Friday, April 21, 2017

#Blog Tour/Review/Giveaway - Snared by Jennifer Estep (UF) @Jennifer_Estep @Pocket_Books

Series: Elemental Assassin # 16
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

The sixteenth book in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls, “An extraordinary series…[containing] one of the most intriguing heroines in the genre.”
If you don’t know Gin “the Spider” Blanco, you don’t know dangerous female heroines.
Irony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone else’s web…
Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl.
My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive. A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.

Snared is the Sixteenth installment in author Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series. Snared continues Gin Blanco's quest to uncover the identities of the Circle, the secretive and mysterious group that has their sticky fingers in almost everything that matters in Ashland. Ultimately, Gin hopes to find about her own mother, Eira Snow. Meanwhile, Gin gets a case handed to her that she really can't say no to. So, when she is approached by a minor underworld boss she owes a favor to, the Spider is on the job. The job leads her to a surprising revelation. Has the Spider finally met her match?

"I felt like I was Snared in someone else's spiderweb, and everything I did only made the sticky threads twist and tangle tighter and tighter around me."  

Snared is something of a thriller & a mystery wrapped into one. Gin becomes more of a detective, than an assassin in searching for not only the missing girl, but apparently a killer who is as cunning as them come. She looks to her Scooby Gang (Finn, Owen, Bria, Sophia, & Silvio et al) for assistance, and must put it all together quickly before the missing girl becomes just another casualty in Ashland's growing body count. Gin still has to deal with her job as Queen of the Underworld. She still has to deal with Vampires, Dwarves, and Giants who, I am starting to think, are being cloned by the dozens for them to appear everywhere to battle Gin to the death.

One of the curiosities that Estep has done recently, is flashbacks to Gin's past when she finds herself searching for answers. Flashbacks that are filled with keys to certain events that Gin somehow managed to bury deep in her psyche. A past that might hold quite a few answers about the Circle, as well as what part her mother played in the organization. I am fascinated by Hugh Tucker and Gin's relationship. It intrigues me that Tucker may hold the answers that Gin needs, but how far is Gin willing to go in order to get them? Will she sacrifice everything she's worked for to this point, for easy answers? But, there is one thing that they do have in common. Eira Snow.  

Bottom line for me is that this series continues to impress. You don't get this far in a series without having a fantastic writer, and a publisher willing to continue to have faith that readers are still willing to be there until the end. Snared is a great story, something that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has gotten to this point in the series. I adore Gin. I adore the fact that her romance with Owen hasn't be derailed by other things, and I love the fact that Gin is willing to put her life on the line even for those outside of her inner circle of friends and family. The ending of this story really does set the stage for Gin v the Circle for all the marbles. Let's pray we get a Royal Rumble of action, suspense, and ok, I'll say it, plenty of bodies hitting the ground.   

More frustration surged through me, mixed with even more disappointment, both of which burned through my veins like bitter acid. A couple of weeks ago, I’d found several safety-deposit boxes full of information on the Circle that my mentor, Fletcher Lane, had compiled. For some reason that I didn’t understand, Fletcher had only photos of the group’s members, but it had been simple enough for me to get their names, especially since many of them were such wealthy, prominent Ashland citizens.

I’d scouted several of the Circle members, and Damian Rivera had been the easiest target with the least amount of security. So I’d broken in here tonight in hopes of learning more about the group, especially the identity of the mystery man who headed the organization, the bastard who’d ordered my mother’s murder. But maybe there was a reason that Rivera’s security was so lax. Maybe he wasn’t as important or as involved with the Circle as I’d thought.

Still frustrated, I turned to the fireplace that took up most of the wall across from the bar. I’d already searched that area for loose stones and secret compartments and had come up empty. But any little bit of information could be important, so I pulled out my phone and snapped shots of all the framed photos propped up on the mantel, hoping that one of them might hold some small clue.

Not only did Damian Rivera love the finer things in life, but he also loved himself, since most of the photos were softly lit glamour shots showing off his wavy black hair, bronze skin, brown eyes, and startlingly white teeth. Rivera was in his prime in his early thirties, and he was an exceptionally handsome man—and a thoroughly disgusting individual, even by Ashland’s admittedly low, low standards.

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About Jennifer Estep:
Jennifer Estep is a New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Snared, book #16, will be released on April 25.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.

For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

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