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(Elemental Assassin #16)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  2,142 ratings  ·  203 reviews
The sixteenth book in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls, “An extraordinary series…[containing] one of the most intriguing heroines in the genre.”

If you don’t know Gin “the Spider” Blanco, you don’t know dangerous female heroines.

Irony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone else’s web…

Another week, another f
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Pocket Books
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Sarah E. Estep said this on her website after sharing the release dates for the books up to Book 16: "As for other future projects, I will probably be writing…moreEstep said this on her website after sharing the release dates for the books up to Book 16: "As for other future projects, I will probably be writing at least a few more books in my Elemental Assassin series in addition to the books listed here. At this point, I’m not sure how long the series will be. I’ll probably keep writing the books and stories as long as folks keep reading and enjoying them."

Originally, she was slotted for 14 books and then it became 16 because she wanted to do another story arc (which I am totally on board with after finishing Bitter Bite (#14). So it appears 16 won't necessarily be the end. :)(less)
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Robin (Bridge Four)
2.5 *shrugs* stars

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Have you ever read a series and wondered how in the heck did we get to book 16 of the series?


That is me at this moment. It isn’t a bad series and the repetitions of the first books have died out a little. But either I’ve become a much better sleuth in my reading OR this series is becoming really predictable in a lot of ways.

What I liked. In every book there is at least something I like and for this one it was the swap up of the normal Gi

4.25 Stars - Buddy read with the wonderful weekly Wednesday UF group over at BB&B.

Snared continues with Gin trying to find intel on the secret Circle, the criminal group who unknown to others are the ones that runs Ashland’s underworld. But when a girl goes missing, Gin needs to give all her attention and skills to finding her before it’s too late and the killer strikes again.

“What are you going to do, Gin?” Ryan asked, even though he already knew the answer.
“What I do best.” I gave h
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with my Wednesday Group @ BB&B! Because we need to get our assassin on from time to time:):):)

While Gin, our Spider assassin, has been working in her BBQ restaurant by day and obsessing with the research of the Circle members, a shadow crime syndicate controlling everything in the city, at nigh, a friend of hers' sister has gone missing. Gin owes her friend a favor and she is calling it in - find the young beautiful girl at any cost!!! Gin's cop sister Briana, once a bo
Marta Cox
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy a strong urban fantasy
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
Well Gin is back and this time she's not the only one with a game plan. This may be the sixteenth book in this series but the author sure does know how to keep her readers hooked. After so much mayhem and murder previously you would imagine that things would start to slow down but absolutely not! The Spider is closing in on the mysterious Circle, chasing leads and determined to take down those responsible for the deaths in her family. Yet when asked to find a missing girl Gin doesn't hesitate to ...more
Snared, Estep always picks the greatest reflections of her work for her titles. Gin definitely finds herself Snared by the very group she is hunting…the elusive Circle.

One of her friend/business acquaintance’s sister is missing and it is up to Gin to find her before her clock runs out. Gin's search has her knocking on doors that have Circle ties and she soon discovers she’s been pulled into circle business once again.

This series is like one of those deep fried bloomin' onion, with each layer Est
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Jennifer Estep continually amazes me with the directions that she takes the ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series in. SNARED was a stroke of genius with how the plot connected with the main story arc. It also got my gears spinning over the questions raised about Hugh Tucker, and cast a shadow on Eira Snow’s memory. Not bad for the sixteenth installment—scratch that—it was goddamned Spider-ific!

One of Ashland’s mob bosses calls in the favour that Gin owes her, and things quickly spir

Really liked it, but it still has those semi-annoying parts where Gin keeps complaining.

Don't get me wrong, she's a badass and I love her, it just wasn't exactly a 5-star book.
Gin Blanco has a lot on her hands. She is not only the unpopular boss of Ashland's criminal underworld but she has discovered there is a rival and perhaps even more insidious organisation called The Circle that is pulling strings from the shadows.

She really doesn't have time to track down a missing person but when one of her lieutenants calls in a favor she finds herself doing just that. A serial killer is on the loose in Gin's patch and she's determined to hunt him down and save his latest vic
4.5 stars.

This installment was one of my favorites in the series. It continues this new mystery of Gin's mother Eira Snow and her involvement with the Circle. I love this series and I love the characters. Each book holds my interest because they are action-packed and the mystery Gin Blanco has to solve always keeps me thoroughly entertained.

Book 16 started immediately as Gin was spying on Hugh Tucker in her attempts to unravel the clues left behind by Fletcher Lane. Even while eavesdropping, Gin
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, I am not a fan of this book... Usually Gin and the gang keep me on my toes but I found their vacation boring and repetitive. I seemed to be reading paragraphs that were extended with nothing (if that makes sense!). The entire book felt like a child's game of Hide and Seek but for a bunch of jewels! I think what disappointed me more was that ending... Knowing Gin is going to be hooked on a new set of enemies doesn't bode too well with me, I think I needed a finale, a final ending.. ...more
Jennifer Estep knows how to have FUN in her stories. This one covered some really dark material (I mean honestly, the series is about an assassin... let's not act shocked this one has dark stuff in it, guys), but I still loved it.

Gin finds out that some of her enemies aren't just violent evil thugs. She also finds out that some of them *ARE* just violent evil thugs. She makes some progress on her Circle hunting. And we get to see quite a few of our favorite cast members. (Also, can I get an AME
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

SNARED is book sixteen in the Elemental Assassin series. I’ve said in the past that this series continues to get great and while I still stand by that claim, SNARED did feel a little bit different to me. It almost felt like the author tried to return to her roots because the beginning of this book is very basic in terms of the Urban Fantasy style. Gin is a badass heroine and she’s out to take out her next target. For some reason, I felt like we’ve been through this before and it didn’t really
Douglas Meeks
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well where do we start? First thing, if you can have a series that has gotten to book #16, you have to have done something right, publishers don't stick with books that don't sell. Gin is most likely the most consistently bloody and violent heroine you will ever read about while still having a heart of gold for the weak and loyal to her friends beyond all reason. So even though she wants to devote full time to The Circle, when a young girl is missing Gin has to make that a priority with some twi ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
With clues left by her late mentor, Fletcher, Gin and Silvio have started identifying the members of the devious Circle. They discover the “easiest” mark is Damian Rivera, a trust fund prince with a huge drinking problem, and Gin starts surveillance on the man, looking for any clues as to the identity of the mysterious head of the Circle. Meanwhile, Gin’s friend Jade comes to her asking for help locating her missing sister. As Gin digs deeper into both situations, she uncovers a serial killer is ...more
Jen Davis
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. I’ve got to say, I’m digging the new series arc.

Assassin Gin Blanco has come a long way over the past 16 books. She’s no longer just a killer for hire. She’s become the head of Ashland’s Underworld. Or at least the figurehead. We now know there’s a super-secret group known only as The Circle and they’re pulling all the strings, including the one that called for the deaths of Gin’s mother and sister many years ago. Let’s jus
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the Wednesday UF Group of BB&B.

Book about a murder for the MacHalo Reading Challenge.

This book was PREDICTABLE! So predictable that it hurt! In fact if you look predictable in the dictionary you'll be redirected to it! I figured out who the killer was by chapter 6! And there were like 25 more chapters to go! And Gin wasn't able to figure it out when he was staring at her face (view spoiler)! Gin, dear, I knew you're not the brigh
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: urban fantasy lovers
Initial Thoughts Pre-publication: Woo-hoo. Another book in the series!

My Review: Yet another amazing installment in the Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassins series. This series just keeps getting better and better. In Snared, Gin's nemesis is a serial killer with a penchant for blondes.

Lots of action. Lots of magic. Lots of down home barbecue cooking. And a few little flashbacks revealing a little bit more of Gin's background.

Great series. Can't wait for more.

Thank you to NetGalley and the pu
Jessica Robbins
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, own-kindle
For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs...
Tanya Davis
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 16 in the Elemental Assassin series gets underway with Gin beginning her revenge against the Circle. However, with a friend in need, the story quickly turns to a race against time as we search for a missing girl. The search gets personal when a victim is found with Gin's rune marked on her hands.

We are used to blood and violence in this series, but a sick serial killer is new. It was interesting to see how everyone reacts different to a serial versus all the other killing normally done in A
Kathy Davie
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Sixteenth in the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series set in Ashland, North Carolina, and revolving around a retired assassin and the new queen of crime. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the Elemental Assassin books on my website.

My Take
Oh, mama! We’re getting more details into Gin’s past, specifically the night her entire life changed. The most interesting bit was Tucker’s role in that night. And the truth of his position in the Circle. Almost makes ya feel sorry fo
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
At A Glance
I do love a good serial killer.
The Good
It's up to Gin to find a missing girl before Ashland's secret serial killer strikes again. All the while Gin can't forget to keep an eye on The Circle, the meanie-bo-beanie group who killed her family and plot against Gin's every move.

I loved the serial killer aspect. I just find them fascinating. Those rascally psychopaths are straight up bananas, and who doesn't love bananas? ...Anyways

The action was awesome, like always. I love how methodi
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elemental Assassin Fans
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this novel with thanks to NetGalley and he publisher, in exchange for a honest and voluntary review.

Gin is Back with yet another mystery/adventure/thrillride. This time one of her friend/business acquaintance’s sister is missing and it is up to Gin to find her before her clock runs out.

Honestly i had given up reading the series at book 12. But reading this book has ignited my curiosity in the series now i'm regretting leaving the series. But you all know what that means...
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I almost forgot how much I love this series! In book 16, Gin is back in all her badass glory. In this book, Gin and her friends track down a serial killer hunting young women. Gin’s hunt for the Circle members continues in the background but this is a well crafted murder mystery that could easily stand alone.

Gin is one of my all time favourite fictional heroines. I love that there is absolutely no romantic angst in this story.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual, another outstanding story filled with danger, mystery, and Gin's determination to right a wrong and rescue an innocent from an insane serial killer. She's still trying to figure out who the mastermind running the criminal group the Circle is, so she can end his reign once and for all. This is the group that is responsible for the death of her mother and sister and she has vowed to hunt them all down and put an end to their criminal activities while gaining vengeance for her loss. After ...more
I have to say, I wasn't that impressed with this installment. While I did like the idea of Gin going up against a bona fide serial killer, it wound up being rather anti-climactic at best. The clues were spelled out for the reader, so much so that I was yelling at Gin for being so thick headed with regard to figuring the mystery out. It was just so predictable! Even the overall story arc wasn't furthered that much, and the books are getting rather repetitive. At this point, I am very grateful tha ...more
Boundless Book Reviews
I voluntarily received an ARC of Snared via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

This review is hard for me to write because for the first time I found it very hard to get into a book from this series, and it was a bit of a chore to finish.  I think this was more of a mindset thing with me.  But then I am not sure if it is all my fault.  A series needs to stay fresh and keep things new and interesting to keep me hooked.  I have lost interest with many long-running book series.  The same
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4.5 Stars

Snared is the 16th installment in the Elemental Assassins series. Jennifer Estep is a master at creating captivating urban fantasy worlds, while simultaneously keeping it fresh in a long-standing series.

Gin Blanco (The Spider) is a kickass-badass heroine. Ordinarily, authors shy away from creating such a fierce character, one who doesn't experience shame or guilt for doing what needs to be done. No woe-is-me, second-g
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just noticed that, although I read this book almost a year ago, I forgot to rate or review it. So, the four star rating may not be completely accurate because it is based soley on my love of the series and not on this individual book. If I’m WAY off, I apologize!
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Another fast-paced, albeit predictable, entry in the Elemental Assassin series as Gin hunts down a serial killer in Ashland and tries to gather more clues about the group behind her mother’s death.

Opening Sentence: Being an assassin meant knowing when to kill–and when not to kill.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Gin is getting nowhere with her search for the mastermind behind the Circle, the group behind her mother’s murder. While busy investigating o
Sheyla ✎
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Snared was a great way to pull me back into the criminal world of Ashland in the Elemental Assassin series. Gin is the assassin the Spider but she has also recently become the boss of the underworld. Although, she now knows the Circle is a group of powerful men and women who are trying to hurt her and her friends. Gin is done waiting for them to attack her. She's ready to go on the offensive. Her first mark is Daniel but when a new friend's sister goes missing and the clues point to a serial k
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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. She is the author of the following 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

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Elemental Assassin (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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“Being an assassin means knowing when to kill - and when not to kill.” 6 likes
“Be careful. I don’t know what I would do if you were the one missing either.” I smiled again. “That’s something that you’ll never have to worry about.” “Promise?” “Promise.” 1 likes
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