Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Sharpest Sting by Jennifer Estep


The truth won’t set me free—but it will probably get me killed…

As Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, I’m used to having a target on my back. But ever since I started investigating the secret society known as the Circle, that target seems bigger than ever.

Still, I’m trying to relax and enjoy the events leading up to my friends’ wedding when I learn that an old enemy has returned to Ashland. And that’s the just beginning of my latest nightmare. Soon, I have Circle goons watching my every move, but I have no choice but to continue searching for a key piece of evidence against the evil group.

The deeper I dig, the more horrifying secrets I uncover, and the more dangerous things become for me and my friends. Just when I think I finally have a handle on things, a shocking revelation shatters my heart and leaves me with an ugly realization—that betrayal is the sharpest sting of all...

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Book 18
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Erica☆☆☆☆
Spoiler-Free Review.

Our favorite assassin – Gin Blanco, aka the Spider – is back in action for the 18th installment of the Elemental Assassin series. Can you read the series out of order? My advice, since we're 18 books into the series, you must read the first eight or so to get a grasp on the overall feel of the series, the world building, and how the characters relate to each other. After that, you can pick and choose which of the installments you wish to read.

There is a comfort in reading later books in a series, where you read to recapture certain emotions. The trust you've built with the author (Jennifer Estep) to deliver what was delivered in the past. Some might call this predictable or formulaic, but there is a sense of comfort when that is what you're looking for in an entertaining read. Estep delivers, never breaking a reader's trust, which I highly appreciate.

Without giving away spoilers, making it feel as if I'm writing a book report, or rehashing the blurb. here is a quick rundown of what's inside Sharpest Sting.

Action-packed from the first page, Sharpest Sting starts out with a bang, and continues on a path that has become the norm for the series. While most is resolved by The End, there are a few threads that carryover into the next installment, which have readers eager to find out more.

Gin and Co try to protect Ashland and each other. What I love the most about Gin is her humanity, and I don't mean that in the wishy-washy sense where the heroine isn't willing to get her hands dirty and do the work. Gin experiences human emotions that resonate within her readers. She's focused on her family and friends, sees people to be under her protection, where she'll do anything and everything to protect them. She tries to enjoy the little things, even when in the middle of a mess.

With a target on her back, Gin is trying to help with the wedding, but the Circle is literally breathing down her neck, tainting the experience. Gin believes she can handle everything, but as she uncovers more difficult truths, she discovers something she might not be able to handle, and that is where Estep shines – the raw and gritty, darker emotions.

Highly recommend to fans of the series. If you're new to Estep, I caution against jumping into the series with Sharpest Sting. If you've read Estep's YA paranormal series or Crown of Shards fantasy series and are curious to start Environmental Assassin, note that all of the author's series have a different vibe, which is much appreciated.


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


Book 16
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For reviews & more info, check out our Snared post.


Book 17
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For reviews & more info, check out our Snared post.




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.

She is the author of the following series:
The Elemental Assassin Series
The Crown of Shards Series
The Mythos Academy Spinoff Series
The Mythos Academy Series
The Bigtime Series
The Black Blade Series


Connect with Jennifer

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Sharpest Sting (Elemental Assassin #18) by Jennifer Estep to read and review.

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