Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

Posted July 21, 2014 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 69 Comments

Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep
Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #11
Published by Pocket
Published on: July 22, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I specialize in making death wishes come true.

Pop quiz. Which do you think is deadlier: Burn, the nastiest drug ever to hit the mean streets of Ashland, or me, Gin Blanco, the assassin known as the Spider? Answer: Me—because I don’t kill you slowly.

Normally, drug dealers aren’t my department. But I’m turning up the heat on some relentless Burn-pushing thugs who won’t leave my friends alone. Pushers who have my cop sister beside herself with rage, so I’m stepping up to keep her from doing something stupid and getting herself killed. Once I’m in, I’m in, and these folks have picked their poison: the Spider’s venom. But even bad guys have their good days, and sometimes even my Ice and Stone magic isn’t enough. For behind the drug is a vicious vampire with a scientific eye for results. And behind him… trouble like I haven’t seen since I took down my legendary nemesis, Mab Monroe.

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The ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series started in 2010, and I discovered it in 2012, so it seems crazy to me that although we’ve reached the eleventh installment, only one year has gone by for Gin Blanco since it all began in SPIDER’S BITE. She’s about to celebrate her 31st birthday, and in many ways this book felt like a new beginning. There were some seriously badass scenes in POISON PROMISE, mad scientist villains are always super creepy, and two additional paranormal elements are introduced which all added-up to one exhilarating read. However, there was also a lot of déjà vu in this novel (that annoying stick that was up Bria’s butt in the earlier days is once again firmly lodged in place) that was cause for some concern. Jennifer Estep hasn’t steered me wrong yet, so I’m going to wait and see what she has planned, but I do have my doubts.

It’s no secret that I’m an action junkie through and through, and this latest installment DEFINITELY delivered on this front. As an assassin, Gin typically does her best work in the shadows, but in POISON PROMISE she boldly shouts to the world that she is indeed The Spider. That was my #1 scene in this book; you’ll know it when you read it. My second favourite was when she uses her Aston Martin as a battering ram. OMG Pure awesomeness. Those two stellar sequences aside, the plot’s great; I always look forward to Estep’s villains, and she does not disappoint with Beauregard Benson. I also enjoyed the vivid descriptions of what a Burn trip is like from an Elemental’s POV, and the twist at the end was well-done.

This is probably going to turn into a paragraph long rant about Bria, but it couldn’t really be avoided because she is the main reason why I’m giving this novel four stars instead of five. I really hated her character in the earlier installments of this series, and now here she is back on her stupid high horse. I understand that she’s blinded by revenge and seeing red, but she’s still a cop, and has sworn to serve and protect. Now, all of a sudden she’s willing to sacrifice an innocent witness’ life, and quite possibly her sister’s as well? Bria needs wake-up, to stop judging Gin, and either arrest her or shut it. I wanted to slap her.

I love that this series continues to surprise me; Estep has added two new paranormal elements to her ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN world. I’m not sure revealing them in my review is overly spoiler-y, but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone so I’m just going to say that my interest is definitely piqued. A new character has also joined Gin’s crew, so it’ll be interesting to see how Silvio Sanchez fits in with this close knit group. I have a feeling that big things are in store for The Spider now that she’s gone public; I just hope that the déjà vu doesn’t take over the main story line. I’m extremely wary of Mab Monroe 2.0.

My mini Bria rant aside, POISON PROMISE is an action junkie’s dream, and another winning installment from Jennifer Estep.

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69 responses to “Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

  1. Holy crap, are we already on book 11?! I’m so far behind in this series that Bria was actually kind of tolerable in the last book I read, LOL. One of the things that I’ve loved best about this series is the fact that Gin isn’t one of those “reluctant assassin” types. She’s damn good at her job and proud of it! Glad to hear that she’s still kicking major ass even in the eleventh book.
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  2. “I always look forward to Estep’s villains, and she does not disappoint with Beauregard Benson.”

    ME TOO CARMEL!!! Jennifer writes the best villains, and each one is so unique and memorable, I honestly don’t know how she does it. And I agree on Bria – she tried my last nerve in this book but I was so proud of Gin for not sitting idly by this time while Bria judges her. She actually put her in her place and I could have hugged her for it. So ready for Black Widow!!!

  3. Yaaaaay! I love this series so hard. Yep. Jenny told me too that this one has a creepy villain and I love me some of those! The two villains in Heart of Venom were ew, so horrible, but I loved to hate them. YESSSS. She also told me about Bria and wtf?! I hate that she stirs up this olds stuff againg. 2 new elements? :O WOOOw. I need to see this. A new character? Oh gosh. Ok, not looking forward to Bria’s horrible actions, but the rest? BRING. IT.

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  4. arrrghhh book 11… Well first of all it’s nice to see it’s always that good but I’m soooooo late, it’s terrible. Late like I’m at book 2 and I read book 1 years ago and don’t remember it. But I have book 2 and 3, good start right?

  5. I’ll cry myself to sleep one of these days, because of all the sequels some amazing-sounding books have. This one sounds so good and something I’d love to discover but I cannot make myself to read it. I hope I’ll manage one day. But in the meantime I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. Great review, Carmel 🙂
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  6. This is another series that I’ve seen around everywhere but have not read yet. I really want to get into Urban Fantasy though so I’m thinking maybe trying the audiobook version is the perfect way to get into the series. I’m all for kick-ass females 😀
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  7. I hated Bria on this one. I don’t care that she was sorry at the end, she said so many hurtful things and if she said those things is because she really think that deep inside her.
    I’m afraid of the new storyline with M.M.M…. I think it’s going to be Mab Monroe all over again, only on steroids. I really hope I’m wrong.
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  8. I don’t even read this series and I feel the emanational upheaval you all do from all the reviews. lol

    I was going to wait and read it all at once because I can’t handle stress but I never thought it would be such a long series.

  9. Hmmm, another series that is already on its 11th installment?? Damn it! It sounds fantastic and the whole Aston Martin as battering ram sounds both amazing and cringe worthy (such a beauty of a car!!!).
    I’m not sure if I can commit myself to adding such an enourmous amount of books to the evergrowing TBR list, but I’ll keep it in mind if for the next time I’m in the mood to binge read UF!!
    Great review, Carmel!
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  10. I’m so glad this series is still going strong, Carmel. I have the first one but still haven’t read it. But I WILL. 🙂 You know, you may hate Bria but I have to applaud Estep for drawing so much emotion out of you. 😉 Great review!