Carniepunk: Parlor Tricks (Elemental Assassin #8.1) by Jennifer Estep / Bout-of-Books 8.0 Review

CarniePunkParlorTricksCome one! Come all! Witness Gin Blanco—aka the Elemental Assassin, aka the Spider—go toe to toe against the Esmerelda the Amazing’s Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns! Only at The Carnival of Wondrous Wonders!

A free story from the forthcoming Carniepunk urban fantasy anthology starring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, and Rob Thurman, and also includes Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Gay, Mark Henry, Hillary Jacques, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole D. Peeler, and Jaye Wells. Samples of all fourteen tales are included to tantalize and to tease. Come to the Carniepunkmidway and explore the creepy, mysterious, magical world of traveling carnivals today!
CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I should have known. I skipped this installment of Carniepunk when I read the book because I knew that I would soon be reading Deadly Sting and (when I’m paying attention) I like to keep my series reads in order. When I added Deadly Sting to my Bout-of-Books list I should have just thrown Parlor Tricks into the mix. Honestly, it was inevitable.
A perfect little glimpse into the Elemental Assassin world. I love Gin and having just her and her baby sister Bria featured in this short read was fun. Well as much fun as a scary, dangerous carnival can be. As per usual, Gin dispenses her own brand of justice with her trusty blades, but this time she has a little help from her sister. There was even enough time in Parlor Tricks for some mouth watering food descriptions.This one was short and sweet but still full of the wit, fun, danger and action that readers have come to expect from the Elemental Assassin series.

On a side note… I can’t really count this toward my ‘Why Buy the Cow’ Reading Challenge because I read it as part of the whole Carniepunk anthology. However, I thought it was worth mentioning that Amazon is still offering Parlor Tricks alone for FREE

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