19 February 2011

Review: Venom by Jennifer Estep

Venom by Jennifer Estep
published September 2010
Urban Fantasy
#3 in the Elemental Assassin series

Gin Blanco is on a mission, she is planning her revenge against Mab Monroe, the woman who killed her family. When a friend of Gin is being stalked and terrorized by Mab's brutal enforcer she can't stay back. Gin feels responsible that Roslyn is trageted by the ruthless giant and will do everything to kill him.
Gin's private life is just as complicated, she finally gets the chance to meet her sister Bria but can't tell her who she really is. And there's a new man in Gin's life, Owen Grayson, who seems to be genuinely interested in her.
Will Gin be able to rescue Roslyn and will the new developments in her private life make her happy?

This is the first time that I read the first three books in a series and was so impressed by them that I reviewed them all. When I started with the first book in the Elemental Assassin series about two weeks ago I didn't think that I would come to love these books so much. 
"Venom" was very entertaining and I had a lot of fun while reading it. Jennifer Estep's writing style made the book a joy to read and I was always excited to get to the next page of the book. The book fits seamlessly to the other two parts of the series so that I feel like I'm reading one big story instead of three small ones. 

I loved learning more of Gin, Finn, Roslyn, Sophia and the others. I especially liked reading about the new developments between Gin and Owen, he's definitely an awesome guy and I hope that they will have a chance for a happy future. I also enjoyed how Gin dealt with Roslyn's stalker and that she cares about the people close to her. I love that you can trust in Gin and that she never backs down from a promise. 
The scenes between Bria and Gin were fascinating and I hope that Bria will soon learn who Gin really is. I think Bria might be able to handle Gin's job as an assassin and I would be so happy to see them together as sisters.  
I can't wait to get my hands on book #4 in the Elemental Assassin series and to read how Gin's plan for revenge and her private life will continue. 

I like it because it's powerful and fits to the story.

final appraisal
Once again Jennifer Estep enthraled me with her engaging writing style, her likable, complex characters and a thrilling story. I can't get enough of this fascinating series and would recommend it to all readers who enjoy reading about unique and strong characters. 


  1. When I read the first book Spider's Bite thought had died and gone to heaven, Gin Blanco was just that much fun and by the time I read Venom this year Jennifer Estep was firmly on my auto-buy list for the series...

    Glad you enjoyed all the books so far too Sabrina and like you what comes next has me waiting impatiently!

  2. Two more to come this year, nice :) You must be happy

  3. Jackie, waiting impatiently is exactly what I'm doing :)

    Bleudeuedd, I'm so happy that the next book will be out soon because I'm not good at waiting.

  4. I started SPIDER'S BITE but just couldn't get into it and didn't finish. I keep hearing such great things about the series, and I liked your review... maybe I should give it another try.

  5. Jennifer, hope it works for you.
    But sometimes somethings missing from a book even though it should work for you. That happened to me a few times in the last weeks and I had to realize that the books just weren't for me.

  6. Hi Sabrina,

    You can add me to the waiting impatiently list too! I am so excited to read Tangled Threads! I can not wait! Great review, I so agree with you about Gin and Owen. I think they are great together, LOVE it!




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