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Venom by Jennifer Estep
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Jan 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: paranormal, urban-fantasy
Read from January 21 to 22, 2012

Gin Blanco, aka Spider is sort of out of retirement. Jonah McAllister wants revenge for his son’s murder and Mab Monroe wants the blond hooker she met in the bathroom who she thinks didn’t die with Tobias Dawson in the coal mine. Gin lets Elliot Slater (Jonah’s bodyguard) beat her so that she could get of their radar. The police are called after and Gin finds out the detective that replaced Donovan Caine is Bria Coolidge, Gin’s long lost sister. Owen Grayson takes a bigger part in the picture as he shows interest in Gin and after the hurt she got from falling for Donovan, Gin is reluctant to go out with Owen despite her growing attraction. As the story goes on we see that Gin Blaco’s real name is Genevieve Snow and what happened that night Mab killed her family. Gin plans to kill Elliot after she finds out that he’s stalking, intimidating and sexually harassing Roslyn Philips who is in love with Xavier. Mab sends her Elliot and the others to kill Bria and Gin of course save her. Gin takes her attraction to Owen to further levels and we find out that Owen has a past of his own, one that relates to Gin. Even though killing Elliot is not the best idea and she’s doing it for free, Gin goes ahead gives her promise and during this she finds out why Mab killed the Snow family.

I expected a bit more from the story especially after we found out that Mab was the fire elemental who killed Mab. The first part of the story was a bit of a bore because the plot only started towards the middle of the book where things got really interesting. I liked the fact that Gin took things further with Owen and she didn’t brood over Donovan too much like what usual female characters usually do. I also expected more of Bria when she made her appearance and for her to find out that Gin is her sister. I liked Gin’s reminiscing pieces in between and how much Gin matured from the first book but the action scenes are much less than I would have like. Hoping the next book would be way better...

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