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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

Currently reading

Operation: Endgame (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 6) (English Edition)
Philippa Ballantine, Jeanne H. Ballantine, William Morris
Just You and Me (A Contemporary Romance Collection)
Fiona Miers, Caitlyn Lynch, Liz Durano, Deelylah Mullin, Cate Farren, Jacquie Biggar, Vicki Batman, Kate Richards, Brenna Zinn, Dalton Diaz, Tierney O'Malley, Desiree Holt, Nicole Morgan, Ashlyn Chase
Bitter Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 14
Audible Studios, Jennifer Estep, Lauren Fortgang
Progress: 27 %

Audio Review: Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Spider’s Revenge  - Lauren Fortgang, Jennifer Estep

FINALLY!! The showdown readers have been waiting for for over five books is here. Spider's Revenge is the culmination of the previous four titles, with Gin finally facing her enemy, Mab Monroe. I do NOT recommend anyone start the Elemental Assassin series with this book.


Overall, I enjoyed the story and the battle is glorious. Gin and her makeshift family grow incredibly close in the face of danger, and there is more than one tender, tear-provoking moment. Spider's Revenge is all I hoped it would be. There are several points in the story when I was so worried about what would happen to Gin, Bria, Finn and others, that I had to stop the audio and catch my breath.


I am happy to report that the repetitious nature of the previous books isn't quite as noticeable in this story. Sure, the familiar catch phrases and reminders of the who's and what's are all present, but it didn't drag me down like it did in the previous book. I don't know if it's because the action was that much more intense so I didn't notice it, or if there really is a change in the writing style.


I completely adored the development of Gin and Owen's relationship. The pair move forward in touching and beautiful ways, and I look forward to more of their HEA down the road (yes, I know I've read the subsequent books, but I'll just pretend here that I haven't!) Readers are also treated with some history on goth dwarf, Sophia, from her wonderful sister, Jo Jo. I do adore those sisters. Finally, Finn and Bria crack me up in their mutual lust and attraction.


There was only one scene that gave me pause, and I felt it was just a little bit too much of a stretch. I'm not going to spoil here - it's near the end of the book, but I will say that it was a little over the top for me. However, I'm not going to dwell on the scene because overall I really enjoyed the book.


The narration is pretty spot on, however, I felt like both Xavier, Owen and maybe even Bria's voices sounded different that the previous listens. I also felt like Mab's wasn't as consistent throughout the story. However, as usual, I loved Gin and Finn!


My Rating: A, loved it.
Narration: A-, liked it a lot.