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Heart of Venom Audiobook
Heart of Venom
Written by: 
Jennifer Estep
Narrated by: 
Lauren Fortgang
Heart of Venom Audiobook

Heart of Venom: Elemental Assassin, Book 9

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Publisher's Summary

The hotly anticipated ninth novel in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series finds Gin Blanco on a dangerous mission to rescue a friend.

When a terror from the past threatens Gin’s friend and body-disposer, Sophia, Gin will stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means walking straight into a killer’s trap. Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches a turning point - can they reunite and rekindle their love? Or will the things Gin has been forced to do in her line of work as the deadly assassin the Spider keep them apart forever? Assuming, that is, she survives long enough to find out....

©2013 Jennifer Estep (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Ryan 06-23-16
    Ryan 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!!!"

    The story is great the narration is great makes you actually feel like you are in the book and hear them talking

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    Jehoshua 01-15-16
    Jehoshua 01-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Lacking and redundant story telling"

    It was really difficult getting through this book. It's the classic Gin thinks her day is going well, something happens, she's the spider and she's badass, almost dies, survives, she's the spider she's badass, almost dies again.

    I want to like the series, but for someone who's suppose to be the greatest assassin and strongest elemental she's always being overwhelmed by other elementals. She doesn't use her magic in any ways that seem even remotely useful besides draining her of all of it in a quick amount of time. Everyone she faces uses their magic so well, and apparently is stronger in it then her (Despite only having one element. Unlike her who has two different pools to draw upon). Everything has been dumbed down to physical fight scenes that are lackluster and redundant.

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    LilyElement 08-05-15
    LilyElement 08-05-15 Member Since 2016

    Book reviewer - PNR/UF Addict. Lover of make up and all things cute.

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    "LilyElement Book Reviews - Heart of Venom"
    Any additional comments?

    Gin Blanco returns in book nine of the Elemental Assassin series. This time around Gin is dealing with her friend being abducted. Sophia was taken by a crazy man named Harley Grimes, who kidnapped her in the past to tortured her and hasn't gotten over that fact that he didn't break her before she was rescued. This time around you get to see how dark and twisted JEstep's villains can be.

    I was kind of surprised by our leading lady and how she acted in Heart of Venom. Don't get me wrong, I can understand why, but it was unlike her. Gin has always been a calm, calculating assassin, but since this time it is personal, she rushes and has to figure things out as it goes. She does have the help of her friends, but I wasn't sure how it was all going to play out.

    There are several bits of character growth in Heart of Venom, one being finally getting more information on Sophia. Her character has always intrigued me, and previous books had only given glimpses of details of her past. I was sad to hear her story, but I can understand her character a lot better now. Another instance is Owen, the love interest. I was kind of pissed off the last few books due to Owen. He made a colossal mistake and I was glad to see him prove himself. I really like his character, and hope Gin and Owen manage to make it work in future books. The Elemental Assassin series is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series that I've read so far. It has a bit of everything I could ask for, romance, strong friendships, and a hunky love interest. I highly recommend this series if you haven't read it yet.

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    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 04-21-15
    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 04-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story!"

    I absolutely enjoy these books. There is one character in the story that the narrator really makes sound hilarious. And that character is the old man, Warren. I absolutely like this series although Gin has a habit of blaming herself for everything. That characteristic gets a little tiresome at times. However, really liked this book.

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    carlyt60 04-16-15
    carlyt60 04-16-15
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    "Best yet!"

    Jen and her loved ones shooting, stabbing and whatever it takes. Best in the series. Not so many flashbacks. Awesome!

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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-20-15
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Pretty much the same"

    Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

    Heart of Venom is the ninth book in Jennifer Estep’s very popular ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series. I skipped it a while back because I’m not crazy about this series and I didn’t want to purchase it. I had the later volumes and went on. (I’ve only continued to read ELEMENTAL ASSASIN because I already owned most of the books and I wanted to report on it for FanLit.) However, a copy of Heart of Venom fell in my lap recently, so I read it. I feel the same way about it as I do about all the other books in this series, so I’ll be brief here.

    Gin’s friend Sophia (the goth dwarf) is kidnapped by the man who tortured her many years ago. Gin must get her back because she has a hero complex — she sees it as her job to protect everyone she loves. So instead of asking her sister Bria, a top cop in the Ashland police force, to call in her troops to raid the bad guy’s backwoods compound, which he’s styled in a kind of Old West theme, Gin decides to go it alone. (I really can’t figure out why Bria never calls in the cops.) But of course her friends won’t let her do this alone and some of them show up to help, including Owen, her ex-boyfriend who came off looking like a real dick in the last book. Interspersed in the story are flashbacks in which Gin shows us her earlier relationship with Sophia. (These flashbacks have now become part of Estep’s usual technique in the last few books.)

    Fans of the series (of which there are many) will enjoy getting to know Sophia better and they’ll be extremely happy that Estep fixes the problem of Owen’s recent assholery. Other than that, though, Heart of Venom is pretty much the same as all the other ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN books. We’ve got Gin exhibiting her mother-hen tendencies by cooking huge meals for her friends and brooding about her inability to keep everyone safe. Finn worries about getting blood on his wardrobe and car. The villain is a cliché — an Old West outlaw type, this time. The sex is predictable and boring. The prose is uninspired and repetitive. The story is simply a narrative about how Gin kicks ass and there’s no beauty, humor, or thoughtfulness to it.

    Lauren Fortgang continues to do a brilliant job with the narration of the audiobook versions. Her voices are completely convincing and I like her performances a lot better than I like the stories. But as much as I admire the audio versions, I think I really am done with this series now. I’d be happy to try something else by Estep, but I’m just tired of the repetitiveness of this series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G M Whiters-Belin 03-16-15 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening and reading books. Also, I love fishing, swimming and just being with my family... "I'm forced to have to work".

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    "Jennifer Estep Spider Series is Awesome!!"

    Jennifer Estep is just one of my favorite authors and I absolutely love her Spider Series. I would love to see this series get turned into a TV series. It had triller, action and love all rolled into one. Jennifer keep writing and I'll keep reading!!

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    J. Hoffman AB Canada 12-05-14
    J. Hoffman AB Canada 12-05-14
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    "Bitchy female Lead! Love it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heart of Venom to be better than the print version?

    Not at all, i love both versions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of Venom?

    The ending when Sophia finally kills that MAN!!!!! Won't say his name.


    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes, i still can hear her voice within my mind.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it moved me.


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    Pat 08-06-14
    Pat 08-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow as slow can be..!!"

    This book drags..This story could be told in 30 minutes... No surprises, you know what coming up all the way....

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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 05-31-14
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Learning More About Fire"
    Any additional comments?

    Gin and her family are back in an action-filled story about obsession, love, and loss. It seems that all fire elementals are psychopaths, and who is M.M. Monroe? This is a good installment full of more flashbacks from Gin’s childhood.

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  • Amy
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    "outstanding ! one of the best Gin books so far!"
    What did you like most about Heart of Venom?

    the solidarity,sacrifice and twist and the affermation of each charactors strengths and indearing voungrabilitys.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gin,because as always she was amazing she takes anyone and anything on for those she loves no matter what it costs her. Brave,strong and beautiful person.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    Lauren Fortgang was absolutly outstanding as always .


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  • Sparks
    elham, United Kingdom
    8/29/13
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    "very disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Heart of Venom?

    the story and fight scenes were so similar to previous books, it felt like deja vu


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    the narrator was ok but ill timed pauses get a little annoying


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The first books in this series were ok, at times enjoyable, but this one had little new to offer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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