Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Black Widow by Jennifer Estep

Publication Date: 11/25/2014
Series: Elemental Assassins #12
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb:

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

I’ll admit going into Black Widow I thought for sure this was that Elemental Assassins book. Estep had built up the perfect ending to a series with addition of new foe seeking old revenge on Gin. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that not only was this not the last book of the series, but a new excited future ahead lies for Gin.  To ascertain that future, she has to fight the strongest elemental she’s ever faced. She’s not only fighting for her life this time, but the lives of her loved ones. Ashland’s new super villain has meticulously planned her assault on Gin by severing the support lines of her friends and family before hitting her head on. You see an entirely different side of Gin when it comes to her protective streak. The assassin she was trained to be has the skill set to handle the task at hand, but its Gin’s heart that going to get in the way.

In the past, we’ve only been given glimpses in her softer side. She’s had to be the tough, kick-ass assassin for so long it’s easy to forget that the softer, womanly side of her is in deeply buried inside of her as well. Her new enemy knows how to hit her where it hurts… her friends and family. No one before has ever considered them to be her weaknesses. M.M. Monroe showcases her ability to break down her enemy in an unconventional ways. The newest Monroe steps up her mother are game by 1000 times. Gin has never faced someone as cold and calculating as M.M. Monroe. This only makes Gin’s fight for survival even more important.

Throughout this novel, you will feel many emotions. Gin’s angry radiates as it’s done in most of the Elemental Assassins books, but as I mentioned before, as a reader, you really see how much Gin has growth emotionally throughout the series. Black Widow is the climatic book that will cement Gin’s future in Ashland. This novel is gritty yet leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy at times. Never before could you have ever associated the words warm and fuzzy with Gin Blanco. Estep’s plot and character development is bar none some of the best I’ve seen. I’m very excited to see the consequences of Gin’s actions and decisions in the next book of the series. 

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