Speed Date with Gin: THE SPIDER by Jennifer Estep

Posted 19 December, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 11 Comments

THE SPIDER (Elemental Assassin #10) by Jennifer Estep
Urban Fantasy
400 pages, paperback
Available December 24, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

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.

First Date: Me and Gin, we go way back. But I learned more about her in this book than any other single one. After plying Gin with drinks (actually, she was a pretty cheap date and just needed a bouquet of dark blue roses from a mystery person to get there), she spilled her guts to Owen. Readers of the series know that Fletcher took a homeless Gin under his wing when she was young and taught her the tools of his bloody trade. Back then, Gin was impatient and felt she knew everything (don’t we all in our late teens/early 20s) — and made a deadly mistake because of it.

Second Date: That first love can be such a heartbreak, especially when you fall for the completely wrong guy and ignore all the signs and worried comments of your friends and family…it changes you. It’s hard to watch Gin fall so hard and so fast for such a weasel-y jackass. What’s even harder is that Gin is surrounded by guys, without the advice of a good female friend (even though Sophia and Jo-Jo are present at this time, Gin isn’t good friends with them yet). Fletcher and Finn are great but…guys. I wanted to pull her aside and shake her until she opened her eyes to the truth around her. But love can make someone willfully blind to faults.

Third Date: It was painful to watch Gin’s wake-up call. She thought she had it going on, that she’d done the right thing and that Sebastian was a good guy. How wrong she was (this isn’t really a spoiler because it’s pretty obvious to everyone but Gin what’s really going on). But Gin’s got a core of titanium that’s always impressed me and she shows us a glimpse of the confident, capable woman she’s becoming. More than anything, I just want to hang out with this girl — I’ve got a total ladycrush on her! Maybe she’ll cook for me. I’ll bring the wine and beer.

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11 Responses to “Speed Date with Gin: THE SPIDER by Jennifer Estep”

  1. Ah so I’m super behind with this series, like.. I only read the first one lol! But hey, at least I did read the first one – and the second I believe. What I didn’t like so much was that the romance was not strong enough for me. But maybe this changes’? But it sounds like she’s struggling through all the books with finding a man to love.

  2. Awww I really do feel for Gin despite it being glaringly obvious that she’s making a big mistake with this guy. Also it sucks that she hardly has any female friends that she can confide with or take advice from. But I’m glad to know that she’s got a core of titanium (reading this reminded me instantly of the song Titanium by David Guetta!) Fab review I may have to check this series out!

  3. “It was painful to watch Gin’s wake-up call.”

    YES! This one was hard for me to read Mary, I’m so used to Gin being so sure of herself and absolutely right about the bad guys she’s dealing with, so to see her cocky and flat-out wrong about this particular bad guy just hurt my heart. I think it was brilliant though, it gave us so much insight into Gin as a woman and as an assassin and showed us why it’s so easy for Gin to be hurt emotionally in a relationship. SO GOOD!

  4. ha, I love your little dates you crack me up. This is a series that I want to read, need to read and in fact own books 1-3..lol. Brilliant review and so glad Gin still does it for you girlie!

  5. I’m in the middle of my date with her. I’m yelling at her at the moment. Yes, I can see the pain coming and I’m not happy about it. Of course I’m totally engaged in it. 🙂

    She should cook for all of us. Never read a Gin book while hungry. 😀

  6. Once again, I’m really far behind in this series. I have one book from it (I think it might be #6) but I still haven’t started the series. I want to.

  7. I haven’t read this series yet, but I remember hearing lots of raving! I need to finish (or get caught up with) her YA series though first.

  8. I have a lot of trouble watching heroines fall for the wrong person. It honestly usually really turns me off of a story. And I’m not sure whether I could make it to #10 in a series without a good romance to back me up. But I’m glad that you really liked this heroine despite that, and that she was able to rise above!