I really enjoyed this peek back into Gin's past, especially catching glimpses of people who would eventually become influences in her life, good and bI really enjoyed this peek back into Gin's past, especially catching glimpses of people who would eventually become influences in her life, good and bad. Gin learns a few hard lessons about why Fletcher's rules are important and begins to see the value of patience. ...more
While I'm still wild about this series and really enjoyed this book, there were a few problems that were hard to overlook.
Gin's inner strength, deterWhile I'm still wild about this series and really enjoyed this book, there were a few problems that were hard to overlook.
Gin's inner strength, determination to finish the job and inability to let an innocent suffer are just a few of the things that make her such a formidable foe. That's why her actions just didn't ring true for me. I don't believe she would hesitate for a minute to take out a psychotic killer, even if it did jeopardize a relationship she's fought hard to develop. (view spoiler)[Especially when that killer tortured a child many years ago. (hide spoiler)]
Owen ... I can give Owen a little slack. He was wrong in neglecting to tell Gin that an old flame was coming back in town; it came pretty close to crossing the trust line. On the other hand, I can sort of forgive his initial blindness over Salina. She was his first love, Eva never told him the truth (even if he had to be love blind not to see something hinky in Salina's version of events) and the book took place over the course of a handful of days, so he actually came around a lot quicker than some people do in real life. But, his actions and reactions after the final battle were almost too much, not what I expected from the Owen of previous books.
Gin's built a close family out of the few people she's allowed into her life and I really enjoy her personal interactions with them when they appear in the book. I actually would have liked a little more of Finn, Brie and the others.
Overall the positive managed to outweigh the negative and I had trouble putting the book down. I'll definitely be reading book 8.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'll admit I was a little worried when I read the back-cover blurb and realized Detective Donovan Caine was making another appearance. Instead of theI'll admit I was a little worried when I read the back-cover blurb and realized Detective Donovan Caine was making another appearance. Instead of the fiasco I feared, this book was a gem to read.
Gin’s moral compass may not be standard, but her loyalty to her friends and family is strong and steadfast. It’s impossible for her to stand by and allow an innocent to be harmed by someone’s ruthless search for power and wealth, especially when that innocent is her sister’s childhood friend. So, instead of a relaxing vacation, she ends up fighting for her life again. One of the things I like about this series is that no matter how deep the danger/trouble Gin is in, Estep doesn’t resort to a power-of-the-month move. Does Gin use her Ice and Stone Elemental powers in new and unexpected ways? Does the direness of the situation force Gin to overcome mental blocks to her powers? Yes to both questions. But, she doesn’t suddenly develop a new talent out of the blue just to salvage the situation.
By the end of the book, we see just how much Gin has grown over the course of the series and I love that she’s given a chance at closure over past hurtful memories. ...more
With various story arcs from the previous 7 books still in play, I wasn’t sure how Rardin was going to bring closure to the series. Warning: SpoilersWith various story arcs from the previous 7 books still in play, I wasn’t sure how Rardin was going to bring closure to the series. Warning: Spoilers for previous books in the series.(view spoiler)[ Jaz and Brude are at stalemate. He still plans to take over The Thin and remake it into hell. She still has his spirit trapped behind locked doors in her mind. Vayl’s still searching for the resurrected souls of his murdered sons. Jaz and Vayl both want vengeance for Pete’s (Jaz and Vayl’s CIA boss) murder. Cole’s been remade part demon and his soul is still tainted due to Kyphas’ actions. (hide spoiler)] As the book progressed you could see the various threads coming together and by the end of The Deadliest Bite I had my answers. Rardin even gave us a chance to check in on the whole gang before the book concluded. Reading was bittersweet, though. The knowledge this is Rardin’s final book was constantly present in the back of my mind and I knew once I turned that final page it would really be over.
Rardin’s characters are so interesting. Jaz’s sarcastic attitude and internal voices may not appeal to everyone, but she usually manages to get more than a few laughs out of me. I love that her relationship with Vayl has only grown stronger as the series progressed. We don’t have to worry about their commitment to each other. The tension comes from wondering whether they’ll actually both survive to have a future together. Bergman continues to come out of his geeky shell and become more involved in actual fighting. Cole’s playful sense of humor is balanced by the seriousness of his problem. Even the pets have a personality. Jack the dog is lovable and Astral the robokitty is fantastic.
Overall, a wonderful end to the series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
In her own way Gin is a very principled person. They may not be the accepted morals of the upright members of society (Or is that uptight? B4.5 stars.
In her own way Gin is a very principled person. They may not be the accepted morals of the upright members of society (Or is that uptight? Bye-bye Donovan), but she does have rules that she holds herself to and expects others to hold to also. That's how she lands in a mess in this book. When Gin finds out that her previous actions have caused some dangerous problems for an aquaintance, she immediately steps up and accepts responsibility for fixing the problem. It's inconvenient and will place her in danger, but it's still her fault and she's determined to make things right. Gin's also extremely loyal to those she considers "family". Estep has created and interestingly complex character in Gin.
I'm also excited by the possibilites in Gin's growing relationship with Owen. He accepts her for who she is and seems to be more compatible than Donovan was. I'm looking forward to seeing where things go.
I will definitely be reading the next book in the series....more
Gin's strong personality and self-awareness are just part of what makes her such an interesting character. Interesting is good. Gin knows who she is,Gin's strong personality and self-awareness are just part of what makes her such an interesting character. Interesting is good. Gin knows who she is, feels no need to justify her actions and makes no appologies for her chosen profession, unconventional even in crime-ridden Ashland. That's why her continued attraction to Donovan is slightly annoying; it's patently obvious he's never going to accept her completely. It's human nature to sometimes want what we cannot have, but Gin doesn't seem the type to let that dictate her actions. Yet, she continued to hope that Donovan would change his mind. This minor problem is far outweighed by the fascinating world of vampires, dwarves, giants and elementals that Estep has created. The plot is engaging and the action moves forward nicely. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book....more
I loved the concept and mythology. I loved Ares, Lysander & Phae. I could understand where Emma was coming from, even when she was being irritatinI loved the concept and mythology. I loved Ares, Lysander & Phae. I could understand where Emma was coming from, even when she was being irritatingly illogical; finding out people you count as friends and colleagues might also be liars and murderers would throw anyone off. The book was well written and the action kept the pace mooving smoothly. It was easy to see what attracted Emma to Ares. The only thing I had a problem with: Why was Ares so attracted to Emma right from the beginning? What did he see in her that would cause him to ignore long years of tradition and training in order to take the actions he did? Even with that one niggling question, everything else about the book was fantastic and I will definitely read the next book....more
Jaz returns at her sarcastic best. She has grown quite a bit from the first book and actually handles the difficult situation with Vayl much better thJaz returns at her sarcastic best. She has grown quite a bit from the first book and actually handles the difficult situation with Vayl much better than I expected her to. Miles' budding romance is adorable and he continues to involve himself more in the action. There's no resolution to the Brude situation; Vayl's affliction really threw a spanner in the works. Yet, steps are taken towards acquiring tools to fight him with. Overall, another great installment and I can barely wait for the final book in July....more