Spider’s Bite

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Author: Jennifer Estep

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Yes. Elemental Assassin Book 1

Reading Start Date:2/2/21

Reading End Date: 2/7/21

My name is Gin, and I kill people.

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.

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This has been a truly great start to a new series. I have fallen in LOVE with Gin’s character. She is a badass assassin who has a code of honor that she upholds and lives her life by. She has a very tough shell on the outside, but a gooey inside for those who she lets into her small inner circle. For those, she will do whatever is necessary to protect or avenge any wrong done to them.

In this opener, the reader follow’s Gin as she strives to determine what to do with her life. Her mentor/adoptive father is pushing for her to retire, but she is hesitant because she is unsure of what to do with the rest of her life. Events unfold and a tragedy strikes close to home. Gin the embarks on a quest to get justice for her lost loved one.

This is a very fast paced opener. The reader hits the ground running, which I appreciated. The reader learns along with the characters as the plot unfolds. There is very few slow or down moments. I didn’t feel like it drug at all. The nonaction sequences helped the characters learn what they needed to and then plan for what actions they needed to do. This technique was done well and kept the story from stalling or stagnating.

The author did a great job of sprinkling in the magic. The fantasy elements are well crafted. This magic system is not limitless and it has definite consequences when it is used. I really enjoyed the melding of the different types of creatures in this series. There are, so far, vampires, dwarves, giants, and humans. Within these groups, some have elemental magic and other do not. Just like in our world, so people have different talents and others do not. I like this twist on magic users.

I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in urban fantasy or wanting to get into this genre. I am not as familiar with the urban fantasy genre, but can see myself seeking more out. I definitely want to continue with this series!

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Taste For A Mate

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Author: Carrie Ann Ryan

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Yes

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Jasper Jameson has spent his life caring for others, knowing that one day he might be blessed with his mate. He’s fought alongside his family and Pack for over a century but it isn’t until he meets a human who makes his wolf growl, that he knows that there’s something more than fate worth fighting for.

When Jasper walks into Willow Delton’s bakery she knows there’s something different about him. But every time he walks back out again, she doesn’t know what to think. When he finally finds the strength to ask her out, a new enemy in Jasper’s life has other plans.

A dangerous Pack is on the prowl and they’ve not only threatened the Redwood Pack but brought a demon into the fold as well. Forced into a new way of life, Jasper and Willow must fight not only for their lives but their weakening mating bond. Trust takes time but the two of them might not have as much as they need.

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This was a very engaging read. The prologue drew me in instantly with how vicious and cruel the villains of the story actually were. Jealousy runs rampant from the villain’s pack towards the Redwood pack. The pacing of the plot was fairly consistent. However, the romance part seemed a little rushed and wasn’t as thoroughly developed as I would have liked. Both Jasper and Willow seemed to be easily swayed one way or the other. Both are super sweet characters, but not the normally feisty and strong characters that I’m used to.

Rating: 4 out of 5.