Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Review: Spider's Bite(Elemental Assassin, book 1) By Jennifer Estep

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep
My rating:

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: January 26, 2010
Paperback: 432 Pages

My name is Gin Blanco. They call me the Spider — the most feared assassin in the South (and a part-time cook at the Pork Pit BBQ joint.) As a Stone elemental, I can hear the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet and feel the vibrations of the soaring mountains above me, though I don’t use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

After a ruthless Air elemental double-crossed me and killed my handler, I’m out for revenge. And I’ll exterminate anyone who gets in my way. I may look hot in a miniskirt, but I’m still one of the bad guys. Which is why I’m in trouble when irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine agrees to help. The last thing a coldhearted killer needs when she’s battling a magic more powerful than her own is a sexy distraction … especially when he wants her dead just as much as the enemy.

Spider's Bite is the first book I've read by Jennifer Estep, and I have no idea why I haven't heard of her before this. She's brilliant!
Why? For starter's, she really knows how to open a book and drag you right in.

Her first line says all...

"My name is Gin, and I kill people."

I really do judge a book by it's first chapters. Sure, I can still love a book when it's only really good from half way on, but to be promising from the start? That's a 5 star + for sure, for me. And this really is promising from the first sentence. The first chapter is honestly one of my favorite first chapters I've read in a while. It was so thrilling and dark, but also gave you a real insight to her thoughts when she is full on assassin.
Second, she really knows how to right a dark fantasy. This book is gritty and dark and full of surprises. But it's not just some demented book, it has a tight, excellent plot with a bit of romance and a ton of action and tension. What's not to love?

Gin Blanco isn't just an Elemental assassin, she's Ashland’s top assassin. And her nick name is "the Spider". Ashland is a fictional city, that borders North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. It's filled with murder, corruption, greed and the paranormal.
Gin is a Stone Elemental, which means' she can manipulate and manage stone. She can not only feel the thoughts and feelings of it's inhabitants, she can make the walls around her come down, which can be handy in a fight. And if that's not good enough, she can also make her skin turn to stone so it cannot be penetrated. I'd say out of the Elementals Fire, Ice, Air, and Stone Elementals, she has it pretty much made.
Thought she made be close to indestructible, we'll see her being pushed to great lengths in this book.

Gin's friend Fletcher has just handed Gin a new job. She's to take out an embezzler for a wopping 5 million dollar pay. For such an easy job, why so much money is being put down? She starts to think it's not as easy as it sounds. But Fletcher(Gin's friend and Handler) wants her to retire. He's worried for Gin, and thinks this can be her ticket to freedom. But she finds out that this isn't just an ordinary job when she ends up targeted by another assassin during the commission of this job.

And after her friends gruesome death, she seeks to find the persons responsible for double crossing them.
She's determined to find and punish the perpetrator who set her up and killed her friend and handler.
So she teams up with her friend's son, Finn to track them down. During this she runs into police detective, Donovan Caine, who is a true by the books cop, and maybe even the only one in this town. When Gin gives him a proposition he cannot refuse, he reluctantly agrees. But that's doesn't mean he likes her or tolerates when she does. If anything, it makes him more angry. But the tension between them gets pretty high, and you know they can't help but be attracted to each other.

At first, I really could not related to Gin, yes she was an amazing character, but I just couldn't be like "Oh, me too!" or "I know how she feels." since she's a true assassin. She was just so cold and distant. But then her character is explained more, and we find she has a pretty traumatizing past, and we learn out why she became an assassin. We see she isn't the monster everyone makes her out to be and I began to really like her.

I can't wait to see what happens next in this series. Web of lies(May 25th) is going to be soo good, I just know it.
With how the left book 1, how can it not? This series is going to be addictive, I just know it.

For an expert of Chapter 1, click

For the cover art for VENOM(Elemental Assassin, book 3), Click HERE.
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Chas @ LLL in the 808 said...

Holy shinitz... I likey likey!!! I better read this one soon!!=)

kaz.milo said...

It sounds really good, love the covers.

Marianna said...

Sounds like my kind of book. I like when a story is dark and depressing, but then there is a ray of hope at the end. It just seems like that type of book (I could be wrong). Regardless, this is definitely on my TBR list!

van_pham said...

I just recently finished this book and boy was it awesome! I enjoyed it more than i expected.

I have to agree with you, about not really relating to her when she was first introduced but once her past is explain...she actually is a very cool/enjoyable character.

jellybelly82158 said...

This is a great review!!! I loved this book

Bookie said...

I've been meaning to buy this book. Gin seems like a total bad ass, which is my type of heroine!

JenM said...

This book has been on my radar since it first came out. I read a prequel short story somewhere (it might be on the author's website) and it was really good. I think it's such a challenge for a writer to make an assassin a sympathetic character.

mountie9 said...

Great review of the book, I loved the book and have read everything by her so far

jellybelly82158 said...

Great review!! This is a great book

Cherry said...

Sounds like my kind of read, so how come I totally missed this series? Gotta look this up :)

EVA SB said...

I love that cover and the actual story sounds even better!!

Aik said...

Spider's Bite sounds like something I'd love to read! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this book!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Elie said...

Wow this sounds great. Thanks for the review. I definitely want to read this!

blackroze37 AT said...

i cant figure how to do a review without givcing away to much of the book plot or making myself look like a compltete idiot

yours and lots of other bloggers, it great reviews from ya'll

Beth said...

Wish I could write great reviews. Can't figure out how to say what I want to with out giving away too much.
This sounds like a great read.

Anonymous said...

I started reading Spider's Bite acouple of days ago and Love this book from Jennifer Estep. I probably would have never had read this book without looking at the book reviews. So think you for doing such a good job at the reviews.

Grace said...

Cold blooded assassins with a elemental power. That is just intriguing. I really would like to know more about this read already.

Ladytink_534 said...

I loved this author's Bigtime series. I had never read anything quite like it before so I'm really curious about this.

Linda Henderson said...

I've been hearing so many great things about this book that I've been very anxious to read it.

seriousreader at live dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Awesome review. Now I have to I added to my wish list and Jennifer to my new author list. Thanks for introducing Jennifer and her awesome books.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Robin K said...

The book sounds fantastic. I have it on my TBR pile and eagerly anticipate diving in! Thanks for sharing your review.

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