Feb 242014
Review: Spider’s BiteSpider's Bite (Elemental Assassin #1) by Jennifer Estep
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Published by Pocket on Jan 26, 2010
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

“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.

Oh why did I wait so long to start this series? It’s absolutely delightfully fun, with a strong heroine, an amusing brother, and a smexy reluctant partner. It’s got magic and assassinations and lots of urban fantasy angst. Everything that I enjoy in a paranormal story.

I found the setting of Ashland to be quite intriguing. It’s such a corrupt city, but with strict unwritten rules about what corruption is okay and what is over-the-top and deserves punishment. For some reason, I kept thinking of Gotham City from Batman, but I have no idea why.

The story is told in a mostly straightforward timeline, however there were quite a few flashbacks near the end of the story. These flashbacks revealed a lot of Gin’s history, and were a great way to learn more about her. I like that they didn’t interrupt the flow of the main plotline. They seemed to mainly set the stage for a couple of big twists that popped up at the end.

I listened to the audiobook, would highly recommend it. The narration is spot on, with Gin’s attitude and emotions coming through loud and clear. I love when audiobook narration fits the characters so well. I couldn’t imagine Gin’s voice as anyone else now.

Overall, this was a fun start to a series, and I understand why it’s so popular. I will definitely be continuing the series. I can’t to see what happens next with Gin.

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