11 January 2011
Book Banter -- Spider's Bite
Title: Spider's Bite
Author: Jennifer Estep
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 395 pages
Where Stacie's Copy Came From: Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: In Ashland, if you need someone assassinated quickly, with minimum message, and have the money to pay for it, you hire the Spider. And if you want to make the Spider mad, you double cross her and threaten her family. She will track you down and make you pay.
Banter Points: The opening of the books should have been cheesy, but it wasn't. Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, has infiltrated Ashland Asylum in order to assassinate one of the doctors who had abused a former patient. Hired by the victim's parents, Gin is required to also tell the doctor why the assassination is occurring. Instead of being a rip-off on the opening scene of a Batman movie, Estep pulled me into the Ashland world and society. But don't take my word for it -- read Chapter One and see if you agree.
Gin's matter of fact approach to her life is consistent throughout the novel. She never apologizes for what she does. She never justifies it. It is the only way she knows how to be. But as you close the pages, you realize she does it for the right reasons. With a good publicist, she would be Robin Hood.
Good thing Gin can't read this.
Bummer Points: I can't think of any. Books Two and Three are on their way to me via the library's reservation system. Books Four and Five will be released in 2011. I can't wait.
Stacie's Recommendation: If you like bad girls and urban fantasy, this is a series for you.