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
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
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
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
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 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 all that much. I had 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 little bit of expecting too much on my part, perhaps. I admit I was kind of expe...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
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
Gin's associates were equally fun to read a...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
The book was centered on female protagonist, Gin, a.k.a. Spider. Gin was a deadly and feared assassin, who had quite a reputation. My attention was immediately captured from the first chapter, during which Gin was undercover at an asylum hitting on an unethical psychiatrist. Its setup was immediately interesting and...more
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
How can you not be ensnared immediately with an opening line like that? Jennifer Estep drops us into the life of elite assassin for hire Gin “The Spider” Blanco and from there you are off and running with Gin through a typical assignment.
From the very beginning Estep makes it clear to us that Gin is unashamed of who she is and what she does. She doesn’t apologize for her profession or make excuses for it. She was orph...more
In Jennifer Estep's Element...more
Strong heroine. Engaging who-dun-it. Romance with heat and plenty of issues to over come. Personal issues and crisis, vengence, magic, hot sex. It's all in there.
So why did I have a hard time pushing through it? By all rights I should have loved it. I certainly didn't hate it. Perhaps I was expecting too much because so many folks I know love it. I'm going to read on in the hopes that my investment increases as I move into the books.
I'm hoping her propensity to end every paragraph in wh...more
That said, I thought this was a good first book in the series, I liked the heroine, enjoyed the story setup and thought it was a pl...more
I love the whole ruthless kick-ass assasin girl with a tender heart. I loved the side-kick Finn. I liked the love interest. He was kind of unbending and a little naive - but I suppose that is part of his charm. I think the author did a good job at placing us in a world that has giants, vampires and dwarves as well as Elementals (those who harness the power of an element) without making it feel like too much of a stretch.
Looking forward to the next book. They are on sale at...more
This is a very exciting year for me in terms of reading because I...more
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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.