Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Review: Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin, Book #14) by Jennifer Estep

Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship?


About Bitter Bite:

It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.

It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 3302 KB
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
ASIN: B010MH9V14

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My Review of Bitter Bite:

Finnegan Lane is a charming, charismatic conman who is loyal to, and has the loyalty of, the assassin know as The Spider aka his foster sister Gin. One would think that hell would have to freeze over for Finn's loyalties to change. All it takes is the reappearance of someone from his past for Finn to lose his focus - and readers of this series should know by now that losing focus will get someone dead.

Finn has a new mystery client that turns out to be a long lost relative, thought to be dead. Apparently Gin isn't the only living person to have a headstone in the local cemetery. This newcomer brings out a side of Finn that is hopeful and naive. Knowing that something is brewing under the thin layer of manners, Gin prepares for the worst in hopes that she is wrong.

Bitter Bite shakes things up a little by not focusing on Gin. Oh, sure, she still has people trying to toss her out as the Queen of the Underworld, but ousting her isn't central to Bitter Bite. She's now a main character that is sitting on the sidelines; watching, waiting, analyzing. Each book in the series features an enemy wanting to take out the Spider, until this book. Gin is still our anti-hero, keeping herself alive but her warm side keeps her a bit more human. She just has to sit back and wait for they mystery person to make their move - and she knows they will - and she'll strike.

There is just something about this series that keeps me coming back. There is a lot of action and suspense in Bitter Bite. I like that the book puts someone other than Gin in the spotlight. We've been with these characters for years and different perspectives or targets in the family mix things up a bit. My heart was pounding and I was on the edge of my seat through a good portion of the book. I found myself totally engrossed in the novel and read it pretty quickly. Regardless of Finn's change in demeanor, Gin, rises above the pain and does exactly what needs to be done.

Bitter Bite is another fantastic installment of the Elemental Assassin series. The entire series has pulled me in and kept me engaged from the very beginning. These are the types of books that have me longing for the next one. They are written with vivid descriptions and genuine feelings, allowing the reader to become totally immersed in this world.

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