Reveiw: Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep

Published: January 26, 2010
Format: eBook
Pages: 313
Series: Elemental Assassin #1
Available: Barnes & Noble/ Amazon/ Book Depository
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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.

Spider’s Bite was one hell of a ride…there were some bumps along the way, but I still enjoyed it.

Gin, I thought was a very likable character. First and foremost…thank you Ms. Estep, for creating a character that is actually older, Gin is 30. So guess what…she can actually say that she’s been there done that and yeah…the chick has done it. But what I liked most about Gin was that even though she was an assassin and kick ass chickie, she still showed some emotion…she didn't just hold onto things. She took it, processed it, dealt with it and moved on; she’s my kinda girl.

The secondary cast of characters…Fletcher, Finn, Jo-Jo and her sister Sophia were a wonderful mix for Gin and her story.

My one and only complaint with this book was the receptiveness with some things. Estep constantly telling us that Gin had gray eyes…okay, I got it…didn't need to see it 20 million times. Gin’s showing of emotion…yeah, she didn't cry since she was a kid. You know what?, I get need to tell me constantly. Also, I did not like the relationship between Gin and Detective Donovan….I didn't think he was sincere with his shit and honestly…dude you messing around with a assassin? IF you could not accept it…uh move the fuck on and let her get on with her life.

But other than those FEW things…lols. I thought Spider’s Bit was a good ass read. We have a story with all things mixed in….revenge, love, sex, and mainly betrayal. But Jennifer Estep story telling of these elements is enough to keep the pages turning. The world building is kinda crazy, but I like it. You know right off the back what you’re dealing with. I enjoy those little details of Elementals and what they can and cannot do…PLUS they are flawed in Jennifer’s world. Yes, they have power; but we all know power is not everything, Jennifer Estep makes it known it her world.

There is something different about Gin that keeps the reader engaged…she’s an assassin and we've read plenty of stories about them. But I think that Gin is different than most. She’s cold when she needs to be and I think that is key. She’s able to have a life outside of what she does, separate her assassin’s life from her home life and I like that…to me she’s redeemable.

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  1. Great review! I've always wanted to try this since it's about an assassin!! Gin sounds pretty awesome, but I hate when authors repeat things in books too! But this is still a series I want to try!

  2. Great review. I get annoyed at times when there are contstant reminders. Getting back to reading some Urban Fnatasy will have to check this series out.

  3.'s really not my thing to constantly be reading throughout a book and it it very annoying.

    It's still a kick ass book and I really loved the fact that Gin was older, that just made me like her ever more.

  4. thanks Ning :) & Gin is a great character I think. Plus I think Ms. Estep made her more human as far as her relationships with the people around her went. She was an elemental, but she didn't put herself above her friends & family...she was simply a relatable character.

  5. Got this one sitting on the list and damn if I don't want to put my current read down and give it a go. I love an "older" heroine. Gah that hurts to say older at just 30 but you know what I mean. Those 20 year old heroines are freaking hard to relate to sometimes.

  6. oh...yes, I know exactly what you mean...lmbo. and those younger chickes really are hard to relate to at times.

  7. Ooh, I've seen this one around, love the cover and the concept! Gin sounds badass! Great review Sharonda, going to add it to my tbr :p

  8. Its really good and has been sitting in my TBR pile for a "while" lols. But I think your going to like one Neyra ;)


  9. The repetitiveness was one of my complaints as well. She did repeat herself a lot in this book!

    -Amanda P

    Lets Get Romantical

    Where the Night Kind Roam

  10. Hi Amanda

    It was my only complaint! It worked my nerves to no end...I hope it gets better in the later books ;)


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