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Black Widow (Elemental Assassin) Mass Market Paperback – November 25, 2014
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"Everything is that I adore about this series is right here and more so in Black Widow. There's expertly crafted fights, banter, and suspense that continued to keep me on the edge of my seat. I can't recommend this book enough and love being on the roller coaster ride that is Gin Blanco life.” (―All Things Urban Fantasy)
"Black Widow is crazy good and Gin Blanco is still one of the best written heroines in urban fantasy. I was riveted from beginning to end." (―Fiction Vixen)
“Gin Blanco is one of the most intriguing heroines on the scene. . . . If you have not gotten on the Gin bandwagon yet, do so today!” (―RT Book Reviews)
“This series kicked off with a bang, and the action hasn’t let up since.” (―Fresh Fiction)
About the Author
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, Poison Promise, Black Widow, Spider’s Trap, Bitter Bite, Unraveled, and Snared, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, Kiss of Venom, Unwanted, and Nice Guys Bite are the other works in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit her at JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.
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Instead of going for the obvious kill like all the other crime bosses in Ashland, M.M. Monroe decided to go the ‘legal’ route. Or as legal as things got in their fair city. She didn’t go about it slowly either. One by one, everyone that Gin loved and cared about was targeted. They never saw it coming. The one thing that Ms. Monroe didn’t take into consideration was the level of payback that Gin would send her way for messing with her family.
The battle got super personal and they were pretty much surrounded by danger from the beginning to the end. The tactics were clever but once Gin knew the game plan, she took her time and worked as smartly as her opponent. As usual, she didn’t do it alone though. Her friends and family were behind and beside her all the way, which is one of the many things I love about the Elemental Assassin series.
Gin seems to pick up more family as she goes, which is keeping things interesting. So are the twists and turns in Black Widow that could have changed everything and still might. Gin’s status in Ashland also took a new turn and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book, Spider’s Trap. 13 books in and I’m not even close to being tired of Gin and company.
Reasons Why This One is Better:
➜ Finally the villain has a more complicated plan to kill Gin than the ever popular hulk smash or I will rape and kill you because I’m a big badass. She actually has a very well thought out and complicated plan that she spent a lot of time on and even when Gin thinks she is out of the woods she finds out that maybe….just maybe she underestimated her opponent again.
➜ The incessant recaps and repetitions are done. Usually I have to eye skim through several sections in the book because Estep does a recap of something that happened a few books ago, or five chapters ago. Finally she avoided this and so I felt more engaged with the story.
➜ Gin was way more likable overall. Normally I struggle with her characters since she seems to steamroll even over her friends to do what she thinks is best. But her she gets to be protective of her friends and family but…she also finally uses them to the best of their capabilities to go after the infamous triple M.
➜ I finally didn’t figure out the entire story by chapter 8 and then have to just wait for it to play out. This time there was more than one surprise. I wasn’t sure what the next attack was going to be and how Gin was going to get out of it. It was much more intense and I enjoyed the journey to the very end.
➜ Threat of rape wasn’t the driving force for the plot. I really have hated how this series has leaned on that so hard to try and drive the suspense or danger factor of a situation. It is good to finally move past that into something that seemed more real and less contrived.
Hopefully this bodes well for Estep and the series. But still shouldn’t we be wrapping this up sometime soon. I mean it is book 12 and there doesn’t seem to be any ending in site. I like these books but at some point Gin should get a semi-HEA and the door to a series should come to an end….right?
But let’s at least hope with the events of this series that Gin is going to stay a little more interesting since she seems to have gained an even bigger and better role in Ashland now.
I love this book, and this series. I've been waiting on the showdown that happens in the second half of this book for quite a while, and it didn't disappoint. But the build up to that showdown is just amazing! Maddie is way smarter than I gave her credit for, coming after Gin and company by legal means, trying to take them all down legally rather than by trying to take them out permanently. As things start to pile up around all of Gin's friends, she starts to realize more is at work than bad luck. Finn thinks she's paranoid, but the rest of us know she's more likely than not, right on the money! As things escalate, Gin tries to figure out exactly how to take care of these problems for all her friends, just like always. Then things go from bad to worse when a woman walks into the Pork Pit trying to kill Gin. Normally that would just be a Tuesday or whatever day of the week it happened on, but this time the woman is followed by a police captain, a whole squad of police officers and a health inspector, there to inspect the restaurant for code violations. With Silvio acting as her lawyer, Gin is able to blow off the police, but there's nothing she can do about the inspector. Bad, to worse! To tell anymore details, I feel I'd start spoiling the real good parts. Okay, all the parts are good, but how about the better parts? The more suspenseful parts? I read the book as a buddy read and we had tons to discuss! We are both huge Elemental Assassin fans, so we were both looking forward to this for months before. As soon as she got her copy from the library, we got started. We were both very impressed and very much looking forward to Spider's Trap!!
I'd recommend this book for any fans of the EA series, but I would warn anyone that hasn't read all the previous books to not read Black WIdow. There is just too much going on in this book that relies on the previous books, and if someone tried to jump in at this point, they'd be pretty lost.
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