Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin #1)
They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for ma...more
It still draws a helluva lot of inspiration from Buffy. And who wouldn't? Buffy was hot. Buffy was funny. Buffy kicked arse.
Thankfully Estep's main character, Gin, isn't that funny but she does kick a lot of arse. Often and without all that pesky remorse that most other female protagonists are forced to endure by their cruel creators.
Because remorse is like an STD, folks, you get it by getting cl...more
Gin Blanco is known as The Spider, a female assassin. She is extremely good at her job and is well compensated for her skills. Gin has standards, a kind of moral code. She does not...more
At first, I thought this book was a bit strange with Gin being in an insane asylum but...more
Gin is an elemental assassin. In a world where there are elemental’s with air, fire and other powers, Gin’s elemental power is of ice and stone. She was trained to be a paid assassin by Fletcher who took her in as a child and taught her everything she knows on how to complete a kill. She only uses her elemental power as a last resort and does most of her dirty work...more
I finished this weekend. I enjoyed the story - an insight into an assassin and how she became one and what drives her. Strong female protagonist is always welcome. I wasn't too keen about the romance - I just didn't buy it, but everything else was believable. And the climax was just right! For those following my reviews, you know I'm always complaining about the endings and how they're rushed or unb...more
Previous review 08/26/12Assassin Gin is sent on a job that pays too much money for her and her handler to pass up. And that's when everything goes to hel...more
With a series name like Elemental Assassin, I was expecting all kinds of awesomeness—and the book delivers. Even the cover is lethal!
Assassin characters have always interested me, if a book has a main character that's an assassin I'm there. Sadly enough, not to many authors have been able to pull off this character. The means to how they got to that point are generic, and the character is some how elevated as being a good person and their blood spilling ways justified.
Estep really make...more
I ended up really enjoying this book. I say "ended up" because for the first 50 pages or so I was a little bit worried I wasn't going to like it at all. I'd read a really positive review on it, and I was looking forward to reading it, especially since it would provide a change from vampires and werewolves for a bit (even the most die-hard urban fantasy fan needs a change from time to time!). So it could be a case of expecting too much on my part, perhaps. I admit I was kind of expecting to find...more
Cool right? Except when this chick is aroused she thinks stuff like "I felt my nipples pebble" and I'm like "awkward" (say it really slowly). Who w...more
They call Gin Blanco the Spider. She is an assassin, the female version of Jason Bourne. She is also a Stone Elemental, with the power to manipulate a particular element. She is the best at what she does. When she gets framed for a murder she did not commit and becomes the far-from-helpless victim of an intrigue to overthrow the city head honcho, the real murderers are not aware that they've signed their death warrant. Because Gin is pissed and she won't stop until she gets justice and...more
I love strong female leads! :D
And Gin is definitely one! I really liked this book! It was really well written and I can safely say that up until now Jennifer Estep hasn't failed me yet! :)
I will most definitely be reading more on this series! :)
Ashleigh you were totally right about this one! It was great! :D
Ah kitap güzeldi güzel olmasına ama çok açıktı, saplantılıydı ve oturmamış karakterler vardı.Gen, ana karakter, Fletcher onun eğitmeni, iş vereni, menajeri...
Donovan bir suikastciye aşık olan dürüst bir polis, doğrucu davud.Ama karakteri tam oturmadığını söylemek zorundayım. Sürekli ikilemde olması beni yordu ve kitabın akıcılığı etkiledi.Finn ise karizmatik erkek karakterdi. Gen ile aralarında bir şeyler geçmiş, birkaç kez tekrar edildi ama nerede, ne z...more
I liked the setting: a city in the hand of a powerful and ruthless woman and magic. There are giants, dwarves, vampires but the most fascinating creatures have their own magic which is influenced by an element (Fire, Air, Ice and Stone), even if they do not all possess the same skills in handling it. The non-human creatures are not invincible and irresistible, they're more or less ordinary people, each of them struggling to live their lives in this dark place. We don't know why the wor...more
Okay, let me start with the good ones: (1) The story is set in the "present" world; some of the people have extraordinary talent, magical talent, based on one of the elementals: Fire, Ice, Stone, and Air. It makes it easy to follow because there are no big jargons/words or complicated structure of magical worlds (2) The story is kind of fast-paced of a whodunit plot; someone is killed, our heroine is being bertrayed, her handler is killed, and the whole story is about her finding out th...more
It's not that I didn't like the book.
But, I can't seem to find any book that can replace my hunger while waiting for the next book of Magic Bites series. *aarrrggghhh !!!*
It started out great, at first few pages it already captured my eye with a lot of action and speed, it seemed promising. But it seemed very slow pace from there. A lot of plotting, scheming and discussing...
The thing that bothered me most about this book was how the author constantly "REPEATED" ;
one, how badly...more
Damn this chick is bad ass! She's all kinds of dangerous with sass, don't mess with Gin she'll stab you, literally.
Lauren Fortgang's narration is exceptional. She immediately pulls you into the story and makes each character, male and female, shine with her interpretation and knack for southern accents! I can honestly say I think I've been spoiled by the awesome team of Lauren Fortgang and Jennifer Estep...more
Gin is a assassin. Not just any assassin, the most feared assassin in the South. She's lethal and will kick your ass and kill you as quickly that you won't even realize what is happening till your dead. Gin is a bad ass let's just say.
Gin also has elemental magic, stone and ice. But does not use her magic unless necessary. Getting double crossed on one of her assignments Gi...more
Jennifer Estep has written a dystopian novel filled with vampires, dwarves, giants and magic users. I didn't much like this book. There is a hardness and a cruelty to most of the characters that made the book a bit of a grind.
My feeling is a little bit mix for Gin. She's cold, yes. But too busy feeling guilty. Make her more human, I admit. Her coldness sometimes bother me.
I hope I can kick Donovan Caine's ass hard, and may he rot in hell forever!
And I just found my new nom nom boyfriend which is a sidekick rather than main hero, but still hot nonetheless. Yes, I talk about you, Finnegan Lane! ;)
Do I want to read the next? Err, with the new progress of the last book...more
I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. The heroine is kick ass and is very meticulous about her work. She's good at what she does and when she catches others slippin' it's so fun to read how she flawlessly sli...more
An assassin like Gin has a cover as a part-time cook for the Pork Pit that has the...more
I liked the unconventional, humane assassin that features as the protagonist in this story. It's a credit to the author's skill that she can create and pull off a character that,while believable and true to her profession's nature,can incite sympathy and respect in the reader.
Gin is smart,sarcastic, tough-as-nails,ruthless and unapologetic,but not the standard of catty know-it-all that seems to plague the g...more
I stayed up late playing marjon while I listened (well, I wanted to make sure I stayed awake as long as possible)!
Jen is a contract killer. She is tough as nails, pissed as a newt (way more than angry) and hotter than hell! She teams up with a human cop whose partner died at her hands; who wants her in jail (as soon they solve the case).
There are pe...more
The world building based on the concept of people with extrasensory abilities based on the four elements and their derivatives is original and intriguing. Estep gives just enough information at the appropriate times without dumping excessive information on the reader.
The plot is your typical, run-of-the-mill mystery focusing on Gin's attempts to discover the identity of a double-crossing client. The actions scenes are well-written and exciting but the investigation tends to...more
Gin's associates were equally fun to read a...more
I started reading Spider's Bite as soon as I got it and I barely put it down. It's a fantastic introduction to Gin Blanco A.K.A The Spider, waitress by day at the Pork Pit and deadly Assassin at night.
When she is contracted to kill someone and gets double-crossed she would have let it slide, but the person who contracted her killed her handler,...more
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER'S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, and WIDOW'S WEB. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available.