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Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin #9)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  4,669 ratings  ·  350 reviews
The hotly anticipated ninth novel in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series finds Gin Blanco on a dangerous mission to rescue a friend.

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
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Pocket Books
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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?


I-I thought you were
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
Trouble always finds Gin or Gin always finds trouble but this time trouble isn't looking for her, but...her family. And Gin won't stand for that.

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
Nov 25, 2012 Amy marked it as to-read
"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?"

Since when did Owen have a problem with the nature of her job? That was always Tate's issue, not Owen's. *confused*
Douglas Meeks
Well I had to really sit down and examine this whole story to decide if it was going to be a 4 or 5 star review since Gin does what she does best, leave bodies in her wake. I guess it depends on what you measure this book against ...

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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)

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
"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?"


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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

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
Sep 23, 2013 Ian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Urban Fantasy
Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin) Many years earlier Sophia was kidnapped and brutalised by Harley and his sister Hazel, both powerful fire elementals. She was saved by Fletcher, Gin's mentor and surrogate father. Now Fletcher is dead and Harley has returned to reclaim Sophia and exact some revenge. After Harley drags Sophia back to his mountain hide-out, Gin launches a desperate suicide mission to save her and put an end to Harley's reign of terror once and for all.

Sophia has been in this ser

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
Tami (synchro from BL)
1,5 stars. (And the half stars is for "I really liked this series once...")

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
This is the 9th book in the Elemental Assassin series. The tenth book will be a prequel novel titled The Spider and is due to release in December 2013. This was an okay book but, like the last one, it was a pretty self-contained story and didn’t do much to advance the broader story.

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.

The tenuous relationship between Gin and Owen is about to be put to the test when an old enemy resurfaces threatening the family Gin’s built. Racing against the clock, Gin must save Sophia from a pair of fire elementals. A pair of elementals that combined power create a greater threat than Mab.

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
I love this series especially Gin, she's one of the best kickass heroine in paranormal history but I think I've reached the point where I just can't read this anymore. At first, I thought that I would still read this despite my annoyance in the previous book (mainly involves OWEN!) because I've read 8 books already and I want to know the ending. But, when I scanned the reviews, they were not what I was hoping to read and what I've read about Owen disappoints me. A good heroine is not enough, the ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

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
We learn more about Sophia's background in this book, and more about how Gin meets both Sophia and Jo-Jo but my overall reaction has been "meh". That's really sad because I thought Sophia is an awesome character.

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,
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

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
Jen (Red Hot Books)
You would think that by now that the bad guys of Ashland would all know who Gin Blanco is, and get the hell out of her way. After all, she kills everyone who does her wrong. (Well, almost everyone, but we’ll get to Owen in a minute.) But somehow, Harley Grimes missed the memo.

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
Dropping this series on my 'desperate times when there's nothing else to read and I felt like it' bottom shelf. It wasn't very good from the start but the plot was interesting enough and the action plenty enough that I made it through 9books.
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.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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
Owen and Gin spoilers only.

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
FV Angela
Another solid, action-packed installment in one of the best urban fantasy series out there. This time it’s JoJo and Sophia’s mysterious backstory that finally comes to light as a Gin must once again battle to save those closest to her.

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
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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
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)

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

Aug 22, 2013 Zeenat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arcs
Summary: An evil from Sophia's, Gin's dear friend, past has shown up and caused havoc. Gin is to the rescue, to try to save the family she has and keep them as close to her as possible. Can she stay alive long enough to resolve her issues with Owen? Can she keep her family and friends alive?

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
Iris (Paranormal Cravings Book Reviews)
Gin Blanco keeps dropping the bodies. Blood dripping of the pages in Estep’s Phenomenal Elemental Assassin Urban Fantasy series!

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
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
My favorite ongoing UF series. Just, yes please, give me moaaar! I love Gin and her story so much. This one gave us a lot of background on Sophia and we finally see how truly brave this woman is. It pained me to hear what she has gone through, but luckily she has her sister, Gin & co to support her. Always and forever, this gang! Heart of Venom introduces us to horrible villains (and in the best possible way) since these people were creepy, cruel and shudder-worthy. It was good to see Gin ki ...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Jen
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
Marigold Dicer

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
Can't believe I've already been through 9 books with Gin. This one was pretty good, although I am definitely starting to feel a little worn out with the story. The endless repeating has gotten better (she only recaps the past few books instead of the whole series). But the stories are becoming a bit predictable. Someone gets hurt/kidnapped and it's up to Gin to save the day. She doesn't want help, but gets help anyway because her friends love her. She almost dies in every book and this one is no ...more
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Elemental Assassin (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)
  • Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2)
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