In book eleven of her New York Times best-selling Elemental Assassin series, author Jennifer Estep continues "one of the best urban fantasy series going on the market" (Fresh Fiction).
Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed "The Spider," she's a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.
There's a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name "Burn" sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight...
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"Don't Annoy The Spider!!"
The spider is back and back with force.... You get to finally know a big-ish secret, and you get to know that if you annoy the spider too many times, then she will just finish you.... So stay away from the spider everyone.
I'm going to spoil this book if i say anything else... So lets just say that it was much much better than the previous one, and it established few things which will make the upcoming ones more exciting.
"will she ever get better at using her powers"
I don't think I will be getting the next book. I'm starting to get tired of the filler and reiterating of who she is and I'm stunned on the fact of her powers and how she beat Mab Monroe who was the st strongest elemental in 500 years and she is now the strongest and has trouble with everyone else that was scared of Mab. The stories are great except the filler just the fights with the bosses could be more believable and it would be nice to see her learn more about her magic and actually use her full potential besides one time out of what 12 books now.
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Loved the story in Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep but Bria needs to get over it already! Either accept your sister or move on.
Story Thoughts:There was a whole lot of kicking ass in Poison Promise and I liked it. Drug King needed taking down: Gin's got it taking care of. New characters in the fold that could go either way: Gin's got that too. A whole lot of twists, turns, and snark: Gin can handle it. It was just another great adventure for Gin and crew!
Character Thoughts: Let me be specific: every character was downright awesome except Bria. Seriously, I know it sucks that you are a cop and your sister is an assassin. Also, it sucks that she knows it is better for her to do things her way than you. JUST SUCK IT UP ALREADY. Can you tell she annoyed me a bit (or a lot) in Poison Promise? :)
Narrated By Lauren Fortgang / Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
If you haven't listened to Lauren narrate this series, you are seriously missing out.
Final Thoughts: Ready for the next adventure because I think I have a new side boyfriend. Finn is still my main man!
"So far the best in this series"
I've followed this series since it started. Some of the books were kind of weak, and I didn't enjoy. Out of the 11, I returned two because the story line annoyed me, and I thought Gin was made to look stupid. This one was really good. Had many twists and turns and showed Gin's growth as a person and maybe it makes her weaker because she cares so much about those close to her, but it makes her stronger because of the bond she feels. I really think this was the best in the series so far.
Gin of course. The way she interacts with her friends and relations, her growth and strength from learning to care and go the extra mile for the sake of being true to her feelings, and for what is right. (However she's still not afraid to kick some butt to show that she's still has it)
There were several, but the best was at the end when she meets the daughter of her nemesis M. Monroe.
Looking forward to how Jennifer Estep will continue this story with this new group of villains, who are all related to Gin's past. They seem to be stronger and more powerful than the old ones, and I'm afraid that some of the people Gin knows will be eliminated in the next few installments. It was promised in this one and the only way to continue the story would be to make it happen. Who will be eliminated, or tortured by Gin's enemies? We'll have to wait and see.
"Another Good book"
I liked the book, went by fast. My only problem is that the book somewhat veered from the previous books. I say that because of her capabilities in the other book should have allowed her to do certain things that in this book she could not (don't want to ruin the book for anyone). That being said, I do enjoy the series and will continue to listen.
"The Spider doing her thing"
Another action packed installment of the Elemental Assassin. It's Gin's Birthday book, Happy Birthday Genevieve Snow!
I love Lauren Fortengang's interpretation of the Spider so I had preordered this book at audible. Definitely a wise decision if I may say so. This audiobook was all that I had hoped it would be. I had been waiting for this enemy for awhile and this book resolved many issues and paved the way for a new war.
Someone is dealing drugs, a new kind of drug called Burn, and it is worse than anything Ashland and South town had seen in a long time. When the Pork Pit waitress, Catalina, was accosted by her friend and forced to sell drugs, Gin stepped in to help Catalina. Of course, this inserted the Spider into Ashland's underworld, and again forcing her to clean up the mess the Ashland PD couldn't.
What I liked about this book was that Gin finally reached a comfortable place in her tenous relationship with Bria, her baby sister. Bria is a judgmental, self righteous cop (the female Donovan Caine) and everything was just black and white with her. In this book she finally saw the shaded areas Gin lived in and she was finally humbled (or smacked her off her high horse).
My favorite part was the fact that the focus of this book was on the Spider and that is when Gin is at her best--Kicking Ashland underworld butt. Everyone connected to Gin makes an appearance and we finally get to meet MM Monroe. It's sad but I am excited because MM is definitely her mother's daughter. There is another surprise to MM Monroe too. I am excited for where this series is going.
"A laundry list of bad guys"
Gin can really find herself in a pickle at times. Her Pro Bono work is liable to get her killed someday. When she inadvertantly helps one of her employees from the Pork Pit, she ends up as a lab rat.... literally! In the end, Gin does what she does best and whips the bad guys into submission (I mean death!). Long term she has a new assistant. Things are about to get ugly in Ashland.
"Wow how original, Gin gets captured again"
If the writer could get a different plot contrivance then Gin always being captured, tortured, escaping and the coming back to kill the bad guy.
Yes. I am not wasting my money on the rest of the books in this series. Time for some grown up books.
Gin cooking for friends and family.
Gin. She needs to plan better.
"Spider in the House"
There's a new drug being pushed called "Burn" and it's taking hold of the people of Ashland. When Gin happens upon a drug deal gone bad that involves one of her employees, the Spider steps in.
This is one of my favorite UF series! Gin is a total bad ass! She's a bit of a reluctant assassin because she doesn't take just any job. However, if a person threatens her friends, family, or an innocent~ she takes care of business.
The other thing that I really enjoy about this series, is that she doesn't have to be the lone Hero. Everyone in her inner circle has a role in the success of The Spider. She might be the one who ultimately dispatches the villains but she's never quite alone in it. And her inner circle keeps growing! I really liked the new "addition" becoming her personal assistant, lol. The Spider is becoming the top Powerhouse in Ashland, whether she likes it or not.
We also get a nice little introduction to the next villain. The one we've been waiting on. We knew she was coming but it's more of a package deal. I'm definitely eager to see how that turns out.
Bria, Bria, Bria. She seriously made me angry with her stupidity and treatment of Gin. I wanted to punch her in the throat. Gin might forgive her but I haven't yet.
Series is awesome, series is full of suspense and action packed. Love the series keep writing
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