Jun 5, 2010

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Review: Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #1)

Urban Fantasy
January 26th, 2010
Mass Market Paperback
345 pages
Pocket Books

Kick Ass Chick – Gin Blanco (a.k.a. the Spider)

From Goodreads
“My name is Gin Blanco. They call me the Spider — the most feared assassin in the South (and a part-time cook at the Pork Pit BBQ joint.) As a Stone elemental, I can hear the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet and feel the vibrations of the soaring mountains above me, though I don’t use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

After a ruthless Air elemental double-crossed me and killed my handler, I’m out for revenge. And I’ll exterminate anyone who gets in my way. I may look hot in a miniskirt, but I’m still one of the bad guys. Which is why I’m in trouble when irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine agrees to help. The last thing a coldhearted killer needs when she’s battling a magic more powerful than her own is a sexy distraction … especially when he wants her dead just as much as the enemy.”

“My name is Gin, and I kill people.”
That’s the opening line to this book.  When I read it, I thought “Whoa, this going to be good.”  The first chapter is very good.  But for some unexplained reason, it kind of fizzled out for me after that.  It’s not that it was slow going or lacking action.  You have an assassin who gets double crossed and who is now out for revenge – all the elements for a thrilling story.  And I really like the idea of there being elemental magicians – it’s a cool concept.  But as I kept reading, I kept saying to myself:  Okay, we get it.  You’re an assassin, a really good one, you’re pissed and you want revenge.  Long, drawn out, painful revenge.  Then, about half way through, Gin and Finn team up with detective Donovan Caine.  That’s when the story picked up for me.  The romantic chemistry between Gin and Donovan is well done.  The brotherly chemistry between Gin and Finn is brilliant.  The story got exciting as the plot unraveled.  The cliff-hanger at the end is not enough to make you want to bang your head up against a wall, but it is enough to make me want to pick up the next book in the series.  (That’s my kind of cliff-hanger.)

Overall, I’m glad I kept reading.  I eventually found myself engrossed in the story and hoping all would end well for the heroes and heroine.  Do I see myself wanting to pick it up again someday?  Likely not.  But I very much liked how it ended.  That alone made me curious about “Web of Lies”, the next book in the series.  In fact, I’m reading it now and I’ll let you know soon if that one is even better for me.

3.5/5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes:

“Despite our earlier confrontation, I still found the detective extremely sexy.  He’d be even more attractive if he’d lost the righteous anger and the stick up his ass.  But no man was perfect.”


“Damn it,” I cursed.  “She’s on the far side of the car with her back to me, and she’s wearing a long, black cloak.  Who the fuck wears a cloak?  This isn’t Dungeons & Dragons.”

  1. I hate spiders…but this book captured my interest and is on my ‘to read’ list. I love the cover and the concept, I’ve heard mostly good reviews like yours that give it a decent rating.
    I don’t know if I’d buy this book, but it is going on my library list!



  2. The Covers in this series are perfect. And I agree with you about getting these from the library. That’s a good call!

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