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Four Stars: Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep

Read and Review HopAnother gritty urban fantasy, Web of Lies is the second book in the Elemental Assassin series and Gin’s life just can’t stay dull. Retirement doesn’t suit her, so when a young girl seems to be the target of a professional assassin, of course Gin needs to investigate and help. It doesn’t hurt that Donovan Caine is also interested in this particular case as well, nor the dashing Owen Grayson….

In my failed attempt to catch up with the read along for this series, I got Web of Lies from the library. I may still be behind, but at least I’m having fun :D. I’m not sure how much further I’ll be going with the Elemental Assassin series, but the first two books have proven to be a nice and classic urban fantasy distraction during stressful school times ;-). This review will certainly contain a couple of spoilers for the first book since it is the second in the series!

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Title:
Web of Lies
Author: Jennifer Estep
Pages: 400 paperback
Genre-ish: Urban fantasy, but not in our world
Rating★★★ fun elements, but that’s it

Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.

I’m Gin Blanco.

You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive. — Goodreads


Strengths:

  • It was refreshing for the plot to be driven by a good deed for a change :D. I had trouble connecting with Gin as a trained and cold killer previously, but Gin as a killer who wants to help a kid and her grandfather was much easier to get into.
  • I won’t say too much, but I like the new romantic possibilities that have opened at the end of Web of Lies. It’s also refreshing that Elemental Assassin is taking a more realistic romance approach than a lot of series ;-).
  • There was some heavy hinting that Sophia’s past will be important in the future and it looks like it will be really interesting :D.

Weaknesses:

  • Nothing that major seemed to happen in Web of Lies unfortunately…. While we learn a little bit, it sort of felt like one of those holiday specials in TV shows that aren’t super connected to the main storyline….
  • Donovan Caine, you annoy me.
  • I originally really liked the magic system, however it has been expanded in Web of Lies and is getting a little overly complicated. It also seemed a little too convenient to the plot without being true to the system, which annoyed me.
  • Repetitive! I realize that these types of books are meant to be casual and able to be set down and picked back up easily, but there are only so many times that I need something explained! I got it, really, I promise, stop telling me over and over again.

Summary:
As I said with Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies is a great book if you are in the mood for a straight up urban fantasy with some not PG-13 scenes and a kick-butt heroine. If you are looking for something more, keep looking. I appreciate some of the new elements (haha, no pun intended) that Web of Lies brings to a rather over-saturated genre, but I still have a very hard time connecting with Gin and therefore caring much about what happens. These are fun books, and that’s what you should expect from them :).

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

 

 Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep

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Comments

  1. Even tho she is still lacking body armor, I like this pose better. still sexy, but a more powerful pose.

    • I agree, though I’m not sure what is going on with the background…. I’m not sure that Gin ever actually wears body armor though, so maybe that’s an accurate depiction?

  2. I haven’t read any of these – I’m slow to get in on the urban fantasy genre but some of it looks like I’d enjoy it.

    • They are pretty fun if all you are looking for is kick-butt girls and sexy boys ;-) If you want deeper story telling and character development, I’d check out Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews, they have some awesome urban fantasy series :D

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