The setting, elemental powers and characterisation of the protagonist is well thought out. There are enough aspects of the known world integrated with the world in which this story takes place. Descriptions are vivid and the protagonist is a complex one that draws the listener in.
The protagonist's kickass, amoral personality backed up with a personal honour code and very realistic inner conflict between emotions and intellect.
As she narrates the whole series, yes. Unfortunately the narration becomes boring as the tone rarely fluctuates enough. The depth of the main character and conflict she experiences lacks nuance in the narration.
Poison in the veins are often realised too late...
I really love the series and I'm definitely going to complete it.
I love her honesty. She is not a tongue bitter. She is the woman many would like to be but can't. She's sexy, smart, tough, emotional, and just COLD BLOODED! Be her friend and you'll be set for life. Hate to be her enemy.
The story was raw and full of emotion. Even though it has a supernatural feel to it is believable. You can relate to the story and have to keep going. I love the beginning of the book when she finds Fletcher and saves Fin. She was cunning and resourceful till the end. Also Candy her whorish alter ego is born. Love it!
Lauren Fortgang brought Gin Blanco to life. In a way she is Gin Blanco! I can't put her voice on anyone else because Fortgang makes it real. True southern swagger! She talks the correct emotion into the story. In telling the story she is always in the correct mood. I have heard some books that when it is action they are dry, humor dry, romance dry. Fortgang tells the story and puts you in the world of Ashland. I'm not just listening I'm there along for the ride.
I did cry because I could feel Gins loss. What was once probably a good life with her mother and sisters to living on the streets alone eating trash to being the hard core Amazon she became. Cold on the outside but full of love and emotion on the inside. She has true desires and real hobbies and dreams. I find myself cooking when I listen to the book. And yes the cumin does add that kick to the sauce. So thank you for that tip. Truly amazing!
I heard of Jennifer Estep a couple years ago. I had seen the display at a Barnes and nobles. I read the jacket to one of her books and was interested in checking it out. It took another year to get into just getting the books. Another to read the first one. The first line got me hooked. I listen to the series at least 3 time a month. That's about 5 days of non stop Blanco! I love it. Can't wait to get book ten and eleven. My mouth is watering for it.
I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.
There a lot of things I liked about this book. I love the opening line, "My name is Gin, and I kill people." That's got to be the best opening line to a series ever.
It is a different story than I have been reading, it nice to have a book that is not about vampires and shifters, as much as I love them. Yes there are vampires in this book, but they play an extremely small part to the story. There are things that drove crazy, there a few things that are repeated a little too frequently. But over all, a great story. I can't wait to get the next one.
I have only had the audio version and can't imagine the print would be better.
Gin's strength and determination. Who would have thought you could love and assassign
Lauren is my new favorite narrator!! She brings out the emotion in the story and love the voices of the other charators!!
At some points things get a little repitive. Also sometimes that is a little too much unnecessary background information, however the story line is great and Lauren Fortgang does an excellent job with the narration. I will definitely listen to this series.
Gin, I like her take charge and get it done nature.
When Fletcher was killed, very sad to hear Gin recount what she believes happened.
Maybe if I was catching up for a new book coming out.
She did a good job. I probably wouldn't have enjoyed the book if I had read it.
Not particularly but I definitely wanted to finish it.
I think the book would have been a lot more enjoyable if the author toned down the foul language. She uses profanity quite frequently and in some cases its just not necessary. I still purchased the second book but I really hope the profanity decreases rather then increases.
Top 5 out of 200
I loved what Ms Fortgang brought to the characters. Because of her sweet, slow, soft intonation, the Spider, a brutal assassin, never comes across as ''the bad guy''.
Even before hearing her back story she is the one tugging our heart strings. Each character is easily recognizable which is always a determining factor in my enjoyment. I recently listened to a book in which this wasn't so and I found just how important it is, I was in a constant state of confusion because I didn't know who was saying what. It will never be a problem with Fortgang as a narrator
I recommend this audio book to anyone interested in urban fantasy, in fact I suggest it be the next book you listen to.
Narration is good, Story line is great. I like Series that expand over several books, so this is a favorite of mine. Suspense and mystery, funny and entertaining. Very much a "girl-power" feel. If you like Badass chicks that kick ass, then you'll love it. Its a fun series.
Lip gloss wearing, coffee and tea drinking, book lover and blogger with a love for alpha males and feisty heroines!
Damn this chick is bad ass! She’s all kinds of dangerous with sass, don’t mess with Gin she’ll stab you, literally.
Lauren Fortgang’s narration is exceptional. She immediately pulls you into the story and makes each character, male and female, shine with her interpretation and knack for southern accents! I can honestly say I think I’ve been spoiled by the awesome team of Lauren Fortgang and Jennifer Estep. I never thought I’d enjoy listening to a book this much!
Spider’s Bite introduces us to a paranormal world of elementals, vampires, dwarfs and magic. Born an elemental (beings who have the ability to manipulate the elements of air, fire, stone or ice), Gin Blanco spends her days as a part-time cook at the Pork Pit and moonlights as the infamous assassin known as the Spider. When her latest assignment ends in betrayal and the death of her mentor and handler Fletcher, Gin vows to seek revenge by finding the elemental responsible, at any cost. To get to the bottom of things Gin enlists the help of Fletcher’s son Finn, but soon finds an unlikely ally in the form of Detective Donovan Caine. Although her attraction to the handsome and brooding detective is undeniable, Gin knows getting involved with the sexy cop could have disastrous consequences for the both of them but she’s not one to play by the rules, especially when it comes to Caine.
Gin instantly became one of my top five urban fantasy heroines while reading SPIDER'S BITE. She’s smart, sassy and totally bad ass. I love her determination and non apologetic attitude, what you see is what you get with this feisty heroine and I wouldn’t want it any other way! Gin make come off as a heartless mercenary, but when it comes to family there’s nothing she wouldn’t do to protect her own. She’s far from your perfect heroine I’d definitely put her in the tortured heroine category but there are many facets to her character I can’t wait to see.
SPIDER'S BITE is filled with some fabulous supporting characters. Finnegan Lane, Gin’s “adoptive brother” is a smart mouth and super sexy ladies man with plenty of charm and connections, I love the familiar banter between them. Gin’s friends and clean up crew, dwarven sisters Jojo and Sophia Devereaux add a touch of humor to the story.
And last but not least we have Gin’s love interest, Dectective Donovan Caine. I loved the mystery surrounding Donovan when we first meet him. He’s a little dark, tortured and brooding but I knew if anyone could break him it would be Gin. There is some scorching sexual tension between Gin and the detective that gets stronger as the story develops. I applaud Ms. Estep for turning the tables when it comes to gender roles in this story…Gin is the “bad girl” and Donovan is the good cop which is unconventional and works perfectly. When these two finally get together sparks fly and you see a softer side to their personalities. I see a long and difficult road ahead for these two, but I do have high hopes.
I’ve stepped into Gin Blanco’s fascinating supernatural world and there’s no going back. With stellar characters and a fast paced, action packed plot SPIDER'S BITE is sure to be a fan favorite among UF readers. I can go on ranting and raving about how much I enjoyed this book but I’ll let you decide for yourself. I’ve found a new feisty heroine I can’t wait to read more about…thank you Ms. Estep!
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
A strong main character is important to me. I want someone who doesn't whine to much, has a great sense of humor, and a real kick ass attitude. Gin fits that to the nth degree. I love her southern charm, her matter of fact attitude, her intuition and passion.
I will DEFINITELY continue this series.