Release Date: March 26, 2013
Pages: 400 (Mass Paperback)
Source: Net Galley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: June 2, 2014
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.
Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me— Gin Blanco, aka the Spider—it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’s priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.
Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.
Gin's in a semi stressed out state about her future with or without Owen. Add on top that an art gallery heist, a huge hostage situation, and an assassination attempt. That mixed bag makes for a whole lot of trouble. Between evading death by the skin of her teeth and a rescue mission, Gin’s got her hands full.
What stood out as different about this installment from the others is that the majority of this book takes place all in one night. I liked the change of pace.
I was starting to wonder if the story would touch on the recent relationship problems Gin and Owen had been having, eventually it did. The elephant in the room had to be addressed. Thankfully, Owen isn't as pitiful as I originally thought after the whole Selina thing went down in the Widow’s Web. Is there hope for Gin and Owen? Maybe. Did Owen redeem himself? Nope, not really. Do I like Owen again? Hmm...not quite. He's got some work to do and I hope Gin doesn't crumble like a love sick puppy.
Estep’s writing is quick and witty, which makes Deadly Sting easy reading. On the flip side, I have a problem when there is a lot of rehashing of old story lines, at times it seems like the author thinks we all need a huge refresher course on the series. It came really close to my tolerance level on that accord.
With that said, what's new is that we are lead to believe that something big and bad is lurking around the corner. Could it be the next super villain that hangs around for a few books causing trouble and homicide? I guess I'll just have to find out when I read the next book, Heart of Venom.
If you enjoy Urban Fantasy and bad-ass heroines, the world of Gin Blanco is for you. If you’re already reading this series, then you've got to continue on. There’s a lot of character growth that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.