Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin #9)
When a terror from the past threatens Gin’s friend and body-disposer, Sophia, Gin will stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means walking straight into a killer’s trap. Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches ...more
Whoa, whoa, whoa- now wait just a minute.
"Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches a turning point—can they reunite and rekindle their love? Or will the things Gin has been forced to do in her line of work as the deadly assassin the Spider keep them apart forever?"
Are you, like, saying Owen and Gin are having differences even after the 8th book that's gonna be released in late March in freakin' 2013?
ARE YOU SERIOUS?!
I-I thought you were ...more
Well, if this series hasn't proven it, this book surely will because there is no one more "bad@ssier" than Gin. Yes, I know there are a lot of kick@ss chicks out there in UF land but no one gets covered in other people's blood as much as Gin. And it's not as if she likes it...technically, she's not even an assassin for hire anymore but this is who she ...more
Since when did Owen have a problem with the nature of her job? That was always Tate's issue, not Owen's. *confused*
The problem is that the plots are beginning to start to look a lot alike and that cools my enthusiasm a bit with this series, not to mention the fact that the next book is a prequel (UGH).
The premise here is we get to revisit a story that was told to readers early i ...more
4 Stars – And the Elemental Assassin Series Rocks Again!
Fletcher Lane, father figure and assassin mentor, took young Gin into his home after fire elemental Mab Monroe killed Gin’s family. Elemental sisters Jo-Jo and Sophia Deveraux are also part of the adopted family. Silent Goth sister Sophia is Gin’s aka the Spider’s one person clean-up crew after each bloody mission, and Jo-Jo is Gin’s healer. This time the sisters need Gin, and the Spider never turns her back on people in need, especially th ...more
Its still rocky?? I am guessing its rocky in book 8 too so its going to be rocky for 3 books. If the author wanted us to root for Owen and Gin she shouldnt have ruined him as a character in book 7. Now i am glad i stopped this series after book 7. The ...more
There’s only a handful of series’ where I will literally count the days between releases and Elemental Assassin is one of them. Gin kicks this installment off in true Spider style with blood on her hands and a body to dispose of. In Heart of Venom we finally see Blanco’s cool, patient demeanor slip only to be replaced by an emotional, risk-taking one which is incredibly dangerous in her line of work but also an as-of-yet unexplored side of her character. It’s personal thi ...more
Sophia has been in this ser ...more
5 Stars! One of my favorites in the series.
This was goooood! Not only are these characters that we love a rag-tag jumble of a family, they are a team and work together like a well-oiled machine. There was some brutal stuff going on in this book, which is usually the case in the entire series, but this one had some extra special violence and gore! *shudder* I loved it! Owen and Gin are a match made in urban fantasy heaven. From beginning to end, this was a real page turner! I can't imagine how JE ...more
This was a disappointment.
It was overall fairly well written and had the same cast of characters as the other books in this series.
And this is all the good I can say about it.
Here comes what I didn't like (stay tuned for the RANT), full of spoilers:
The "constuction flaws" were so glaringly obvious in some parts that I just couldn't overlook it like I normally do - especially with Urban fantasy - for example my biggest pee ...more
Sophia and Jo-Jo have some history with a brother-sister (Grime and Hazel) crime-lovin' combo team. When Grime and Hazel come to claim Sophia as their own, Gin will do everything in her power to get Sophia back.
With her emotions still raw from the rejection of Owen, Gin traverses her feelings for those she loves including Owen. But when the only way for her love ones to survive is by her sacrificing herself will ...more
With the release of Heart of Venom, we actually get to see a part of Jo-Jo and Sophia Deveraux's past that they don't normally talk about: Harley Grimes and the kidnapping and torture of Sophia. We knew that Sophia suffered at the hands of the Grimes causing her to have permanent problems with her voice (raspy voice) because Estep told us this whenever Sophia speaks!
What we didn't know about was how involved Gin's mentor Fletcher Lane was or who hel ...more
Estep needs Gin to be a kickass at the expense of her other characters - only Gin could possibly save anybody. I had thought both Sophia and Jo-Jo were kickass in their own right.
The timing of scenes bother me. Like when Sophia is kidnapped, Gin is talking on the phone with her brother, ...more
Heart of Venom is the ninth book in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. This is a very popular urban fantasy series and I totally get why. Not only are the characters amazing and the world interesting but the stories are simply thrilling. Each and every installment is a ride from start to finish and at the end of each book you totally want shout out a big “hooya” because all is well in the world…until the next intallment anyways.
This time a ...more
Who is Harley Grimes? you ask. He is the dude responsible for destroying Sophia’s voice. Years ago, he kidnapped and tortured her, and she only escaped once Fletcher came to rescue her. Now that Gin’s mentor is gone, Grimes ...more
To be honest, Owen & Gin's relationship fuck-up was the first bump big enough to challenge my tolerance for the bad all bravado writing. Some illogical cause-reaction scenes, Cheesy drama, repetitive monologues, and again too much insupportable bravado.
HEART OF VENOM has some wonderfully intense and graphic fight scenes, a plot that doesn’t slow down, and bad guys that bring new meaning to the word sadistic. This book follows a very similar formula to the plots in the previous books of the Elemental Assassin series and while I adore this formula I really come back for Gin’s superb fighting skills and the relationship she has with her friends and family.
Gin’s fierce loyalty to her friends and dogged de ...more
This one was good. I felt the old love wash over me. You know, before Owen sent me into a rage spiral that has lasted for 3 books. That made we wait until I got the books on sale to read them.
This time we find out what happened to Sophia long ago, when she is taken by a sadistic fire elemental that she escaped from years ago. Of course Gin is on the job. We get some lovely flashbacks of young Gin and Sophia and of course Gin is on the rampage as she seeks to protect ...more
Jennifer Estep never disappoints both with her intense plot lines and character development. Gin and Owen seem to be on better footing as out to prove to the woman he loves that he will do anything to gain back her trust. While the last book was mostly Gin battling ...more
This book is exactly what I expected. Gin starts out her day normally but of course trouble finds her anywhere. Even when she is having a day at JoJo's salon. Following Ms Estep's preferred formula, something bad happens to Sophia so of course Gin vows to take care of it. Yes, of course she is an assassin, so Gin has no problem with having a large hand in the multiple murders/deaths of the bad guys who ...more
Heart of Venom is a bloody fast pace ride through the backwoods of Ashland with a heroine that shows no signs of slowing down.
I’m a HUGE fan of the Elemental Assassin series. I love how we are 9 books into the series and Estep still manages to deliver great storylines. Books 1-5 has one story arc about Gin’s past and the person that was responsible for the death of Gin’s family.
The second half of the series has more wiggle room for other storylines and we are slowing building to what could be...more
Review: The Elemental Assassin series is in my top 6. And this book had the potential to be the best book in the series. Rather, it turned out to be my least favorite.
As usual, the magical elements and the vi ...more
Wow already the ninth book of this amazing Elemental Assassin Series. Jennifer Estep is on of the best writers in this genre. In this thrilling new book she keeps getting Gin to go through hoops. And just when you think you have figured it out, Jennifer comes with a new twist. With Gin and the returning characters from the other books from this series a joy to read and ...more
Book provided by Edelweiss for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I’ve had the pleasure to read this entire series and was thrilled when this book was released. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy and devoured the book. But I have had trouble putting my thoughts of the book on paper.
I enjoyed this book. But it was a little darker than past books in the series. And while that’s not a bad thing, sometimes it was just a little too much for me. In fact, the ...more
I once loved this series. Like really, really loved. I was shocked how the first five books seemed to be written just for me. Have you ever had that reaction to a story before? It doesn't have to be the greatest story ever told, but it ticks all the right boxes for you.
Gin Blanco is a proper kick-ass heroine, with the kind of 'get-yer-hands-dirty' attitude I love. The first five books in the series were wonderful (for me) but even back then I remember recycled scene-setting and dialogue. And ...more
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER'S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, and WIDOW'S WEB. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available.