>ARC Review: Venom by Jennifer Estep


[Elemental Assassin 3]
*This tittle is due for release September 28, 2010*

What kind of assassin works pro bono?

It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker–Mab’s right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists. At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I’ll take my chances. Then there’s Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland’s finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I’m a cold-blooded killer . . . who is about to save her life.

A short note before I start my review of Venom. It really isn’t possible for me to tell you the plot of this story without some mild spoilers to not only Spider’s Bite and Web of Lies, but to Venom. There are, also, so many wonderful things that happen in this book and everyone of them are spoilers too. So what’s a girl to do? I’ll spill as little as possible, but if your interested in none, skip over my spoiler section.

*Spoiler Alert*

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Gin Blanco is learning Newton’s third intimately. This theme was brought up several times in Venom, but the main circumstance is with her new arrangement with Roslyn Phillips. In Web of Lies, Roslyn owes Gin for Fletcher Lane and she knows it, so when Gin comes demanding her help to enter Mab Monroes soiree to kill Tobias Dawson, Roslyn could do nothing but comply. This is the case of the closer we get to people, the more we care about them and Gin Blanco is turning out to be no different. As a result, because she asked Roslyn to lie to Mab Monroe about the where abouts of a certain invitation and rune, Gin has placed Rosyln right in the line of sight of Mab’s second in command, Elliot Slater. Now, Elliot is obsessed with Roslyn and is administering his own special brand of love to which Gin can’t let slide. Elliot Slater will never touch Roslyn again is Gin has anything to say about it.

*Spoiler End*

All we’ve ever seen of Gin is “The Spider”, never really before have we’ve seen Genevieve Snow, and in Venom, this side is the one with feelings, fears, and love. As more about Gin’s past is uncovered, the more we get to see the harsh truth of Gin’s reality. It’s no secret how much I love this character and now I get to see her as more human and with compassion.

Let me just say that Ms. Estep has a great cast of characters. All well rounded and each personality stands out clearly in my mind. I have my favorites, but can I just say how excited I am that Donovan Caine is no longer around? Good riddance Caine, I won’t be missing you and please, don’t come back because we have Owen Grayson now. *sigh* Owen. There is a scene that just wretched my cold little heart in to a big pile of goo pushing me further on to team Grayson, as if I needed anymore of reason than I was shown prior. He’s one hot, sexy beast and utterly perfect for Ms. Blanco and in Venom you’ll see exactly why I think so. 

I’m absolutely dieing here to tell you everything that happens, but instead, let me just tell you some of the questions that I had: What exactly is Sopia Deveraux doing with those bodies? Does she have any magic? Why did Mab Monroe kill Gins family? Why was she after Bia?

All of these and more will be answered through a page turning, action pact plot. Ms. Estep sure knows how to deliver a fantastic story and awesome fighting scenes. As you can see, I completely enjoyed Venom more than Web of Lies, but some of the quirks that bothered me in the series first two novels are still present and I can only contribute this to the rapid succession in which all three novels were released. And while Venom might be left with a bit of a cliff hanger, it only increases my appetite for this series and makes me want Tangled Threads that much more.

Elemental Assassin [UF]

Spider’s Bite-January 26, 2010 My Review

Web of Lies-May 25, 2010 My Review
Venom-September 28, 2010
Tangled Threads-April 26, 2011 

Visit Jennifer Estep’s Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Want more of the Elemental Assassin series? Check out these shorts on Jennifer’s website:
Poison – Told in Finn’s 16 year old  pov.
Web of Deceit – Told in Fletcher’s pov before Spider’s Bite.
Spider’s Bargain – Takes place before Spider’s Bite.
Web of Death – After Web of Lies.
Wasted – Takes place between Web of Lies and Venom.

Kitt received this book for review by J. Estep.



6 responses to “>ARC Review: Venom by Jennifer Estep

  1. >Thanks for the spoiler alert, I skipped that part 🙂 This is one series I need to start!!

  2. >Great review Kitt!!!

  3. >Not heard of this series – will have to hunt them out 🙂

  4. >This series sounds like one to add to my must-find list. Thanks.

  5. >Sweet review!! Totally with you on the Donovan issue- what a judgmental a**!

  6. >Fantastic review. I agree, I'm 100% on board with Owen and can't wait to see what becomes of their relationship in the remaining books! Gin is one of my favorite heroines, and I adore Finn as well. She writes such fantastic characters!

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