Saturday, January 11, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of The Spider

Jennifer Estep is a USA Today bestselling author and the proud creator of the ELEMENTAL ASSASIN Urban Fantasy series as well as the MYTHOS ACADEMY YA Urban Fantasy series.

Jennifer is a Southern girl. She’s sassy, sarcastic, and yeah…just a tad bit crazy. ;-) She spent her childhood doing normal kid stuff—playing, hanging out with her friends, and making up wild stories in her head.

She quickly fell in love with reading and books and devoured fairy tales, fantasies, adventure stories, mysteries, romances, westerns and just about anything else she could get her hands on while her mom encouraged her obsession by taking her to the library every week.
The more she read, the more she thought about writing her own stories. She wrote a few poems and short stories over the years, mainly for class assignments, and somewhere along the way, she realized that she wanted to write for a living.

She majored in English because of her love of books, but seriously wondered what she could really do with an English degree. She worked with the college newspaper and discovered she could write stories and make a decent living. Since she realized that, she has earned a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism, and a master’s degree in professional communications. Currently, she’s a full-time author.

Jennifer’s ELEMENTAL ASSASIN series focuses on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed “the Spider” who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

In addition to the ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN and MYTHOS ACADEMY series, Jennifer is also the author of the BIGTIME PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES. The BIGTIME books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience. She’s a member of RWA, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and other writing groups.

Her books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living and a variety of other publications.

You can find her at her Website, or follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.

The Spider, book #10 of the ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN Series
   by Jennifer Estep

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The tenth book in the bestselling and “outstanding” (Romantic Times) Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series finally reveals for the first time the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadliest of assassins.

For the first time, the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadly assassin “the Spider” are revealed in full. In a story that pre-dates the other nine books in the series, Gin Blanco goes through her paces to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:

This series is Urban Fantastic at it's very best! A world not unlike our own is explored, but the addition of magic and supernatural creatures adds to the fun. This is a series well worth reading from the beginning, but this - the 10th book - is a prequel of sorts, so in many ways, a good place for new readers to start.

Although the story begins in the present, the author has cleverly allowed the lead character Gin to take a trip down memory lane and what an intriguing journey it is. Gin is an assassin who is known as The Spider. She is very unusual, as she can control not one element, but two - Stone and Ice. Trained by the notorious Tin Man, she has learned to be careful about the hits that she takes on, but she wasn't always as honed in her abilities and in this book we get to peek at her past exploits and realize jus how far Gin's journey has taken her.

The Tin Man had given Gin an assignment, but something just didn't quite make sense. If the information they'd been given was correct, why did it seem as if something or someone was off? The younger Gin is more trusting and possibly a lot more naive, but her deadly skills are never in doubt. Gin's target seems to be a straight forard one, but she makes a costly mistake, and it's one that she could live to regret. Heartbreak and death can sometimes be linked!

Love this tough heroine that Ms. Estep writes about, but in this book we get to see a different side of her, which just opened her up even more.

Loving that some of the regular characters in the series popped up as it added to the fun, and it's really nice to get inside Gin's head and see through her complicated layers.

The ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series is never afraid to tackle revenge, and Gin never shies away from it either.

If you are looking for a heroine whom is never afraid to be brutal, then you will lap up these books! A world of magic that is seldom black or white, and full of action and danger. There's humor in these books as well, but most of all, the author always gives her readers a fabulous story. Go get yours!!

The Spider

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