Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #17)

Venom in the Veins

Written by: Jennifer Estep

My Rating: 
Series: Elemental Assassin
Sequence in this series: Book 17
Paperback: 354 pages
Publisher: Jennifer Estep
Publication Date: June 11, 2018
ISBN-10: 0986188565
ISBN-13: 978-0986188565
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Blood might be thicker than water, but venom is stronger than just about anything …

It was supposed to be a nice, quiet, simple dinner with friends—but nothing is ever nice, quiet, or simple when you’re Gin Blanco, the Spider, notorious assassin and current queen of the Ashland underworld.

This time around, someone seems to be targeting Stuart Mosley, the president of First Trust bank. Lots of people have grudges against Mosley, but the more I investigate, the more Mosley’s problems seem to be connected to some of my own, especially when it comes to the Circle, the evil, shadowy group that is secretly responsible for much of the crime and corruption in Ashland.

But when another blast from my dark and deadly past as the Spider comes to light, I wonder if I’ll be able to survive this dangerous new enemy, who has a burning thirst for revenge that will only be satisfied with one thing: my death.

Note: The title of this book has been changed from Cold Sting to Venom in the Veins.
Venom in the Veins (Elemental Assassin, #17)Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep

If you are an urban fantasy fan, Jennifer Estep is a must read and Gin and the Elemental Assassin series is an absolutely must read.

Venom in the Veins was an enjoyable addition to the Elemental Assassin series but had a slow start, with it picking up about 1/4th of the way in. I have to admit that it is reminiscent to a few earlier installments and I did check to see if I had the wrong book thinking I was accidentally re-reading an earlier edition. No I wasn't and yes, it wouldn't be the first time I made that mistake...hey, cut me a little slack I've read thousands :D. Okay, back to my review. The reason for the confusion, this book starts like a few others, Gin is facing off with the off-spring of a previously executed foe. The now adult child is out for revenge and is maybe more powerful and evil than the parent. The similarities between the parent and child, now adult, are shockingly deja vu-ish... Hence the deja vuishness to previous installments. BUT once you get past the first few chapters, Estep's magical ability to wrap her readers up into a fictional, urban fantasy world erupts and you find yourself capitulated into a world where elemental powers, crime lords and vampire do exist. By the conclusion, you find yourself riveted to the pages and wishing you didn't have to leave Gin, Finn and the rest of her family.



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