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Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin) Mass Market Paperback – February 23, 2016
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"The 14th title in the Elemental Assassin series is a fast, furious, and entertaining romp in an intriguing... paranormal world." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Estep's street-smart characters, lively narrative, and ever-evolving stories keep this series alive and kicking." (Library Journal on Bitter Bite)
"This installment’s plot is intriguing...setting the stage for the next act in the series." (Publishers Weekly on Bitter Bite)
“Gin Blanco is one of the most intriguing heroines on the scene. . . . If you have not gotten on the Gin bandwagon yet, do so today!” (―RT Book Reviews)
"Bodies litter the pages of this first entry in Estep's engrossing Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. . . . Urban fantasy fans will love it." (--Publishers Weekly on Spider's Bite)
“This series kicked off with a bang, and the action hasn’t let up since.” (―Fresh Fiction)
"Watch out world, here comes Gin Blanco. Funny, smart, and dead sexy." (-- Lilith Saintcrow, author of Redemption Alley)
"A raw, gritty, and compelling walk on the wild side, one that had me hooked from the first page." (-- Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author)
"When it comes to work, Estep's newest heroine is brutally efficient and very pragmatic, which gives the new Elemental Assassin series plenty of bite. Shades of gray rule in this world where magic and murder are all too commonplace. The gritty tone of this series gives Estep a chance to walk on the darker side. Kudos to her for the knife-edged suspense!" (―Romantic Times)
About the Author
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, Poison Promise, Black Widow, Spider’s Trap, Bitter Bite, Unraveled, and Snared, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, Kiss of Venom, Unwanted, and Nice Guys Bite are the other works in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit her at JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.
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So, what did I not like? I always have problems with plots that seem to take familiar characters and turn them into somebody else which is what this did with Finn. This was not way out in the fringe since it was within the realm of reality for someone to act like this but I just did not feel it.
So, something I did like? Plot twists, I kept thinking, this is the end but something would happen and the story keeps moving. I have no problem with "predictable" many times since it kind of goes with my paragraph above but there were several times that things went off in an unseen direction, I loved it.
Something I did not like again? A situation that is so obvious but for reasons to move the plot along is ignored and when it happens it is like "SURPRISE" when it really wasn't ...... at all.
What I ALWAYS like? Gin, she is the heart of these books and she is the definition of "conflicted" since she manages to be a very believable assassin while having a heart of gold, Jennifer Estep has managed to create a unique character and make her someone that leaves bodies stacked in her wake and you still love her. Nice job since that requires some real creative writing skills. kudos.
Bottom Line: This is a Elemental Assassin book, the fact that I still love to read them after 14 books (yes I have read all but 1) says a lot. Most series become money grabs or worse by 8-9 books, this one looks to be creating a new storyline (a series ending storyline?) and I am intrigued. Her love life does not eat up a bunch of pages, her interpersonal relationships do and they make these books as much as the action scenes do (really starting to love the PA). So to end this, if you liked any of the others, you are going to love this one and the thing I really love with any author is being able to close a story, no cliffhangers and still feed you a thread of the future story to make you lust for the next book. 4 Stars (maybe more, your mileage may vary) and a ton of fun for those with a violent streak like me.
This installment is a true continuation from the last where we find out that Finnegan Lane's mother is alive and well, and according to Fletcher, evil to the bone. As Finn is reunited with his mother, Finn's friends and family are forced to sit back and watch while Finn continues to grow a relationship with his mother, all the while waiting in the wings to protect him if their suspicions that she's not all she says she is comes true.
The writing for this series has come a long way and we don't find the repetitive and arrogant writing from the perspective of our favorite assassin, The Spider. On the down side, we still find that Gin is as insecure as ever and she continues to get her a$$ handed to her over and over again. Since Gin is prophesized to be the most powerful elemental alive, even beating the incomparable Mab Monroe, I don't understand how elementals keep showing up on her doorstep who are more powerful than her and don't break a sweat using their powers, while Gin is always drained. That gripe aside, the pace is fast, the danger is constant, and the book sets up nicely for future installments. Unfortunately, it looks like the next book will be fraught with angst and insecurity. I hope Gin manages to channel her inner diva because I'd rather see the smack talking confident Gin over the mopey insecure one any day.