I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.
Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.
A+ Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A- Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+ Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B- Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+ Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C- Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish
updated July 9, 2015
Although I'm a huge fan of the Elemental Assassin series, I have not read the first five books. Reading SPIDER'S BITE was a complete joy for me, as I "jumped back in time" to go back to Gin's beginnings. There were SO MANY assumptions that I had made about Gin and her life that were wrong.
I find it difficult to write an "untainted" review of the book, since I know what becomes of Gin and the characters first introduced in SPIDER'S BITE. With that said, I feel that Ms. Estep does a solid job introducing Gin, building this fascinating world full of magic, vampires, dwarfs, and giants, and creating an interesting backstory.
Ms. Estep weaves an exciting tale, complete with heart-stopping action. The story is filled with vivid details, creating imagery so sharp, I can see the scenes in my head. I enjoyed learning Gin's early history with her handler, Fletcher, as well as watching Gin slowly begin to accept her elemental magic as part of what makes her a strong assassin.
The narration by Lauren Fortgang is perfect. Her southern drawl is ideally sweet yet biting and hard when necessary. I feel that she has Gin's voice and expressions down perfect. She modulates the tone and sometimes speed of her narration for the supporting characters, each to various degrees of success.
My Rating for the story: B+
My Rating for the narration: A