Web of Lies

Web of Lies

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....

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Title:Web of Lies
Author:Jennifer Estep
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Web of Lies Reviews

  • Felicia

    YES! I love it when a series gets better from the first one! This book really got me into the groove with this character and this world. I really am interested in the magic, there were fun character twists and...

    SPOILER:

    THANK GOD FOR THE LOVE INTEREST RESOLUTION! It was my main criticism from the last one, and so happy the author was brave enough to switch gears and it's looking like a GOOD DIRECTION! Ok, I wanna be vague, but I'm totally in for #3!

  • Kat Kennedy

    So basically I kind of like this series. First of all because Gin may be a bleeding heart who'll take a job just because she hears a sobstory - but it also turns out she's a real bitch. Something I can really appreciate.

    I've never told anybody this before but I also relate to Gin because I too am a female assassin.

    This is totally me in my assassin garb getting ready to take down anybody I see dog-earring a book!

    Okay... maybe not.

    But I want to be! I plan on grabbing on of the fake ka

    So basically I kind of like this series. First of all because Gin may be a bleeding heart who'll take a job just because she hears a sobstory - but it also turns out she's a real bitch. Something I can really appreciate.

    I've never told anybody this before but I also relate to Gin because I too am a female assassin.

    This is totally me in my assassin garb getting ready to take down anybody I see dog-earring a book!

    Okay... maybe not.

    But I want to be! I plan on grabbing on of the fake katana from the tourist store my husband bought and trying to take him out tonight. Then I can be as badass as Gin.

    This book, like the last one, was fun, easy to read, action packed, a little sexy and pretty alright.

    My only complaint is that the end stank a little of dues ex machina.

    Oh and Donovan is a little bitch.

  • Limonessa

    This is not a review.

    This is my rant directed towards one of the least likable love interests in the history of Urban Fantasy: Mr. Donovan Caine.

    Or donovancaine, which has a certain assonance to a potent anesthetizer, and is truly appropriate, because that's exactly what he does to me. One of the most hypocritical, double-faced, backboneless men ever to have roamed the pages of a UF novel. And I loathe those kind of men - and who wouldn't?

    Not only his ethics are just figments of hi

    This is not a review.

    This is my rant directed towards one of the least likable love interests in the history of Urban Fantasy: Mr. Donovan Caine.

    Or donovancaine, which has a certain assonance to a potent anesthetizer, and is truly appropriate, because that's exactly what he does to me. One of the most hypocritical, double-faced, backboneless men ever to have roamed the pages of a UF novel. And I loathe those kind of men - and who wouldn't?

    Not only his ethics are just figments of his imagination and he takes advantage of Gin anytime that the chance arises, but what is most and fastidiously irksome is that he always and systematically gets post-coitum second thoughts - and let's face it, the coitus wasn't even that hot to begin with.

    I really, really don't understand what Gin sees in him. She must be pretty desperate in her lonesome wolf-style assassin life. So I am proud to announce that, after his final backlessbone decision, that is to run from his issues and ignore them instead of come to terms with the not so virtuous bastard that he is, donovancaine is finally out of the picture. He left, not to see Gin ever again and face his true self. And good riddance.

    Enter Owen Grayson, who I already like infinitely more than donovancaine. At least he's got a sense of humor.

    Basically this second installment in the series is in line with the first one and I enjoyed it quite a bit. As readers of

    should already know, Estep's problems are really minor and have to do with:

    1- the fact that nobody has yet given her a Thesaurus for Christmas - the world

    repeated countless times in this book... I mean, WHY?

    2- the fact that she perpetuates the belief that chicory coffee actually contains caffeine, which might be the problem with the previous point, that is Estep falling asleep on her manuscript without realizing it, and then forgetting she has used the word sloppy or the phrase "grey on gold" - and now the new entry "grey on violet" - too many a times.

    Aside from that, the plot is really fast-paced and interesting and Gin is really a great character,

    without a doubt the main reason why I am going to keep on reading this series.

    Maja says it gets better, and I trust her judgement.

  • Ian

    At the age of 15 Donovan Caine suffered a terrible life altering trauma. His mother stopped breast feeding him. He was disconsolate. Not even his extensive Furby collection could turn that frown upside down. The result...Donovan Caine became a complete ass-hat. ass-hat. ass-hat. ass-hat.

    This book is really great but I'm holding the 5th star hostage. Ms Estep, if you want the 5th star kill ass-hat by 5pm, May 29. The method of death should be gruesome and humiliating...it would be nice if it inv

    At the age of 15 Donovan Caine suffered a terrible life altering trauma. His mother stopped breast feeding him. He was disconsolate. Not even his extensive Furby collection could turn that frown upside down. The result...Donovan Caine became a complete ass-hat. ass-hat. ass-hat. ass-hat.

    This book is really great but I'm holding the 5th star hostage. Ms Estep, if you want the 5th star kill ass-hat by 5pm, May 29. The method of death should be gruesome and humiliating...it would be nice if it involved public nudity, a porta-loo, and 200 meters of det-chord.

    I loved everything about this book except ass-hat. Well worth a read if a dystopian alternate reality, inhabited by magic users, vampires, giants and dwarves sounds like your cup of tea.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    SO. Donovan Caine is EXACTLY as big of a chicken manboy LOSER FACE as I remembered him being. #dontletthedoorhityouonthewayout RAWRRRR.

    Full RTC.

    Getting a bit of a late start on this buddy (re)read with

    !

    But better late than never, right? I mean, it's not like I was gonna bail--this book has OWEN. *swoons*

    PM me if you're interested in joining. I have SWAG. ;)

    Oh, oh!

  • Choko

    We have a kick-ass southern lady assassin, retired, who will not back down in the face of danger, and will not blink an eye when taking down a mark! Ice runs in her veins and despite her ability to turn her skin into stone, she is not invulnerable, she is still human... Yes, she had it tough when she was a kid and she was on the brink of giving up before meeting Fin and his dad. Yes, she falls for the wrong guy and his

    We have a kick-ass southern lady assassin, retired, who will not back down in the face of danger, and will not blink an eye when taking down a mark! Ice runs in her veins and despite her ability to turn her skin into stone, she is not invulnerable, she is still human... Yes, she had it tough when she was a kid and she was on the brink of giving up before meeting Fin and his dad. Yes, she falls for the wrong guy and his treatment of her hurts her soul, and yes, even she has people she allows herself to care about and they are her weak spots... But overall, she is one cold and competent killer, unapologetic and free of guilt for any of her kills, and they are quite many! This professionalism is what makes me like her and the lack of moral ambiguity only makes us accept her exactly as she comes!

    Gin's love interest, Donovan Cain, was not a good choice, but go tell that to the heart, or more appropriately, the animal, hormonal attraction they rocked for each-other... Despite Donovan being hot and attractive as hell, he can not accept Gin for who and what she is, making her feel bad about herself, tainting every moment they had together with judgment, guilt and negativity... He is, in my opinion, a pompous stick in the mud... And maybe he has sticks up some of the parts of his own anatomy, I can not be sure...

    Luckily, we have some resolution to this problem, although it sucks that he manages to hurt Gin in the process... However, there is Owen Grayson who has arrived at the scene and is obviously interested.. Gin should give him a chance...

    The rest of the cast, starting with the two Dwarf sisters, Fin, and several young ladies who frequent the Pork Pit, as well as the usual bad guys, make the world of magical Ashland, North Carolina, a very interesting and amusing place to live. Retired Gin has to rely on all of them to keep her from dying of boredom while not being hired to kill people... A girl has to keep herself busy, after all... So, she gets herself in trouble, does some pro-bono work, and manages to come out on the other side mostly in one piece... Mostly... The only true downer is Donovan...

    This is the second book in the Elemental Assassin Series and you can tell that the author is gaining momentum and the writing, as well as the story telling is getting better. There are still things that bother me, mostly repetitions which make no sense, and I am truly tired of her telling me how gray her eyes are!!! I know already, let's move on, shell we??? But I digress... So, if you like actionny, light, and easy to read UF series, with a cool and bloodthirsty female lead, this book is absolutely for you!! There is some violence, and some sexual content, but it is not disturbing or overwhelming... You also get at least one southern cooking advice per book, and I already tried the one from the first book - it was received with pleasure by the guys in my household:):):) So, read it, entertainment is to be had by all!!!

    Now I wish all of you Happy Reading and may you always find something to enjoy in every book you read!!!

  • Jo

  • Denisa

    In the previous book she was a badass assassin, who wasn't afraid to kill anyone and who bowed to no one.

    In this book she's ever better!

    I absolutely, absolutely love her! As I've said before, I am tired of killers with morals, who don't want to kill anyone but they have to do it, boo hoo, poor little them. Well, let me tell you, Gin is nothing like that.

    I loved the fact that she's not all powerful, she got her ass kicked a few times and she's not afraid to ask for the help of her friends.

    And

    In the previous book she was a badass assassin, who wasn't afraid to kill anyone and who bowed to no one.

    In this book she's ever better!

    I absolutely, absolutely love her! As I've said before, I am tired of killers with morals, who don't want to kill anyone but they have to do it, boo hoo, poor little them. Well, let me tell you, Gin is nothing like that.

    I loved the fact that she's not all powerful, she got her ass kicked a few times and she's not afraid to ask for the help of her friends.

    And everyone loves a girl who can handle her knives (in the kitchen and in... other situations).

    She quit being an assassin, but she still loves to kill people and kick their asses. She just has better reasons now, not just money.

    This was such a fast, entertaining read! At one point (at about 70%) I wondered how many pages the book has, in my mind it was impossible for it to have more than 250. When I saw that it has 400, I was stunned! I was hooked on this book, I couldn't put it down, I absolutely loved it!

  • Emma

    This was better than the first one and that was good! 4.5 stars. I really like Gin Blanco as the main character. She makes no apologies for who she is. She is feisty and strong, determined to survive at all costs and can be ruthless. And yet I really felt for her vulnerability with the detective she likes so much and what goes down between them. I love Jo Jo and Sophia, her dwarf friends. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series as now Gin is getting set to avenge her family and has met som

    This was better than the first one and that was good! 4.5 stars. I really like Gin Blanco as the main character. She makes no apologies for who she is. She is feisty and strong, determined to survive at all costs and can be ruthless. And yet I really felt for her vulnerability with the detective she likes so much and what goes down between them. I love Jo Jo and Sophia, her dwarf friends. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series as now Gin is getting set to avenge her family and has met some one new as a potential love interest in future books.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    So far this isn’t my favorite UF series out there. That title is still held by the Kate Daniels Series and The Fever Series (1-5) I’m still pretending the other books didn’t happen.

    It has potential….lots of potential but so far I’m struggling a little with the repetition in the writing. I don’t need a recap of what happened in chapter 1 in chapter 5 I read it under an hour ago I remember what happened.

    Gin is trying to be a retired assassin and current BBQ owner but there i

    So far this isn’t my favorite UF series out there. That title is still held by the Kate Daniels Series and The Fever Series (1-5) I’m still pretending the other books didn’t happen.

    It has potential….lots of potential but so far I’m struggling a little with the repetition in the writing. I don’t need a recap of what happened in chapter 1 in chapter 5 I read it under an hour ago I remember what happened.

    Gin is trying to be a retired assassin and current BBQ owner but there is a man who trying to get someone off their land for the mining rights and has escalated his tactics to get it. She might need to brush off her knives and save yet another damsel in distress and her grandfather.

    It has Gin. I don’t adore her yet but I do like that she is a sexually aggressive assassin that takes what she wants and goes after the bad guys. Just because you are an assassin doesn’t mean that you don’t kill bad people.

    It has Finn. He is a totally likeable sidekick that had your back and will flirt with anything with two legs….like literally anything. But he is sorta adorable in a ‘I’m an loveable man whore’ kind of way.

    There are a few other fun sidekicks that will probably have very cool backstories when we get to them and there are more and more hints about who the big bad really is and why Gin is going to take them down.

    Another plus is the world. I’m enjoying this UF world with dwarves, giants, vampires and other nasties. Also the magic system of earth, wind, water and fire is different and might work up to be some thing really cool.

    The writing. It is getting better all the time but like I said before there is a lot of repetition and I just want to get on with it.

    There is also a love interest introduced in book only to be hustled out in book 2. I didn’t really care about him and everyone thinks he is an asshole

    but you know it is doomed from the beginning cop+assassin does not make a happily ever after. I think it had potential and could have been good if the author committed to the journey and struggle but I like the new guy so I don’t care at all.

    I’m waiting for this to just catch me and take me on a ride and so far it hasn’t. I like it but I’m easily distracted by other things going on in my reading list.

    The is definitely something here and since this has like 10 books in the series so far I’m going to assume that the author figure out how to streamline her story just a little bit better later on.

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