Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep

Posted March 26, 2012 by Kate in loved it, Review / 2 Comments

Synopsis: 
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.
Review: 
I seriously enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I was looking for a series that had to do with elemental magic, so I picked up this book after noticing a lot of my friends had either read this book or were in the process of reading the book. Which is pretty surprising since the series is up to book 6 with a book 7 release this year. 
The elements the author chose for this book were pretty interesting, and not the standard I was used to. She used Stone, Ice, Air, and Fire. What was interesting me was the way that she used the elements. Sure fire was pretty much what you would expect it to be, you could even say Ice was what you could guess. But the depth of the Air users and the things they could do with something some simple as Air was really interesting and intriguing. I also like the different jobs that people who were elementals had, take Air for instance, you could be a healer or work in the beauty profession, or you could do some seriously messed up stuff to other people with the same element. 
I also really enjoyed Gin. She is seriously my kind of girl. She tells it like it is, and the banter between her and Finn is seriously my kind of banter. The two of them “bicker” in the friendliest of ways, without holding anything back. And sometimes I would think I can’t believe they just said that to each other, and then I realize I talk like that with some of my friends; either way the chemistry (friend wise) between them was awesome and so easy to read. 
I thought over all the pace of the book was really good. I think the opening was great to. It had a great unique opening, that made you shake your head and think “if this is what happened in the first couple of pages I can only imagine what is going to come next”. The action is also really well written. It is easy to follow while still being intriguing and leaving the reader want to know what is going to happen next. 
I also really liked the whole Donovan and Gin thing, and the fact they really are the opposite of each other in every way, but yet they have this pull to each other. I really want to see how the two of them play out in the coming books. 
Overall, I loved the book. I thought the action was great. I so want to know what is going to happen next (in fact I already ordered the next two books). So chances are you are going to see lots more of Gin being reviewed on the site in the coming weeks. I think anyone who likes urban fantasy is going to enjoy this book, it is seriously a great ride all the way through. 

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