Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Review of Venom by Jennifer Estep


Jennifer Estep

Simon & Schuster

389 pages

Venom is the 3rd in the new urban fantasy Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep.

The weather may be cooling down in Ashland, but the action is as hot as ever and as usual Gin finds herself smack in the middle, she’s still looking for her baby sister, but it seems her baby sister’s found her, she still wants Mab’s head on a platter but that will have to wait for a while. And most of all she’s still very loyal to her friends and is a loyal friend in return and when one them is in trouble Gin will do right by them. It usually means more trouble, but Gin’s used to that. She’s also still nursing that heartache over super homicide cop and Mr. Moral Donovan Caine and she may just have found the right medicine in Owen Grayson, will he turn out to be more moral than common sense too or will he see Gin for what she is, an incredible woman who doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty to help out her friends.

Ms. Estep is one of those rare finds, an amazing storyteller, but what makes her doubly good is that her story is fantasy and still she makes it utterly believable to her audience. Her characters span the spectrum from mundane to unbelievable and we her readers can’t help but want to know everything about them all. Her villains dose out more than just dirty looks, they pull their elemental magic up and blast their enemies with it. Her protagonist Gin is one of the most misunderstood heroines you could ever imagine, yes she’s a former and sometimes reinstated assassin, but she’s got heart and soul, she’s feminine and not afraid to let it show and when she’s working she’s not afraid to show her dark side and now with her new love interest Owen Grayson we finally see a side of her that we’ve been waiting three novels to see, the proud side. This is not a romance, but there is a romance parked inside and it’s a doozy and it’s definitely worth the wait. The love scenes are sexy and earthy and sizzle on the page.

So you say you’re looking for something just a little out of the ordinary and with all the urban fantasy/paranormal series/stand-a-lones out there why should you spend your money on the Elemental Assassin series and Venom, because they’re that good. Venom stands really well on it’s own, but it would be like missing the meat out of the stew. Get the full Gin experience and read all of the novels

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