Interview and Review: Snared by Jennifer Estep (@Jennifer_Estep, @Pocket_Books, @LetsTalkLTP)

Posted April 20, 2017 by Carmel in Carmel, Interview, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 12 Comments

Jennifer Estep's Snared Blog Tour

1- Are there any more novellas in this series’ future, and if so who’ll the protagonist be?

I am hoping to write some more novellas from the various secondary characters’ points of view, although I don’t have any novellas scheduled as of right now.

I have quite a few secondary characters – Bria, Phillip/Eva, Roslyn/Xavier, and Lorelei/Mallory Parker, etc. I think it would be fun to do novellas from all of their POVs.

Ideally, I’d like to write at least one novella from every secondary character’s (or secondary couple’s) POV, but I don’t know that I’ll have time for that. My writing schedule is already full going into 2018, so we’ll see what happens.

2- After 16 installments do you ever stare at a blank Word document, and think what next?

Every once in a while, I will get stumped on a plot point or a character and wonder what I am going to do next, or what can I do that I haven’t done yet.

But most of the time, as I am writing a Gin book, the plot and characters in that book give me an idea for the next book. Plus, I tend to write in story arcs, so that helps when it comes to plotting out what needs to happen in each book.

3- Will Gin and Owen ever take their relationship to the next level?

I actually get this question a lot. I know it seems like they’ve been together for a long time, since I have been writing the series for several years now. But in the series timeline, they’ve only been together for a little more than a year.

I think Gin and Owen are happy with the way things are between them right now, so it will probably be a while before they take their relationship to the next level. Besides, who has time for that sort of thing when there are so many bad guys in Ashland to take down first? LOL.

4- Do you have any tricks up your sleeve for Gin & co. that you’re saving for a rainy day?

I wouldn’t say tricks, necessarily, but I do have some things in mind when it comes to future characters and plot points, especially as they relate to the Circle story arc.

5- If you could have the Spider team-up with another author’s protagonist who would you pick, and why?

Oh, fun question! There are so many urban fantasy series out there that it would be hard for me to pick just one. I think an all-girls team-up would be fun, with folks like Jane Yellowrock from Faith Hunter’s series or Merit from Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. With Oberon from Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series as their furry friend (even though Oberon is a guy).

Happy reading, everyone!

About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is the New York Times bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series; the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series; the Kill the Queen epic fantasy series; the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy; and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.

My Review

Interview and Review: Snared by Jennifer Estep (@Jennifer_Estep, @Pocket_Books, @LetsTalkLTP)
Snared by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #16
Published by Pocket
Published on: April 25, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The sixteenth book in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls, “An extraordinary series…[containing] one of the most intriguing heroines in the genre.”

If you don’t know Gin “the Spider” Blanco, you don’t know dangerous female heroines.

Irony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone else’s web…

Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl.

My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive.

A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.

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Jennifer Estep continually amazes me with the directions that she takes the ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series in. SNARED was a stroke of genius with how the plot connected with the main story arc. It also got my gears spinning over the questions raised about Hugh Tucker, and cast a shadow on Eira Snow’s memory. Not bad for the sixteenth installment—scratch that—it was goddamned Spider-ific!

One of Ashland’s mob bosses calls in the favour that Gin owes her, and things quickly spiral out of control as they go from sketchy to disastrous. The clues keep piling up, but even with Blanco’s entire crew on deck, it took some doing to get to the heart of it all, and the hunter winds up the hunted. I guessed the antagonist pretty easily however, there were so many other unknowns to keep me busy that it didn’t matter.

One of the things that I enjoy the most about these novels is how the author keeps making links to the past while still developing new tangents. Hugh’s been around for several volumes now, but we learn that he and Gin have met before. Estep also takes us back to that awful day when Blanco lost everything, and we discover an interesting morsel about her mom that has the potential to be a game changer.

All the characters get their turn under the guillotine, and this time around it was the Spider’s number that got called. Yes, she finds herself in more life-or-death situations that all the secondaries combined however, in this particular instance the outlook was worse than usual. After a bit of clever maneuvering with her ice & stone magic as well as her knives, we have the name of the Circle’s leader… or do we?

SNARED was as good as book #16’s get!

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12 responses to “Interview and Review: Snared by Jennifer Estep (@Jennifer_Estep, @Pocket_Books, @LetsTalkLTP)

  1. Sounds like it’s still a great series. Pocket Book has been so great at giving me the last four books in this series but I have only read book one so they don’t really help. I don’t know why they started doing it. I want to read more but I haven’t got the books. 🙂
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  2. Janie McGaugh

    I haven’t read any of these books, so I don’t know Gin’s specific characteristics. I’ve read so many good reviews, though, that I plan to start on the books soon (especially since I now have most of them!)

  3. Karin Anderson  

    I love Gin’s ability to roll with the punches. She’s able to be strong when she needs to be, but she does show her humanity. She cries, screams and loses it when any normal human being would. I hate the annoyingly macho heroines. I also love her with Owen. 😀

    P.S. All girl team up that would be epic: Gin Blanco, Mercy Thompson, Elena Michaels and Celaena Sardothien (yes Celaena).

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    • Pamk  

      She’s loyal to a fault to her friends and family. And aa my granny used to say there is no quit in her. And she’s a bit of a bitch