“Get comfortable,” I said. Because it’s a long story. Funny enough, it all begins with a girl–a stupid, arrogant girl who thought that she could do no wrong . . .”
The Spider by Jennifer Estep
**ARC PROVIDED BY EDELWEISS**
Summary: Gin Blanco has received some black roses with a note that simply said, “Happy Anniversary.” Owen is curious about her story, so Gin starts to tell a story about a girl who thought she could do no wrong…
Review: A prequel to the whole series, this book felt like much of the same. It had all the good from the previous novels, yet now it just seems to be the same story over and over again. I wanted to rate this book 4 stars, but I couldn’t. It was that boring.
Overall, when a series gets to the point of book 10, prequel or not, we are hoping for something fresh to keep the old story going. Unfortunately, this story doesn’t provide much of that. We have the same Gin and Finn relationship, her admiration and respect for Fletcher who is alive, bad guys and people to save.
The books are a fun read as usual, but I am tired of the same formula. Stalk bad guy, find out if he’s really bad, attempt to kill him, fail, try again. At some point, Gin gets grievously injured and someone she cares about is hurt. Blah blah blah.
Sure Finn’s fun lines are there, but where is his character lately? He does nothing, and even from a funny sidekick, I want more depth from Finn. Fletcher was alive in this book, but even he didn’t add much depth to his character. Yay, he is alive, but what more is there? We should have learned more about Fletcher.
A prequel is supposed to add depth to a character’s background. This didn’t, and instead just felt like a huge step back for Gin. Yes, the story is set before all the character development of books 1 through 9. But, why did we need this story? How does it add to the overall arc?
I thought the book’s saving grace was Sebastian. He was suave, debonair, and oh so “perfect”. SPOILER AHEAD, HIGHLIGHT TO READ: That he turned out to be the bad guy, after a hot and steamy sex scene, was a cherry to his character. It’s rare in urban fantasy to give us a hot steamy sex scene with a character who turns out to be the bad guy.
Honestly, if Estep can’t find a way to make this series original and fresh, the series already done. The series felt finished when Mab died. Now what? How can Gin grow? I can’t seem to quit this series, because I love Gin and her strength of character. But I wonder how long I can keep going.
Sex: Steamy sex scene
Violence: Murder and mayhem typical of Ashland
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Series Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars
Release date: December 24th, 2013
Next Book: Poison Promise out July 29th, 2014