My name is Gin Blanco. They call me the Spider—the most feared assassin in the South (and a part-time cook at the Pork Pit BBQ joint.) As a Stone elemental, I can hear the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet and feel the vibrations of the soaring mountains above me, though I don’t use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.
I picked Spider’s Bite because I wanted to read a good Urban Fantasy. The assassin theme is another major reason that pushed me into it.
What the book description fails to mention is that Spider’s Bite has nothing to do with assassins. At least not my version of an assassin. Jennifer Estep just went on and on with how sexy and deadly Gin is, but never proved it. The deadly part of course. I don’t care about how hot anyone is in the book as long as I get a cool story. In our case, a cool assassin-related story.
Which I did not get.
Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t want it to be perfectly authentic, but I was expecting a bit more effort from Estep. The story and characters ended up being extremely generic.
Needless to say, I did not enjoy the book an I ended up skimming most of it. The introduction of Spider’s Bite was pretty good. The asylum scene made me think that the rest of the book will continue like that. Of course it never happened.
Gin’s powers are awesome, but she never uses them because of pride.
Pride. Now that’s a lame excuse. Using those powers would really improve the book if you ask me.
Gin’s love interest extremely boring. Insta-lust was a turnoff, and the romance was monotonous.
The detective reminded me of a Hispanic Dirty Harry, ready to plug anybody who got in his way.
They did have sex, but I skipped it because Gin’s way of coming on to the guy was just silly. Estep’s forcing a pair of balls on Gin. I guess this is supposed to be an assassin thing.
The story was incredibly generic. Estep’s writing style is mediocre. I won’t be continuing this series.
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