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July 27, 2015

Loved It: Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep

Series: Elemental Assassin 13
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher 
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death



"Because youre in my killing fields now, bitch." -Gin


Hey there friends! Blogging from the road here on my way to the wilderness of West Virginia to go camping. And I'm more anxious than excited because I'm not very outdoorsy, and I have close to zero survival skills. So in case I get eaten by a bear or bit by a venomous snake, know that I had a blast blogging and I'll see you in the aether. 

SPIDER'S TRAP is another solid Elemental Assassin installment. If by chance you haven't heard, Gin is the new Mab, but she's no autocratic, tyrannical criminal mastermind. Gin's very democratic leader, and have become a heroic villain by novel's end. 

Once again, Gin found herself up against a formidable Elemental. And for a long time, Gin the Assassin (throwback to book 1) is back. SPIDER'S TRAP is the conclusion to a case Gin and Fletcher had a while back so for the first time in a long time, Gin is dealing with a villain who isn't after her but someone else.

Per usual, the action and fight scenes were on point. Relentless, gasp-inducing, and clever. Makes me wonder if Jennifer Estep plays with action figures to play out the scenes in her head before she transcribes them on paper. The stand-off and duels between Gin and her enemies is, IMO, this series strongest quality, and the reason why Elemental Assassin is one of the best urban fantasy series out there. 

There was something that happened in SPIDER'S TRAP that scared and moved me to tears. If you've read or plan to read this, you('ll) know what I'm talking about. There's also an OMG surprise in the end. I guess I spoke too soon because it seems things are about to get personal again for Gin and her gang and I have a feeling Bitter Bite is going to be an emotional one.





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41 comments:

  1. Everyone is loving this and I'm so excited because I still am in the beginning part of this series but I'm loving that it is still going strong after 13 books.

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    1. There's a "slow part" for me, after book 5 it went meh for a bit then slowly picked up again.

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    1. Right? I'm surprised I managed to catch up when I struggle with duologies & trilogies.

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  3. I KNOW! We must have that next book now! AND it better have an HEA. LOL

    Well, this is a good book to have if you are roughing it. Or perhaps Gin would be good to have around. You know she would totally survive and help you do it as well. :)

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  4. You have me so curious now about 'that something'.

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  5. I love seeing all the covers in this series together! This series sounds awesome! I feel like I to need start at the beginning.

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    1. You'll have a great time reading this. It's not hard to catch up.

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  6. Oh gosh. You brave, brave girl. I don't do camping because my husband oh so fondly accuse me of being "high maintenance". And he's right. If being "high maintenance" means I need my bed to sleep on, my baths to take, and be protected from all the creepy crawlies slithering about in the campgrounds, then so be it.

    I hope you're having loads of fun!

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    1. I'm the same and I don't care if I'm high maintenance. Nobody wants to camp with an ogre aka me when I don't get sleep.

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  7. I knew I should have started this year's ago. I have to play catchup now!

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    1. It's easy to catch up with, it's a fab series!

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  8. Nice one, I've been thinking to try this series. I do hope you're wrong about ... everything, especially the venomous snakes and all. Ugh! At least the proffered aether reunion sounds more inspiriting :) Have fun!!!

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  9. One day I'll r eally have to try book 2 in the series but it's been years since I've read the first one and I don't remember the story... so late!

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    1. Yup, revisit it and I hope you pick it up from hereon out.

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  10. I guess me and you do have very similar taste in books. I enjoyed this one as well. The ending kind of made me want more you know. Lorelai and Mallory were a great fit to the series.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  11. I've herd so many good things about this author and this series. I am putting this in my wishlist.

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    1. I love her, she knows her action/adventure!

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  12. I have the first book in this series, but can't seem to start it. I think maybe the number of books is daunting to me or something. Glad you are loving these!

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    1. Do you do audio? I heard the audiobooks are fantastic too!

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  13. I am on a real urban fantasy kick lately so these sound perfect for me right now... although I hate spiders (even just the name) so I really need to get past that because these sound good haha. Great review!

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    1. It's a good series, solid, have at it!

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  14. I'm waiting on the audio, because I love this narrator. I can't wait. :)

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  15. Wow! You have me curious about what happens at the end of this book! I need to get into this series I think! Great review girl!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    P.S. Please don't get eaten by bears!

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  16. I totally almost cried too!!! It broke my heart. I loved this book too. Good action like always.

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    1. Good! I remember you reviewed one of the books and thought of quitting

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  17. I liked this one, but wasn't crazy about it. I think I'm tired of the same formula.
    I hope you are having a great time!

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  18. Great to hear it was another wonderful installment

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    1. Read this after you're done with Morganville!

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  19. OH I LOVE this series and I'm about two books behind. The OMG and tears kind of scare me Braine Yikes. I'm rather fond of certain peeps.
    Thanks for the super review and the heads up too (shaking in my boots)
    deb

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    1. Oi, good luck and brace yourself for the scare!

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  20. This is a series I only got to read the first book of. I think the hype got to it for me as I didn't think it was as out of this world as others, but a very good series. I need to get back to reading it as I think it'll get better with each book.

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  21. I have to give one of these a try. I wasn't to much into this authors YA romance although I followed her pretty well for awhile as she is a local gal.

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