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After Gin’s family was murdered by a Fire elemental when she was thirteen, she lived on the streets and eventually became an assassin to survive. Now, Gin is given an assignment by her handler to rub out an Ashland businessman, but it turns out to be a trap. After Gin’s handler is brutally murdered, she teams up with the sexy detective investigating the case to figure out who double-crossed her and why. Only one thing is for sure—Gin has no qualms about killing her way to the top of the conspiracy.

Topics: Giants, Elves, Female Protagonist, Assassins, Murder, Revenge, Police, Magic, Urban, American South, Tennessee, First in a Series, Gritty, Steamy, Witty, and Organized Crime

Published: Pocket Books on Jan 26, 2010
ISBN: 9781439155431
List price: $7.99
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A nice mixture of urban fantasy and detective work kept me reading from start to finish. The main character was not bulletproof and made mistakes but was engaging . I had to know how things went down like a thirst.read more
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Wow, this was a great read. moving on to the next one now.. I really enjoyed this book. gotta go the next one screams to get started:)read more
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Good Stuff * Witty Dialogue - We know how important that is to me * Fresh and interesting storyline * Loved the idea of Elementals * Heroine is awesome. Strong, Compassionate, and well just plain Kick Ass! * Loved the relationship between Gin, Fletcher and Finn * Hot steamy sex scene * Great introduction really gets you into the story right away * Fantastic story, looking forward to reading the rest of the series - when it comes out that isNot So Good Stuff * Mentioned the past about her sisters so many times I really wasn't surprised by the revelation at the end * Her descriptions of food made me extremely hungry and I think I gained 10 pounds just by readingWhat I learned * The author must love to cook! * That a Peanut Butter, Pumpkin puree and banana sandwich sounds really yummy and I am soooo going to try and make itFavorite Quotes/Passages"My name is Gin, and I kill people" - Come on how can you not like a book that starts that way!"Normally, I wouldn't have bothered with the whole assassin's exposition. Such a cliche""You should have just shot me. Not talked yourself to death""It's the principle of the thing, you don't puke on a Mercedes."Who Should Read * Fans of Julie Kenner, Marta Acosta, Laurell K Hamilton, Jeaniene Frost * Lovers of paranormal fiction * Those who enjoy snappy dialogue * Not for the squeamish or prudishread more
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A nice mixture of urban fantasy and detective work kept me reading from start to finish. The main character was not bulletproof and made mistakes but was engaging . I had to know how things went down like a thirst.
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Wow, this was a great read. moving on to the next one now.. I really enjoyed this book. gotta go the next one screams to get started:)
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Good Stuff * Witty Dialogue - We know how important that is to me * Fresh and interesting storyline * Loved the idea of Elementals * Heroine is awesome. Strong, Compassionate, and well just plain Kick Ass! * Loved the relationship between Gin, Fletcher and Finn * Hot steamy sex scene * Great introduction really gets you into the story right away * Fantastic story, looking forward to reading the rest of the series - when it comes out that isNot So Good Stuff * Mentioned the past about her sisters so many times I really wasn't surprised by the revelation at the end * Her descriptions of food made me extremely hungry and I think I gained 10 pounds just by readingWhat I learned * The author must love to cook! * That a Peanut Butter, Pumpkin puree and banana sandwich sounds really yummy and I am soooo going to try and make itFavorite Quotes/Passages"My name is Gin, and I kill people" - Come on how can you not like a book that starts that way!"Normally, I wouldn't have bothered with the whole assassin's exposition. Such a cliche""You should have just shot me. Not talked yourself to death""It's the principle of the thing, you don't puke on a Mercedes."Who Should Read * Fans of Julie Kenner, Marta Acosta, Laurell K Hamilton, Jeaniene Frost * Lovers of paranormal fiction * Those who enjoy snappy dialogue * Not for the squeamish or prudish
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Summary from Goodreads:"They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South — when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride."My Thoughts:This was a kick-ass urban fantasy that knocked my socks off!! I loved every single page of this book and instantly wanted more when I was done. Gin, otherwise known as the Spider, is an impressive main character who isn't ashamed of the person she is and doesn't offer any apologies for what she does. She plays by her own set of rules and although she is an assassin, she has a line drawn that she doesn't cross. When Gin's handler (aka her father figure) is killed, Gin is out for blood and won't stop at anything until she finds his killer. This storyline was action packed and fast paced throughout. I literally did not want to set this book down....I just couldn't get enough of the world that this author had created. My only complaint with this book was that I wasn't quite sold on Detective Donovan and the attraction there was between him and Gin. I didn't care for his condescending attitude that he had with Gin at times. But I'll admit that there was a pretty "hot" scene between the two of them so I guess we'll see what goes on in later books.All in all, this was an amazing beginning to this urban fantasy series. Any book that leaves me wanting more is a must read, and I'm putting this one on my keeper shelf to be reread in the future. A strong, independent heroine and a fast paced plot helped to make this book an impressive read. Highly recommended!!Bottom Line: A must read for any urban fantasy fan!Disclosure: I won this one off of a book blog a year or two ago but sadly I can't remember whose blog. My apologies as I would love to leave you with the link to that blog.
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My rating: 4.5 starsI love this book! The main character, Gin, is extremely captivating and different from the usual lot. I loved her character and the rest of the cast was awesome as well. The plot itself was highly engaging and filled with unexpected twists and turns. All in all, a very refreshing read. I can't wait to read the sequel~
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I discovered this writer through the blog Bitten by Words and I'm so glad that I did. This was a great read from beginning to end. I really enjoyed the characters and that almost every character lived in a world of neither good nor bad, but a large bit of both. Except the romantic interest, and even he seems to battle with his own issues as he realizes living in the town of Ashland and doing the right thing aren't quite so simple.I enjoyed the main character. I really liked how her back story was slowly interwoven into the plot of the book, no expositional dumps to take the reader out of the moment. And I'm always a fan of strong, kick-ass female characters.The romantic part of the book was okay, but I'm hoping that we will see more development in that area as the series continues. It does have potential, but in book one, it is the love/hate trope.I enjoyed the first person POV. I loved the main character and her cohorts and I'm intrigued by the world the writer created.In fact, I just picked up book two
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