Though this isn't my favorite book in the series, it was nice to come across a change. Sometimes when there are a multitude of books in a series, they can all start to run together and follow the same patterns. This book had a completely different approach to the plot and foes. I thought I might get bored with the whole story happening at one event in the course of an evening, but it managed to keep my attention and interest. I'm glad the "bad guy" wasn't just another elemental trying to move in and take over the city or get revenge on Gin. I'm also glad there was a little bit of a break in the plot between Gin and her sister. I agree with the other reviewers in that I dislike Owen greatly and hope she moves on in books to come.
Reading is my favorite past time.
I so loved this series. I have read all the Elemental Assassin books and this is one of my favorites. I'm so glad that the ending was a complete surprise. I listened to the book all night and got no sleep. I just hope that Gin and Owen will make it work. I love that she is not still hung up on that dumb police officer from a few books ago. I disliked his character so much I don't even want to give him a name.
Loved it and the narration was just great.
I really love this series and can't wait for them to come out. ****SPOILERALERT***** I was really disappointed about the "Spider's/Gin's' love life!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and this book has continued this tradition. The Spider continues to be the consummate playing field leveler as she continues to negate the criminal influences in her town. This time It's lots of them and they are all giants who have caught the who's who at a party and they're all being robbed. They think they have killed the Spider - shame they didn't do a better job of confirming it. Faced with daunting odds after having avoided being killed - the question is can she win?
The narration is excellent and Lauren does a great job of bringing the characters to life.
I have listened to every book in this series atleast 2-3 times!
Gin. She is a bad-ass!
I love everything about this book from the slow southern draw, Fin, elements, Gin right down to the Ashland crime bosses!
Sure but, I would tell them that I felt the book was lacking alittle.. But I love Gin and her family...
She always brings the story to life... If they change the reader I would not listen to another book in this series.
It was lacking in moments for me.
I have seen where others have left the names of authors they enjoy and I have found this helpful. So here are some of my favorites...Charlaine Harris, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Stacia Kane, Kelly Meding, Tanya Huff, Patricia Briggs, Carrie Vaughn, Cat Adams, Kelly Armstrong, Laurel Hamiton and Kim Harrison.
The series has kind of fallen into a somewhat predictable pattern. However, this book kinds of changes things up. Rather than discovering a big, bad guy and slowly plotting to take them down, this time Gin and her gang are caught in the middle of an art heist. This set up changes how the story unfolds and Gin's tactics had to change. It was a good change of pace.
I have long been a fan of Finn. He is so charming and his antics make him seem like he doesn't take things seriously, be underneath his is about as tough as Gin.
I have only listened to her narration of the Elemental Assassin books. I think her narration suits the series very well.
Let sleeping spiders lie.
FIRST IMPRESSION:: Chapter One was cute. Nice introduction back into the world of Gin and Finn. I love their banter, and Finn in general. He takes being self-conceit to a whole new level, but still remains loveable and charming.
THE STORY:: This story, for me, fell flat because of how linear it was. Very "straight forward and to the point" plot-wise. I was a bit bored the whole time thinking 'this that's it. Really?' The entire book is one event long: Gin attends event, said event is robbed, chaos ensues. Throw in a somewhat resolution to the "will they, won't they" question about Gin and Owen's relationship and a flashback montage into how Gin came to be the spider and ... The End. Yes, that sentence was as abrupt as my reaction was to getting to the end of this book.
The only thing I can hope is that maybe this is the true end of the original story arc. With Mab Monroe's death and Owen and Gin's relationship on the rocks, for the last few books there was a lot of loose ends dangling about. But when I came to the end of this one, I felt some things had been wrapped up.
FINAL THOUGHTS:: This series has made a distinct impression on me. I'm not the type to scream in outrage, but the men in Gin's life often let her down in horrible ways. Especially Donovan Caine. Uggggh. Just thinking about him makes me shiver in disgust. His feelings toward Gin were so spectacularly judgmental and cruel. He made her out to be this twisted, evil temptress who lured him into a trap and played her up to be this horrible creature who had him in her snares He just couldn't help being attracted even though he despised her. Never had I wanted to jump through the pages and wring someones neck so much-- he was a colossal jackass through and through.
All that said, I was dumbstruck when it appeared as if Owen was heading in the same direction over his feeling toward Gin because of Selena's death. Especially since he seemed so far from the colossal jerk Donovan Caine. But, he's just heartbroken and traumatized. i get that and I can live with it.
Without revealing too much, the "new guilt" that Gin gains in this book got really repetitive. I didn't really get where she was coming from either.
RECOMMENDED FOR:: Urban Fantasy lovers who like heroes they can root for and appreciate their fantasy grounded in some good foundation when it comes to realism. Part of what makes this series so great is that there's just as much action and magic as there is character development and story. Estep has created this interesting world and continually gives us little nibbles of detail with each book. It's a great balance, getting learn more about Gin's past and her present concurrently.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE AUDIOBOOK:: I love Lauren's narration of these characters and this story. Eight books in, she of course has a good handle on them, but I appreciate it nonetheless. I'm like a kid, loving when narrators do distinct voices for central characters and I think Finn's is especially spot on. Another great interpretation; I'm definitely audiobook loyal to this series.
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
Gin and buddies are back, but without Mab Monroe, Ashland is having trouble landing on a new crime lord. This is not one of Estep's best installments in this series. It is predictable and lacks a true villain which gives the book a bit of a sad feeling. BUT I love this series enough that I still enjoyed this installment.
I've lost interest in this series....and the narrators voice for Brea sets my nerves on edge. If I never hear the phrase "my baby sister" again it will be too soon.