A short note before I start my review of Venom. It really isn't possible for me to tell you the plot of this story without some mild spoilers to not o...moreA short note before I start my review of Venom. It really isn't possible for me to tell you the plot of this story without some mild spoilers to not only Spider's Bite and Web of Lies, but to Venom. There are, also, so many wonderful things that happen in this book and everyone of them are spoilers too. So what's a girl to do? I'll spill as little as possible, but if your interested in none, skip over my spoiler section.
"For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."
Gin Blanco is learning Newton's third intimately. This theme was brought up several times in Venom, but the main circumstance is with her new arrangement with Roslyn Phillips. In Web of Lies, Roslyn owes Gin for Fletcher Lane and she knows it, so when Gin comes demanding her help to enter Mab Monroes soiree to kill Tobias Dawson, Roslyn could do nothing but comply. This is the case of the closer we get to people, the more we care about them and Gin Blanco is turning out to be no different. As a result, because she asked Roslyn to lie to Mab Monroe about the where abouts of a certain invitation and rune, Gin has placed Rosyln right in the line of sight of Mab's second in command, Elliot Slater. Now, Elliot is obsessed with Roslyn and is administering his own special brand of love to which Gin can't let slide. Elliot Slater will never touch Roslyn again is Gin has anything to say about it.
All we've ever seen of Gin is "The Spider", never really before have we've seen Genevieve Snow, and in Venom, this side is the one with feelings, fears, and love. As more about Gin's past is uncovered, the more we get to see the harsh truth of Gin's reality. It's no secret how much I love this character and now I get to see her as more human and with compassion.
Let me just say that Ms. Estep has a great cast of characters. All well rounded and each personality stands out clearly in my mind. I have my favorites, but can I just say how excited I am that Donovan Caine is no longer around? Good riddance Caine, I won't be missing you and please, don't come back because we have Owen Grayson now. *sigh* Owen. There is a scene that just wretched my cold little heart in to a big pile of goo pushing me further on to team Grayson, as if I needed anymore of reason than I was shown prior. He's one hot, sexy beast and utterly perfect for Ms. Blanco and in Venom you'll see exactly why I think so.
I'm absolutely dieing here to tell you everything that happens, but instead, let me just tell you some of the questions that I had: What exactly is Sopia Deveraux doing with those bodies? Does she have any magic? Why did Mab Monroe kill Gins family? Why was she after Bia?
All of these and more will be answered through a page turning, action pact plot. Ms. Estep sure knows how to deliver a fantastic story and awesome fighting scenes. As you can see, I completely enjoyed Venom more than Web of Lies, but some of the quirks that bothered me in the series first two novels are still present and I can only contribute this to the rapid succession in which all three novels were released. And while Venom might be left with a bit of a cliff hanger, it only increases my appetite for this series and makes me want Tangled Threads that much more.(less)
The Mage in Black is second in author Jaye Wells' Sabina Kane trilogy. I found the first debut novel, Red-Headed Stepchild, in one my late night searc...moreThe Mage in Black is second in author Jaye Wells' Sabina Kane trilogy. I found the first debut novel, Red-Headed Stepchild, in one my late night searches through Amazon's recommended readings. Red-Headed Stepchild was a favorite read of mine last year, so it's only natural that I'd be racing to the bookstore to grab up her next edition.
Jaye Wells' series is set in a world where vampires, mages, demons and faeries exist, but go mostly unnoticed by its human population. The vampires in this world are not undead but are living supernatural beings that are born, rather than made. They have a lot of the usual strengths and weaknesses of vampires but their origins, and their genetic red-hair, are linked back to original bible myth (they are the earthly descendants of Lilith and Cain) and as a result they have some weaknesses involving apples.
Sabina Kane has just left everything she knows behind her after being betrayed by her own grandmother, Lavina Kane, head of the vampire race. She's now an ex-assassin for the Dominae on her way to New York with Adam Lazarus [the mage we met in Red-Headed Stepchild:] to meet with her twin sister--that she only found about a week ago--Maise, High Priestess of her most-hated enemy, The Hectate Council of Mages. The product of a forbidden match and separated at birth, Sabina and Maise are half-vampire/half-mage and were brought up as complete opposites.
However, Maise has no intentions of letting the difference in their two worlds keep them apart. She has every intention of making Sabina feel welcomed. Sabina, though, isn't adjusting to her new life and her lack of knowledge of the rules in New York quickly gets her into trouble. Mage politics and transgressions in the Black Light District are set to stir up things to make her look bad. To make matters worse, not all the mages are happy about her arrival. So, Sabina must trust the Hectate Council to search out the mage(s) responsible for the threats to her life, except their attention is already occupied elsewhere with the upcoming vote to go to war against the Dominae... and their delay just might get her killed.
The Mage in Black was a great entry in the Sabina Kane trilogy. However, it was abundantly clear that this edition was a transitional novel, gearing up for the next in the series. There's a lot of 'down time' while Sabina learns to wield her new mage skills. She meets up with a friend from the past and her demon familiar, Giguhl, fights in the 'Demon Fight Club'. Negotiations and preparations are made for the upcoming dark races war. Despite it's lack of edge-of-your-seat, action-packed story like we got from the first book, it was still a satisfying read. We learn more about the mages and Caste of Nod. Sabina grows in character and power. Old characters come back to help Sabina, along with meeting some new friends. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that I've come to expect from Jaye Wells. I like this series and would recommend it to any urban fantasy reader. Though, if you hate cliff-hanger endings, I would wait for the Green-Eyed Demon when it releases March 2011, for it promises to be a non-stop thrill ride.(less)
I have absolutely nothing nice to say about this book. If it wasn't for Dorian or the the fact that it is the last installment to a series that I regr...moreI have absolutely nothing nice to say about this book. If it wasn't for Dorian or the the fact that it is the last installment to a series that I regret ever wasting time, energy and money in I would of shelved it permanently.
After Georgina and now Eugenie, I will NEVER read another book written by Richelle Mead.(less)