THE SPIDER (Elemental Assassin #10) by Jennifer Estep
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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