Early Review: Black Widow (Elemental Assassin #12) by Jennifer Estep

November 24, 2014 Review 1

Early Review:  Black Widow (Elemental Assassin #12) by Jennifer EstepBlack Widow by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin, #12
Published by Pocket Books on November 25, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400 pages
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: reference to sex, kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

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 working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

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't wait to see in the next book. Future expectations aside this book is excellent in its forward momentum towards that game changer moment.

Here we get Gin who is wrapped up in a web and not one of her own making. I kind of enjoyed seeing Gin get tangled up and confused by the M.M. Monroe just because I knew it would be a truly epic moment when Gin is able to escape that web and defeat Monroe. I really felt bad for what happened to Gin and her family and friends as M.M. Monroe is so very calculating and evil. One of the things that Gin has that Monroe doesn't is her friends who are there fore her more than ever in BLACK WIDOW. M.M. Monroe is nothing like Mab and I was grateful that this wasn't Mab 2.o and M.M. actually puts Mab to shame in being utterly diabolical.

Everything is that I adore about this series is right here and more so in BLACK WIDOW. There's expertly crafted fights, banter, and suspense that continued to keep me on the edge of my seat. I can't recommend this book enough and love being on the roller coaster ride that is Gin Blanco life.

Click here for an excerpt of the audio book version of BLACK WIDOW! The full version is available on Audible.com.

Series Titles:
  1. SPIDER’S BITE Title -3/5
  2. WEB OF LIES-Title – 3/5
  3. VENOM-4/5
  4. TANGLED THREADS-4/5
  5. SPIDER’S REVENGE-3/5
  6. BY A THREAD-4/5
  7. WIDOW’S WEB-4/5
  8. DEADLY STING-4/5
  9. HEART OF VENOM-4/5
  10. THE SPIDER
  11. POISON PROMISE
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One Response to “Early Review: Black Widow (Elemental Assassin #12) by Jennifer Estep”

  1. Mina

    Thanks for the review Kristina – I love Gin, but felt it was time for a kind of game-changer. Glad to read it is on its way 🙂 Can’t wait to read this one!