The Black Widow by Jennifer Estep
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Date Read: December 2014
There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.
With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.
The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.
Publisher: Audible, Pocket Books
Series: Elemental Assassin #12
Also by this author: Touch of Frost, Deadly Sting , Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost, Crimson Frost, Midnight Frost, CarniePunk, Heart of Venom, The Spider, Killer Frost, Poison Promise, Cold Burn of Magic, Spider's Trap, Dark Heart of Magic, Bitter Bite, Bright Blaze of Magic, Unwanted, Unraveled br> br>
Also in this series: Deadly Sting , Heart of Venom, The Spider, Poison Promise, Spider's Trap, Bitter Bite, Unwanted, Unraveled
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Read/Listened for Fun (Paperback/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thoughts when Finished: Black Widow by Jennifer Estep was another strong entry in Elemental Assassins series. The characters are still as bad*ss as ever. Also, I really dug the different way that this all “played” out in the end. MM was not my favorite villain in the series but I think she maybe was the craftiest. I was just happy that it appears Bria is finally ok with her sister (let’s hope cause if not I am taking Finn back).
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang /Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Once a series goes into automatic listen (which this is for me) I sound a bit like a broken record. However, let me state this again: Lauren nails Gin and Gang with the sass, brass, and southern of a narrator who just might really be an elemental assassin! She is that convincing 🙂 So just listen to it already!
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