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Jennifer Estep
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476771502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476771502
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3 cm
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4.0 out of 5 stars This spider bites! 24 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Is this really the eleventh book in the Elemental Assassin series? This is terrific urban fantasy that has it all suspense , action, drama, violence and of course interesting characters who keep the readers attention. I am amazed that the author keeps managing to find a new spin to put on this series and yet with this book the reader gets even more in depth knowledge about what being an elemental can really mean. Be prepared for shocks and twists galore as Ms Estep expands her characters horizons !
Mab Monroe is dead and yet still there's no sign of peace for Gin Blanco as there are still those who continue to test her. The rumours about her being the fabled assassin The Spider , have spread and there are many shady characters in the seedy underbelly of Ashland who fear her. When she steps in to help a waitress she has no idea just what the repercussions will be and it's about to get very messy indeed. There's a new drug on the street and it's distributor , vampire Beauregard Benson is determined to push it no matter who gets hurt. Gins sister Bria a police detective is on to him and when her case collides with Gins newest problem then it's time to show the people of Ashland just what the Blanco sisters are made of!
Ok as usual the author has written a fast paced and incredibly well written story with a plot that left this reader spinning! I love that Gin is able to come out fighting and in this book you will be cheering as she gives us an almost "high noon" moment! Yes, this spider may usually be found hiding in darkness but when it's time to step into the light those bad guys better start running! Simply fabulous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars-go to UF series 22 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
: 4.5 stars--POISON PROMISE is the eleventh instalment in Jennifer Estep’s paranormal/urban fantasy Elemental Assassin series focusing on assassin Gin Blanco-aka The Spider. Gin is tired of the numerous attempts on her life; the killings; and the threats against her friends and family-but a new drug dealer in town has set his sights on Gin’s sister Bria and Gin is in no mood to stand by and watch the fall out from a new designer drug taking down most of Ashland and Southtown’s addicts and users.

Told from first person POV (Gin) the premise follows Gin as she, once again, must step in and stop a menace that is known as Beauregard Benson-a vampire with a special ability that leaves his victims a shell of their former selves. As the latest drug king pin, Benson likes to make his presence known, and in this, most of the people (humans, vampires, giants, dwarves and elementals) keep their distance lest they too, become a casualty of Benson’s secret powers. As Gin focuses on taking Benson down, she will become a victim of Benson’s tyrannical need to control the town of Ashland.

The secondary characters include all of the people and supernaturals close to Gin –Owen (Gin’s lover); Finn (Gin’s adopted foster brother and BFF); Jo Jo and Sophia (Dwarves); Bria (Ashland cop and Gin’s irritating sister) as well as Phillip, Eva, Roslyn, Xavier and more. The reader will be introduced to a soon-to-be new member of Gin’s team-a vampire and former nemesis whose motives are questionable until the truth is revealed. Gin’s past will come back with a vengeance – a second generation of supernaturals hoping for a piece of The Spider-and in this the next storyline is about to unfold-Black Widow (Elemental Assassin #12).
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2.0 out of 5 stars More of the same 26 July 2014
By Ashley
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I tried really hard to enjoy this book as I really liked the first ones in the series, but it's all getting a bit repetitive.

Gin goes to work, has to kill some would be attackers in the alley at the back of the shop, someone threatens her family/friends, she gets in a fight, gets hurt, Jo Jo heals her, she makes a nice meal from scratch, she has a few flashbacks to her times living on the streets, she goes back and against terrible odds still kicks the bad guys butt and saves the day.

In fact it's so repetitive that even the new characters added at the end....are quite literally a rehash of some of her original enemies. I just found I really stopped caring about any of the characters, the show down fight was the best part of the book, but not enough to save it and I'm really put off by her new/but really the same old nemesis, so I'm not going to be continuing on with this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gin Comes Out To Play, A New Way to Say NO To Drugs 22 July 2014
By Douglas C. Meeks - Published on Amazon.com
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Well this is the 11th book in the Elemental Assassin series and they show no signs of getting stale. This installment is more of a warm-up for the next one I fear though since we actually get to meet MM Monroe for a few pages but that is not the villain for this novel but it does give you an idea of what Gin is going to be up against.

Let us get back to what THIS book is about, Gin through a series of somewhat seemingly random events runs afoul of a local drug lord named Benson and while he is a vampire and commands a large criminal army it is a special power of his that make him a dangerous foe for Gin.

This book we see a bit of family strife between Bria and Gin, a new friend and what looks to be a new permanent addition to Gin's entourage. I can't say too much more than that without being spoilerish and I stay away from spoilers.

There is a new drug on the streets called Burn and it is making Benson a lot of money, Gin and Bria are both looking to put an end to him and his business. The job is easier said than done and it is not going to be neither easy nor painless.

This may be the first novel in awhile that her love life seem to be actually approaching something normal and steady which I think is long overdue since her love life has been in shambles in most of the novels in this series.

Bottom Line: It is the Elemental Assassin, bad guy shows up, threatens somebody she cares for; little blood on both sides and bad guy has a really, really bad day. This novel is saved from reading like a formula from other books by some interesting side interests and the addition of a couple of interesting new characters. The manner of the culminating conflict is a bit new also, I liked it; hope to see more of it. I have to give it 4.5 Stars and almost want to lower it to 4 because I suspect the next one is going to be really great and I am running out of stars but that would not really be fair to this book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series never stops amazing me 22 July 2014
By A Book Obsession.. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This series never stops amazing me. Every time I think Gin has overcome the worst that she can, yet another big and bad foe comes and one ups the last. Or perhaps it's not even that as I'm not quite sure this latest threat was really as bad as Mab Monroe was. But that's not what's important. What really matters is that each new big and bad doesn't feel like a repeat of the last. And that's why I love this series so much I think. Well aside from the absolutely fabulous cast of characters that it. But frankly even a phenomenal cast wouldn't be enough to keep this long of a series at the top of my all time favorites list. It's the fact that despite Gin being in the same near death situations over and over again, it never once has felt stale. When I sit down to read one of these books I know that I'm going to have a guaranteed block of entertainment, and POISON PROMISE more than delivered on that.

Another thing that continues to throw me for a loop are the character dynamics. Nothing is safe or stable as each time things start to feel comfortable, the rug is ripped out from under Gin. Early on it was things with Donavan, then it was things with her sister Bria, then Owen and Gin had one heck of a rough patch, with so many other rocky patches in between. This time is was a pretty important character relationship on the rocks that I won't spoil, but suffice it to say that Gin's world is turned upside down once again, proving that nothing is safe. Another thing was that Gin, despite having to "take out the trash" as she gets jumped almost daily, she's become complacent, and that all comes to a head in this book.

POISON PROMISE is a book of change and largely character dynamic driven that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's one heck of a ride from start to finish that is sure to please fans of the series. Trust me, you can't lose here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic turns and suspense 27 July 2014
By Wkonsunshine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The joy of reading a long running series is the attachment I feel toward the characters. I love Gin and her friends. I love her overwhelming need to protect them. Each book brings a spotlight to one of those relationships. This time we, the reader, get a little more into the dynamics between Gin and her sister, Bria. Jennifer Estep does a fantastic job of revealing the love, competition, resentment, and admiration in a relationship between older and younger sisters. I don’t know if she has a sister, but she nailed this one on the head. This struggle happens all within the context of Gin battling an evil gangster and the emergence of a new super villain.

Beauregard Benson is flooding the streets of Ashland with a new drug called Burn. It’s highly addictive and seems to affect Elementals especially hard. Benson is not a new criminal in Ashland, but he is making his move to become a big player. Benson is not only a drug pusher, but considers himself a scientist noting with Mengele-like eeriness the pain and suffering as he pumps the drugs into his subjects.

Bria is desperate to bring Benson down and the stress brings certain emotions to the surface. Being on opposites side of the law, she and Gin have a conflicted relationship already and the pressure of this pursuit results in a painful confrontation for both. This is not the first time they have clashed, but this one is unexpected considering things are going well between them. Gin is different too. She is tired of constantly looking over her shoulder and fighting for her life. Her weariness makes her think twice about engaging with Benson.

As this conflict resolves, a new one emerges. We learn the identity of M.M. Monroe. This sets up a whole new set of challenges for Gin and for me, restarts the series. M.M. Monroe promises to be a worthy adversary for our beloved Gin and I am looking forward to this epic conflict.

A fantastic addition to the Elemental Assassin series, Poison Promise is a heart-satisfying story with dramatic turns and suspense. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very rarely do you find a series that gets better with each instalment. ... 27 July 2014
By Under The Covers Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Very rarely do you find a series that gets better with each instalment. In book eleven of the Elemental Assassin series, POISON PROMISE delivers a refreshingly action-paced story featuring Urban Fantasy’s favourite assassin.

Gin Blanco continues to kick ass in this book but when her sister and cop, Bria gets her thoughts muddled on trying to capture the latest bad guy on her list, Gin wants her sister to know that taking out the bad guy isn’t just about killing, it’s also about thinking about the victims as well.

Estep places an emphasis on the crimes of Beauguard. I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed the villains in this series but so far, the current ones are my favorites. With their strong motivations, you come to believe each character despite the fact that you’re supposed to be on Gin’s side. When you have that great of a character opposite your heroine, you’re bound to have igniting tension in every scene.

Gin is faced with a proposition that definitely spices things up for her. I think this decision shows off Estep’s expert planning. Not only is each instalment fresh with its own twists and turns, but the characters remain original and the series as a whole still has places that has yet to venture to.

Additionally, Gin continues to impress me more and more. Whenever I read an Elemental Assassin book, it doesn’t seem far off from a James Bond flim. As a fan of both, I think Estep has all the right elements in all the right places. The balance is hard to strike, but I feel that Estep excels at it with this series.

POISON PROMISE is a lethal strike of ass-kicking action, mischief, that signature badassness that readers expect from Gin Blanco.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace's Touch 23 July 2014
By Chelsea Head - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I must say that no web of Ms. Estep's has been more intricate and truly dangerous than the one she weaved in "Poison Promise." No revelations unto this point have been more shocking than the ones revealed to us in this newest addition to the Elemental Assassin series. Emotions will ride high in this latest installment, and those of you who've been along for the ride unto this point will find this next journey ever more captivating.

A new drug has been unleashed on the streets of Ashland, and Gin is left to the repercussions of one of her employees finding herself in the crossfire. 'Burn' is what the drug is infamously known as, and also known for its acidic affects on those who've been unlucky enough to discover it.

Gin would just as soon forget her encounter with the drug lords and their newest batch of Hell, but when her sister Bria becomes consumed with the need to being down the drug lord at any cost, it's all that Gin can do to keep everyone she loves safe.

Things are heating up again in Ashland, in more ways than one. Gin will face old enemies and their predecessors, and the most troubling thing of all is that they seem to know everything about her, while she can't even uncover their identities. It's a dangerous thing to be known, but unknowing. Gin knows all to well the consequences should she fail to discover her hidden enemies. The cost of failure wouldn't mean her life alone, but the lives of her friends, family, and even her loyal co-workers.

I was very happy with this newest addition to Ms. Estep's Elemental Assassin series. It was quite refreshing and was successful in renewing my full interest in this series once again. I'm very excited to find out what will be in store for our little elemental hero next. The possibilities are growing vast.
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