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Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep
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really liked it
bookshelves: own, urban-fantasy, first-in-series, zzread-feb2011, vampires
Read from February 18 to 20, 2011 — I own a copy

Urban fantasy books are often saturated with the kick ass, snarky heroine, the requisite love interest, the paranormal creatures, cool weapons, and the evil bad guy or gal. Yes – this book has all that, but it felt like it had more. Set in the corrupt town of Ashland, Tennessee, Spider’s Bite has a dirty, gritty feel.

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 kill children or the innocent.

I liked the originality of this book. While there are vampires in this book, their abilities are not really expanded upon, except that they seem to heal quickly. There are also giants and dwarves. There are also people that can control elemental magic – from air, fire, stone, ice, etc. Gin is an elemental. She has the ability to use stone and ice magic. While stone and ice are not the most powerful elemental magics out there, it is hinted that Gin has some extraordinary powers. I would have liked to have had more information on these elemental magic practitioners – How did they get the magic? Were they born with it? Can they learn it?

The world building in this book was intriguing. Basically, it felt like our world but with paranormal elements. Gin lives in a corrupt city which is policed by a corrupt police force. Even the organized crime elements felt like a paranormal mafia.

Our heroine Gin Blanco comes from tragic circumstances. Her family died in a fire, leaving her homeless. She is “found” by Fletcher, who gives her odd jobs in exchange for food. She later becomes an assassin and Fletcher acts as her handler. I found Fletcher to be a most interesting character, even though he was not around for most of the book.

I liked all the people that surrounded Gin. Finnegan Lane (Finn), Fletcher’s son was a wonderful character. I so wanted Gin to be his love interest, but it was not happening. Finn was a great supporting character.

I had trouble believing the attraction between Gin and Donovan Craig. I did not like the way that Donovan treated Gin. I found that his character fell flat for me because of his condescending attitude towards Gin, even though he was alive because of her.

The villain was especially evil and scary. I enjoyed the mystery of figuring out who she was and I was pleasantly surprised when I had guessed wrong. I loved the ending and it made me rush out to find the next book in the series Web of Lies.

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Reading Progress

02/19/2011 page 120
30.0% "I can not put this book down. I keep saying to myself, just one more chapter, and about 5 chapters later I had to stop reading for some real life stuff." 2 comments
02/19/2011 page 222
56.0% ""Oh Finn isn't an assassin," I cut in. "He's much, much worse. He's a banker."" 4 comments

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Regina I was ambivelant about this book, but plan to read #2. Looking forward to your review.


message 44: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH I just read about 1 chapter this morning. It's the book beside my bed. Not too keen on the beginning, but it seems to have gotten good reviews, so I'll keep at it.


message 43: by Mrs. (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mrs. Badass Aw I love Gin!


message 42: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH I'm just getting to know her and her world, so I'm sure I'll like it as I read.


Regina I liked Gin too. :)


message 40: by Fani (new) - rated it 5 stars

Fani Glad to see you enjoy it AH! I felt like you did with #1; couldn't put it down. Number #2 was not so fast as #1 but #3 was just as great. I hope you go on with the series and I have someone to discuss these books with:)


message 39: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH I think I'll be continuing. She tells a great story.


Catherine I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much, AH! I completely agree about the attraction between Gin and Donovan. I quite loathed him by the end of the book.


message 37: by Fani (new) - rated it 5 stars

Fani I agree; Gin and Donovan were actually BAD together. I wondered what she saw in him.


message 36: by Fani (new) - rated it 5 stars

Fani Great review AH! You wrote down everything I like about this book!


message 35: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH Catherine wrote: "I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much, AH! I completely agree about the attraction between Gin and Donovan. I quite loathed him by the end of the book."

I just didn't understand that attraction. He was such an a$$. No man was worth that.


message 34: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH Fani wrote: "Great review AH! You wrote down everything I like about this book!"

Thanks, Fani!


Regina The bad connection between Gin and Donovan actually made me not want to keep reading it. A year later I am finally considering reading #2. Which is funny, b/c I don't read UF for the romance, but it just really burned the book for me. Nice review AH!


message 32: by Fani (last edited Feb 22, 2011 07:29AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Fani I stayed with the series and haven't regretted it. #2 is IMHO the weakest in the series I believe, but #3 was as good as the first and the romance much better!


Regina Good to know. I also remember that when I was ho hum about this book, I also didn't like 3 or 4 other books I read and I stopped mid-read with 2 books. So, lol, it may have been my mood.


message 30: by Fani (new) - rated it 5 stars

Fani Unfortunately, bad mood can ruin the best books sometimes:)


Catherine I read the first one and bought the next two offline. When they got here I was in the middle of a book and set them down. Somehow I forgot about them and only recently found them again as I was reorganizing my physical TBR shelf.

I can't believe I spaced them out. This is why I am determined to get rid of the book backlog! I can't seem to concentrate to save my life because there are way too many options.


message 28: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH Thanks, Regina. I like UF books. I seem to gravitate towards them. I can understand why you would want to quit reading a book when the love interest just is an a$$.

I've had books that I was not in the mood to read and I have put them in the time out corner for a while. Some books, I have been able to continue reading, others make that dnf shelf.

I saw on the author's website that there are 5 books in this series (not sure if the 5th one was published yet).

Catherine, I found a way to clean out my physical TBR shelf. I've joined way too many challenges and I am forcing myself to finish the books I own. I've also limited my book purchases. I can only purchase 2 new books a month or spend $20. The rest have to come from the library or friends. Gotta get this obsession under control.


Regina AH -- I prefer UF too, I tend to not like romance, that is why it is odd the romance bothered me.

Good system, I hope it works for you! :)


message 26: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH Me too. I like having money in my wallet.


message 25: by Fani (new) - rated it 5 stars

Fani Catherine wrote: "I can't believe I spaced them out. This is why I am determined to get rid of the book backlog! I can't seem to concentrate to save my life because there are way too many options."

Catherine, you're in my mind! I keep an excel file with all the books I have and still forget some of them when it comes to picking my next book. I need to clear at least my physical storage!


Regina I have a GR shelf that is owned and then owned but not read.


message 23: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH Regina wrote: "I have a GR shelf that is owned and then owned but not read."

I might have to do that. Then there are those free downloads that clog up the works too.


Regina exxxxxactly. That is why I started that shelf. I should maybe do a "freebie" shelf or a "cheapie" shelf. But I know by looking at them which ones were free. I used to feel compelled to read those, but I no longer do. The shelf really helps me prioritize. I use the "owned but not read shelf" my "priority" shelf and my "series to continue" shelf to figure out what to read next. Then I also have 5 shelves for the coming months of what I plan to read, "read this month" "read next month" read in 2 months", etc. -going up to 4 months. It helps me feel like it is an organized process. Not sure if it is though. :)


message 21: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH Challenges have helped clean up the TBRs I have. I've discovered some really good books that way. I may have to resort to more shelves.


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Fani Regina wrote: "exxxxxactly. That is why I started that shelf. I should maybe do a "freebie" shelf or a "cheapie" shelf. But I know by looking at them which ones were free. I used to feel compelled to read tho..."

Ok, I'm gonna copy a couple of these shelves myself. I have a "unread-paperbacks" shelf, but they're so many, I still find it difficult to prioritize. And now with the galleys, things are getting out of control!


Catherine Regina wrote: "I have a GR shelf that is owned and then owned but not read."

I have that too, but there are *cough* 151 *cough* books on the own-but-haven't-read shelf so I still lose track. I never had this problem before GR. Now I see so many interesting books that I want them all.


message 18: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH For me, it's that darn TBR. All of you read such wonderful books and I keep adding and adding to that Mountain of books. I then look at the list and wonder where did I hear of that book. I printed it out one day and it was over 20 pages 2 sided. So I drag it around with me when I go to the bookstore or library.


Catherine LOL! I try to enter the name of the person whose review made me interested in the book. I use the "Recommended By" line for that even though it isn't really an official rec.


message 16: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH I started doing that too when I remember.


Regina Catherine wrote: "Regina wrote: "I have a GR shelf that is owned and then owned but not read."

I have that too, but there are *cough* 151 *cough* books on the own-but-haven't-read shelf so I still lose track. I ne..."


I have 156 owned but not read!!!!!! And that doesn't include books that friends lent me (real paper books). I have gotten alot of books recently doing the Kindle accoutn sharing thing, which is a wonderful wonderful thing.


Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} 194 on my own-but-unread shelf. I'm ashamed of myself. Half of them are ebooks and half of those are freebies.


Regina half freebies is a great number! :)


Greta is Erikasbuddy Awesome review!! Loves the name Gin. She kind of sounds like an Airbender to me :) But one that kills vampires lolz.


message 11: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH Thanks, Greta. Haven't read or seen the Airbender books or movie. I've got to look into those.


Regina Definitely watch the TV show the Airbender (v. the books or movie). My family is obsessed with them. We love the tv show!


Greta is Erikasbuddy AH wrote: "Thanks, Greta. Haven't read or seen the Airbender books or movie. I've got to look into those."

Don't see the movie!! Protect yourself!!

My fam and I went to go see it at the dollar theater. Mickey and I loved the tv series but was sooo dissappointed with the movie. They left soo much out and made Ang sooo serious. I don't think there are books, though. There might be little Readers of them or something.

Just the whole Control of Rocks and Ice and Water and stuff made me think of Benders ;)

Just don't see the movie!! LOLZ!! It was BLAHS :P


Regina We are such huge fans that I have to say we enjoyed the movie even though we admitted it was crap. We still bought it and I am excited the producers agreed to make #2. Hopefully the kids will learn to act by then and all the humor won't be cut out.

Great analogy to the benders.


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Quinn Great review, AH. I might have to add this one, if only for the giants! I've never read anything (adult) with giants in it. :D


message 6: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH Thanks, Quinn. I was surprised by the giants - though they didn't seem so huge to me.


Regina I don't even remember giants. Wow. I must have been in a daze when I read this. I find that kinda funny, but disturbing that I don't remember.


message 4: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH The corrupt police chief was a giant. I don't think they were too gigantic, though, maybe just taller and wider than average.


Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} I think the giants tended to be over 7ft tall if I remember right.


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AH Amy or "Ames" wrote: "I think the giants tended to be over 7ft tall if I remember right."

Something like that. Not super huge, but a little bit taller than your average basketball player.


Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} Yeah but with more bulk/muscle.


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