Mar 21, 2013

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Early Review: Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #8)

deadlysting4 star

Urban Fantasy
March 26 2013
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
Pocket Books
Received from publisher

Kick Ass Chick – Gin Blanco

From Goodreads –
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’ 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.


Gin Blanco and friends are back in Deadly Sting, the eighth book in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series.  (Holy cow!  Eight already?!)  I was very pleased with this installment and am happy to say that it was one of my favorite from the series so far.  Apart from the first couple of chapters, the entire book takes place over one night and in one location.  I found this to be a very clever idea and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Finn convinces Gin to accompany him to a big shin-dig at Ashland’s fancy art museum.  Of course, once they are there, all hell breaks loose as the place gets robbed by a large group of Giants.  The Giants are lead by a ruthless leader named Clementine and her plan is pretty nifty.  The more I read about what was going down, the more impressed I was.

I honestly don’t know why the cream of the crop of Ashland goes to these fancy soirées.  I mean, every time they are all together in one place, someone cooks up a plan to kidnap them or kill them or rob them!  I mean, c’mon people?!  It’s like Murder She Wrote.  Why would anyone want to live in Cabot Cove. Someone dies there every week! *grin* Just kidding…mostly.  I hope the fanciest members of Ashland keep getting together.  It makes for some great stories!

Gin is a little heart-broken in this installment but I was glad to see that she wasn’t too mopey.  It would not have suited her and I was pleased to see how Jennifer had Gin deal with her heartache.  Gin showed us once again why she is such a strong character.  She is so down to earth and truly likeable.  Loyal to a fault and willing to do anything that needs doing in order to protect those she cares about.  I love to watch her with her friends and family – their banter is so natural.

Finn is always a character I look forward to reading and he did not disappoint in this book.  You can’t help but grin when he’s on the page.  He’s so full of himself but he, like Gin, would do anything to protect those who cared for.  And he is forever adorable with Bria.  Speaking of Bria, I enjoyed her in this installment.  Often, I want to help her take the stick out of her butt a bit, but it wasn’t there at all this time around.  I like this Bria.  I like how she is loving and warm towards her sister Gin even though she doesn’t quite agree with Gin’s assassin past/current pastime.

Owen makes me sigh.  I didn’t feel like smacking him this time around because he seems to understand that what happened in the last book needed to be done.  Doesn’t mean he likes it though and doesn’t mean he forgives Gin but at least he’s more grounded about things a bit.  Reading the blurb for book nine, Heart of Venom (due out August 27th 2013) it seems that Owen and Gin are going to be dealing with their feelings for each other and I so can’t wait for that.  They really are perfect for one another and I hope they realize it as well as we fans of the series do.

And who the hell is MM Monroe?!  OMG the mystery is killing me!

And boo-ya Jonah McAllister!

Deadly Sting continues to prove that Jennifer still has many original and entertaining ideas for this series.  And I for one look forward to reading each and every one of them.

4.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“My eyes dropped to the gun in Bria’s hand.  ‘When did you get a silencer?’

‘This?’ she said, holding it up so I could see it better.  ‘It was a present from Finn for our three-month anniversary.’

‘How romantic.’

She grinned.”

Books in the Elemental Assassin series –
Spider’s Bite
Web of Lies
Tangled Threads
Spider’s Revenge
By a Thread
Widow’s Web
Deadly Sting
Heart of Venom (August 2013)


  1. Guess the cream of the crop in Gin’s town is TSTL. Which is why they all keep getting together and dying horrible deaths. AND OWEN!! Owen needs to deal and get back with Gin. They’re such a great couple!

  2. I just started this series yesterday, I’m really linking it. I’ll comeback and read your and Carmel’s review when I catch up.
    Loving the heroine already 🙂

  3. Mary – I think Owen and Gin are perfect together. I know things will work out for them. I just feel it! lol

    Lupdilup – Gin is a great character! I’m glad you’re liking it so far 🙂

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