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October 1, 2014

Pack Review w/ She-Wolf Reads: The Spider by Jennifer Estep

Series: Elemental Assassin 10
Format: Mass Paperback
Release Date: December 24, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Excerpt
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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.


And my Elemental Assassin buddy review with Lee of She-Wolf Reads continues with THE SPIDER. Although I found the overall plot, conflict and resolution a tad predictable, I did enjoy this origins story, as Lee puts it. It's nice to rewind a bit, look back, and figure out Gin's first turning point. I didn't realize that I miss some of the old characters from Fletcher Lane to the villains that Gin already took down. I'm hoping that going back to basics will kick-start this series again, fingers crossed Monroe v2.0 will be as epic as the first one.




BRAINE: Before anything else, I want to say how special I feel right now. I know your schedule is hectic and yet here you are, making time to chat about, THE SPIDER with me. So big thanks, Lee! Muah!

LEE: No, thank you for being so patient with me! I’ve had to take a break from blogging since I moved and it’s been nice to have these reviews with you to remind me I need to hurry up and get back to it!

BRAINE: You moved? Okay I’ll ask you about that offline and you’re welcome, you’ve been missed. On to business… did you like this little throwback?

LEE: Overall, yes, I did like it. And I think you know that I was not looking forward to reading THE SPIDER. I had no interest in an origins story so I went into this with a certain amount of “let’s move onto the next one!” but I was wrong. It’s a good story; actually, a story pivotal to fully understanding how Gin became the Gin we know - cold, untrusting, haunted, and lonely.

BRAINE: That’s true and after reading the blurbs for the next two books I’m speculating that maybe JEstep wrote this to open the new Monroe arc. That said, I think THE SPIDER is genius, I don’t know where JEstep is getting her ideas from, it’s just amazing! I have to say I miss “the gang” meaning Gin’s victims including Fletcher Lane.

LEE: Yes, it was nice to see Fletcher in the “father” mode. He cared for Gin and his training was old school and aimed at keeping her alive. It was nice to see those moments with Fletcher but also with Finn! The brother-sister bonding was in full swing and very sweet.

BRAINE: Yup although I feel awkward every time Gin and Owen mention their little fling... THE SPIDER made me sad a little bit because I always took Fletcher for granted. After reading this I wish he didn’t die too early in the series.

LEE: Yes, in a way his character left before his time but it was his death that really put a lot of things in motion for Gin. There were a lot of “winks” in the story to characters we’ve come to love like how Roslyn and Finn met, Bria, and even Owen. I thought they were fun but it also made me want to go back and skim past books to see if the connections were true to what we’ve learned so far. What did you think of these connections?

BRAINE: Some parts felt orchestrated like her run in with young Owen but at the same time I guess it’s expected because they’re moving in the same circle and Fletcher made sure that Gin wasn’t too far from Mab.



To be continued at She-Wolf Reads...





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27 comments:

  1. This is such a fun collaboration, isn't it? I've always wanted to chat with another blogger regarding a book we both could like (or not like). It's also nice to see a difference in opinion.

    Wow. 10 books already into this series?! As much as I'd enjoyed Jennifer's YA work, I don't think I'll be able to find the time catch up. I'm glad you both relatively enjoyed this one. It's good to know the beginnings sometimes, and sometimes who cares, right? :)

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    1. I thought I won't be able to catch up too but doing it with someone is a great motivator.

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  2. I read the first book awhile back and really liked it. I really need to continue with the series.

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    1. It has it's highs and lows. It's a great build up til book 5

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  3. I don't read this series so this review completely confused me lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. LOL that's okay, thanks for taking the time to check this out

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  4. I am glad the series does not suck by now ;)

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  5. One day I'll get this author's book started. One day.

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    1. Popular phrase we bloggers use... one day...

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  6. And another series I haven't touched, but want to read. You gals summed up the origins story nicely.

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    1. Thanks, Sophia! This series is relatively easy to go through. It might be a lot but once you get started it's just *snap snap* because of the pacing.

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  7. I really enjoyed how you did this. My sister and I do something similar and it's always fun to see how different we took the books. I've just finished Spiders Bite and am looking forward to more!

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    1. I love how it motivates me to get my ass moving and keep reading LOL

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  8. Love this review format. And yet another series I need to start! So glad you enjoyed!

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  9. I liked the Spider, but wasn't crazy about it. Couple of days ago I finished Back Widow and it was really good, it may be one of my favorite in the series.

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    1. Oooh something to look forward to. Thanks for the head's up!

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  10. Great review! I'm so so so late in this series, I've only read book 1 but I have book 2 and 3, I just need to get into them one day. I really should!

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  11. Yeah, I am also weary of origin stories, but this one was good.

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    1. Origin stories can be tricky when done late in the game. Coz you know how it unfolded so the challenge is justifying the end with the means

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  12. Yay, this sounds like it was worth the read and the pack review style is neat

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    1. I love doing review chats, it cuts the work in half

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  13. Yay! This one is the next one I read in this series (I think?) :)

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  14. Ooh, this kind of review is so much fun! I'm glad this proved to be an important part to the series. Now I gotta go check out the rest of the chat review. :)

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  15. Thanks for doing another review with me, Braine! Can't believe we are almost caught up!

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