Friday 15 July 2011

SPIDER'S BITE by Jennifer Estep

My name is Gin, and I kill people.

They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South — when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way — good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

This is the first book in the Elemental Assassin series. And OMG, it totally rocked my world! This is one seriously awesome book. 

The story starts with an amazing scene inside an asylum, and everything takes off from there. It hooked me in right away.

Gin Blanco is a cold-hearted assassin, known as the Spider. Well, everyone thinks she's cold-hearted because she has quite the reputation of being a killer, and is feared by many of the lowlives in Ashland. Which works out great for her, because she's great at what she does. Yet, she's not the cold woman most assume she is. She just knows how to show the world what she has to, and how to keep emotions hidden, because of what happened to her in the past.

Oh, and she's also a Stone elemental, with a little ice magic thrown in the mix.

I enjoyed every single moment of this fast-paced, and dangerous story. The twists and turns were fantastic. This world of elementals, corruption, and backstabbing is dangerous and dark, just like the location. Ashland is filled with danger and dangerous people who have access to some serious magic. The cast of characters was also intriguing, and I can't wait to read more about them! No wonder I've already ordered the second book in the series. ;)

But what I really loved the most about this book was Gin--her heartbreaking past, her loyalty to the man who got her off the streets, and her determination to right wrongs.

I also liked her relationship with her mentor, Fletcher. I liked her sibling-like relationship with Finn. And I absolutely loved her sizzling interactions with the detective, Donovan Caine. Yikes! Who would've thought so many sparks could fly between them, huh? I can't wait to see how their relationship develops throughout the series.

Man, judging by the introduction to this world--this is going to be one kick-ass, and very addictive series! I can't wait to see what happens next...           

H&UFRC books read: 32/24

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