Review Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep
SPOILERS FROM EARLIER NOVELS CONTAINED WITHIN…. DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOOKS 6 AND 7 IN THE ELEMENTALÂ ASSASSIN’SÂ SERIES.Â
Against her better judgment, Gin is coerced into attending a high society gala with the rest of Ashland’s elite underworld. On display: the priceless art collection of her deceased nemesis, Mab Monroe, and an excess of crime boss swagger. While not comfortable in her fancy attire, Gin gets vastly more interested in the eveningâ€™s events when a group of thieves bursts in and tries to seize the valuable, dangerous gems. Facing aÂ Die Hard-esque scenario in which she must free hostage partygoers while herself trapped in the museum, things get a little bit messy when the bloodshed begins. Let’s just say that Gin should have chosen the red gownâ€¦
After the heartbreak of the last Elemental Assassin novel I knew that we were in for a bumpy ride. With Owen and Gin breaking up within the last novel because Gin, (rightfully) killed Owen’s ex who was a psycho murderer, and he was pissed. Gin has always been who she was and was unapologetic because of it. She has always been who Mab and the murders of her family made her and I love her as a character because of that. SO it was in this book that I really wanted to see how this was going to play out, was Gin going to change or be tempted to change in order to meet or become who Owen wanted Â her to be?
Now I’m not going to ruin the book for you but let me caution you that there are some emotionally heartbreaking scenes contained within its covers. Scenes with raw and real honesty and emotional depth that made me start to tear up as I fist pumped in solidarity with Gin and clapped as my heart broke for her. Sometimes the hardest decision is to just be who we are, to be true to ourselves and let the chips fall where they may.
I applaud Ms. Estep for letting this happen in Deadly Sting. Instead of trying to “fix everything” she is letting it happen natually, which is frustrating as a reader because you want them to be happy NOW but I appreciate it for its honestly, its subtlety, its cruel reality, that doesn’t solve everything right away. Sometimes you have to be left with question marks, the unknown, the as yet unsolved.
I loved it, for its realism as I hated it for it not FIXING everything right away which is why its genius. And why I keep reading. And buying. And Discussing.
Overall Rating: B+