Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #1
Published by: Pocket Books
Publication Date: January 26, 2010
“My name is Gin, and I kill people.”
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.
Great! Now I have another UF series to catch up on. I wasn’t fully convinced that I would like Spider’s Bite, but I did. It didn’t knock my socks off, but it was really good. I can tell this is a series that will continue to get better.
– Gin is an assassin that goes by the name Spider. I repeat: An assassin named Spider – two of my favorite things. What is great about Gin, is that she truly is an assassin. She will kill you. There’s none of that crap where she has a bunch of internal conflict and tries not to kill. No, this chick doesn’t play around and will cut a bitch. Is it weird that I got a little swoony when she’d get cold and vicious?
– Even though she can be cold and gets shit done, she does have a heart. She’ll do anything for the very few people who are close to her. And you can see it in the types of cases she takes.
– I love when there is a close group of family and/or friends, and I enjoyed watching the one develop in this book. I especially like Finn, Gin’s adoptive brother. He has that cocky playboy persona, but he’s funny and charming. I love the sibling dynamic he and Gin have.
– I kind of got a kick out of the “romance”. Donovan Caine and Gin are opposites, and there is some bad blood between them. They are forced to work together, which causes some interesting sexual tension. I love how Gin just straight-up tells him she wants him and doesn’t act all meek and crap. She’s bold and goes for it.
– I like the use of elemental magic, and how each one can be used in various ways. I wasn’t expecting there to be dwarfs and vampires and other ‘creatures’ like that. So that was actually a nice surprise.
– I felt like this could’ve been part cookbook at times. Seriously, I want the recipe for some of the food she made. Yum!
– There’s a bit of repetitiveness that got old. It wasn’t too bad, but I hope it isn’t like that in the next book.
Overall, Spider’s Bite is a strong introduction to the series, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Gin.