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Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin #8)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  8,012 Ratings  ·  517 Reviews
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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Nancy Brady I borrowed a copy from the library. Mine was an e-book, but the mass market paperback was also available. Check with your library and even if they…moreI borrowed a copy from the library. Mine was an e-book, but the mass market paperback was also available. Check with your library and even if they don't have a copy, it may be connected to a consortium of libraries that will send it to your local library.
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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,
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
Sep 02, 2012 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
Sep 24, 2012 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 d
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
But no matter what, remember this: all that really matters in the end is protecting the people you care about, even if they don’t like how you do it, even if they hate you for it. Because I’d rather have somebody alive and hating me than dead and buried, with me knowing that I failed them.”

Things for Gin haven’t been going so well. She’s broken hearted after Owen told her in the previous book he needed some distance and time to think. She keeps hoping that he would understand and forgive why

Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, urban-fantasy
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
After the event’s of Widow’s Web I thought that maybe we’d jump into some relationship drama in Deadly Sting right away. But gratefully we didn’t. Instead we jump into Gin in a dress shop saving the day with Fin and getting plenty bloody while doing it. Feelings shmeelings we don’t need to talk about those.
“I have plenty of little black numbers in my closet at home, any one of which would be just fine for this event.”
Finn snorted. “Sure, if you don’t mind wearing something that’s ripped, torn
I couldn’t resist another installment of Elemental Assassin—I need a regular supply of urban fantasy if I’m to be happy these days!

Estep continues to provide action-filled plots, consistent with the world of Ashland that she has created for our reading pleasure. Nevertheless, it’s the action between Gin and Owen that rivets the attention in book 8, as we wonder if these two star-crossed lovers will find their way back together again.

This time around, we see Gin doing the patient Griselda routine
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Love how things are starting to come back together and other things revealed. This group of family and friends are still one of my favorites.
This one was a lot of fun. I really liked that while the supporting characters were a part of the story, we really got a ton of time just us and Gin.

I need Owen to get himself together though. :)
Aug 21, 2012 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.)
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
*** 4.00 ***

Our weekly buddy read with the assassins at BB&B!

What a ride! We reached book 8 in the series, things should be slowing down, right? Wrong!!! No flat soda for us here - the bubbles are jumping and life is just as eventful, albeit unnecessarily complicated and dangerous, for our retired assassin Gin. She is on the outs with her lover Owen, for whom she already has expressed her love and thought she was loved in return... However, making hard choices where the first love of your pa
Cheryl La Pa
This is my favourite book so far in the series. It is non-stop action that had my pulse racing and adrenaline rushing.

Gin reluctantly goes to a gala function with Finn and it is anything but the boring, stuffy event that she thinks it will be. She runs into her ex, Owen, right before the place is held up and robbed by giants.
In Gin's own words: There was just blood, dead giants, and a lot of awkward pauses.

Love, love, love Gin and Ms Estep brings her to life with her talented writing.
My heart
Jan 17, 2013 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 26, 2013 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,
Maria Dimitrova
Weekly buddy read with the bloodthirsty crew over at BB&B.

The last book didn't end well for Gin. Sure the bad girl was dead and everyone was safe but the personal consequences were enormous. Gin's relationship with Owen hadn't been tested before. Not in any major way. Personally I don't count the little brush with Donovan in Blue Marsh as a test because he was never really a threat to them. But now Salina's death has driven a wedge between them that over the past few in-universe weeks has b
Katie Michaels
Dec 13, 2012 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
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Deadly Sting
4 Stars

When a gala showcasing Mab Monroe's possessions is the target of a heist, Gin Blanco AKA the Spider finds herself in the unenviable position of being the only person not taken hostage. In an attempt to protect her friends who are amongst the hostages, Gin sets out to discover the motives and plans for the crime and comes up against a foe who might just be the death of her...

It has been a while since I read the last book, but it is easy to get into the swing of things with Gin
✘✘ 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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Dec 27, 2012 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)
Mar 28, 2013 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
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
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
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
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
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
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“Have I ever told you how scary it is that you think of heels in terms of their possible shiv potential?” 28 likes
“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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