Review: Widow's Web by Jennifer Estep

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Series: Elemental Assassin #7
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
Pages: 364
Reviewer: Ambers R. and I.

I used to murder people for money, but these days it’s more of a survival technique.

Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town.

Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back in town, she thinks he’s hers for the taking.

Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.

I don't know if you guys have picked up on it or not yet but we here at AwesomeSauce Book Club get very involved with our books, our characters, our series. And this one is no different.

From the beginning of this book we get that there was something going on with Owen. He's acting strange. I figured out why pretty quickly when Gin and Owen run into Salina at a restaurant. Salina is obviously an old flame of Owen's. And Owen turns into an utter fool. Seriously, I can't remember reading a book recently where a person I used to fully love turned into a sniveling fool over someone who is a complete douche canoe. Salina is completely bat shit crazy. She is obviously deceptive, a liar, she's an extremely strong water elemental, and she's literally crazy. Everyone can see that except for Owen. Salina and Owen used to be together when they were younger. He has a huge blind spot where she is concerned. And we get a lot of insight to Owen and Eva's past. Seriously I can't get over the way that Owen is behaving. He's being distant to Gin, taking Salina's word over other people's...even though he hasn't seen or heard from her in years, so why should he trust her? It's not the entire time but it happens and it pisses me off. Obviously I'm too involved.

Anyhow, Gin is hired by Phillip Kincaid and Eva to kill Salina. Eva asks Gin to kill her because of a surprising twist from the past. Phillip wants her dead because she is trying to kill him. Since Salina has been back in town she is killing all of her old acquaintances one by one. Why is she doing that? Because she's insane. Surprisingly enough Phillip used to be part of the crew with Owen, Eva, and Salina. So anyhow, Gin is facing the hardest choice yet. Does she kill Salina like Phillip and Eva want or simply catch her so she can get help for her craziness? Guess which one Owen agrees with? UGH.

So what this review boils down to is that the book is an emotional roller coaster. I want to hug Gin. Also, I'm too personally invested in this series. I still think it's amazing. And I still think that everyone should read these books. This is one of my favorite series right now. Everyone should read it as soon as possible.

I was going to review this but I decided not to. Not that I didn't like it, I really did. But I jumped into Deadly Sting right after reading this. I usually never do that. I need to review a book first before I move on. So since I did that I am not reviewing it and since Amber R. did I feel okay about it lol. But I will say OOOOWWWEEENNNNN!!!!!! If I did review this book it would be all about him and me being super upset!

-Amber I.


  1. This book is definitely a heartbreaker. :(

    @Amber I - See, this is what happens when you don't wait for Jennifer and I. You dive right into the next book and then can't write a proper review! :p

    1. lol my review would have been all about Owen anyways. You should see my Deadly Sting review.

    2. I haven't written mine yet. I'm struggling with it...

    3. Deadly Sting was a horrible review to write.

    4. Yeah, what Carmel said!

      I wrote my review the another. 'sigh' Owen.

  2. Oh no! I am worried now lol. I am only on Tangled Threads, but I love this series.

  3. oh no, OWEN!! I'm getting ready to read this one so I can pick up deadly sting. Good thing I have deadly sting in the hopper... yikes, I'm worried now. I'm like you guys though, I get super involved with my favorite characters... Book Savvy Babe

    1. Poor Heather if you need someone to talk to, to get you through this we are all there for you.


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