Wednesday, September 18, 2013

101:120 Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep

The 9th book in the Elemental Assassin series.  Gin is finally taking Jo-Jo up on her offer of a spa day at Jo-Jo's salon, along with her baby sister, Bria, and friend Roselyn.  It's a nice break for an assassin but Gin's life is never that relaxing for long.  As soon as her nails are done, Jo-Jo's sister and Gin's friend, Sophia, barges in suffering from gunshot wounds and telling them to run.  The warning comes too late tho as Grimes, the man who had captured and tortured Sophia years ago, has come back for Sophia now that he has found out Fletcher, Gin's mentor and the assassin known as TinMan, is dead.  Grimes is now a a gun dealer and a truly nasty piece of work in all sorts of ways.  He and his sister are also deadly fire elementals and delight in torturing people using their power.  Now he has Sophia and Jo-Jo is on the brink of death from being shot as well and Gin will not let anyone abuse her family in that manner.  Grimes has just made the biggest mistake of his life...

I enjoyed this one as a nice quick read and a nice diversion from all the school stuff and it did that job admirably.  It wasn't nearly as repetitious as previous ones (although the constant internal monologing does get a bit tiresome at times).  I was glad to see Owen back and Gin getting some help and back-up instead of being a one-woman army taking out tons of people by herself but again, the story takes place over just a few days which doesn't allow for much character or over-arching story line development.  I'd like to see a bit more of that with books taking place over a maybe a month or two instead of the recent trend towards we just see Gin right as a big bad thing happens and then it takes 1-2 days for her to kill everyone and story is over.  The next one is supposed to be her background story so I'm hopeful.

Page count: 354p/26,947p ytd/171,347p lifetime

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