Review: Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep

Friday, March 22, 2013
Series: Elemental Assassin #8
 Publication Date: Mar. 26, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 400
Reviewer: 2 Ambers for the price of 1

I'm going to break this down into two categories, things I like and things I didn't like.

Things I liked
  • Gin is completely bad ass. She is so awesome. She totally kicks ass and takes names. Sometimes she doesn't even take names. I loved her in this book. She's really come into her own and knows who she is and what she's about. 
  • Finn is here and I love that guy. 
Things I didn't like
  • Over 60% of the book takes place in a matter of a couple hours. 
  • Owen and Gin are still on the fritz. 

Okay so I guess I'm going to talk about it too. I have to say that I absolutely love this series. I will be an avid lover of Jennifer Estep and Gin Blanco. These things are true and will never, ever be different. However, I really feel like the first part of this book just dragged on and on. I will say that I would still read this book again and I'm not a big fan of reading books twice. Simply because I think that Jennifer is that great of an author.

I just wanted to Owen and Gin to get back together. That's all I wanted to happen. And it didn't. It is better than the last book but it's still just not going. I just don't understand why Owen can't let the Salina thing go and I just don't get it! She was a crazy ass bitch!

Okay, I still loved this book. We've got a good mystery brewing for the next books. And I can't wait to see what happens with that. I still love Gin and this entire series. I just really need some answers with Gin and Owen, it's driving me nuts! Throw a girl a bone, Jennifer!

I am convinced Jennifer Estep is trying to crush my spirit. lol Why is she torturing us? Okay so how to review this book. Well here we go.

Yes Owen is getting his own section. What the flipping flip is wrong with him? He needs to move on and stop hurting Gin! Get over it already. The psycho bitch tried to kill his sister he needs to stop caring so much. If he doesn't come back soon I am not going to want him back. That is right, I am moving on. I can only handle so much before I crack and I am cracking! Also he pissed me off how hot and cold he was the whole time. One minute I see the old Owen the next I see this new one. I hated it! Come back Owen, but do it fast and make sure you do it right, or else I will never ever get over this.

The Time Line and side characters-
Well I was not a fan of the books set up. We pretty much only cover one day, one party really. To me that made it feel more like a novella dragged out a bit. None of the other books take place like this and so it just didn't feel right. Also we spent so much time with just Gin that I missed the side characters here. They are a big part of the story to me so I missed having them around so much. The little we did get to see Finn though was so worth it. I love him. He is one of my most favorite characters ever!! 

All in all I did enjoy the book. Yes I had some issues but it doesn't take away that I still did enjoyed it. I just wish we had Owen back. Yes I know I need to talk more about the story but this is what stays with me in the end. I want the old Owen back. And I am scared now that if he does come back I will not trust him or something. Yes I need a life and I know I am too emotionally involved in this story.

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  1. Sorry you did not love this one as much, and I have seen more reviewers warn Owen to get his head screwed back on. Lol. I still have to read it, and I hope to enjoy it.

    1. let us know when you read it. Maybe since you're prepared for what we didn't like you'll go into ready and it won't bother you so much.

  2. I think it's kinda funny how upset we all are over the Owen thing. It's obvious that we take our books seriously! LOL I agree with everything you both said in your reviews. Even though I enjoyed this one I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who had issues with it.

    1. you know if her and Owen has awesome make up sex and things where settled with them I could care less about anything else. lol I just wanted him to come around this book. The longer he waits the more I don't want him back.

  3. Everyone is whinning about the set up of the book. I LOVED it. I liked that it was different. If all the books were the same I would be bored. I did miss seeing more of the side characters.

    Owen....I get what he was feeling at the end of Widow's Web but now it's time for him to get over it or move on.

    1. Hey I am not whining. Just saying. I didn't care for it. I think that is what novellas are for, for just one night one scene. Plus I love the secondary characters so much that them not playing good roles bothered me.

    2. I think the reason why I didn't like that it was only a couple hours is because I really wanted Owen and Gin to get back together. With only a few hours we really didn't get a chance for them to get anything done. The Owen thing is really hanging me up. Lol. I need them together.

    3. I agree with you Jennifer - I LOVED the fact that 70% of the book took place in one locale and in a matter of hours. I felt it added intensity to the entire situation.

      I do agree that I was disappointed by the end - although the scene with the hands on the window broke my heart. But I did enjoy the honest and raw dialogue between Gin and Owen during the book.

  4. I'm with Nympho on the set up, it's something different than the usual, so it worked for me. Owen, he's killing me. I think Gin's too good for him, and I think she's learning not to settle for less than she deserves. Someone better man up and get with the program already! Ok, there's my mini-rant :) Book Savvy Babe

    1. Okay I addressed my scene problem above so here I will talk Owen. He is so annoying. This is not the man we fell in love with. And I am not sure if he can come back from this. I don't like how he has been treating Gin. She doesn't deserve this. I feel like we have Donovan back or something.

    2. I don't quite feel like we have Donovan back. But I definitely feel like Owen is acting out over something that is pretty lame. Obviously what happened needed to happen. He needs to get over it.


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