Review: Venom (Elemental Assassin #3) by Jennifer Estep


(Spoiler Alert for the first two books!)

What kind of assassin works pro bono?

It’s hard to be a bad ass 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 over sized 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. (via Goodreads)

My Review:

So, in this book Gin is still reeling from a major discovery about her family that she found out in the second book. (Check out my reviews of the first book, Spider’s Bite, and second book, Web of Lies!)

This discovery, along with the knowledge of who killed her family, leads her on a quest. A personal vendetta to annihilate the people responsible. Like I said previously, she doesn’t take things sitting down and she definitely doesn’t waste any time in this book getting down to business.

Although I won’t say anything specific about romantic developments, I will give you two words: Owen Grayson. Such a good choice for her, I really hope she can get completely over feelings she has for Donovan, because Owen is such a ridiculously more appealing choice in just about every way.

With the first two books, the plots wrapped up very well at the end. With this one – the quest to get her own back in revenge for what was done to her family has been building, and there is no quick fix. She gets things set up very well in this book, but we will have to wait until later books to see just how soundly she kicks ass.

I really can’t recommend this series enough, every single book so far has been action-packed and incredible! I cannot wait to see what happens next.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Shannon@BooksDevoured January 1, 2011, 6:15 pm

    I agree 100% I love these books too. Great Review. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Sarah January 3, 2011, 2:02 pm

    I think Owen Grayson is awesome too. I never really liked the detective – but Owen… oh, *swoon 🙂 He is perfect for Gin! I can't wait for tangled threads 🙂


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