Friday, November 16, 2012

Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Title: Spider's Revenge
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Elemental Assassin #5

Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Pocket Books 
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Source: Won through a contest/giveaway 


Old habits die hard for assassins.

And I plan on murdering someone before the night is through.
Killing used to be my regular gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, assassin-for-hire. And I was very, very good at it. Now, I’m ready to make the one hit that truly matters: Mab Monroe, the dangerous Fire elemental who murdered my family when I was thirteen. Oh, I don’t think the mission will be easy, but turns out it’s a bit more problematic than expected. The bitch knows I’m coming for her. So now I’m up against the army of lethal bounty hunters Mab hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister’s head. Keeping Bria safe is my first priority. Taking Mab out is a close second. Good thing I’ve got my powerful Ice and Stone magic—and my irresistible lover, Owen Grayson—to watch my back. This battle has been years in the making, and there’s a good chance I won’t survive. But if I’m going down, then Mab’s coming with me . . . no matter what I have to do to make that happen.


Spider’s Revenge is the fifth book in the Elemental Assassin series, and what readers been waiting for since book one…the showdown between Gin and Mab. The action starts immediately in chapter one, where we have Gin trudging up Mab’s roof going for the kill shot.  To Gin dismay right when she was about to take an aim at Mab, she misses! She narrowly escapes with her life, but Gin chances at Mab has just gotten harder when she finds out bounty hunters from all over has come to retrieve an award on her.  Anyone able to catch the Spider dead gets $5 Million, alive $10 Million.  Gin not only has to make sure that doesn’t happen but also to make sure her friends and family don’t get caught in the crosshairs. 

I’ve been a big fan of this series since I read the first book a couple of years ago, and like most readers was excited to finally see Gin take down the most feared woman of Ashland. I was expecting a crazy battle that will blow me away but was kind of let down. It was a good fight scene, and we got to see more of what Gin’s ice power can do (the apparently weaker of the two elements she has) but it didn’t give me goose bumps or have me at the edge of my seat. While not the best of the series, it was good enough. I enjoyed seeing the usual Gin Gang (Owen, Finn, Bria, Xavier, Roslyn, and the Deveraux sisters, they’re all great secondary characters that shape the main heroine of the story and the world of Ashland. 

Overall a good read, but again there were a couple of flaws, one that bugged me the most was repetition. One of the flaw was Gin calling Bria ‘baby sister’, I don’t know…it just sounded weird and awkward to me. I don’t go around calling my siblings ‘hey big brother, or hey big sister lol.  Second flaw is Ms. Estep repeats a lot of the information over and over…it was either every chapter or every other chapter. I didn’t think it was necessary to tell readers that Gin is an assassin, that she’s the spider,  or that she kills people for a living every other page. This is the fifth book in the series, I think those reading it, get it. This was a similar issue I had with her young-adult series, and after the second book I gave up. I’ve devoted a lot of time and connection with Gin, the other characters and the world that I didn’t want to do the same to this series. I just hope in the future books there will be less repetition, otherwise I don’t think I would continue with this series. 

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