Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #2
Published by: Pocket Books
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.
I'm Gin Blanco.
You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren’t aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I’m a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn’t made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.
I’m just going to say it … my relationship with this series is off to a rocky start. I had some issues with the repetitiveness in Spider’s Bite, but still liked it quite a bit. I had high hopes for Web of Lies, but my issues from the first book carried over.
One of my favorite movies is 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, where Drew’s character has a type of amnesia that causes her to wake up thinking it’s a certain day over and over. Then there is Ten-Second-Tom, who losses his memory every – you guessed it – ten seconds. Reading Web of Lies made me think of that movie. It’s like I was supposed to have some sort of memory loss, so the author just repeats everything in case I forgot. The repetitiveness drove me crazy. I started to wonder if the author was just screwing with me (the reader).
To be honest, I came close to giving up several times and wanted to be done with the series. However, all of that seemed to finally ebb a little more than halfway through, and I started to enjoy it more. So despite how incredibly irritating it started out, it ended on a good note for me. I mean, I do actually like quite a bit about it now that I’m finished and can look back on it.
For instance, I do like Gin. She’s such a bad-ass, and I love that she makes no qualms about what she does – kills people. She doesn’t apologize or try to be something she isn’t for anyone else. I’m looking at you Donovan! She may be cool and deadly, but she has a heart and cares a great deal for people. She isn’t as snarky or humorous as I tend to prefer my heroines, but she’s still pretty funny at times.
I like the other characters too, and hope to get to know them better. I really enjoy seeing their little ‘family’ grow closer and have each others backs, especially Finn. I love him and his manwhore ways! But it was actually a new character that truly saved this book for me – Owen. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of him and Gin interact.
So, yeah, I wanted to punch Web of Lies at times, but I was looking forward to the next book by the end. I’m not sure how I’ll handle it if the same damn issues continue through the series, though.