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February 15, 2014

Pack Review: Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Series: Elemental Assassin 5
Format: Mobi
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Gift from Amber I. AwesomeSauce Book Club
Recommended By: Amber I.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | Barnes & NobleKobo

Old habits die hard. 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 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 she 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 Stone and Ice magic — and my irre­sistible lover Owen Grayson — to watch my back. This bat­tle has been years in the mak­ing, and there’s a 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.

It's finally here! 

After being taunted for four books, Gin and Mab finally face off in SPIDER'S REVENGE. I know I always say it with every Elemental Assassin book but this is my favorite so far. Jennifer Estep was relentless with the action, it was one thing after the other it's quite impossible to put this down! So take it from me, don't make the mistake of reading this late at night not unless you're an insomiac or don't have plans the following day. Gin Blanco won't let go til you've read the last word.

And as always, it's a pleasure to break each Elemental Assassin novel down with my buddy, Lee of She-Wolf Reads. We also have a giveaway to complement our review courtesy of the gracious Jennifer Estep. So read up and we hope you enjoy our little chat below!




What did you think of the fight scenes ESP between Gin & Mab?

LEE: I thought they were brilliant and tense. I think what Estep has done really well in the series is to make Gin powerful but not invincible and so every time she goes up against someone strong, you, as a reader, are always wondering if she'll make it. The scenes in SPIDER'S REVENGE were no different. That final one was just fantastic. It actually felt like an old western full of quips, vengeance, fury, drama, and cool calculation. 

BRAINE: I also loved the half-way scene where Mab finally found out who the Spider is and they tore up that place, leather costumes and all. But yeah, the last face off was one of the great duels I've ever read but Gin really went nuclear on Mab there, I'm surprised she made it! And I agree with what you said, Gin's magic is raw and untrained like you, I often wonder if she can wield it enough to save her butt. She's always caught in these hair raising close calls I think her survival to this point lie on her sharp instincts.


Now that her arch enemy is dead, do you think that will break the momentum of the series?

LEE: I'm worried about that. It looks like the next one will have Gin doing more pro bono type stuff which is fine but I loved the overall series arc with Mab. I felt like we were working towards something and I will miss that sense of focus. I'm hoping another arc emerges that's just as compelling and that will keep the momentum going. You?

BRAINE: I feel you. I don't think Jonah MacAllister is strong enough to take Mab's place as Gin's next nemesis and there's nobody really that poses a threat. All I can think of now as far as the series plot is concerned, is JEstep will continue to play with Gin's personal relationships. Which is OK but I'm an adrenalin junkie and I need something more substantial than that.


What song would you pick for SPIDER'S REVENGE 

LEE: That's a good question. And a hard one! For me, the most pivotal scene in the book is towards the end, the showdown between Gin and Mab. This is the scene that I thought about when choosing a song. I wanted something quiet and building, something that at first underscores the emotion and then helps drive it. So, I chose "Auto Rock" by Mogwai which is in the Miami Vice soundtrack. I think this music is so perfect for that scene that it gives me chills.


BRAINE: Thanks for that, I haven't heard that song before... I like it. My choice is angrier. It's Linkin Park's Papercut. Gin never fails to pump my adrenalin, every time I read her books, I get excited and angsty. LOL (Yes people, I have anger issues)



Because it was just VDay, how do you feel about the romantic relationships here?

LEE: I love the romantic relationships here. Gin and Owen really cover new ground in their relationship in SPIDER'S REVENGE. They breakdown some barriers and open themselves to each other like never before. Finn and Bria cracked me up. They acted like teenagers and needed their butts beat for stupid decisions. And Xavier and Roslyn are just too sweet. All of these couples have experienced incredible pain and in their partners have discovered relief and comfort. It's beautiful. I also love that all of these people are now Gin's family. She'd risk anything for them and them for her. It's an undiscovered country for Gin and I'm looking forward to what seeing what she finds there.

BRAINE: Finn and Bria, those two act like NA MC's! I have to do a double take just to make sure that I read it right and they did bump uglies in the midst of a crisis. They're my favorite now just because there's so much tension between them and Finn's used to be a ladie's man and Bria can bring him to his knees with just one look. Xavier and Roslyn, like you said, are a sweet couple and I'm touched with how loyal they are to Gin. Gin and Owen, I love them because they mirror and understand each other completely. I love their chemistry and I want to see them fight as a team more. But I cheated and read the blurbs for the next books, looks like they're headed to a rocky path and I hope they make it!


Check my inter-review with Lee at She-Wolf Reads







23 comments:

  1. Another series I gave up on, sad

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    1. But why?! It's so good, even if I'm on a slump I have no problems reading the novels.

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  2. So, so happy you are loving this series so much. I feel like so few bloggers actually read this series. This is one of the best books of the series. To finally get that showdown. It felt like forever waiting for it.

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    1. Yeah, I can tell this series has a cult following... Yes the showdown! Dang! I'm so curious to know what's next after this arc. It's pretty hard to top.

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  3. I'm so so so behind! it's terrible, I don't even remember book 1 and I have book 2 and 3 but I really need to go back to them *sigh*

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    1. I'm surprised you still haven't resumed reading the books knowing how big of an UF/PNR reader you are. Well you should read it soon!

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  4. Braine, great song choice! Love this series and this one really was the best. End of an era for Gin and company. Looking forward to the next!

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    1. It's funny how opposite our song choices are. It's quite telling of us, if we're assassins, I think you'll be the calm and collected one while I will be the raging bull LOL

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  5. Gah this sounds amazing and I so love that each book becomes your favorite. I actually have book one..I should just take the plunge and read it ..cause this series sounds awesome!

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    1. LOL I know every book is like my favorite

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  6. Still need to read book one of this series >.<

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    1. You'll kick yourself because you waited so long to jump into the series.

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  7. I love the "all Suped up" rating! I have the first couple of books in the series, and should really bump it up my to-read list. Great joint review, ladies!

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  8. ah! I haven't read this series yet and I been so missing out cause oh my gosh does her writing sound brilliant in this series! I love the sound of the plot and yes please on the action! I really need to pick up the first book on amazon soon.

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    1. I know what you mean, I'm so grateful a friend gifted me the first half of the series otherwise it would've taken me forever before I got to it!

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  9. I have got to start this series. I love this post. I think I may have the first book, I just need to find time to read it.

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    1. I hope you get around to reading it soon!

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  10. I can't believe I haven't started this series yet, Braine. I own the first few because I was so intrigued with the premise, but I haven't made the time. Time's a real bitch, you know?!? LOL I'm so happy you love this series and that this was a brilliant installment. I love the chat review, too. It's so fun! Oh, and I haven't heard Linkin Park in forever. Love them, so thanks for that! ;)

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    1. That's the beauty of UF, almost everything is exciting! Thanks, I'm happy you enjoyed my chitchat with Lee! I love reading along with her. Linkin Park... yes the song and even the video felt appropriate to me. Thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. I'm not an audio listener but I'll take your word for it :)

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    2. Even after I've read the eArcs I'll still buy the audios and listen to them.

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