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By a Thread (Elemental Assassin Series #6)

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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

The Series is awesome!

I can't wait for this book!!!! I love the whole series! Really holds you even after several books, I usually loose intrest in them over time - but not with Gin Blanco aka "The Spider"!!!! Love it! Keep um' coming!!!!

posted by AngiGA on October 21, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Too short

The story line was good, but the book was too short. Many pages of hype in the beginning, and the end of book was the preview of the next book. So, it didn't leave much to read - a lot of fluff.

posted by 18449543 on March 2, 2012

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

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    The Series is awesome!

    I can't wait for this book!!!! I love the whole series! Really holds you even after several books, I usually loose intrest in them over time - but not with Gin Blanco aka "The Spider"!!!! Love it! Keep um' coming!!!!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    I love this series and truly enjoyed this book with one exceptio

    I love this series and truly enjoyed this book with one exception. The plot I thought was great, Gin's nemesis in the story is tricky and nearly does her in, which was a nice turn since I was feeling a little top of the world for Gin after defeating Mab. I really enjoy her relationship with Owen, which gets some fun time in this book. The only negative part is Donovan Caine. I knew he would come back, but he is such a whiny brat in this book. And it doesn't seem true to his character. I also thought his scene towards the end was a little forced, I mean, really, did you have to put that in so Gin can get a little comeuppance? I thought it was pretty plain in previous books that she left her feelings for Donovan behind and was moving on with Owen, so why the big drama scene? Some things are better left unsaid, that was one of them. Not my favorite book in the series, but still a great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Excellent addition to the series!

    By a Thread was another entertaining adventure with Gin Blanco. The change of scenery was refreshing and Jennifer Estep continues to flesh out characters that you can identify with. I also enjoyed the closure that comes with one of the story threads (don't want to spoil it). All in all, one of the few series where each installment is as exciting and engrossing as the first. Looking forward to Gin's next adventure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Really enjoy Spider!

    I truly enjoy reading stories of strong female protagonists, and they don't get much stronger than Spider. Love to see the caring side of her come out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    highly recommend to read. Great escape

    Great escape

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    Poor Gin. Ever since her battle with Mab, people have been comin

    Poor Gin. Ever since her battle with Mab, people have been coming into the Pork Pit staring at her and/or trying to kill her. After all, what better way to make a name for yourself than by taking out the infamous Spider? So when Finn suggests a vacation, she reluctantly agrees. Looking at it as an opportunity to spend time with her sister, Gin shouldn't be surprised when trouble finds her.

    Letting Bria choose, they decide to vacation in Bria's old hometown. A little jealous of the easy friendship between Bria and her BFF Callie, Gin is even more shocked when she sees her old flame Donovan! Turns out that Bria and Donovan had switched jobs, but nobody had mentioned that little detail to Gin.

    Despite her best intentions, it isn't long before Gin finds herself smack dab in the middle of trouble. Turns out Callie is being strong-armed into selling her restaurant to some bad guys. Well, no one threatens Bria's best friend, much less a fellow cook, so Gin comes up with a plan. Only it seems that she bit off a little more than she could chew this time around....

    Really, really loved this one, as Gin just keeps getting better and better! One of the things I really love about her is that she's human. She can get hurt. She feels jealous of the sisterly relationship Bria has with Callie. She isn't sure of her feelings for an old lover. Her plans aren't infallible. Love that while she's good, she's not Superassassin!

    Another thing I love about this series is Gin's family and friends. While I'm not totally sure about Bria yet, I love Gin's foster brother Finn, lover Owen, and the Deveraux sisters! They all love Gin and will always be there for her. You couldn't ask for better friends!

    And the descriptions of the food! I must have been hungry while reading this one, but the food that Callie served at her restaurant had me drooling! I really want to try the pineapple pudding that Gin had for dessert! Wonder if Jennifer has the recipe?

    Sorry...where was I? Oh yeah....this is an awesome read and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves a strong heroine, a great plot, excellent writing, and outstanding characters! And food.... :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

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    Estep is back with her sixth installment of her amazing Elementa

    Estep is back with her sixth installment of her amazing Elemental Assassin series. Having wet my appetite in her e-novella, Thread of Death, I was highly anticipating seeing where Estep was going to take us devoted Spider fans. I was not let down!

    We all know that Gin is not the vacation sort of girl. But now that everyone knows (or assumes) she is the assassin, the Spider, all eyes are on her and every assassin is gunning for her. A vacation doesn’t sound so bad. So together with her sister, Bria, they pack their bags and head to Blue Marsh. Blue Marsh is where Bria grew up and she is pretty excited to see her best friend, Callie, who was like a sister to her. Gin hopes that this vacation will help her and Bria’s relationship but the jealousy that Gin feels for Callie’s closeness to Bria is hard to overcome.

    Of course, the boys aren’t too far behind. Finn and Owen join the girls. Just in time too because someone is after Callie’s restaurant and there are bodies showing up. With the reintroduction of Donovan Caine (BOO!) the reader is torn as is Gin. Donovan still is the same, absolutely nothing has changed and that is all that I am saying (GRR)! The scenes with Donovan and Gin are intense and will have you wanting to claw Donovan’s eyes out. I don’t want to give anything away but the last scene with Donovan and Gin had me jumping up and down cheering!

    Estep had me again. I felt it all during this installment; anger, jealousy, sadness and happiness. There are some old wounds that heal and some that reopen leaving the reader satisfied but anticipating what will happen next.

    (ARC was provided by author for an honest review)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Too short

    The story line was good, but the book was too short. Many pages of hype in the beginning, and the end of book was the preview of the next book. So, it didn't leave much to read - a lot of fluff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Highly Recommend entire series

    Every book in this series keeps getting better!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2014

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    Gin Blanco returns in book six of the Elemental Assassin series.

    Gin Blanco returns in book six of the Elemental Assassin series. After killing Mab Monroe, her cover as The Spider has been blown and she has all the wannabe thugs out to get her in attempts to prove themselves. Talk about annoying, you'd think her taking out a big villain would cause people to not try messing with her. Anyway, she desperately needs a vacation due to all the pesky people. Her and Bria hit the road and head back to Bria's old stomping grounds. They meet up with Bria's BFF, only to find out that Callie, Bria's BFF is being threatened to sell her restaurant or else a vampire will do something bad like torch the place and kill her.

    Gin and Bria are having pretty bad tension in this book. I've noticed similarities between Bria and Donovan in the past and knew he'd make a reappearance sometime soon. Much to my surprise, he actually reappears in this book as Callie's fiance. Gin basically has to deal with Donovan's bs while trying to kill the vampire that is out to get Callie. As per norm, there is a lot of plotting, fighting, and a big blow out near the end. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, and will be getting the next one in the near future. If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy, I highly suggest this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Recommend

    This book was enjoyable and entertaining. As a result of reading it, more of this series by this author will be ordered and read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Just keeps getting better!

    Honestly I thought the books in the series were becoming very similar, Gin saves friend from another bad guy but I love the characters and was confused by boyfriend Owen's actions from the last book. To say the least I am hooked on the Assassin series. I found this book to be different from the others even though Gin does save everyone. I am disappointed in Owen but by the end of the book it seemed like he might get it together. I hope so Gin and Owen made such a good pair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Here is to the person who wrote augest 14, 2012

    Thanks for telling the story. Not. I dont want to hear the story i want to read. I want to find out what happens from the book not from some person who cant keep their big mouths shut. So why dont you leave the reviews to some one who doesnt have a big moith like you. Thanks again

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

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    I was very excited to see what direction the author would choose

    I was very excited to see what direction the author would choose for this series now that one of the main story arcs had concluded in book #5. I was pleasantly surprised! This book focused on Gin's emotional development with her sister and Owen. It has the added benefit of wrapping up loose strings in her previous relationships. It saw her actually confronting people, rather than letting them run roughshod over her. (One of my biggest pet peeves from early books is that she never defended her actions to Donovan Caine - how's the guy supposed to like you if you don't give him an opening???).
    I took a star away because, similar to Merrymoon, I felt one particular scene at the end of the book was a stretch and untrue to character. Despite that, though, the scene was pretty dang satisfying!
    I have to add that I'm also happy to see that Gin is still learning and growing in her "craft" (assassination, not magic). I'm sure that  most of the people she took out in the past years weren't big, bad elementals, and she's still figuring out how to balance her technical skills with her magical skills to save the day. This book was a good lesson that you're never at the top. There's always someone waiting to take you down. Good thing, too, because I want more books!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    "ANOTHER BITES THE DUST"

    LOVED THE BOOK. GIN BLANCO IS THE BADDEST AND MOST UNFORGETABLE CHARACTER I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE TO READ ABOUT IN A LONG TIME----SHE DESERVES MY PRAISE AND MORE. CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF READING ABOUT A STRONG, NO-NONSENSE, KICK-ASS, "MACHOETTE" WOMAN WHO'S NOT AFRAID TO MEET HEADS ON ADVERSARIES BENT ON TAKING HER OUT AFTER HAVING A LITTLE FUN WITH HER.
    WHILE I ALWAYS ENJOY THE COMMENTS OF OTHERS----WHAT I HATE ARE THOSE LONG, DRAGGED OUT REMARKS THAT GIVE THE STORY AWAY. FOR THOSE WHO ARE GUILTY OF THIS, I ADVISE PUT A LID ON IT AND WRITE YOUR OWN BOOK, BLABBER MOUTH. JUST HAD TO VOICE MY DISPLEASURE.
    ANYWAY I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. ENJOY..........

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

    Great series.

    Great series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

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    BY A THREAD by Jennifer Estep BY A THREAD is the sixth book in

    BY A THREAD by Jennifer Estep

    BY A THREAD is the sixth book in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassins series. Featuring heroine Gin Blanco, The Elemental Assassins series focuses on Gin’s life as assassin-for-hire The Spider. Now that her nemesis Mab Monroe is no longer a threat, Gin schedules a long needed vacation with her sister Bria, only to find, that no one will ever let her forget her past.

    Gin Blanco has decided it is time to retire. Her life as The Spider has affected everyone she loves including her sister, her love life and her extended family of vampires, dwarves, giants and elementals. When her step-brother and her sister’s lover Finn suggests a vacation, Gin is reluctant. Although time together may help heal the heartache between she and her sister, their destination is about to bring more problems than she could have ever imagined.

    Bria and Gin head to Blue Marsh, a small sea-side town where Bria was raised when the sisters were orphaned following a fatal fire that killed their parents and older sibling. Hoping to catch up with her childhood friend Callie, Bria is surprised to learn that Callie is engaged, and Gin is stunned when she recognizes Callie’s fiancé-her ex-lover Donovan Caine. To make matters worse, neither Callie nor Bria are aware of the connection between Donovan and Gin, or that Donovan left Gin with the hope of never again seeing the assassin known as The Spider.

    Bria’s continuous disdain for her sister, breaks Gin’s heart. As the assassin known as The Spider, Gin works the other side of the law. Her sister Bria, as a police detective, is torn between the law and her moral and ethical obligation to her superiors. But without Gin’s help, the tiny metropolis of Ashland, would be controlled by the beings more powerful than anyone could have predicted. Gin is washed in the knowledge that her only sister despises her and their relationship may be beyond repair.


    The painful reminders from her past continue to haunt Gin, especially when her skills as an assassin may be needed. Randall Dekes is a wealthy landowner (and vampire) who continues to purchase all the surrounding land to build a large and sprawling casino, and Callie is one of only two holdouts in the land appropriation. On numerous occasions, Callie has been threatened and assaulted by the vampire’s men and Randall Dekes refuses to back down waging a campaign against Callie and anyone who stands in his way.

    With her extended family now secluded in Blue Marsh, Gin, Bria, Finn and Gin’s lover Owen, devise a plan to convince Dekes, it would be in his interest to leave Callie and the others alone. But an error in judgment,almost costs Gin her life, as well as the lives of those thought to be closest to Randall Dekes. Gin’s fatal error, was not recognizing that perhaps her reputation as The Spider was known to Dekes. And once again, someone from her past, has let it be known, what and whom is Gin Blanco.

    Randall Deke’s is a vampire, who knows a good thing when he finds it. To keep his abilities at full strength, he must feed from the Elementals, syphoning their powers, absorbing the elements of air, fire, stone and ice. With Gin’s dual elemental power, Deke is now in possession of all four elements. Weakened by Deke’s feeding, Gin must attempt an escape, by any means possible. But there are others who are in danger, and Gin promises to return.

    Following a much-needed healing session with Jo Jo, Gin and the others must once again track a vampire in his lair, but not before Donovan reveals Callie is missing and presumed in Deke’s custody. Knowing that Donovan already hates her for who she is, Gin must call upon her skills as The Spider, to affect the rescue of her ex-lover’s fiancé and a couple of other elementals secluded within the walls of Deke’s mansion.

    Gin’s battle with Deke and his warriors is action packed and the results are worth the effort. Freedom is gained at the cost of many lives but Callie is safe in the arms of her fiancé, and Blue Marsh and its’ people no longer have to worry about a vampire and his dreams of a casino and resort.

    Gin and Owen’s relationship grows stronger thoughout the storyline and the love scenes are gentle and pure. Donovan’s true feelings for Gin are revealed, and to everyone’s surprise, his confession leaves both himself and the reader-breathless. Gin’s past still haunts her dreams as well as her life, and we know, that we have not seen the last of Mab Monroe’s Ashland villains. BY A THREAD is another wonderful story in The Elemental Assassins series and I can’t wait for the next.

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    Posted July 19, 2012

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Great Story!!

    Having read the previous books in this series, I found this one to be one that I could not put down..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Wonderful series

    Can't wait for more

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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