Bitter Bite Audiobook by Jennifer Estep (REVIEW)

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Review of: Bitter Bite Audiobook
Jennifer Estep

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On March 8, 2016
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Bitter Bite Audiobook

By: Jennifer Estep

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang

Published by: Audible Studios 02/23/16

Bitter Bite Audiobook by Jennifer Estep

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Elemental Assassin #14

10 hrs and 19 mins

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Bitter Bite Audiobook Sample

Bitter Bite Audiobook

4 Hearts

After fourteen books in the series, and Gin is still going strong. This series has been going strong since book one and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. While this book is more Finn’s book than Gin’s, it is still told entirely from Gin’s first person POV, which gives it an interesting take on the story.

When a supposedly dead relative appears back in Ashland and in Finn’s life, you can see how it would affect Finn. I can also see why Finn responded the way that he did. I mean, you don’t want to think that every person who comes to town, is doing so for nefarious reasons, when you could be the reason. When you grow up with a hole in your life and all of sudden, you see a chance to get that hole filled, who would want to see the downsides?

Gin, on the other hand, couldn’t help but see the coincidence in the situation. Bria also noticed that something was off with our new visitor to Ashland. Gin continued to be her protective and loyal family member to Finn whether he liked it or not. Plus, she had the warning from Fletcher to help her, who continues to be a very large secondary character in this series.

I will say that Jennifer Estep’s ability to come up with new villains for Gin to fight continues to amaze me. They are all unique in the own way. They all require Gin to learn new ways to tackle their villainous ways. This one was particularly difficult for Gin and required her to rely on her magic more than she ever has in her past. We even learn more about the past of Mab Monroe and even Eira Snow. It will be interesting to see where the series goes from here with the information that we learn towards the end of this book.

Bitter Bite Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

Lauren Fortgang continues to do a fantastic job with the narration of this series. This is a series that I started off reading, but once I listened one of the books, I’ve been audio only ever since. She does such a great job with all the different Southern voices of both men and women, she really adds to the story. I think in this story in particular, I could really see Deidre Shaw for the fake that she really was based off her voice alone. LOL. If you haven’t tried this series on audio, I highly recommend you give it a try.

Jennifer Estep
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a daily newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.

Jennifer’s books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

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Lauren Fortgang
Lauren Fortgang lives in New York City where she currently works as an actor and voiceover artist. Born in Wilmington, DE, she split her time there with an upbringing in a variety of rural towns in northern California. She had early training at A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory and is a graduate of Fordham University: College at Lincoln Center, where she majored in theater. Her curiosity for finding new niches in the industry has afforded her a broad career spectrum, both in and out of the ‘spotlight’ as actor, singer, spokesperson audiobook narrator, podcaster, and even costume designer.

Television credits include roles on Law and Order (NBC), Law and Order: SVU (NBC), and Important Things with Demetri Martin (Comedy Central). Recent theatrical endeavors include Creation Production Company productions of Escape (LaMama E.T.C. – 50th anniversary season) and Laughing Pictures (The Flea). She’s worked in a variety of capacities with a delightful smattering of companies headed by Fordham alumni and professors, and hopes to continue to support the work of this network of artists and friends. She seeks evolvement in independent films such as the recent Astoria, Queens and The Sunnyside Murders, both of which were featured at a variety of festivals, including Queens World Film Festival, NYTVF, Breckenridge Festival of Film and NewFest.

Her commercial gigs cover national on-camera and voiceover spots for Ikea, Walmart, TJ Maxx and Woolite. She’s given voice to material spanning from video games to textbooks and works regularly as an audiobook narrator at Audible, Hachette, Penguin, Random House and beyond, having recorded roughly 150 unabridged titles and some 200 segments for monthly programming. She has received recognition from Audiofile Magazine, the Audio Publishers Association, the American Library Association and the Young Aldult Library Services Association, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly.

A hobbyist-extraordinaire, she (at any given moment) might fancy herself a baker, gardener, chef or seamstress and plays coed touch football weekly.

Finally, no bio would be complete without noting the enormity of gratitude owed her parents for supplying her freedom of imagination and a bottomless well of encouragement during the ups and (more importantly) the downs. A couple of folks ‘having your back’ for a lifetime is no small thing…

Lauren is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. wow book 14, it’s impressive, I’m so late I need to get into book 2…

    • I felt the same way when I started The Dresden Files. I’m slowly but surely working my way through that series. I’m getting a book about every other month or so. It isn’t so bad.

  2. I enjoyed this one as well. The emotions were strong in this installment. I think the next book is going to be veryyyy interesting!

    • Yeah, not sure where the next one will go, but should be interesting.

  3. I really want to start this series but it has gotten away from me. I have enjoyed both of her YA series so I know I will like this series when I get around to it. I am glad that after fourteen books, it is still going strong for you.

    • I felt the same way about The Dresden Files. I’ve been working my way through that series. I get a book in here an there when I can fit it into my schedule. It has been fun. I love The Black Blade series. I haven’t tried the other YA series yet.

  4. I added the first in the series to my TBR. I like it when there are creative, supernatural powers. Thanks for bringing my attention to this series.

    • This is a super fun series. I hope you enjoy it. Warning: it will make you hungry when you read/listen. Lots of mentions of yummy food throughout the series. LOL.

    • It’s been a fun series, still going strong. I hope you enjoy.

  5. Jennifer Estep continues to blow me away! Not only as you said with the villains and new characters, but with Gin’s development over the course of the stories. Such a great series!

  6. I am so happy to hear this series is still going strong! I only have read the first 5 or 6 books so far and badly need to catch-up on this series as I really enjoyed the books I read. I didn’t fully read your review so I can’t spoil myself for any of the books I haven’t read yet, but I am glad to hear it’s still a good series.

    • I love how Jennifer Estep is able to keep this series so fresh. So much as happened since you last read one of the books. You have a lot of great stories to look forward to.

  7. You are so right, Estep has an amazing ability to come up with villains for Gin without it getting old.

  8. I’m glad to hear this series is still going strong. I stopped reading it after the second or third book I think. Mostly because I just wasn’t in the mood for urban fantasy at the time. I might have to give it another shot.

    • I completely understand how that goes. I’ve got a few series that I need to look up because they’ve fallen off the list just because I wasn’t in the mood or I forgot about them. I just found two series that I really enjoyed recently that have several new books out that I wasn’t aware of just because the authors weren’t good about keeping their readers updated, so I didn’t know about them. Now, I’m I’m 2 or 3 books behind.

  9. Gin, Estep and Fortgang are still going strong!

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