Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Venom by Jennifer Estep [Review]

4.5 out of 5 Robots!
Elemental Assassin, #3
Author: Jennifer Estep
Release: September 28, 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Pocket
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439148015
ISBN-13: 978-1439148013
My Copy: Provided by Author
Reviewer: Rex

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.
My Review:
Venom is the third book in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep and the book, along with our heroine Gin, kicks so much ass- literally and figuratively! This book is raw, funny and packed with action- I devoured it, could not put it down.

Gin is everything I want in an assassin. She is hilarious, cold hearted yet vulnerable, gritty and this woman has the most amazing, unique elemental powers. Personally, I'm always hot, so being able to create ice from my palms would be the coolest (no pun intended) thing ever! Oh, and she does a great job at killing those that deserve it. I'm almost done raving about my favorite assassin. Almost. 

All of the entertaining secondary characters have returned- Finn, Owen, Jo-Jo, Sophia. All of the characters have incredible depth and pragmatic personalities that suit Gin and her adopted family. I was not a fan of Donovan Kaine, so I was thrilled seeing Donovan scram and Owen Grayson potentially take his place. I'm waiting on pins and needles for Tangled Threads to see if Mab finally falls from her throne and if Gin and Owen take their relationship to new heights. Obviously, I'm a biiiiig Owen fan- I can't even explain my fascination with him.
The book is written smoothly, beautifully and the plot is compelling- the action scenes being my personal favorite. Gin has a witty, brilliant voice- absolutely to die for. And if you're a fan of Urban Fantasy, READ THIS SERIES! You won't regret it. 
Books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Spider's Bite
2. Web of Lies
3. Venom (September 28, 2010)
4. Tangled Thread (May 2011)
5. Untitled (October 2011)

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