- By Jennifer Estep Lauren Fortgang


  • Title: Venom
  • Author: Jennifer Estep Lauren Fortgang
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Audible Audio
  • Venom hrs minsIt s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you Luckily I never let pride get in the way of my work My current mission is personal annihilate Mab Monroe th

    12 hrs 8 minsIt s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work My current mission is personal annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most To the public, I12 hrs 8 minsIt s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work My current mission is personal annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most To the public, I m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland s best barbecue joint To my friends, I m the Spider, retired assassin I still do favors on the side Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker Mab s right hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side The man knows too much about me, but I ll take my chances Then there s Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland s finest Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead She probably thinks the same about me Little does she know, I m a cold blooded killer who is about to save her life

    1 thought on “Venom

    1. It is a truth universally acknowledged that- Gin Blanco, aka The Spider, professional assassin, always carries at least five silverstone knives on her at all times: two up her sleeves, two down her boots and one in the small of her back;- Finnegan Lake drinks a lot of chicory coffee and the supposed caffeine content does not affect him;- the symbol for Northern Aggression is a heart with an arrow through it;- Mab Monroe's rune is ruby with wavy rays all around;- Gin Blanco's eyes are grey wherea [...]

    2. *** 4.35 ***Buddy read with my fellow UF addicts over at BB&B, because we are bloodthirsty and love Gin's violent assassin ways (a direct quote from my buddy Jo) !!! Loved it much, much better than the previous 2 books! Hope it keeps going in the same direction Now I am on my way to Ashville, literally, and have to jump on the road RTC soon, hopefully

    3. 3.5 Not as good as the previous one, but still great!Ok, so Gin is still an assassin, she still kicks ass and she still has that great personality and humor that I love (and most people hate). This book was a bit annoying though 'cause the author kept writing the same thing over and over again. I mean, I read about why Finn drinks that coffee at least 4 times just in this book. I get that most people read this over time (not in 2 days) and they need to be reminded of stuff from time to time, but [...]

    4. Sometimes there are tag lines in a TV show, book series or movie for a set of characters that really work and you look forward to seeing them or hearing them. For Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series it was “There is always another secret” and for Heroes it was “Save the Cheerleader. Save the World” and Highlander’s “There can be only one.” I wish I could say the Estep accomplishes this too…but while she has a ton of repetition and things that could be tag linesk none of them ar [...]

    5. Okay, so I've finished the series now and there's nothing more to say except that the quality has remained, Gin is still badass but going kind of soft and heroic and I love Owen.I only complaint is that Estep has this annoying habit of recaping things that she's never written about. Particularly Donovan and Gin's relationship.Imagine if you read a story like Water for Elephants where Jacob joins the circus, falls in love, marries and has children. Then you read the sequel and Jacob starts off th [...]

    6. Buddy read with my fellow UF addicts at BB&B.This is what I was waiting for. Getting so caught up in the book that I can't put it down. Sure it took three books to get here but the important thing is that it did. Because I would have been pissed otherwise. I read for that feeling of being so high on the story that I crave the next page like a drug. For that alone I usually give a 5 star rating. However, I had to knock a star from Venom because of a few minor problems. I know myself so I know [...]

    7. 18/05/2016 Buddy read with my fellow UF addicts over at BB&B because we are bloodthirsty and love Gin's violent assassin ways “I’m just wondering how exactly I went from being the Spider to the Robin fucking Hood of the greater Ashland area. Three months ago, I was killing people for money. Lots of money. Buckets of it. Now, tell me a good sob story instead and I’ll take care of all your problems for free. Instead of stealing from the rich, I’m stabbing them to death for the poor.” [...]

    8. I've given this series as much of my time as I could. I was thoroughly intrigued by the ideas that Estep's stories held within their confines. The first book was a wonderful read. Even if some of her writing quirks were a little irritating I could ignore them for the characters, the story, and the otherwise wonderfully crafted prose. And then I moved onto the second book and those quirks were more prevalent as I read. It's very repetitive, even obnoxious. I ignored those things and continued rea [...]

    9. Initial reaction (upon finishing): Rock ON! That's how it's freakin done.This was an absolutely fantastic addition to the Elemental Assassin series. I just don't know where to start. But I'll say this: Venom is a very pivotal book, placing Gin in the position of finally being able to address (and do something about) her family's torture and murder. I would not recommend beginning the series here (rather, first check out Spider's Bite and then Web of Lies). Technically the main plot arc is self-c [...]

    10. Gin Blanco is ready to quit skulking in the shadows and declare war on the criminals who are worse than she is. That’s right, our assassin main character is done being the patient Spider and is ready to deal with the Big Bad that is controlling everyone in her town of Ashland. She begins small, by trying to protect Finn’s vampire lady friend from a large, aggressive stalker (who is, of course, one of the triumvirate who holds the town hostage). Gone is a lot of the annoying repetition of cer [...]

    11. 4.5 stars. So good! It is getting better with each book. Gin is such a mixed bag - tough on the outside but so soft on in the inside, and her 'family' are the glue that keeps her together. I must admit that I was much more interested in Gin's relationship with Bria and Owen (he is so hot and much more suited to Gin than Donovan) than I was with the happenings with Mab Monroe and Elliot Slater. My only gripe is the repetitiveness of events in previous books which I tend to skip over. I am reading [...]

    12. Maybe I shouldn't have read this one immediately after reading the second in the series, but this book annoyed the crap out of me by the end of it. It was too repetitious. I wish the author would have given the reader some credit and didn't feel the need to constantly feed us the same thing over and over and over again. I got it the first few times. Yes, Gin is a semi-retired assassain. Yes, she feels guilty for the predicament that Rosilyn is in. Yes, Mab Monroe is the Fire elemental who tortur [...]

    13. Can this series get any better?I swear each book is taken to a new level and I fall harder for Gin, Finn, Sophia, Jo-Jo, Owen (oh my hotness Owen!), and all the others that have made appearances in this book and series.The action is better, the romance steamier, the friendship more solid, the kick butt-ness more kick butt andyou get the idea. Just when I think I couldn't love this series more Estep ups the anty and it is. This really is a series that is just getting better with time and one of t [...]

    14. Another great entry into the life and times of one Gin Blanco.Good character development, nice setting up of future plots, relationship growth on both the romance and family front overall, a really fun book.

    15. Venom is the third book in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassins series. I enjoy these books for the most part, especially the author’s imaginative world building. I love how the author has created a world filled with humans, giants, dwarfs, vampires, and practitioners of elemental magic. This world is set in the city of Ashland, a corrupt city where most of the city officials and the police force are under the control of Mab Monroe and her cronies.In this installment, Gin is enjoying her ret [...]

    16. This book made me realise how much I love Urban Fantasy. I love the idea of magic and paranormal in the everyday. Maybe it’s because recently I have been reading so many ‘realist’ books for Uni I forgot about how much I love this genre. Which is also good because for a while there I was falling into a bit of a reading slump, which is now dead and buried in the cold hard ground.Coughing, sneezing, aching, wheezing. That was me. Gin Blanco. Restaurant owner. Stone and Ice elemental. Former a [...]

    17. So what seemed to be a minor quibble in the last instalment is turning into something quite annoying. What am I talking about? The constant repetitions: phrases, turns of phrases, names, events… The narrative is polluted by them. Gin keeps saying she is “the assassin the Spider,” that Mab killed her mother and older sister (yes yes we got that part), she keeps describing her spider rune and explaining its meaning, keeps repeating she takes her little white pills (and that condoms are extra [...]

    18. ****Review will contain mild spoilers if you are not update on the series.****Ok the awesomeness of this series just gets better with each book. Each book in the Elemental Assassins series has its own plot with a bigger picture plot surrounding the murder of Gin’s mother and older sister. Things keep building as Gin finds out more about that night and about her later handler, Flecter.Gin is still mourning her handler and foster father, Fletcher. She is also having a hard time with her love lif [...]

    19. Gin's still trying to settle into retirement but how can she do that when her friends need her? Turns out Roslyn the vampire is having problems with Mab's giant, Elliot Slater, and since Gin feels responsible, she can't say no. I loved how things are all starting to come together. The "family" is really meshing well, Bria's in the picture, Gin's love life took a turn for the better AND Gin's finally making her move against Mab ~ and what a move it was! Gin is her fabulous self and I like that sh [...]

    20. Gin Blanco is a (sort of retired) assassin who's life is blowing wide open. Truths revealed, new possibilities forming, and a whole lot of action going on.I LOVE this series. I love that it's dark and gritty and that Gin sees herself as this hard shell of a woman when the reality is that she's fierce and loyal and protects those she cares for or makes promises to. It's not sunshine and roses here in assassin land, but I really liked that this book shows us Gin opening up a bit, her circle expand [...]

    21. This series just gets better and better. I can't believe how emotionally invested I've become in Gin Blanco. I've said it before, Gin and I could be besties. I admire most everything about her - her grit, courage, intelligence, passion, tenacity, mad skills, and mostly her deep and abiding care she has for the people she loves. I find this book emotional and darn frustrating because they are going to take that one issue and extended to the next book. Please, please, let this issue get resolved s [...]

    22. Why have I been neglecting to read this series?! This installment was enough to bump Gin Blanco to my list of favorite series. Full review coming.

    23. Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsJennifer Estep has done it again! Venom is even better than the first two installments which is pretty unbelievable considering how outstanding they both were. No word of a lie, the Elemental Assassin series literally gets better with every book. That's pretty freaking remarkable if you ask me! It felt like that crazy drop in the Tower of Terror except that it lasted for twelve hours! The story is thrilling, the character development is exceptional and Owen Grayson is jus [...]

    24. This time around, everyone--especially the good guys--seemed to conspire to make Gin fail. And fail she does, repeatedly.In the previous books there would be a buildup period where no direct confrontations happen and then the final execution of the "plan." Of course, some complication would arise at that point ratcheting up the danger but, in the end, things would resolve themselves. Formulaic, I know, and maybe something to improve. But it had a clear benefit: showing that Gin was really good a [...]

    25. “Venom” is the third installment in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. The story is told from Gin’s perspective – a retired assassin that just can’t seem to stay retired. I really enjoy Gin’s character. She’s sassy and won’t let anyone boss her around. Well, she is an assassin after all! She is fiercely protective of those she cares about her. That has to be one of my favorite traits about her. And when she speaks in the book, I totally hear her with a deep, almost ras [...]

    26. "To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spider, retired assassin."I strongly suggest you read this series in order. It shortly introduces some things you may have missed in previous novels, but it's not enough to know exactly what's going on and to appreciate the characters growth and relationships. Gin Blanco will never truly be retired, but it's for the best.e really does shine when in her element. Jennifer Estep is a fantastic story [...]

    27. Another Bullseye for Jennifer Estep! This book was even better than the last one.Recommend: Those who want a little paranormal in their lives. This has lots of action and suspense with a dash of romance.Highlights:*Gin doesn't fail to kick some series bad guys. One has to wonder "Is she really retired?"*Bria Coolidge shows up. She is looking for her Sister at the same time Gin is looking for her. Bria kicks butt as well, just through legal means.*Winner of Favorite Character for this book is OWE [...]

    28. I really enjoyed this book, but for whatever reason it's not hitting "that was amazing!" levels for me. Though I am very happy that Gin seems to be moving on after Caine left her, I did not enjoy all of her remembrances about him. They gave me the sense that if he ever does return to Ashland, that if he crooks a finger at her, she'll go back to him at a run.There was one thought she had, though, that I wish I could believe she'll follow through on and forget Caine. This thought was on page 245 i [...]

    29. I was on the fence about 3 or 4 stars for this. I do enjoy the series, there was something a bit repetitive about this entry to me, like the chess pieces needed to be moved past this one and into the next book's plot a bit faster. It almost felt like the plot filled a novella, rather than a novel. Also, I think if Gin is really a famous assassin, she needs to be more stealthy, she has all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop sometime.This series doesn't reinvent the wheel in the urban-paranorm [...]

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