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Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin Series #8)

Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin Series #8)

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by Jennifer Estep, Lauren Fortgang (Read by)

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The eighth hotly anticipated book in the Elemental Assassin series by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep: it’s Gin Blanco's party—and you’ll cry if she wants you to.

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


The eighth hotly anticipated book in the Elemental Assassin series by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep: it’s Gin Blanco's party—and you’ll cry if she wants you to.

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.

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Elemental Assassin Series , #8
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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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Deadly Sting 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
ReadingOverTV More than 1 year ago
Just because her nemesis is dead and the Spider is retired doesn’t mean that Gin doesn’t have any more interesting stories to tell. The action begins early in Deadly Sting and the pace remains steady throughout. There is more going on than just the obvious dangerous situation Gin faces. There is an undercurrent that has Gin solving a puzzle until the pieces all fit together. And all the while Gin is forced to confront the relationship with Owen that is failing and the painful emotions that surface when  they are brought together under tense conditions. While the flashback to an event with her mentor was distracting,  it did provide a bonus story for those of us hungry for every morsel of her development as the Spider and her relationship  with the Tin Man, and gave a depth of meaning to just how serious The Spider is about protecting those she loves. It all adds up to a good read! I received this book via a contest at Goodreads as an early release.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the 8th book in the Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep. This series started with Spider's Bite in 2010. Ms. Estep introduced us to Gin Blanco, cook at the best BBQ joint in town, perpetual student at Ashland College, Stone and Ice elemental and deadly assassin for hire. The first book introduced us to Gin, killed off her mentor, handler and father figure Fletcher Lane, and basically set us up for the eventual showdown between Gin and the woman who killer her entire family when she was a child, Mab Monroe. This series is set in fictional Ashland, in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. If you are a fan of really good Urban Fantasy, you will want to find these books and start reading. I would not recommend reading them out of order though. If you are interested, but on the fence, make sure to check out Ms. Estep's website. She has links to the first chapter in all the full length novels as well as several short stories to help fill in the gaps between novels or give historical insight. Plus, some of Gin's favorite recipes are available on the site as well.  This story about a month after the events in book 7, Widow's Web. Finnegan Lane, Gin's foster brother, has convinced Gin to go to the opening of the art exhibit of Mab Monroe's treasures. The gala had been planned since before Mab's death and now the reading of her Last Will and Testament will happen at the gala. Everybody is going to be there. Finnegan is busy harassing Gin into getting a new dress for the, as Gin puts it, "shindig". Things get off to a rocking good start when the store Gin and Finnegan are at is held up. Gin foils the robbery attempt and gives her sister, Detective Bria Coolidge a call. Gin finds out that robberies are happening all too frequently lately, especially as all the giants, who are the guards of choice, have all suddenly quit their jobs. The night of the gala, Gin comes face to face with Owen for the first time in a month. Turning around, there he is, just as startled to see her as she is to see him. For Owen is at the gala with another woman. One who has the same color hair and similar style as Gin, is the same height as Gin and is wearing the Exact Same Dress as Gin. So much for Gin's original, one of a kind dress. Finn is furious... about the dress. (You have to know Finn to understand.)  Little does Gin know that the gala is going to be robbed. And the bad guys don't want The Spider to interfere, so they decide to do a little exterminating. Unfortunately for Owen's date, the woman wearing Gin's dress, Owen wasn't the only one who had a case of mistaken identity. And with a missing face and only a dress and overall appearance to go by, everyone assumes that The Spider has finally been killed. And this is the point when the action cranks up into overdrive. I love this series. Just love it. This is one of the very special few authors that I allow a permanent residence on my bookshelf. Each new book has been better than the last. The supporting characters are all so vivid and original, there is no confusion on who is who, each voice is unique and distinct. Gin is a tough as nails, balls to the wall, unrepentant kick your ass female. One of the things that I like best about her is that when she makes a decision, she doesn't waffle or whine or second guess herself. She commits and follows through. She is confident in her abilities and the abilities of her friends and family. The action is fast paced, yet believable. This is a series where good guys get hurt, bad guys sometimes win and a happy ending is not guaranteed. It is gritty and raw and real. Well, real for the world that Gin lives in. I am just glad that Ms. Estep lets us visit. 5 stars on Goodreads.
ondreea More than 1 year ago
I really respect Jennifer Estep as an author. The Elemental Assassin series has been a solid series and continues to be. This book picks up where the last one left off. It has everything; the overall plot of a heist, violence, action, but also self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and relationships. Gin is back with all of her friends and family and still battling for good but with a deadly purpose and outcome. She's as strong as ever, but with a heavy heart after the last book when she had to kill Owen's ex-girlfriend. You're left wondering what's going to happen between them because Owen is such a likeable character and I've felt he's the best for Gin since the beginning. It kind of bothered me at first that when this book started Owen and Gin weren't back together yet. However I admire Jennifer Estep's integrity to the story and character for that very fact. There are no simple solutions in life and Estep reflects that in this book. It's also a great book for setting up what is to come for Gin and her future. I think what makes Gin so strong is the fact that she's willing to accept her failures and faults but to strive on. She's a little hard on herself, but it's what keeps her a good person despite her assassin role. She may kill people but it's not for fun but she does what needs to be done. It's the reason I keep coming back for more.
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
Well Estep really doesn’t waste much time. She instantly throws her heroine, Gin aka The Spider, back into the fray. I mean seriously, what could go wrong with Gin attending the opening night of the late Mab Monroe’s (who of course she killed) art collection and for the reading of her will. Or what could go wrong just in shopping for the perfect dress for the gala. In Gin’s world, nothing is ever easy. Every crime boss in Ashland is gunning for Gin and most of them know her true identity. When Finn and her walk into the museum (on an island), Gin notices right away that something is off. As always, her instincts are right. The giants have formed together and they plan to rob the entire museum but first they have to take out the Spider before she can spoil their plans. Estep opens up old wounds when she introduces Own back into the mix. He also attends the gala with and “old” female friend who just so happens is wearing the exact same dress as Gin. There are many unresolved issues between Own and Gin. Their friends want them to work it out but it is kind of hard when the person you love (Gin) kills your ex. Estep does not let her readers have a second to think that everything is going to turn out perfectly. This wouldn’t be Gin’s world if it did. There are many bumps in the road but hopefully one day Gin will have the peace and happiness she deserves…it just isn’t going to happen anytime soon. A great part of this book is the flash backs to when Gin made her first kill with Fletcher, her adoptive father. It brought insight into the makings of the Spider and that from a very young age she was taught that sometimes you have to hurt and use the people you love to kill the bad people. Gritty, bloody, heartbreaking and at times quite humorous makes this series one of the best I have read and will continue to read. Jennifer Estep has created a series that the outcome is never what you think it will be and each new book injects a new twist or turn to keep the plot moving. She isn’t scared of hurting her characters to the point that us as readers have no idea if they will survive or not. The ending is bittersweet but I liked how Gin handled her revenge on a certain someone. Estep also leaves it wide open on who the next big baddie will be. (DRC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Gin Blanco, Pork Pit owner and assassin, always seems to find trouble. This time it comes in the most unusual fashion. Gin is talked into attending a charity function with her foster brother and most of her friends...all of Ashland’s rich, famous and infamous have come out to see Mab’s art collection. The gallery opening isn’t really any trouble but the group of giants taking the attendees hostage and robbing them and the museum...now that’s definitely trouble. Accidently killing an innocent, that is down right abhorrent pushing Gin into action. I love this series and have to say that I was a little hesitant after the Widow’s Web. Needless to say, I want Gin to find real happiness. I’m totally trusting Jennifer Estep to pull us through this love crises but I have to say I was a little disappointed with one specific hero.  Gin was fabulous as always, I really am loving her character growth and constant inner strength. Watching Gin do what she does best, out think the bad guys against insurmountable odds, always makes for a brilliant read.  Deadly Sting did not disappoint. Fast paced, action packed, thrilling adventure with fabulously witty characters and a totally original storyline, Deadly Sting kept me riveted to the pages!  This ARC copy of Deadly Sting was given to me by Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date March 26, 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this book to be great. The series keeps getting better and better as the story progresses. It is great how you get to know each character more and more as the series goes.
GrampaBob45 More than 1 year ago
Another sterling story by Jennifer Estep. This lady has a highly laudable story-telling knack. Her first five novels introduced a myriad of colorful characters and each successive novel enhances those characters and adds new ones to round out that particular story. Action-packed fantasy that I find highly entertaining, I highly recommend her entire series. They are great stories with plenty of outstanding character development and no lack of plot twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Including so much summary about Gin's experiences, as well as her history with other characters, had turned me off the series. I know that practice is what allows each book in a series to stand alone, but when so much of the same information is given in every book, I feel shorted. I'm happy to say, that wasn't the case with Deadly Sting. I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of recaps in this book. This read was full on Gin in action and sucked me back into the series.
TamiWS More than 1 year ago
One night in the life of Gin; what a wonderfully written set of characters. Always interesting and exciting.
housedavo More than 1 year ago
loved this book, liked the bad guy can't wait for next one
toi41 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!!!! Gin keeps major butt and does it with humor and finesse and all the while the action is non-stop!!  And a scene in the book makes you want to say did your really think it would be that easy!! And watching her deal with Owen and the wonderful chemistry of that is rocking and How Finn is Dealing with is flirty nature and progressing romance with Bria. I love how Gin is strong but loves her family and friends and nothing and no one is going to hurt them and get away with it!!! This book is a excellent read get it and go!!
LadiSteele 5 months ago
Love this entire series, have read everything she's written!
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LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Gin Blanco returns in book eight of the Elemental Assassin series, Deadly Sting. The book starts off with Finn, Gin's foster brother taking her shopping for a fancy dress. He's asked her to go to a gala with him that is showing Mab Monroe's possessions. Everyone that is anyone will be there, and Finn can't resist rubbing elbows with the rich. Things quickly escalate when someone attempts to assassinate Gin, and hold everyone at the gala hostage. With each second passing by, Gin has to figure out how to save her friends and all the other innocent people, and still manage to take down the bad guys. I enjoyed seeing Gin puzzling out everything on her own, since her friends were in the crowd being held hostage. It tossed a bit of difference from the other books in the series, since she generally figures everything out with her friend's aid. The villain in Deadly Sting didn't really impress me, and I'll be honest, this wasn't my favorite book in the series. But it wasn't a disappointment, it added a bit more to the overall series plot. The book leaves a big question in the air that I cannot wait to see what happens next. It's not really a cliffhanger, but it definitely left me intrigued and making grabby hands for the next book. I recommend this series if you're a fan of Urban Fantasy with a female lead that isn't afraid to get her hands dirty.
shortcircuit More than 1 year ago
series is a must read
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I have a big problem with the idea of an assassin who is actually known by essentially everyone. Assassins are meant to hide in the shadows, a little thing Estep abandoned early in the series. I also don't much care for her style of writing. Her woed choice is often quite awkward. Sadly, I keep forgetting these things when one of the books shows up on the $2.99 and under list.
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