Saturday, April 15, 2017

Snared by Jennifer Estep

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.** 

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.

Purchase links:
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 or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

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