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
Gin makes a perfect urban fantasy heroine though. She is sarcastic, tough as nails and kicks major butt. I liked her no bullshitting around/ frank attitude (in both knowing her ...more
It was hard for me to connect with Gin. I had a hard time respecting her (view spoiler)[ She slept with Donovan Caine when he was obviously disgusted with her and her profession. Worse that she did it after seeing guilt in his eyes every time he desired her. His opinion might have changed if she told him why she killed his partner(he molested and raped girls! ...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
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 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
Gin Blanco is an assassin. She takes pride in her skill and doesn’t waste a lot of time brooding about her chosen career. Her profession makes her an unlikely heroine, but her tough, snarky voice and her sur ...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
An assassin like Gin has a cover as a part-time cook for the Pork Pit that has the ...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
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
Good news, not the case here. There is a "touch" of something that will bother some but it's more incidental that a romance usually is. Instead of a "love interest" here we have a "lust interest". Each time our protagonist sees the "subordinate male protagonist" she stops ...more
The author did a really good job of making Gin competent. Too often I find that authors paint their protagonists as the best things ever, but when it comes to showing how clever or smart or competent that character is they fail miserably. T ...more
This book was a LOT of fun. The heroine was a badass - in fact, all the badasses in this book were women, which is unusual. And she repeatedly pulls her male friends asses out of the fire.
That's obviously not the only reason I like it. Just a fun perk.
The story was fast-paced and very engaging. I was so involved that I even teared up at a couple places. The dialogue was sharp and witty. And the hints we got of the broader arc, and it's connection to Gin's backstory, were exciting. I am ...more
Gin Blanco, aka “The Spider,” is an elemental assassin and one of my favorite heroines I have read in an urban fantasy book. I saw this cover and blurb long ago on Sci Fi Guy’s blog and thought it looked like a cool book and after contacting Jennifer Estep, she kindly sent it to me for review. After I read the first chapter I felt compelled to email her and tell her how awesome the first chapter was. Then I read the second chapter and had to stop my st ...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
What the book description fails to mention is that Spider’s Bite has nothing to do with assassins. At least not my version of an assassin. Jennifer Estep just went on and on with how sexy and deadly Gin is, but never proved it. The deadly part of course. I don’t care about how hot anyone is in the book as long as I get a cool story. In our case, a cool assassin- ...more
Spider’s Bite starts with a thrill ride that you find yourself riding through out the whole book. Like all great roll coasters there are not just ups and downs but there are a few loopy-de-loops and twists and turns just like the plot of this excellent Urban Fantasy tale that Estep was crafted.
If you are a fan of the Urban Fantasy genre then you know that they can be dark and gritty, some more than others. ...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
At first, I thought this book was a bit strange with Gin being in an insane asylum but ...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
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
My problem with the story is that I don't like the lead character. She is too cold and emotionless. I know she has reasons for being this way, I just couldn't relate to her. I also really don't like her sanctimonious ass of a love interest. Overall, the story was a bit too dark for me. I could've used some lighter moments. In fact, the only character that offered some relief from all the seriou ...more
Why? For starter's, she really knows how to open a book and drag you right in.
Her first line says all...
"My name is Gin, and I kill people."
I really do judge a book by it's first chapters. Sure, I can still love a book when it's only really good from half way on, but to be promising from the start? That's a 5 star + for sure, for me. And this really is promisin ...more
23 May 2014: $1.99 on Kindle
19 April 2014: $1.99 on Kindle
I really enjoyed Gin. She doesn't apologize for who she is, and is comfortable in herself. Plus she kicks ass!!
The world's interesting and I'm eager to see more in it.
There is some repetition issues that got on my nerves (and didn't always let up as the series went on).
More complete review to come....
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
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.