Saturday, April 15, 2017

Snared by Jennifer Estep



About SNARED:
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 few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl.

My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive.

A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.


My Review:
Like her namesake - Gin just keeps getting better with age!

As an dual elemental, Gin can control not just one, but two elements - stone and ice. This ability has helped her survive many a misadventure as well as her career as a top-notch assassin in the deadly city of Ashland. She's gone from working for her mentor Fletcher to working for herself to becoming the mob boss for the city due to having killed the previous 2 bosses. Retired - and now trying to take down the circle - Gin gets pulled into a manhunt for a serial killer... like Ashland didn't have enough troubles they can now add a serial killer to the list.

Her circle of friends has also grown from 3 or 4 trusted individuals to more like 10 close friends; several other good acquaintances; and several business frenemies - who would love to have her gone almost as much as they need her near. It takes cooperation from all of her friends - and maybe some of those frenemies to not only unravel the mystery of the crimes being committed, but to also survive her latest endeavor. Solving this crime will save lives and solve several cold cases Bria has been trying to close.

**I received a complimentary e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** 
Excerpt:

Since it was January, the holidays were officially over, but someone was being a little slow about putting away the decorations. White twinkle lights were still wrapped around the thick columns that supported the sprawling, two-story, gray stone mansion, along with strands of illuminated snowflakes that glowed a pale blue. Still more lights and snowflakes curved over the stone archways and outlined all of the windows, which also had white velvet bows hanging in them.

But this was a New Year, with new targets for the Spider.

I crossed the lawn and hunkered down behind some lounge chairs set up on the patio that ringed the heated pool, as far away from the cheery glow of the holiday lights as I could get. Then I peered around the chairs and over at the mansion.

Despite it creeping up on eight o’clock, lights burned in every room on the first floor, and I spotted several servants moving back and forth, tidying up and doing their final chores for the night. In the windows closest to me, two women plucked red and green glass balls off a massive Christmas tree that took up most of that room.

I watched the women work for a few seconds longer, as well as all the other servants, but no one moved toward the windows and looked outside. No one had seen me approach the mansion, so I raised my gaze to a particular window on the second floor. Lights burned in that room as well, but I didn’t spot anyone moving around inside. Excellent.

I glanced over my shoulder, but the guard was at the very back of the lawn now, several hundred feet from me, and still playing his game, judging by the faint beeps and trills that whispered into the night. I wouldn’t get a better chance than this, so I slid my knife up my sleeve so that I would have both hands free. Then I surged to my feet, got a running start, leaped up, and grabbed hold of a trellis attached to part of the mansion.




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Publisher: Pocket Books
Price: $7.99
Release date: April 25, 2017
ISBN: 9781501142277


About Jennifer Estep:
Jennifer Estep is a New York TimesUSA 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. Snared, book #16, will be released on April 25.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.

For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hisses and Honey (The Venom Trilogy, #3) by Shannon Mayer

Hisses and Honey (The Venom Trilogy, #3)Hisses and Honey by Shannon Mayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Alena just keeps getting stronger and sassier!

I love Shannon's ability to draw you into the story and make you a part of it. You can't help but root for Alena with her insecurities and burgeoning strength which sometimes seem so at odds with each other. This final part of the trilogy is a true coming-of-age story for our heroine.

Having beaten two of Hera's heroes she now must face a third WITH a monster... and a raging increase in the Aegrus virus to boot. Can she - and her friends and family - triumph over Hera, or will all be lost?

With the ending of this story I can't wait to read a spin-off series which is so strongly hinted at! ;)

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11) by Darynda Jones

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charley just keeps getting better!

Darynda has managed to build a world that has so many avenues to explore. Just when I think she's managed to hit the end of a dead end alley in the storyline... there's another door for us to walk through. If you love paranormal/urban fantasy, and haven't started reading this series yet - YOU MUST DO IT NOW!

If I had to name just one thing that pulls me in, it would be the sarcasm - it constantly keeps me coming back for more in this series. Charley would be one of my BFFs if she existed in real life. While I never get into as many - or as dangerous - scrapes as Charley does we definitely have kindred outlooks on life.

Angels, demons, ghosts, bad husbands, loyal family - action, adventure, love, and mystery - this series has it all in spades!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Dog Gone Ghost (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #4.5) by Angie Fox

Dog Gone Ghost (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #4.5)Dog Gone Ghost by Angie Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Super cute and quick read! Verity manages to get Frankie to help a little boy out with his dog issue. Despite being short this story made me chuckle... and tear up. Well worth the read! :)

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the NightingaleThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have always been a fan of mythologies - most any of them, but am not at all familiar with Russian mythology. This story is beautifully rendered and makes me wish I had familiarized myself with Russian mythology years ago when I studied Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythologies.

Detailing is very visual - making you feel as though you are living the story with Vasilisa. I love the use of nicknames throughout the story which shows how different versions of names reflect different familial relationships in the culture.

Anyone who likes reading about other cultures and/or mythology would enjoy this book.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Kill Without Shame by Alexandra Ivy

Kill Without Shame (ARES Security, #2)Kill Without Shame by Alexandra Ivy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What would you do to protect the love of your life?

Lucas St. Clair may come from money and prestige, but none of that has ever matter to him. As a member of ARES Security it is nothing more than a reason his "brothers" can tease him. Now he must go home to face his past if he is ever to have a future with the love of his life. The love he left behind...

Mia Ramon is strong-willed woman who has worked her way up from the daughter of a gardener to the powerful owner of a well-known landscaping business. Lucas is in her past - along with her broken heart. Or, so she thinks until he comes barrelling back into her life determined to protect her form danger she didn't know existed.

This is another action-packed thrill ride from Alexandra! Her writing is well-detailed, well-plotted, and full of adventure and romance. I haven't yet read a story she's penned that has disappointed me.

**I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley.**

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Monday, December 12, 2016

BOOK BLAST! Nice Guys Bite by Jennifer Estep

I'm really excited today!  Nice Guys Bite hits e-readers everywhere.  Unfortunately, I do not have a review for you yet as it will be hitting my kindle at the same time this post hits my blog, but I am sure - like all of Gin's exploits - this read will be action and sarcasm packed!




NICE GUYS BITE takes place after the events of UNRAVELED (#15). It is told from the point of view of Silvio Sanchez, Gin’s personal assistant. Working for Gin Blanco (aka the Spider, the assassin who runs the Ashland underworld) doesn’t leave much time for romance, especially with Gin’s holiday party planning in full swing. But when he catches the eye of a charming gentleman, Silvio finds himself going out for coffee. All’s fair in love and war, though. Just as Silvio is starting to enjoy himself, he realizes he’s being watched. His nice-guy date doesn’t sense the danger, and Silvio wants to keep it that way (and, well, keep the guy alive) so Silvio ends the date early—only to be abducted by some villainous giants. Will Silvio survive the night and make it back to the Pork Pit in time for Gin’s holiday party? Only if he decks the hall with bodies …

Book info:
Title: NICE GUYS BITE (Elemental Assassin #15.5)
Format: e-novella
Author: Jennifer Estep

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About Jennifer Estep:
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 for Pocket Books. Unwanted, e-novella #14.5 in the series, will be released on July 18. Unraveled, book #15, will be released on Aug. 30.
Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.
For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bound (The Nevermore Trilogy Anniversary Edition #2) by Shannon Mayer

Bound (The Nevermore Trilogy, #2)Bound by Shannon Mayer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book continues the story begun in Sundered. There are hard truths to be accepted, and hard choices to be made. The new reality does not allow for the weak or weak of heart to survive. Forced to leave their home, Mara & Sebastian must try to navigate their new reality and decide which is more dangerous - the humans who "rescued" them... or the Nevermores. Can Mara become "monster" enough to survive? Can they get back to the few allies they had managed to cultivate?

Reading this series pulls the reader into the world that Mara & Sebastian are trying to live in. You are worried/afraid/sad/jubilant when they are. Not all authors are good enough t their trade to involve you in their characters lives, but Shannon manages to do it time after time.

A cross between Resident Evil and Titanic this series would appeal to those who are looking for love and all it is capable of in times of extreme duress.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sundered (The Nevermore Trilogy Anniversary Edition #1) by Shannon Mayer

Sundered (The Nevermore Trilogy, #1)Sundered by Shannon Mayer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mara & Sebastian bring us into a world that could be today... in Canada... that becomes a nightmare overnight. A young couple who seemingly have it all... except the child Mara so desperately wants. When a seeming "miracle" drug appears that should end their fertility issues Mara jumps at the chance to use it - only to learn she's allergic to the primary component. And, then things start to unravel...

Shannon is a true wordsmith, and I adore her ability to create worlds that let you "live" with the characters in her stories. I had not read the original trilogy before so I can't compare this revision to the original, but I can say that this series is worth a read.

Unlike her other series - Rylee Adamson & The Elemental - this series is not a genre I would normally read on my own. I feel this series would appeal to anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic and/or zombie stories . While this series doesn't truly deal with zombies the creatures are similar enough that they have that type of feeling/read.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti

Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome, #2)Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The world Rebecca has crafted in the Scorpius Syndrome series is high-octane... action, adventure, sex, and intrigue are all at the forefront of these stories. Larger than life alpha males and the brilliant, strong women who bring them to heel.

Raze - a mysterious man whom no one is truly sure is 100% on their side - is driven to protect Vinnie from the first moment he lays eyes on her, but is his protection self-driven or is there something else behind his interest?

Vinnie - a brilliant woman made all the more brilliant by Scorpius - is pulled inexplicably toward Raze despite her reservations about his motivations. Wanted by many, but treasured by one, can she overlook split loyalties to see what lies beneath Raze's rough exterior?

Theses stories will suck you in, wring you out, and leave you wanting more! The characters are well-developed. The world they live in is brilliantly crafted. Overall this series screams MOVIE! Don't wait - read this now!

**I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from NetGalley.**

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