I'm not big on stories about assassins who just like to kill people. I'm OK with those where the killing is done for a greater purpose (e.g., protecting the innocent), but the murders in this book are done to people who, while bad, probably don't deserve death. The main character likes being the best assassin "east of the Mississippi" and doesn't want to retire because she's only 30 and has no other skill set. Despicable! In addition, the narrator is slow, flat and generally boring. I think I got through chapter 3 before deciding that it's just not worth spending any more time on it. Don't waste any of yours; there are better urban fantasies out there.
This was an interesting world, but Jennifer Estep doesn't trust her reader to remember even the most basic details, so she repeats them. Constantly. I have never read any book that has to refer to the color of the character's eyes each and every time they have an interaction. "Grey on gold", "my grey gaze" "hate flashed in his green eyes" etc. Please, find another device! Also -- there's no reason to mention character's entire names. if i'm on chapter 20, i think i remember the surnames of the 4 main characters.
No, not really - it's just that there are other authors who have done urban fantasy better. Jim Butcher comes to mind.
She tries but the material that she's given is the problem.
The story isn't written well.
I've been told by several friends that I will love the series. I couldn't even get through the book.
She was ok I guess.
Throw it out and start over.
I really pushed myself to finish - but the narrator made it really hard. She sounded monotone and her Southern drawl sucked. Glad I didn't pay a lot for it.
I love action and suspense embedded in a good fantasy or mystery. Sprinkles of romance okay, but no erotica please.
Strong woman, great friends, witty humor, and fast moving plot. She's the perfect assassin. Sit back and enjoy the fantasy! Narrator is perfect.
Book reviewer - PNR/UF Addict. Lover of make up and all things cute.
Gin Blanco, aka the Spider is an assassin that has elemental magic. Having control over stone and ice, Gin is not a woman I'd like to be up against. She earns her title as the Spider by killing her marks without them even knowing something is amiss. When someone double crosses her, instead of running, Gin investigates and vows revenge.
Gin is joined by her handler's son and a sexy police officer in her search for the Air elemental that is out to get her. Talk about awkward situations though, the sexy police officer, Donovan Caine is pissed because Gin killed his partner. Add in all the sexual tension between the two and it just got that much more interesting. Gin is a strong female lead character that does not give up. The plot was enjoyable and the narrator on the audiobook was spot on. I can't believe it took me this long to start this series, but I really enjoyed it and will be reading the second book soon. I highly suggest Spider's Bite if you enjoy Urban Fantasy.
Brought the characters to life. By far my favorite narrator yet.
I'm a Canadian book blogger who loves audiobooks. My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, especially anything paranormal.
absolutely delightfully fun
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.
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.
Booked & Loaded
Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep is the first book in her Elemental Assassin Series. This Urban Fantasy is nonstop literary entertainment! The first chapter had me completely captivated by Gin and her world. I am pretty sure my friends and family thought I was avoiding them, but I promise I was wrapped up in Spdier’s Bite!
Estep doesn’t hold back and sugar coat any aspect of Gin’s life. There was no glamorization of what an assassin’s life would be like and the grittiness of her world truly felt alive. With a world structure that felt fine tuned, unique, and creative Estep surpassed all of my expectations.
Gin was not the only great character in Spider’s Bite. Many of the secondary characters were equally unforgettable. From the first page to the last Spider’s Bite is a great first series book. The twist at the end had me automatically downloading the next book and I cannot wait to get started!
Only one or two little things kept me from giving this book a perfect rating, but ultimately they did not take away from the story.
Audiobook thoughts: Spider’s Bite is narrated by Lauren Fortgang. She nails the tone of the book and characters transforming the world with vivid clarity. I was dazzled by this narrator and the accents were beautifully executed. All in all Fortgang was flawless.
Original rating 4.5/5
Gin is a tough cookie. Not a wanna be hard @ss, but a truly tough character. But she has an inner core. Her character set things up nicely for a nicely told adventure.
Her southern accents were a bit forced. Maybe dial them down a bit.
This book did make me laugh, and I might has also had some extra moisture in my eyes at certain parts.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, I was immediately hooked from the first hit. It was well read by the narrated by Lauren Fortgang. I don't usually like the voices of many women but her voice seemed to be the right fit. Excellent read.