of Gin.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. You usually get Gin, but it is a great addition to the series.

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  8. Love hanging with Gin. Got my copy ordered, enjoyed your review.

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  9. I had to give up on this when Gin's problems with Owen started because it was just too frustrating. I hate it when characters behave so unlike them (out of character, lol) and Owen just did a 180. After Donovancaine, it was too stressful for me. there are things about this series I really loved, though, and I miss Finn, Sophia and others.

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    1. I do understand and she says there is a plan.

      OMG! I just read the blurb of the next book. You will SO want to read it!!!!

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  10. Blogger ate my first comment. I have books 1&2 of this series and really need to crack them open. I love all the elements you describe and the characters sound engaging.

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  11. Awesome review. I haven't read any of these books but you have me quite intrigued. I have found through reviewing for Romantic Times that I quite enjoy UF novels. I need to read more, though. I mostly get assigned paranormal romance...which is also great. :)

    -Lauren

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  12. Like I said yesterday, I SO need to read this series! I skimmed your review just in case I can pick up the first one anytime soon, but I'm glad you enjoyed it even at #8 (holy cow!)!

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  13. Oh man! This is great to hear the series is doing so well to be to this number already. Wow. :D Thank you!

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  14. Hmm, not being stress free after is okay cause well, it will only make me want to next the book so that I can be satisfied. Nice review :)

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