For the first time, the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadly assassin “the Spider” are revealed in full. In a story that pre-dates the other nine books in the ...more
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A buddy read with my UF loving assassins at BB&B!
This is book number 10 in the series, but it realy is more of a prequel to the series, giving us a glimpse of Gin as a young assassin still in training... We see her getting ready for one of her first solo jobs, at a time when Fletcher was still monitoring and mentoring her heavily. And we get to see the young, impulsive, hotheaded Gin, who, as most young adults do, thought she knows it all, she can deal with it all, and she can o ...more
-I have to admit, the only reason I'm reading the new Gin/Elemental Assassin books is for completion's sake, ever since the whole Owen personality transplant my love for the series has all but vanished. I wasn't expecting to like The Spider but it was actually better than I thought it'd be. Even though I enjoyed it more than the last few books (though that's not saying much since I hated the last few), I still had a number of issues with it.
-The whole book was basically just ...more
On a good day I struggle with the main character, Gin. As UF heroines go she really isn’t my cup of tea, I still haven’t been able to put an exact finger on why *shrugs* but really if it wasn’t for the cool girl posse and Steven that I’ve been reading this with I might have given up on Gin a while ago. So if I’m already having a hard time with 30 year old Gin can you imagine how well I did with an entire book set in a flashback to 20 ye ...more
06/07/2016 Buddy read with my awesome friends over at BB&B, because we love UF!! May our Wednesday BRs never stop.
In this book we see Gin a decade earlier, before she became the most feared assassin of Ashland.
Fletcher has received a job which Gin wants. He’s been training her for seven years, and she’s had a few solo jobs, but this one would be her first big one. And Gin feels very confident, thinking she’s more than ready to go at it on her own. Add the fact that...more
To be honest, I wasn't sure if I was interested in reading this story. Oh sure, I definitely wanted more Fletcher but who wants to go back? However, the pull was too great and I was just too curious!
Thankfully, all the stars aligned because it was wonderful! Once things got going, I could not put the book down and read it ...more
The Spider is hands-down my favourite Elemental Assassin book to-date and, the fact that it’s the tenth installment is even more impressive! I can count on one hand the number of authors who’s ENTIRE SERIES’ deserves a 5-star rating and it should come as no surprise when I tell you that Jennifer Estep has earned her spot on that list because of Gin Blanco. Not only has she proven that she has talent, but staying power as well!
I loved going back in time to re-visit the Spi ...more
This is by far one of my favorite series. Each and every installment gives me something new to fall in love with. Estep just keeps delivering on each and every installment!
Now, you can read this novel without every reading any of the other books in the series. The Spider takes the reader back 10-years to the begging. It’s the start of Gin’s career as the assassin known as the Spider.
I loved seeing Gin interact with Fletch ...more
I’ve often wondered about Gin’s early days and how she learned how to be one of ...more
However, I found there was too many cameos to make it believable and I tire of the villains being so rotten to the core.
Actual rating 2.5 stars.
This was the most annoying book of the series so far. And most boring. Because it was a flashback from ten years before in-universe time. I don't usually mind flashbacks and even find them fascinating. It's a way to see the character's growth in the same way as comparing a character from the beginning of a series to the final personality at the end of t ...more
The Spider is a flash from the past, giving us insight into the now 30 something Gin Blanco AKA the spider. We see the younger Gin, and now understand more thoroughly why she's made some of her life decisions. While meeting or re-meeting characters from her past that come to play pivotal or can play pivotal roles in her future.
Jennifer E ...more
"It all begins with a girl-a stupid, arrogant girl who thought that she could do no wrong.."
In the 10th installment of the Elemental Assassin series, Jennifer Estep takes her character, Gin Blanco aka the Spider, back in time 10 years after she receives a mysterious package of Dark Blue Roses with a note attached saying "Happy Anniversary." Who is the mysterious person sending Gin roses? Why is Gin receiving them on this particular date and time? Is ...more
Well I wrote that back in Oct 2013 and was not to excited about a prequel in one of my favorite series. It is mid December and I read it all day yesterday because I could hardly put it down, looks like I get to eat some comments I have made about how I hated prequels. It did indeed earn those 5 St ...more
This is a flashback book, which was kind of disappointing off the bat. After all, by its very nature, it could not advance the overall storyline. What it d ...more
--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls
This series is Urban Fantastic at it's very best! A world not unlike our own is explored, but the addition of magic and supernatural creatures adds to the fun. This is a series well worth reading from the beginning, but this - the 10th book - is a prequel of sorts, so in many ways, a good place for new readers to start.
Although the story begins in the present, the author has cleverly allowed the lead characte ...more
I'm loving this series! The characters and story keep me wanting more and more. I can't wait for my next adventure in this series.
Wow. I wasn't ready for this.
When I started reading The Spider and realized that it will be probably one big flashback, I was seriously disappointed, because I'm not particularly fond of prequels. So I just rolled my eyes, mentally prepared myself to be let down and wished that it was just a short story I could skip. I dropped my expectations. But as I continued reading, a strange thing happened. I started enjoying this book very much really early on.
Things I liked about The Spider:
1. Fletcher ...more
With The Spider being the 10th book in the Elemental Assassin series one can’t help but wonder if Jennifer Estep can still bring the same outstanding writing and characters to us. I’m here to tell you that she can and she did!
You could read The Spider without having read the series because Estep takes us back 10 years to show us a young and naive Gin in the early stages of her becoming The Spider but you will miss all the little easter eggs to events and cha ...more
Since this is an e-arc, I won't ruin it for you fans...but I saw similarities with her behavior in this book with her behavior in Spider's Bite, book 1 of this series. I also found it interestin ...more
Ms. Estep does a great job at filling in Gin's early years as she learns to be a killer. It's done very well because it shows how a cocky person can fall s ...more
THE SPIDER is the Elemental Assassin book I’ve been waiting for. I’ll admit to being a few books behind in my reading, but this prequel installment doesn’t require you to be all caught up on current events to enjoy it, or even be a reader of the series at all! Full of the standard Estep drama, action and witty quips, THE SPIDER was everything I wished for and more.
The majority of the book (probably about 95%) took place in a flashback stuck between two ...more
Gin is an assassin w ...more
I did not like this story quite as much as I thought I would. The "villain" seemed obvious to me from the very beginning. It also was a little ridiculous how she just happened to run into every one she now knows. Also why is it that she is s ...more
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THE ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES
The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy battling bad guys and righting wron ...more