With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully ...more
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Same old, same old. The plot was pretty much the same as the last few books, it was unbelievably predictable. Also, there was no character or relationship development whatsoever, which made everyone one dimensional and dull.
-I was bored with the typical bad-guy-of-the-week type plot, the only difference this time was that Gin was fighting off someone more relevant to the series, unlike most of the other random villains. Because of that I was expecting more from Mab's daughter (Madeline) ...more
Like expected, I liked this one.
Maybe it didn't really deserve the 4-star rating, but I missed these characters! If you've stuck to the story this far, it's worth continuing.
Same old plot, but it's a damn relaxing, fun read. Who wouldn't love Gin and her friends, they're absolutely great!
What is still annoying a bit is that, like always, Gin says it's always her fault, no matter what. This can get old pretty fast...
But ah well, fun, fast, relaxing read, all in all!
How do I love thee, Gin Blanco? Let me count the ways. I never thought I’d say this of such a long running series, but this twelfth installment was just as good, if not better than the first, and second, and third… That’s not to say that I didn’t have my doubts going in to BLACK WIDOW because all of the events leading up to this book lead me to believe that it might have ended up being a rinse/repeat of SPIDER’S REVENGE, but previous experience has taught me to have abso ...more
As always, I'm very impressed with how well JE immerses us into her stories. It's true that there's a lot of the same ol' formula going on but that doesn't mean it's not interesting. I was really happy that this time she switches things up a bit.
I think the one thing that frustr ...more
Weekly buddy read with the best buddy read gang of bloodthirsty assassin-loving people over at BB&B . I can't imagine my Wednesdays without you! <--- I totally stole this from my friend Maria, but it fits perfectly, so I wanted to give her props!!!
This was an emotional addition to the series, not only because we get to deal with one of the most Machiavellian villains in the series, but also because it felt like the end of an era, despite eventually things taking back some shape ...more
4 Stars! A good installment with some surprises!
While overall I enjoyed Black Widow, I did have two issues, one being, I wanted more Gin and Owen time. However, in the author's defense the storyline wasn't really conducive to a lot of romance, but I love when these two have "couple time", I'm selfish like that and wanted more. It makes me happy to see Gin finally have a man in her life that understands, accepts her for who she is, and is willing to sacrifice for her. It's always a highlight rea ...more
This series and I… Let's say we have a complicated relationship. It is a great series and I love Gin but Estep's writing tends to get in the way. Harsh I know but that's the way it is.
I read the first four instalments in the series despite the constant recaps and repetitions (and when I say constant I mean it sometimes felt like you were reading the same chapter over and over again).This in itself is quite a feat: I usually DNF books pretty quickly if I do ...more
Step into my parlor, said the Spider to the fly.
The showdown between Gin and Madeline Monroe has arrived. Madeline is determined to become the queen of Ashland’s underworld, and what better way to accomplish that than being the one who ends the famous assassin, the Spider. Madeline is unlike any of the villains Gin has faced so far. She’s manipulative and likes weaving her web, playing Gin and her friends, moving them across her chess board to accomplish her goal. She’s been studying Gin f...more
This is probably the best book of the series and you have to wait clear until Elemental Assassin 12 to get it.
Reasons Why This One is Better:
➜ Finally the villain has a more complicated plan to kill Gin than the ever popular hulk smash or I will rape and kill you because I’m a big badass. She actually has a very well thought out and complicated plan that she spent a lot of time on and even when Gin thinks she is out of the ...more
There may be some mild spoilers for book 11, POISON PROMISE ahead.
After POISON PROMISE I was a little worried going into BLACK WIDOW that we would get a sense of deja vu dealing with M.M. Monroe. But I was wrong and I should know by now to trust Jennifer Estep 100%.
Gin Blanco, aka The Spider pretty much works alone but over the course of the series she’s had help from her friends and family. But BLACK WIDOW is an exercise in extreme team building, that’
So much fun for everyone to be involved in this one though. :)
This series just keeps on getting better and better!
Black Widow by Jennifer Estep kept me reading all night long. I just could not put it down. Set in the dark and corrupt city of Ashland, Black Widow is the 12th book (yes, 12th!) in the Elemental Assassins series.
Ashland has always been run by a c ...more
Weekly buddy read with the best buddy read gang of bloodthirsty assassin-loving people over at BB&B . I can't imagine my Wednesdays without you!
This review contains spoilers for the entire series so far. Read at your own risk.
The dreaded MM Monroe has finally shown her face and is weaving her own web of destruction. And while her mother was a formidable enemy in her own right, Mab was never as dangerous as her daughter. Because Madeline has something that the Fire Elemental did not - cu ...more
She's a powerful acid elemental and she's decided to take over her mother's empire, but first she needs to take care of business, and that includes getting rid of Gin and all her friends.
She's one of the most powerful elementals Gin h ...more
So Gin has finally defeated the cruel Mab ...more
This is t ...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
Even after 12 novels in the Elemental Assassin series, Estep manages to somehow keep things interesting rather than jumping off the tracks like other authors have. Every time I read one of Jennifer's novels in this series, I have "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen ...more
Where BLACK WIDOW excels is going far beyond my expectations of a Elemental Assassin book. The series has felt repetitive at times though I keep coming back for me as I adore Gin and every other character that crosses paths with her good guy or bad. What BLACK WIDOW has done is take a series I've become comfortable with in regards to how the plot is going to go and flip it on its head. There is a game changer at the end of this book that I adore and can ...more
Know this though, it seems that this series' lifeblood not only lie on Gin but on the Monroes too. After Spider's Revenge, the series went thru a lull. It took another Monroe to bring this back to life. So now what?
Assassin extraordinaire Gin Blanco can’t seem to catch a break. After her major showdown with her arch nemesis and boss of the underworld, the fire elemental Mab Monroe, Gin thought she may get a little breathing room. However, Gin soon learns that when one falls, there are more to take their place. Now a new player has come to town and they may be Gin’s most dangerous adversary to date.
“…she’s a master manipulator who likes to make people ...more
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publishing Date: November 2014
Publisher Description: Lethal, sexy, and always ready to protect her friends, Gin Blanco (a.k.a. the Spider) takes on the mysterious M.M. Monroe in book twelve.
Review: Love the cover only in that I am a dude.
Gin Blanco is a hard driving elemental assassin (with a heart of gold) whom kills people that piss her off. She’s hot, sexy and makes ravenous love t ...more
Why I Read this Book: This is one of my all-time favorite series.
What I Liked: Probably my favorite element (no pun intended) of the Elemental Assassin series is the heroine. Gin is not just a fighter or killer; her moves are calculated, thoroughly thought out to the last detail, and executed with precision. There’s a fight scene in Black Widow that was so beautifully choreographed, and it showcases Gin’s attributes as an assassin. Gin knows she has to stay a st ...more
The mysterious MM Monroe is in town and determined to take over the underworld. Rather than outright challenging Gin, ...more
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If you haven’t read this series yet, I don’t know what you are waiting for! The Elemental Assassin series has one of the most interesting world-buildings I’ve ever read in an urban fantasy book and definitely the most badass heroine. But what makes it unique is that every secondary character is very important to the story and the bonds between them and the main character are inseparable.
In this story, Gin proves ...more
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You can’t keep a good criminal family down. Round Two: Spider vs. Monroe.
This book reminds me of the sport of boxing. There are some boxers that use finesse and others who stand toe to toe for a slugfest. There are times when the Elemental Assassin stories are more intricate plots and other times, like this one, when Gin meets her enemy straight on.
Despite the fact that she is new on the scene, Madeline Magda Monroe scares me. This o ...more
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THE ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN 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 battling bad guys and righting wron ...more