Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin, #1
Genre: Sexy Pentacle Tattoo
Setting: The Southern town of Ashland, in a world where elemental magic users are known for what they are.
Reason for Reading: trouble4hire reviewed it favorably in her journal
Finished In: Weeks. The beginning was a little slow, though it picked up after that.
Pages: 395, plus a preview of the next book, Web of Lies
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: Classic SPT - a woman stands in front of a barbecue joint. She's wearing cuffs, a "rune" is branded on her hand, and she's holding a knife behind her back. Tight jeans and a white tank complete the ensemble.
First line: "My name is Gin, and I kill people."
Best part: I feel like this book had just the right amount of bad stuff happening to the characters, if that makes sense. If there's not enough, it seems a little fluffy. If there's too much, it's depressing.
Worst part: It was perhaps too obvious that this book was setting up for a sequel. Several important plot lines were introduced without any resolution.
Imaginary Theme Song: "You're Not Alone" by ATB (If you click through, let me know how that experience was for you, I'm thinking about including more links to the imaginary theme songs.)
Recommended for: Any fan of paranormal romance who is feeling a bit frustrated with heroines that don't stand up for themselves is going to find this a treat.
Related Reads: Karma Girl, a superhero romance by the same author. Staying Dead by Laura Anne Gilman. Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready.