Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Book One in the Elemental Assassin Series
Published By: Pocket Books (January 26, 2010)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
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.
Being a huge fan of Esteps' YA series Mythos Academy I just knew I needed to try her adult series as well and urban fantasy being a favorite of mine I just knew I would be in for a treat.
Gin was completely what I was expecting her to be, fun, kick butt, damaged, snarky, loyal, a good person, a troubled past, fouls mouthed, really she had it all. Everything I love in a good heroine.
In fact, this whole book was everything I love in a really good urban fantasy and then some. I wasn't expecting it to be quite so gory but really, with a name like Spider's Bite and it being all about a woman assassin, I really should have known better.
I loved Gin, Fletcher and Finn right from the very beginning and found myself instantly caring about them and being invested in their future. I couldn't help but feel their pain, their struggles and their need for revenge.
And seriously, this book had one of the best opening lines ever, talk about an attention grabber!
If you want an action packed kick butt, nonstop adventure with some paranormal elements thrown in, some steamy love interests, awesome friendships and bonds and danger lurking around ever bend, this is a UF series you do not want to miss out on.
Estep showed me what a great writer she is in her YA series but I had no idea just how much that talent extended until starting this one. I can not wait to dive right back into Gin's world and devour every last page.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*