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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

ARC Review: Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep

Series: Elemental Assassin, Book 8
By: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Format: DRC
Source: publisher via edelweiss for an honest review

**WARNING** I do my best to keep all reviews as spoiler free as possible but because this is part of a series, some spoilers are unavoidable.

Well Estep really doesn’t waste much time. She instantly throws her heroine, Gin aka The Spider, back into the fray. I mean seriously, what could go wrong with Gin attending the opening night of the late Mab Monroe’s (who of course she killed) art collection and for the reading of her will. Or what could go wrong just in shopping for the perfect dress for the gala. In Gin’s world, nothing is ever easy. Every crime boss in Ashland is gunning for Gin and most of them know her true identity. When Finn and her walk into the museum (on an island), Gin notices right away that something is off. As always, her instincts are right. The giants have formed together and they plan to rob the entire museum but first they have to take out the Spider before she can spoil their plans.

Estep opens up old wounds when she introduces Own back into the mix. He also attends the gala with and “old” female friend who just so happens is wearing the exact same dress as Gin. There are many unresolved issues between Own and Gin. Their friends want them to work it out but it is kind of hard when the person you love (Gin) kills your ex. Estep does not let her readers have a second to think that everything is going to turn out perfectly. This wouldn’t be Gin’s world if it did. There are many bumps in the road but hopefully one day Gin will have the peace and happiness she deserves…it just isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

A great part of this book is the flash backs to when Gin made her first kill with Fletcher, her adoptive father. It brought insight into the makings of the Spider and that from a very young age she was taught that sometimes you have to hurt and use the people you love to kill the bad people.

Gritty, bloody, heartbreaking and at times quite humorous makes this series one of the best I have read and will continue to read. Jennifer Estep has created a series that the outcome is never what you think it will be and each new book injects a new twist or turn to keep the plot moving. She isn’t scared of hurting her characters to the point that us as readers have no idea if they will survive or not. The ending is bittersweet but I liked how Gin handled her revenge on a certain someone. Estep also leaves it wide open on who the next big baddie will be.



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