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Widow's Web (Elemental Assassin #7)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,271 Ratings  ·  478 Reviews
The seventh book in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer Estep—Gin Blanco is back and ready for action.

I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique.

Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 364 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published August 12th 2012)
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Aug 30, 2012 mrsj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-get-list
After more than 12 hours later..
My honest review :

To summarize:
Gin Blanco, the former assassin has a new problem in Ashland.
Salina Dubois is back in town for her own agenda and Owen has a past with her.
Salina, being woman... we know how vicious a woman can get and what a hissy fit she will throw if she doesn't get what she wants.
And Owen, being "caught" in between.
We get to know how Owen got his broken nose, his past that he did not share with Gin, his history with Kincaid and what poor Eva
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Gin's still trying to fight off hoodlums looking to take down the Spider but she's still able to kick back and enjoy life. That is, until someone shows up in town. Coincidentally, this happened the same time Owen started acting strangely. Could they be related?

Wow, Wow, and then some more WOW. I LOVED this book. It sucked me in right from the start and I could not put it down. That didn't mean I was happy about things....oh contraire, this book is all about the angst, baby!

If you're reading th
Jen (Red Hot Books)
4.5 Stars
Jennifer Estep... how could you do this to me? Yes, you made it very clear where this story was heading, but it didn't make it hurt any less to see the hits coming.

The book begins with Gin happy. She and her sister are solid. Mab is dead. Things are good at the Pork Pit. And her relationship with Owen couldn't be better. Right there, you know it's all going to fall apart, because things are never easy for Gin Blanco.

Trouble comes in the form of the beautiful water elemental Salina, henc
Aug 21, 2012 Ferdy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Gin and Owen's relationship is tested when his ex, Salina, turns up to take over Ashland and win him back.

-The plot was engrossing, the pacing was great and most of the characters were as entertaining as ever.

-The reason I didn't give this a higher rating was because of 1) that bastard Owen and 2) the complete destruction of Owen and Gin's relationship. What I loved about Owen and Gin was how they both opened up to each other, how it came across that what they had they'd never felt befo

4 1/2 Stars!! I was uneasy going into this one, but in the end, I was pleasantly surprised!!

I had heard tale about a rift that would form between Gin and Owen, but considering the circumstances, it was well done, and leaves the reader hopeful. Theirs is a story that no doubt will resolve itself as the series moves forward. We have to remember that this is an urban fantasy, and although this amazing pairing adds an extra layer of depth to the story, one that this reader enjoys immensely, it’s n

My rating: 3/5 stars
First line:“Breaking into the building was easy. Too easy for an assassin like me.”
Favourite quote:“For a moment, I almost felt sorry for her. Then the bitch blasted me with her water magic, and I got over it.”
Song of choice: Serial Killer by Lana del Rey

In Widow’s Web many things happen. Or at least on the emotional front. But first things first, let me make a quick summary of the book. Salina Dubois, Owen’s ex fiancee comes back in town determined to kill all those who witn
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


“I stood there alone in the dark and wondered who the hell Salina Dubois really was, why she seemed to have such an effect on my lover, and what I was going to do about her. Because this was a matter of the heart—and one problem that all my knives and all my prowess as the Spider wouldn’t help me solve.”

Oh baby what a story! Estep really threw me for a loop with this story! Yes, I was warned that there would be a shock or two coming and to try not to spoi
Beatriz  Lins
Aug 23, 2012 Beatriz Lins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: august-2012
"I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread."


What? They're too perfect to break up!

EDIT: Just finished reading it. There were, what, 3 actions scenes, tops, in the whole book. This one was definitely a slow-paced book, compared to the rest of the series. THe romance was the only thing that managed to disappoint me. I'm still looking forward to Deadly Sting, though!
Full review to come.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Nov 18, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: I Like
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess HOT
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: This series continues to excite
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Heartbreaking. Making the right choice no matter the cost.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Absolutely
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Phillip Kincaid

SUMMARY (55 words or less)

I did not emotionally rate this book. Yes, I was pissed all to hell and if this series goes like the Hollows where every man is evil, I will stop reading it. Owen seemed totally out of ch
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
Oh where to begin? Well first if you follow me you know that all the books in this series have been 5 Mac Halo (stars) and favorites for me. Well kiddies, Widow's Web is still a favorite and I still have my Gollum moments (My Precious) but I could only give it 4 stars.

Why? One word, or rather name...OWEN.

Owen you broke my heart in this one. I knew you were too perfect. But I have hopes that you pull you head out of your ass in the future.

But I'll back up a bit and leave Owen where he belongs...b
Sophia (FV)
Aug 24, 2012 Sophia (FV) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Fiction Vixen

Widow’s Web is the 7th book in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. I’m assuming you have read the rest of the series if you’re reading this review. If not, don’t start here, read the rest of the series first, you’ll thank me.

Throughout this series we’ve slowly gotten to know Gin and with each book a few more of her layers are pealed away reinforcing my belief that Gin is a heroine who is emotionally solid, yet vulnerable in many ways. Always, I hope
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

WIDOW’S WEB is book seven in the Elemental Assassin series and this time, Estep makes it personal.

Gin Blanco has a new enemy in town. Her name is Selina Debouis and rumor has it, the water elemental is back in Ashland after her long disappearance to seek revenge. But it seems that that’s not the only thing Selina has her eyes on...

Owen, Gin’s lover and Selina have a complicated past. Struggling at a young age to survive, Owen, Selina, Owen’s younger sister, Eva and Gin
In Spiders Bite we met Gin Blanco, cook by day and assassin by night. Over the past six books I have got to know Gin, I've cried with her, laughed with her, cheered as she defeated the bad guys, comiserated with her as she got her heart broke and finally fell in love as she did with Owen Grayson. In By a Thread Gin confronted her past in the form of Donovan Caine her ex-boyfriend, now in Widow's Web it's Owen's turn to confront his past.

Since Owen entered Gin's life it's been apparent that ther
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Why I Read this Book: Gin. She’s a badass heroine.

What I Liked: Jennifer Estep consistently brings a level of ingenuity to each of the Elemental Assassin books. She does a great job of keeping things fresh with her creative and unique ideas. And she knows how to keep readers, as well as the characters, on their toes. I had been worried about the loss of one of the original characters, thinking that no one else could fill those shoes, but I was proved wrong. Also, the author does a superb job of
Exciting, riveting, a really fun read in Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassins series.

I had stopped reading this series about a year ago. I loved the world, the characters, the stories – however the books were rife with repetition, especially the characters’ eye colors. The repetition was so distracting that I had contemplated a drinking game, but then I’d never be able to finish the book. Instead, I just stopped reading the books, which was a shame because the author does tell a good story.

Aug 30, 2012 Bastard rated it really liked it

What's next for Gin Bianco? I asked this before, and one book after we still remain with the same question, wondering where Jennifer Estep is taking this series next. It seems like for the time being the author is content with using the stage built in that initial arc and writing some standalone thrillers with a bigger focus on relationship developments. Widow's Web doesn't necessarily answer the question above, but by the end of the novel I can assure y
Jacob Proffitt
While continuing the milieu of Gin's life and story, the plot of this one rather depends on everybody having a lobotomy before the story starts. I'm not sure if I should simply ignore Owen's actions throughout this one or actually let it taint my respect for him as a man (or as a rational human being).

So Owen's first love, Salina, returns to town and makes a splash (heh. She's a water mage. See what I did there?). This isn't a spoiler as it becomes rather clear from the first we meet her, but sh
ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
Finally a chink in Prince Owen's armor. It's nice to see Owen Grayson not be perfect...but make bad decision after bad decision. As many already know, I love this series. this book was better than the last book because we finally got to see a chink in Prince Owen's armor. In book 7 of the Elemental Assasin series, Owen's ex-fiance Salina Dubois comes to town and she just opens all kinds of wounds for everyone! First of all, Salina is a mean witch. Second, she just has Owen fooled as to her true ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing
WIDOW’S WEB (Elemental Assassin # 7 ) by Jennifer Estep

WIDOW’S WEB is the 7th novel in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. Gin Blanco aka The Spider is an assassin with the elementals of stone and ice, but Gin may have met her match both magically and emotionally, when someone from her lover’s past returns seeking revenge for the death of her father and Gin is the only one standing in her way.

Gin was surprised when local casino owner Phillip Kincaid requested her catering service. As the
Lynn Aoude
Aug 26, 2012 Lynn Aoude rated it it was amazing
Great book! I have to say I haven't been disappointed in any of the elemental assassin books. It's a great series, and this book is no exception. But what infuriated me in this book is Owen's attitude toward a psycho murderous bitch. Ok, she'd been his fiancee at least 15 years ago & he loved her. But please!!! Even though he finds out that she'd tortured his sister & made him beat his best friend to about an inch of his life back then & now that she's back she comes close to killing ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was exciting and action packed from start to finish. Combined with the edgy pacing, new characters, and fresh background info, it kept me eagerly turning the pages wondering where the next sucker punch was going to come from. Yes, there were a few awful ones.
However, I must say Owen truly disappointed me this time. I found it kind of hard to understand how easily he changed his tune where family loved were concerned, while everyone else held firm, trying to show him the error of ways(thinki
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
UGH...Jennifer, you killed me with this one!!! *sobs* I kind of knew it would happen but I still didn't like it. I have loved Owen from the beginning, especially after Donovan being such an asshat, but now I am not sure I like Owen. I think Gin is too good for him. I wanted to kick him in his junk!! I hate when a book leaves me with this ache~I like my HEAs dammit!!! LOL... So, Jennifer I am mad at you for making me dislike Owen~please please please fix it!!! Great addition to the series. Love G ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Oh the angst, it HURTS!! I was prepared for the Gin and Owen drama, but it still stings with where things stand at book's end. I still believe they'll get through it, Owen is the one for Gin but the road can't be all smooth sailing.

The one tiny issue I had (which also makes me think Owen wasn't in his right mind, courtesy of Salina) was when he found out what Salina did to Eva when she was 4 years old, and Owen didn't kill Salina himself for what she did. That right there tells me not all was as
Aug 20, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
When I first got this ARC, Jennifer Estep warned that some people may not like what was going to happen. I worried about that statement a lot while reading Gin’s latest adventure.

In this one we meet another bad element (forgive the pun) in the form of Salina who also happens to share a past with Owen, Eva and even a big underworld player, Kincaid. We find out quickly that Salina is not as she first presents herself. She is egotistical, and evil. In fact not only does she do her own killing, she
Paranormal Haven
4.5 Stars

With everyone in the criminal underworld out to be the one to take down the assassin known as the Spider, Gin's relationship with Owen is one of the few bright spots in her life. Things are great between the couple but a threat has come to Ashland. The beautiful Salina, a strong water elemental, is back in town with an agenda and at the top of her list is taking Gin's place in Owen's life. She also has a deadly plan in the works that would make her one of Ashland's most dangerous and po

Well, I couldn't help but be disappointed in this one. It feels, to me, like the author isn't sure what to do now that she offed the nemesis, and so we end up just spinning our wheels on character development.

What I liked:

A villain that was just flat-out nuts. That was a fun change of pace. Some people have terrible things happen to them, and they just crack. From what we heard about her past, Salina was never really a good egg to begin with, but I liked that you had sympathy for where
Aug 18, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

You know how at the end of each of the books in this series so far, you close it with a smile on your face. Each book gives you a complete story absolutely filled with action leaves you feeling fulfilled. Happy. I am sorry to say that this book will still give you that “you go Gin girl!” feeling but will also make you feel a little sad. But you know what? It’s all good.

Let me explain.

Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep is the seventh book in her Elemental Ass
Aug 25, 2012 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am SO dissapointed with this book. I had reservations from the start because all the major plot points have been taken care of. Bria and Gin and reunited, Mab is dead, Donovan has been put in his place and lastly, Owen and Gin are good for each other and happy. Thus begins the nightmare of this book.

OWEN-HATE: Remember all the time and patience Owen put in to finally get Gin to let her guard down? Selena, a water elemental, comes back into town. She used to date Owen when they were teens and
Aug 14, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5/5

Widow’s Web is the seventh installment of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, continuing to impress with a heroine who, book by book, allows readers under her substantial emotional defenses to show us yet another layer of the already multi-layered assassin known as The Spider. One of the most intriguing aspects of these books–outside a highly entertaining core cast of characters–is Ms. Estep’s ability to craft new and unique villains to take Gin on in each tale. After seven
Jenese (Readers Confession)
I’ve been putting off continuing this series because I keep hearing from everyone that Owen is pissing them off. I got nervous and wanted to keep Owen wonderful in my mind. But alas, I bit the bullet and decided to continue. I don’t know if it’s because I syked myself up or because the worst is still to come but I actually enjoyed this book and Owen wasn’t THAT bad. Let me back up.

The Elemental Assassin series NEVER lacks for action. It’s not like other series where it’s just at the end, oh no,
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.

The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righ
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Other Books in the Series

Elemental Assassin (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)
  • Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2)
  • Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)
  • Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, #4)
  • Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5)
  • By a Thread (Elemental Assassin, #6)
  • Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin, #8)
  • Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin, #9)
  • The Spider (Elemental Assassin, #10)
  • Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin, #11)

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“For a moment, I almost felt sorry for her. Then the bitch blasted me with her water magic, and I got over it.” 30 likes
“Gin! Gin, are you here?”
“Right behind you,” I said.
Finn shrieked and whirled around. I winced at the high-pitched sound.
“Dammit, woman.” He clutched the folder to his chest. “Are you trying to give me a heart attack?”
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