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Monday, July 28, 2014

ARC Book Review: Poison Promise by @Jennifer_Estep

Series: Elemental Assassin, #11
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

In Estep’s 11th installment in her Elemental Assassin series, Gin Blanco, aka The Spider, is still the most lethal assassin in Ashland and juggling running The Pork Pit, her barbecue joint she inherited from the Tin Man, her mentor. Now a new drug is on the streets called Burn and one of her waitresses is being harassed by her ex-boyfriend. When Gin comes to her aid, she becomes a target for the drug kingpin who is a vampire. This vampire doesn’t feed on blood though. He feeds on emotions. This leads to Gin finally coming out of her passive way of handling situations as she has in the past. As much as I loved the vulnerability that has been showcased but now is the time she needs to go full throttle and take this monster out.

Weaving Gin’s past into how it is affecting her in the present is an art for Estep. She reveals just enough that we are drawn into Gin’s life even more and become emotionally involved. Throw into the mix of her entire support team and the reader is never disappointed.

This book is a good leaping off point for what is truly coming next…finding out about the mysterious heiress of Mab Monroe’s legacy. Hopefully this will be as epic is I imagine!

I don’t know how Jennifer Estep does it. For this to be book 11 in the series and to still be fresh is unheard of! Non-stop action, a bad-ass assassin and an epic final battle scene will leave the reader on pins and needles for what is sure to be another great adventure, Black Widow.


DISCLOSURE: I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley at no charge and in no way influenced my review.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Blast + Giveaway: The City by @deankoontz
 Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell

The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.