Spider’s Bite


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.

Moon Called


Author: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Yes. Mercy Thompson #1

Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

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I absolutely have fallen in love with this series! This series has pretty much everything I could want in a paranormal romance book. The heroine is a strong woman who pretty much doesn’t take any guff from anyone. But she is not a cold or hard character. She has a very soft and protective heart that oftentimes gets her into trouble.

In this first book of the Mercy Thompson series, you are introduced to several of the major characters that are seen throughout the series. The reader is also given a glimpse of a possible love triangle between Mercy, Adam, and Sam.

As the story unfolds, the author does a great job of engaging the reader in what is going on and getting you emotionally involved as well. There were several time that I wanted to yell at several of the characters, “why are you doing this?!” and other phrases similar to that. I also wanted to cry at several points throughout this book. Even on re-reads, I still get teary-eyed. What happened to Mac will always make me want to cry and wish that things could have been different. However, this moment in time is needed as the catalyst for everything that happens afterwards.

As each subplot is developed, each individual one helps to move the main storyline on. Mercy is caught in a power struggle between werewolves that she is ill equipped to handle. She calls on her friends and together, they solve the mystery of what happened to Mac and save the day.

I loved watching how Mercy is able to navigate in this world of werewolf dominants. As she is not a werewolf herself, she has to be careful in how she deals with them. She can’t outright get in their face and tell them like it is, but what she does is even better. Sometimes I just laugh out loud at how she handles the alpha Adam. He tries so hard to get her to “obey” him, but how she does it is absolutely hysterical! It was a joy to watch their interactions and their relationship slowly developing despite his pack’s thoughts and views on her.

If you are looking for an awesome paranormal romance series to start, I would highly recommend this series. The author doesn’t disappoint.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Patricia Briggs


I absolutely LOVE Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series! This is one of my go-to authors and series when I have nothing knew to read or I’m bored with what I have been currently reading. Mercy is such a kick butt female lead character. I love how the author has developed this character throughout this series. She is sassy and spunky and doesn’t take much from anyone. She has learned how to live among the werewolves and not be pushed around or subjugated by them. If you haven’t read this series, I would highly recommend it if you are in the market for a paranormal romance!