Book Review: Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep

First edition, ebook: 384 Pages

Series: Elemental Assassin #7

Publisher: Pocket

Find on GoodReads

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.”

My reivew will contain spoilers, A LOT OF SPOILERS. Tread carefully, unless you’ve already read the book or plan on never doing so.

I think I need to resort to visual aids to fully express my frustration with this book. So here it goes.

First couple of chapters, all’s good, Finn is fantastic, Gin’s as awesome as I remember and her relationship with Owen is doing great. Then enjoy a nice, romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant and I go all:

Suddenly an amazingly beautiful woman enters, front stage. Meet Salina. She seems to know Owen and she greets him “appropriately”, doing everything else short of humping him right there in the restaurant, whilst almost completely ignoring Gin.

“She’s going to be a problem”, I say to myself. A few chapters and a fund-raiser on a boat later and we’ve got ourselves a gruesome murder done by supernatural means and I’m like:

And who might the culprit be, you wonder? It’s Salina. If you had any doubts, you shouldn’t have. Gin decides to question both Owen and Eva about this Salina person and their ties to her.

Owen- “She used to be my fiance!”

If I wasn’t sure she was going to be a problem, by now I definitely am. Evidence after evidence piles up pointing toward Salina being a sociopath.

Owen finds out she tortured his sister when they were kids and also witnesses Salina trying to kill people close to him, including Gin. His reaction?

“I should talk to her. She needs help”.  By this time, I sort of look like this:

And this:

This too:

He and Gin decide he’ll try to persuade Salina to get help or they’ll help her in more..permanent ways. He ends up letting himself be kissed by Salina, twice and tells her she either gets help or she should leave town. Uhm, sorry? You’re letting the woman who tortured your sister when she was four and tried to kill your so-called lover, go away? Just like that?

You are a stupid mofo, Owen!

Gin saves the day, manages not to die at Salina’s hands and gets her ass saved from a gunshot by Eva, who shoots Salina. Because she’s all soft and shizz, she decides to kill Salina herself and spare Eva having to do it. After everything, after seeing what massacre Salina had planned for that night, Owen vehemently protests.  What the..?!

Just shut the hell up, Owen! God.

End of the book, Owen’s too distressed over the fact that Gin killed his ex-whatever who was a psychotic sociopath that planned to kill half of  Ashland and take down Gin too, and so he tells her he needs a break from her to sort his feelings.

Le coup de grâce? Gin – “That’s right, we both did wrong this past few days, I hurt but I understand him. I made mistakes too”. Really? Really?!

So, yeah. This wasn’t my favorite book, by far. The reason I gave it 2.5 stars wasn’t because my “shipped” pair didn’t work out, but because it was so frustrating and tiresome reading the book when Owen’s character had gotten so annoying and ridiculous. Also, I didn’t like what Estep did with Gin in the end either. She wrote her as a suddenly clingy and needy girl, instead of the strong and smart independent woman she is.

Other than that, I liked the book.  You get to a point where UF series don’t hold many surprises anymore. There’s always one person with almost matching powers to the hero/ine,  few small struggles along the way, a big one at the end and the good guy always wins. What makes books like this one enjoyable, less repetitive and even great, is the author’s writing skill.  That’s where Estep excels.

She keeps you interested and engaged in the story, gives you reason to like and sympathize with her heroine. I could’ve done without the idiocy and angst that was Owen and this book would’ve been great.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s