I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.
Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.
A+ Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A- Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+ Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B- Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+ Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C- Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish
updated July 9, 2015
In this, the third book of Jennifer Estep's wonderful Elemental Assassin series, Gin is finally coming into her own and fully embracing her new role as a "retired assassin." I found myself eager to listen to more and more as the story unfolded.
This time around, Gin finds herself ready to face off with Elliot Slater, Mab Monroe's giant enforcer. The giant has decided to make vampire Roslyn Phillips his unwilling girlfriend, and Gin won't let Roslyn be harassed any longer. While on the surface, it seems like a straight forward situation, Ms. Estep expertly weaves in details about Gin's past into the plot. As the story progresses, Gin's journey goes from that of an assassin helping a friend to one of a much deeper, more personal nature. I appreciate how Gin continues to grow not only in strength and magical ability, but in fortitude, with her personal, mental, and emotional development as the true diamond in the rough within Venom.
In addition, several of the supporting characters are featured front and center, giving Gin's life a more rounded, full nature. I love how Gin is learning to trust and love those she considers family. I also adore newcomer Owen Grayson, who accepts and adores Gin for the woman she truly is inside. Also, we learn more about Bria Coolidge, Gin's presumed deceased sister. While I bristled at Gin's first several encounters with Bria, I found myself with a lump in my throat during times as well.
Once again, I found the narration of the title by Lauren Fortgang utterly fantastic. Her range of voices for each character fits superbly. By now, I can easily recognize each character by their "voice," and find them all wonderful.
My Rating for the story: A
My Rating for the narration: A