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Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin #8)

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 369 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Pocket Books
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2.5 stars

I loved the Elemental Assassin series up until Widow's Web, I was really disappointed in Owen's character, so much so that he pretty much ruined the entire series for me. The only reason I decided to read Deadly Sting was because I enjoyed the earlier books and because I'm quite invested in Gin's character. Okay, I also read it because I was hoping Owen would somehow miraculously redeem himself. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. For me,
Mar 24, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
At this point I can honestly say I don't care what happens plot-wise since, with the help of her air elemental friend, Gin's pretty much invincible/heals everything. With Mab dead, I find my interest waning especially after the blatant character assassination of Owen in book7. Give us a really good Big Bad - one we'll have a reason to hate. Hell, kill one of the minor but loved/important characters off (I'm thinking Owen's sister that way he'll need Gin's help and be forced to grovel for being s ...more
Back to the great, interesting series I know and love!

I dunno how I managed to skip book number 7, but only when I was about half through this one did I realize that it's not 7 but 8.
I loved it! I kind of feel Gin evolving, not just in power (that's to be expected) but in her personality as well. And I like to see something different!

I dunno if I can get back to book 7, I got way too many spoilers... But still, it was fun and well, when the previous books were annoying because they kept repeat
Apr 09, 2013 mrsj rated it liked it
What did I think of this book?

Well, I kind of like it and I kind of hate it.

To summarize:
Gin went out wearing pretty and met a she-hulk aka giant at the party who decided to rob the place.
Before she is rudely interrupted by she-hulk, she met her friends and ex-lover there.
To make things worse, she saw her lookalike and there's a fashion faux pas! *GASP*
Soon.. we hear " crack! crack! crack! " and the "party" started with more "crack! crack! crack!" & "pft! pft! pft!" & screams & bad
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 's

Finn talks Gin into going with him to a museum showing of Mab Monroe's collections before they are sold. Of course, nothing could go smoothly for Gin...she runs into Owen, finds some personal treasures displayed and wouldn't you know it? The collection...and attendees are getting robbed by a gang of giants!

After reading Widow's Web, I had to read this right away and it was another book that I could not put down. Granted it didn't have quite the emotional drama that that book did but it di
Jan 27, 2013 Feminista rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, arc
Rating: 3 out of 5.

My heart is heavy while I write this. Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series used to be one of the best urban fantasy series I had ever read. Up to and including Book 5, the author could do nothing wrong. I loved her writing, I loved her plots, I loved the setting of the story and most of all I used to love her characters. While I still love the first three aspects of her books, I have been losing respect for her characters.

First it was with Gin in Book 6 and her old flam
Mar 22, 2013 Marissa rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This review will contain spoilers from previous books.

The book begins with a hilarious scene where Finn is taking Gin shopping for a new dress to wear to an event he wishes her to attend with him. The event in question happens to be a huge “gala” exhibiting all of Mab Monroe’s fine art, jewelry and most treasured possessions, to which everyone who is anyone will most certainly be attending. (Side note: I absolutely LOVE and ADORE Finn and these books would not be the same without him.)
Apr 04, 2013 Karissa rated it liked it
This is the 8th book in the Elemental Assassin series. It was a decent book in this series, but again was a contained mystery of sorts rather than the start to a new story arc. It was a good enough read, but at times felt more like a novella than a book. The ninth book in the series is scheduled for a September 2013 release and will be titled Heart of Venom. Last I read Estep is contracted for 10 books in this series.

Gin is still on the outs with Owen following the events of the last book. Gin a
Elodie Fremond
Mar 19, 2014 Elodie Fremond rated it it was ok
To me this serie stopped when Gin killed Mavis, I mean she was THE villain of the story. I just don't see how you can top that. Now the books keep getting weaker and weaker, I don't understand.
What the heck happened with Owen? He was such a strong character at first, loyal, understanding of Gin, accepting all her faults and weaknesses... and now he's just an a**hole. Feels like he doesn't love her, there's no passion, nothing. He wouldn't fight for her, he doesn't get angry or anything either,
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 that’s definitely trouble. Accidently killing an innocent, th ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Genre* Urban Fantasy
Rating* 4.0


Deadly Sting is a very interesting addition to the Elemental Assassin series. You should all know by now that this just happens to be my favorite series. If you haven't well pay attention! ::grin:: At times it's a little over the top because Gin is a dual threat and powerful Stone and Ice Elemental who just happens to own the Pork Pit BBQ Restaurant, has defeated numerous threats to her personal body, and has tried to retire as the assassin known as the Spi
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Mar 25, 2013 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
I still love you, Jennifer Estep. And I still love the Elemental Assassin series. But Owen... I feel like my longstanding and overwhelming love for Owen Grayson has suffered irreparable damage with this book. Which makes me both a little bit angry --and sad.

The following will contain spoilers for anyone who has not already read Widow's Web.

As the story begins, Owen and Gin are still apart, as he deals with the fact that she killed his ex-fiance. Nevermind the fact that Selina tried to kill his s
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Mar 26, 2013 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy/PNR fans
3.5 stars – Predictably, Gin kicks butt.

Nothing ever comes easy for Gin Blanco, aka the Spider. From purchasing a formal gown to attending a gala event, peril finds this restaurant owner and ‘retired’ assassin. As we’ve seen throughout the Elemental Assassin series Gin is very skilled with silverstone knives, and since she is the protagonist we, know she’ll rise to the occasion. So, what keeps us reading? Gin’s personal growth, emerging abilities, love life (Owen!), family dynamics, and special
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Apr 08, 2013 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Annoyed. Owen. Review to come.

Quick review:

Cover: Nice
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 3.5
Overall: I’m still pissed with Owen
Characters: Well done
Plot: Heist gone wrong
Page Turner: Sure
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Finn

SUMMARY (60 words or less)
I really like this series. I think my disappointment is that I thought we would get resolution from the cliffy in the last book. But alas… At this point even I was ready for Gin to move on. Not quite sure why she doesn’t. Add to that this book
ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
4.5 stars. Definitely the best in the series in my opinion.
This book was 90% plot and action, low romance. While I love the romance, this story was well done. Riveting and just entertaining.

Finnegan Lane was invited to an Art Exhibit of the items owned by the infamous Mab Monroe and of course Finn invited Gin to be his date.
First, he wanted to get Gin out the house since she has been moping about her separation with Owen and he was also curious about the items that the dead fire elemental had a
I really didn't like how things ended with Gin and Owen in the last book. I hated that Owen couldn't see how bad Selena was and that he held Gin's actions against her, even knowing how much Selena hurt his sister and friend. So when this book opened with them on the outs I wondered if they would be able to get past it. I was pissed at Owen when he and Gin first met up again. I couldn't believe the choice that he made, even if it was with a friend, he had to know better. In some ways I was a litt ...more
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Review copy provided via NetGalley

Why I Read this Book: Gin FTW!

What I Liked: Things were done a bit differently in Deadly Sting than in the other books in this series. There is a clever and interesting setup that puts a different spin on things. Things like the main setting, where majority of the book takes places, to more minute details such as Gin's dress. Clever, clever, clever. (Seasoned readers will see what I did there.)

I have always found it fascinating the way Gin’s past correlates with
If I had to pick a favorite urban fantasy badass heroine, Gin Blanco would definitely be on the top of the list. The Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep is one of my favorites. While most series tend to slow down by book 8, this series just gets better and better.

I think that what makes this series so much fun to read is the large cast of magically inclined, yet criminally corrupt characters. No saints here. This is a series set in a city so corrupt with comic-like bad guys.

Most of th
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Why do men fear women who are strong? Owen has been a complete jerk. Yet Gin is still in love with him. Gin seems to pick only men who are not capable of handling her abilities. In Deadly Sting, Gin is still stuck with a very large target on her back as the underworld bets on who will kill her. It must be completely exhausting to constantly watch out for killers. Gin's luck continues to hold as she escapes yet another near death.

One would think two things would happen to Gin. Either she burns o

4.5 Stars! This one packed a deadly punch!

Loads of action! See that cover, that's how Gin spends most of the book looking like that, making the fashion conscious Finn cringe! Finn, everyone should have one, an annoying charming, devious foster brother! I adore him!! Not so much with the romance in this one, although Owen has a huge presence in this book and that was just fine with me! This was all about the crime and killing the bad guys! Loved it!
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
There are a ton of things I love about this series and they include:

1. Lauren Fortgang's audio narratation. That woman is a goddess of amazing narratations! Love, love, love her!
2. Finn. Helluh there, handsome! Me loves your flirt and sass.
3. Jojo and Sophia.
4. Bria and Gin's sisterly relationship.
5. Gin's kick-a assassin ways.

Now, now.. There are a few not-so-amazing things that I wish would improve before the series comes to a conclusion:

1. Owen needs redemption.
2. Owen and Gin need to get th
Stephanie  G
Mar 27, 2013 Stephanie G rated it really liked it
Gin Blanco, the assassin famously known as the Spider, is glad her long time enemy Mab Monroe is dead, especially since she struck the fatal blow. When Mab's collection of priceless items are put on display, Gin isn't thrilled she's being dragged to the city's poshest museum but when a robbery unfolds, she'll be the hostages' best hope of surviving the night.

Since the battle royal against Mab went down, each book since has been its own adventure with the story being mostly wrapped up by the end.
Mar 21, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
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Gin Blanco and friends are back in Deadly Sting, the eighth book in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. (Holy cow! Eight already?!) I was very pleased with this installment and am happy to say that it was one of my favorite from the series so far. Apart from the first couple of chapters, the entire book takes place over one night and in one location. I found this to be a very clever idea and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Finn convinces Gin to accompan
Experiment BL626
The book was exciting as promised.

+ Gin
She was badass as ever. I definitely liked this book better than the previous volume because Gin was all tough in spite of a personal setback that occurred in the previous volume, i.e. Owen. In Deadly Sting, Gin was on the offensive and ready to take down bad guys.

However, to say I’m irked by Gin’s lack of magical prowess is an understatement. The heroine controls two major elements of magic, Stone and Ice. The series perpetually suggested she was possibly
Mar 08, 2013 Kt rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Gin Blanco really can't catch a break. After the heartache from recent events, she's more than earned a night off. What was supposed to be an ordinary gala quickly turns bloody when thieves take the guests hostage. Unfortunately for them, Gin isn't one to stand idly by and let someone put her friends in danger. These thieves are quickly going to learn just how deadly her knives can be.

I love Gin a little more with each new installment in th
Mar 26, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B

Contains series spoilers - beware

It’s been one month since the events in Widow’s Web. Gin and Owen are still on their relationship break and haven’t spoken at all after Gin killed Salina, the woman Owen once loved. Finn, ever the one to love a glamorous night out, takes Gin to a display of Mab Monroe’s personal art collection at the museum. It’s the party to be at since along with all the priceless pieces she owned being on display, Mab’s wi
Sep 21, 2013 Ian rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Urban Fantasy

When Gin Blanco (the Spider) killed Mab Monroe, she thought things would finally quieten down. But in the power vacuum left behind after Mab Monroe's demise every two bit hoodlum is out to make a name, and the easiest way to do that is to kill the Spider.

Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin Book 8)

Many months after her death, Gin finds herself attending the gala opening of an exhibit showcasing Mab's collection of art, jewellery and artefacts. But when a gang of giants hold-up the exh
Aug 06, 2013 Tokies rated it really liked it
im about done with owen. IM about done with him...

his ex girlfriend.. isnt worth.. what he's putting in to her.

He should have been thanking Gin. I'm about done with him. it's the point of the story that gave me a sore tooth
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
And here comes the aftermath. Widow’s Web left us with Owen Grayson channelling his inner Donovan Caine after Gin killed Salina Dubois, his ex-fiancée. Okay, she was a sadistic bitch from hell and had it coming but Gin “finishing” her by cutting her throat right in front of Owen while she had Finn holding him at gunpoint… Well, let’s say that it didn’t work wonders on their relationship.

So here we are now, Gin gave Owen all the space he needed and she’s trying to act tough as always but inside
Douglas Meeks
Dec 27, 2012 Douglas Meeks rated it it was amazing

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’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be see
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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)
  • Widow’s Web (Elemental Assassin, #7)
  • Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin, #9)
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“I know, I know. But I can always kill him later. This way, at least we get to humiliate him first.”
Finn eyed me. “Sometimes I think you’re even more devious, twisted, and vicious than I am.”
I grinned. “You only wish you could be as ruthless as me.”
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