Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 10 hours 30 mins
Series: Elemental Assassin #16
Published by Pocket Books on April 25, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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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Book 16 in the Elemental Assassin series gets underway with Gin beginning her revenge against the Circle. However, with a friend in need, the story quickly turns to a race against time as we search for a missing girl. The search gets personal when a victim is found with Gin’s rune marked on her hands.
We are used to blood and violence in this series, but a sick serial killer is new. It was interesting to see how everyone reacts different to a serial versus all the other killing normally done in Ashland. Of course, the things we know the killer does to the victims does add quite a bit of creep factor.
I had the killer figured out pretty early so I was a little frustrated with Gin when she was off. The adrenaline that this series causes in me, and especially the time crunch we were under to save this girl had me yelling at Gin to “THINK”.
I had issues with Gin’s dreams in Snared. I’m not sure if it is my memory of the dreams from previous books that caused it or not. It felt like the dreams are conflicting with each other. Things that happened in previous dreams not matching up with the dreams in Snared. I was really surprised by what the dreams revealed about Tucker in this book. There seems to be a lot to Tucker’s character that makes you look at him a certain way. I don’t know what to think of him now. He’s manipulative and scary, but there is more. But is that more enough to keep him from killing Gin? It’s so hard to say. I’m very conflicted about him.
As I have grown to expect with every Elemental Assassin book, I was completely taken in by the adrenaline rush we are given. Snared is fast paced and we fly from conflict to conflict just biting our nails to see who will be killed next and if Gin is going to survive this time. I always know in the back of my brain that she will survive, but man, when she is in the midst of the fight, the author always seems to bring Gin to that spot of “will she or won’t she” survive. In the moment of reading, you are sucked in and even knowing she’ll survive, you can’t help but fight the anxiety. It always has me flipping pages at record speed trying to keep up with the action.
The Circle will continue to be our overall arc as we didn’t get too much more to go on in Snared. After Tucker’s warning, Gin is reminded that she not only is planning her search and destroy of the Circle members, but she has a responsibility to her loved ones too. I’m excited to see what her next steps are going to be and who the next baddie up for battle is.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Review Writing Challenge
- May 2017 Clean Sweep ARC Challenge