Friday, June 21, 2013

Review: Spider's bite by Jennifer Estep

Book: Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin Series #1)
By: Jennifer Estep
Published: January 10, 2010
Published By: Pocket Books

Description: My name is Gin, and I kill people.
They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South — when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.
Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way — good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

My Thoughts: I heard a lot about this book in the blogosphere, and I bought it after a review I read back before I even became a blogger myself, and It's been sitting on my shelf ever since. Despite the constant glowing reviews, I never picked it up until recently, and I'm pissed at myself for waiting so long.

The book is really good. Our MC is an assassin, and a very good one, until she makes a few "sloppy mistakes" and finds herself on the other end of a hit, then she teams up with a Detective to hunt down the woman who wants her dead, despite the fact the Detective wants her dead for the death of his partner. Everything coalesced into a bit mess, with deaths, and violence and snarky amazingness. I loved Gin so much. She's hilarious and witty and sarcastic every step of the way, even if she's lying on her butt facing down her own death. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

You know how there are those books with MC's who have powers, who never really get hurt, and their power always overpowers others. They come out at the end victorious, with all their problems fixed and no injuries besides maybe a scrape here or there. Well, this isn't that book. This is one of those books where the MC gets bruised, battered, punched, kicked, broken, and nearly overpowered to the point that all she has left is her will to survive. She's scarred, damaged, and lonely, and only then is she able to realize her potential.

If you've been thinking about this book, do yourself a favor and go ahead and read it. I give it 4.5 stars. It's very entertaining and enjoyable. I also picked up the audiobook from my library after I finished reading this one, and the narrator for that is great. I got the next book in Audio format from Audible so I can listen while I "work" at work. I'm starting the next book right..........NOW!


Lan said...

This was the first book I ever bought on an ereader. I still haven't read it though I really should. Gin sounds like my kind of heroine.

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