May 6, 2013

Pack Review: Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep

Series: Elemental Assasin 2
Format: Digital
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Amber I. of Awesomesauce
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.

I'm Gin Blanco.

You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.

Our Pack Review is a little lean because our buddy, Opal, is busy with some personal stuff so it's just the She-Wolf, Lee, and myself, who'll share our thoughts about Elemental Assassin 2 with you guys this fine morning.


Lee, She-Wolf Reads:
In WEB OF LIES, there was no radical development in the world Estep first introduced us to in the previous book.  One thing that did change, however, was Gin’s place in this world.  Her powers grow exponentially in WEB LIES, making her a real power player in Ashland.  Not that anybody knows that yet.  Estep is really setting a stage here for Gin to make big moves in revenging her family’s murder and I do like how that stage has been slowly developing over the course of these first two books.

And let me throw this out there – did she ever stop to think that maybe the spider rune in her hands is actually a sun? 



I looked at the two unconscious men on the floor.  Lance lay spread-eagled next to one of the booths where Sophia had dropped him.  Blood continued to drip from the cuts on Jake’s throat and temple, staining the floor a rusty brown.

I grabbed another cookie off the plate and watched him bleed.  

Maybe I wanted to get her revenge for her, since I was having so much trouble getting mine.


Lee, She-Wolf Reads:
My favorite scene is when Gin runs into Owen Grayson at Mab’s party.  It kind of reminded me of that 90’s rap song with MC Lyte and Positive K, “I’m Not Havin’ It.”  There’s something there but Gin’s not totally interested.  But Owen tries.  And I love his effort.  And I’ll be damned if Gin’s interest isn’t just a little bit piqued.

Braine, Talk Supe Blog:
I have a lot especially the action sequences, JEstep wrote those vividly it's playing in 3D in my head. But what I loved the best is Gin's cooking scenes. First off, she makes these amazing desserts in WEB OF LIES. That Apricot Poor Man's Cobbler and the blueberry one just sounds scrumptious! But aside from its mouth-watering appeal, baking is the last thing you expect a notorious assassin to be doing when she's plotting. In my head, assassins would always play target shooting, meditate or even spar to work some of the edge off. Gin bakes! A complete antithesis to her character and I love it!


Lee, She-Wolf Reads:
WEB OF LIES was a great book, a strong follow-up to what was one of my most exciting UF reads to date.  I do have to knock it down a howl for some of the writing – it is way too repetitive.  We know her family was murdered, we know how many knives she carries, we know she’s retired, we know, we know, we know.  I also don’t ever again want to read the number of emotions flashing through Donovan Caine’s eyes.  Please, no more.  But honestly, these are minor annoyances.  Gin Blanco is THAT strong a heroine, the world is THAT interesting of a setting , and the conflicts are THAT compelling, that the positives far and away outweigh the negatives.  This is definitely a series to read.    

Braine, Talk Supe Blog:
If not for the blog tours, daily routines and all that, I could seriously binge on this series. The only reason why I didn't give this 5 cauldrons is because the series is just starting and I feel like it'll only get better. But seriously, WEB OF LIES is as inspired as Spider's Web. The plot, the characters, the conflict, the setting, it's well written, detailed and everything I want in an Urban Fantasy.


Lee of She-Wolf Reads shared the first part of this review. Don't forget to check it out!


  1. Woot, I haven't read these but it sounds so good, a binge worthy series indeed.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. dang it...I have to read book 2. I absolutely loved book 1!

    1. It gets interesting FAST! I'm making time for this series, I can't get enough of it.

  3. I get them from the library and then time runs out...I must go back as I have this one to read. Dang, must read them as I love UF. It helps knowing you love them :)



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