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Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Spider's Revenge (Elemental Assassin, Bk 4)
Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: Review Copy
Source: Author

**I try not to include spoilers in my reviews but since this is part of a series, some spoilers are unavoidable.**

“Old habits die hard for assassins. 
And I planned on murdering someone before the night was through.”

On page 212 Owen knows everything that Gin is feeling and he takes her into his arms and says:

“It’s okay, Gin,” he whispered against my hair. “Everything is going to be okay. You’re going to make it okay. I know that you will. You always do.”

This alone shows how much Own loves Gin and trusts that Gin will survive anything.

Here it is…the final showdown with Mab Monroe. Gin has been waiting for this moment since she was thirteen and her family was slaughtered by Mab. Us readers have been waiting anxiously for this moment too! She has trained relentlessly and owes it to everyone she loves to end Mab’s life. But, one thing is different. Gin is not the same hard core assassin. She has softened and it is affecting her job. She misses her target. That’s right, Gin misses killing Mab with her crossbow and now Mab knows who she is and who her loved ones are. Gin and Owen work together to get everyone to safety but they know that they don’t have long. Mab has put a bounty on Gin and Bria’s head and every bounty hunter and assassin has gathered to claim them. One pair of assassins, Gentry and Sydney, reminds Gin of herself and Fletcher. When she is cornered by them Gin gets the upper hand but decides to let them go hoping that she doesn’t regret it. When Gentry kidnaps Bria, Gin regrets her decision but hopes deep down that Bria won’t be harmed before Gin can get to her.

Own and Gin’s relationship is truly tested in Spider’s Revenge. Gin comes to terms with the fact that someone can actually love her even with her alternate career and lifestyle. She also learns that what she does affects everyone that she knows and there are consequences for some of her actions. Bria is also coming to terms with what her older sister has is but the family bond is strong and she accepts it. Finn seems to be slowing down on the skirt chasing because he has an eye for Bria but Bria will have nothing to do with him.

I will stop there with everything because I don’t want to give away many details of the book. It is non-stop action as always. Right away in the beginning we are thrown into Gin’s attempt on Mab and everything rolls from there. All Estep’s characters have evolved and I am curious to see what direction the next installment will take. I really enjoyed getting to know Sophia more. Here story is finally recounted and you just break inside for her! And of course it wouldn’t be an Elemental Assassin book if you didn’t add in a brownie recipe that made my mouth water. If you haven’t read this series yet, you should.


Jennifer Estep will be here on my blog on Wednesday, September 21 with a GUEST BLOG on cooking and a GIVEAWAY of Spider's Revenge!!


THE SERIES (the first book, Spider's Bite is only $1.99 for Kindle!)