Review: Venom by Jennifer Estep

March 3, 2015     Danielle Romero     4.5Stars, reviews

Review: Venom by Jennifer EstepVenom by Jennifer Estep
Also in this series: Spider's Bite, Web of Lies
Also by this author: Spider's Bite, Web of Lies, Cold Burn of Magic, Tangled Threads
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2010-09-28
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
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 thoughtsAfter quickly reading the first two books in this series it was only fitting that I dive into this one. I just can’t seem to get enough of Gin in my life.

It is true I can’t help but love Gin. She is one of those female characters that I feel every reader can fall in love with. She has an awesome side career, she is intelligent, cunning, sarcastic, romantic, and full of emotion. She just stands out on a page to me and so I love reading her adventures. As with her adventures in the second book I also feel that the adventures in this third book were more of a personal nature. I won’t tell you what happens but I feel that some major players are coming into play and that the books are going to rapidly get more and more interesting. Gin went from killing people who were out of the way to stepping up and trying to figure out her past and what those major elite people had to do with it. I just love all of the twists and turns that happened in this book and there was a time where I was screaming and basically jumping up and down. At this point my boyfriend though I was nuts but I told him it was a game changer for the series and he just wouldn’t understand. This book will certainly start to answer some answers and leave you with many questions.

Aside from all the plot developments going on I keep coming back to the characters in this series because they really add a lot for me. I love Gin but I also really loved seeing more of Owen in this book. While reading the second book I was afraid of what role he was going to have but I have to say I’m really starting to like Owen. I feel like he is just what Gin needs right now and I hope he continues to have a place in this series for a long time to come. I also love that we are able to see more of Finn and the sisters. I loved learning little snippets on the sisters and I just want to know more on all the secondary characters.

Overall, this one was another great addition to the series. Once again just like with the previous books my grip is that there is a lot of repeats on the passages and over Fletcher. I am getting tired of these and I hope they start to fade as the series goes on.

4 half coffee cups

about the authorMy name is Jennifer Estep, and I’m the New York Times bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series; the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy; the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series; and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.