Friday, March 15, 2013

ARC Review - Deadly Sting 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’s 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.


Deadly Sting is a very interesting addition to the Elemental Assassin series. You should all know by now that this just happens to be my favorite series. If you haven't well pay attention! ::grin:: At times it's a little over the top because Gin is a dual threat and powerful Stone and Ice Elemental who just happens to own the Pork Pit BBQ Restaurant, has defeated numerous threats to her personal body, and has tried to retire as the assassin known as the Spider.

At other times, Gin slips into a dreamlike state and has flashbacks about her time with Fletcher Lane who trained her to become an assassin and was later killed in the first book of this series. She also believes that there is something dark and dangerous stirring that will eventually take her down. We can only hope that dream does not come true and Gin can walk away into the sunset and finally find piece of mind.

Deadly Sting begins a month after the infamous situation between Gin and Owen after the events of Widow's Web. If you haven't read THAT book yet, please don't attempt to read this one until you do. Seriously. Gin is experiencing emotions turmoil and of course, Finn attempts to break her out of her doldrums. This includes taking her to a gala at a museum showing the stolen and collected goods of Gins' former nemesis Mab Monroe.

The cover to Deadly Sting, except for the lack of blood, actually does this book justice for a change because it is exactly what Gin looks like after having to fight for her life and that of her friends at a Gala she didn't want to attend in the first place. Yes, there's lots of bodies. Yes, there's a new villain named Clementine. Yes, there's even a reunion, or sorts, between Gin and Owen that leads to some emotional moments. One can only hope that after the ending of Deadly Sting that we can expect to see more of Gin and Owen in the near future since they are, after all, perfect for each other unlike that asshat Donovan Caine.

There are a few surprises along the way involving a possible replacement for Mab Monroe, and Gin's revenge against a certain lawyer who has been out to get her since she killed his son. Like I said before, Gin has A LOT of enemies that she's made along the way. All of them want the eliminate her and become Mab's replacement.

Overall, Deadly Sting is a fast paced book that leaves you wanting the next book (Heart of Venom) so we can find out what happens to Owen and Gin and who the next villain will be. Definitely recommended to those who love a kick ass heroine who takes no prisoners while protecting those she loves.

Author - Jennifer Estep
Title - Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin #8)
Publisher - Pocket
Releases March 26, 2013
Genre - Urban Fantasy

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