Sistah reads alot....
In my understanding of assassins, you don't spend your time looking at someone's butt when you're about to murder someone. The character was annoying and smug - but lacked any reason to be so.
It should have been so much better. It was one big cliche and it was actually painful to listen too. I'd "read" the book previously and enjoyed it. However, I thought listening would fill in gaps for me as I tend to be a "skimmer". I rarely read word for word because more stories are not that engrossing to me. After listening to ask much of this book as I could stomach, my status as a "skimmer" is now FULLY realized and accepted.
slow, overdone, tiresome
At most, this would should have been a 3 hour book. Much of the content could have been left out. There was too much repetition and bemoaning on the part of the main character. If you're going to kill people for a living - do it.
I would like the 3 hours of my life I spent trying to listening to this book back.
I am a book addict! I get a rush beyond belief when I get to absorb myself into a new world. The creativity is boundless.
I wasn't dissatisfied with the book but I didn't rush to listen to it either. I wasn't over excited about it or the narration in general. But I did enjoy it enough and like the turn of the storyline enough to listen to the next book. And I want to see if anything actually happens with the good ol' detective. I do think it was worth my credit, but it's on the back burner while I wait for books in other series.
Wow this book just set the bar high it gives “first in a series” a whole new level to live up to. I loved it! The world building was flawless. The characters were memorable and either likable or very unlikable. Jennifer Estep hit the nail on the head. I don’t usually fall in love with a series before I even finish the first book but this was in opinion a great read. I can’t wait to start the second book. I just hope it continues to get better and better.
The story was OK and for some, ladies I am looking at you here, this mix of romance novel, light urban fantasy, and mystery is totally their bag. However, I couldn't stand the constant whistling sound the narrator makes on every other "S" sound and soft "C". This title may become the first in my library to have the dubious honor of not being finished.
Plenty of tropes throughout but still enjoyable. I felt it had more sexual content to appeal to a female audience yet not so much to make this a romance novel. I will probably read the next one just to see where it goes from here.
Did not like narrator..her slow drawl for southern men was terrible. Made me cringe everytime.
Book repeated itself alot. Between the writer and narrator I could not enjoy this book.
When I saw "Elemental Assassins" I thought I knew what to expect. Unfortunately, this is more of a paranormal sex obsession with a story line secondary to the internal dialogue about sex, who to have sex with, who she really wants to have sex with, who are the prostitutes and how did they get that way, what kind of sex obsessions do the male characters have, etc.....
Also, the "kitchen sink" setting of the story, with elementals, vampires, giants, dwarfs, and various other monsters living and cross-breeding in a Southern town with no background was not a hallmark of a professional in the genre.
A few other points about this story;
The four elements are Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, not Stone, Air, Fire, and Ice. That cued me in to the fact that this was a sex story placed in a fantasy setting, not really a contemporary fantasy novel.
The use of an interest in cooking was a very good way to humanize the protagonist, If the use of the elemental power had been better developed with rules more clearly aligned to the properly named four elements and the ratio of cooking to sex obsession had been reversed, it would have been a much better book.
If you want to see the world of elemental magic handled by a master (mistress), read the Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey. I'll give the rest of this series a pass.
Its hard to find a book where you cheer on the bad guy, especially if she is also the heroine. Gin Blanco and her thirst for revenge was beautifully written and directed by the story. It definitely met expectations and I recommend it to anyone. It's thrilling, sexy, action filled, and emotionally captivating. Gin and Spider's Bite, the elemental assasin series overall, is one to die for.
The title led me to believe that magic would be a big part of this story, and while it is a major point it is not front and center to the story. The characters, who they are, their stories, those are first. And they are very well developed and thought out.
First person narrative works well here, you get inside the character and really feel like you're seeing the world through her eyes. Lauren does an excellent job giving Gin a voice. But like most female narrators, she falls short with voicing men. But unlike others I've listened to, it doesn't distract me from the story.
I listened to this book on my daily commute to and from work. It certainly makes my 40 minute drive go that much faster and leaves me wanting for more time in the car!