Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Snared by Jennifer Estep

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 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.

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Book 16
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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-guessing inner monologue, where the character asks if she's a good or bad person for her actions. Gin owns who she is, recognizing someone has to do the dirty work, so it might as well be her.

(how best to summarize without spoiling the plot...) On the case to locate a missing girl, Gin is led to Ashland's underbelly, where she encounters the Circle. Gin follows the clues, ties the pieces together, and shows her many talents in the process. Estep also shows her talents as a writer, by weaving a storyline that isn't obvious and predicable.

In a formula that has stood the test of time, Snared fits perfectly with its 15 predecessors. Action-packed, comforting as the characters don't act out of character, and heartwarming to see Gin interact with her nearest and dearest, Snared was pure entertainment.

This is an Urban Fantasy series, where the world-building and mystery-solving are the main focus, not romance and between-the-sheets action. I don't recommend Snared be read as a standalone – it's best to start all the way back to the beginning.

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. As always, she is fierce and loyal, brave and strong. She uses her powers and her brain and she enlists the help of her friends and family. There are moments where she is vulnerable – but she’s always a survivor.

This is also a wonderfully crafted murder mystery. One of the simplest stories in the series, the plot is perfectly paced and clues are dropped carefully to allow readers to participate in Gin’s hunt. I loved the tension and suspense and I loved the way that Gin’s powers and the Ashland community provide an unusual and interesting backdrop for a fairly conventional murder mystery.

This is a wonderful addition to the series. Fans will love this book, but I have to encourage new readers to start at the very beginning with the wonderful Spider’s Bite.

Also Available in the Elemental Assassin Series

Book 14.5
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For reviews & more info, check out our Unwanted post.

Book 15
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Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca

For reviews & more info, check out our Unraveled post.

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her Elemental Assassin series follows the life and times of Gin “the Spider” Blanco, a barbecue restaurant owner who also happens to be an assassin with magical control over the elements of Ice and Stone.

The Mythos Academy series focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. She studies at Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors.

Her Bigtime paranormal romance books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

Estep’s new Black Blade series is about 17-year-old thief Lila Merriweather, who has a Talent for sight, along with the ability to take magic others used against her to boost her own powers. She tries not to get involved with the Families who control much of the town, but ends up in the middle of a potential turf war.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Snared (Elemental Assassin #16) by Jennifer Estep to read and review.

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