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!
I like this story. It can potentially work its way up to one oft favorite series. Likes the narrator as well. She fit the story quite well
Very strong female point of view. I had an issue with the 4 "main" Elements being fire,air,stone and ice. water was a "lesser". This felt wrong to me every time I heard it. A fair amount of blood gore and sex "fantasies". The actress has a slight southern twang which helps add to the narration. I didn't care for the fight scenes, but most of the story seemed to be centered in Gin‘s emotions and thoughts than in anything else. All in all, it wasn't a bad story, just not my cup of tea.