Catherine's Reviews > Spider’s Revenge
by Jennifer Estep (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: assassin-killer-bounty-hunter, contemporary, excellent, fantasy-paranormal-sci-fi, magic-mystical-ability, read-2011, series, vampire
Let me just say, I didn’t expect Gin’s confrontations with Mab to turn out how they did. I had a vague image of her and Finn spending most of the book plotting, leading up to one big ass confrontation. How it turned out was so much better. There was one final climatic battle, but there were a lot of skirmishes along the way. I loved the uncertainty and vulnerability that Gin experienced after them. She’s apt to shoulder a lot of the blame when things go wrong, anyway, but here she had to face the fact that when the opportunity of a lifetime came around she faltered. Who wouldn’t angst over that?
Owen and Gin were excellent together. I’ve enjoyed them in the past, but here we got to see their relationship deepen. Gin finally opened herself up enough to be honest about her feelings. Due to Gin’s focus being on Mab, Owen is more of a background feature in the book, but he stood out whenever he was in a scene. Their scenes together and his unwavering devotion made me sigh. I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
I was thrilled to finally get more information on Jo-Jo and Sophia and their connection to Fletcher. I have wondered about it for a while now and was not disappointed with the truth. Sad and a little horrified, but not disappointed. This book did a really good job of strengthening Gin’s core group. I think Gin finally got an idea of what she means to everyone and exactly who she can count on when the chips are down. I also appreciated that Gin didn’t protest too much when the decision was made that she couldn’t handle this one alone.
I’m sure you can tell by now that I loved all the bits about the side characters. It wasn’t just the good guys that stood out, though. I also enjoyed an assassin team that was hunting Gin. Their dynamic nicely mirrored Gin’s connection to Fletcher and it was hard not to feel for them. The scene with the cookies really underscored Gin’s core self. No matter how much of a badass she is—and she is quite a badass—she never loses that core softness. She can be as cold and as vicious as they come, but her morals and her humanity will always have me on her side.
Finn and Bria were really great here, both individually and together. There came a time when they both royally screwed up, but I have to admire them for owning it. I wasn’t as upset with them as I probably should have been because (view spoiler)[I read their screw up as Finn and Bria finding something with each other that they weren’t able to control. Always in the past nothing had gotten in the way of them staying vigilant and doing their job. But suddenly, in the most inconvenient time possible, they both faltered because of their feelings for each other. It was hard to be angry at them when they never denied how badly they had screwed up. Plus, I was thrilled they were finally hooking up. ;) (hide spoiler)]
I mentioned it before, but I loved, loved, loved the vulnerability that Gin showed. She was still tough as nails, but her feelings seemed closer to the surface when she wasn’t in her role as The Spider. At one point (view spoiler)[Bria is staying with her when she has a nightmare. She ends up screaming and waking her up. Their shared memories and their guilt and sorrow finally open them up to each other. They don’t hash it all out, but you see a definite shift in their relationship. When Bria climbed in bed with Gin to comfort her, my heart just about melted. (hide spoiler)]
One last thing I have to mention about the book is the final showdown between Mab and Gin. That was AWESOME. Jennifer Estep writes excellent action scenes, and this one was even better because it had been so long in the making. Watching Gin and Mab duke it out had me on the edge of my seat. One word, people. Intense. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
"Despite Bria's icy attitude, Finn didn't give up. He focused all of his attention on her, as if he were a general and she was just another battle to be won no matter what casualties he might suffer along the way--including the complete and utter loss of his self-respect, pride, and dignity."-LOL!" 12 comments
||29.0%||""Why don't you leave being tough to me, and I'll let you handle being dead?"" 2 comments|
||39.0%||"Awwwww. *sniff, sniff*" 3 comments|
||47.0%||"Nice nod to her book Karma Girl." 7 comments|
||83.0%||"O_O Holy shit. Intense."|