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Posted April 29, 2011
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Assassin against Assassin!
I love the premise of this book. Mab Monroe is pissed that the Spider has killed her top enforcer and has hired LaFleur (another female assassin) to take the Spider out. Also, on Mab's hit list is Gin Blanco, the owner of the Pork Pitt and Bria Coolidge, the town's newest cop. Mab doesn't know that the Spider will do anything to protect her loved ones! Although this book wasn't nearly as bloody as previous books (the Spider is retired, afterall), it is still packed with action. LaFleur is the perfect nemesis and is totally cold and heartless and loves zapping and killing folks with her electrical magic. There is a wonderful build up as we know that ultimately, it will come down to the Spider against Mab! I know who I'll be routing for! This reader is anxiously awaiting the next installment.
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Posted April 25, 2011
another great addition to the series
Like the preceding books in this thrilling series, Tangled Threads packs a great deal of punch. Gin is back, guns (or shall we say, knives) blazing and is reeking havoc on Mab Monroe and her followers. Once again, Estep delivers Gin's story in the same dark, gritty tone that we as readers have grown accustomed to.
However, what makes the fourth installment standout is that Gin's emotional ride takes the front seat, when in the past the books have been more focused on her career and skills as an assassin. We are finally able to see her develop stable relationships with those around her, namely Owen. Can I just take this moment to say, Donovan Caine, who? The storyline with Gin's long lost baby sister also finally see's some development. I don't want to say what exactly happens, but just know that there is a great deal of progression in the sisters' storyline.
Finn, Gin's foster brother is also back as her trusty partner-in-crime. I have to be honest, the relationship between these two is my favorite of the series. They bicker and banter, but at the end of the day they really do love each other. Plus, I won't lie, I kind of love Finnegan Lane.
By shaping these relationships for Gin, Estep continues to do the seemingly impossible task of creating an assassin with a heart. Honestly, that is one of the highlights of this series; Gin is such a contradiction - she is overwhelmingly tough, yet she is a pushover at the same time. Once again, in Tangled Threads, Gin's heart gets her into some sticky situations. But that's what is so appealing about her - it makes her a character you want to champion, even though she making a living killing people.
The villain in the story, Elektra, is easily my favorite of the series. She is the assassin that Mab hires to take Gin (well, the Spider) out. Elektra is the kind of villain we all love to hate - she is extremely confident and completely evil. She, like Gin, is an elemental - she has power over electricity. This nice lady loves to fry people. Obviously, she is easy to hate, but she is also a fun character to read about. I much prefer her to the Tobias Dawson and Elliot Slater.
The only complaint I have about Tangled Threads is the same complaint I had for Web of Lies and Venom. There is just simply too text that deals with repeating prior storylines. I get what Estep is trying to do, she wants to make sure readers remember all of the key points so that there isn't any confusion moving forward. However, I literally skipped pages worth of writing, because the recaps are insanely in depth.
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Posted July 10, 2014
I recently discovered this series and have been pleasantly surpr
I recently discovered this series and have been pleasantly surprised. I just started it last week and completed book 4 today. HOWEVER I was HIGHLY disappointed that the preview for what I assumed was next in the series was actually 4 books later and actually ruined a major plot line for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I will no longer be reading book previews at the end of the story until I verify that it is indeed the next in the series.
Posted May 8, 2014
Posted July 8, 2013
Finally the meeting between Mab and Gin
This book has been a long time coming. I didn't know what to expect as the Spider has not been her confident self lately. I was on edge the whole time I was reading this installment. Estep always brings a lot of different emotions into the story, which I love. Many times I have cried for and with Gin. You won't be sorry that you read this one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2013
Posted February 15, 2013
Need to read for Urban Fantasy Fans
Estep has done it again a book full of non stop action! I just couldn't put this book down! I literally sat in the parking lot of my work because I had one chapter to read and could not go a moment more without finishing it! One of those books where you get a giddy feeling and a smile on your face when it's final over. Gin never ceases to amaze me with her quick thinking and kick ass attitude :) can't wait for the next one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2013
Posted January 2, 2013
Magic powers and power plays
Not your typical good v. evil as the "good" characters are a bit evil. Found I got into the book more toward the end. Didn't read the first books in the series but no trouble following the plot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2012
getting pretty repetative
How many times do we need to hear how Gins family died? or how many times do we need to hear about Donovan leaving. come on already, this is book 4, we KNOW this stuff!!! but yet we get it thrown at us darn near every other chapter. time to nix this series i think.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 22, 2011
Get Caught in the Spider's Web
Your friendly neighborhood assassin is back. But unfortunately for the Spider, there's a new hired hand on Mab's payroll. Renowned assassin LaFleur has come to Ashland, and her number one priority is Gin.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Gin Blanco, humble restaurateur by day, semi retired killer by night, has declared war on Ashland's reining mobster, Mab Monroe. Gin aka the Spider has been systematically taking out low level minions in Mab's organization working her way up to the queen bee. Gin's constant challenge of Mab's authority has the finest sharks in Ashland smelling blood in the water. Frustrated and trying to maintain her hold on the city's underworld, Mab's next move is crucial. Enter Elektra LaFleur. An extremely efficient assassin, and electric elemental, dead set on eliminating the now notorious Spider.
Oh, what Tangled Threads are weaved, but not just on the war front. Estep is taking things a bit further in Gin's love life. Sexy Owen Grayson is making his presence known and quickly finding a place in not only Gin's heart but the readers with his understanding, and determination to stick. No matter how hard Gin tries to shake him. Gone are the days of Detective Caine, but the scars he imposed remain, making Gin all the more skittish. Add in Blanco's tentative relationship with her long lost baby sister Bria, and Gin might make that child size crack in the wall behind the Pork Pit big enough for her adult self to crawl into.
But the Spider's going to have to come out of hiding because LaFleur has added a couple of names to her death list: Spider, Detective Bria Coolidge, and Gin Blanco. With her duel identities in jeopardy Gin might not have the luxury of keeping her secret alter ego intact. She's going to have to come out to Bria sooner or later the question is will her feelings air on the side of her predecessor the loved and loathed Caine or the excepting Grayson. One thing is for sure, this is one fight Gin can't afford lose, because if the truth gets out more lives than her sister's will be at stake. LaFleur is more than Gin's equal in ability and the trade. The Spiders has met her match and it's going to take all her strength and cunning to survive.
Tangled Threads, Estep's fourth volume in the Elemental Assassins Series starts off with a bang and keeps the pace going. I like how she integrates the action, story lines, background information, and personal life of our heroine without creating a lull. Everything is balanced well to maintain the readers attention. Gin's progression in her elemental abilities with each book are starting to come together. What I didn't like about Tangled Threads was all of the recapping from the previous books Estep was including. I know it's necessary, but I felt like there was too much of it especially in the beginning of the book. Some of it also seemed redundant.
Overall I loved this book, and highly recommend this series. Tangled Threads will wrap you up so you won't want to put it down.
Posted August 17, 2011
Fast Paced Amazing Read
"Are you going to kill this guy? Or are we just going to sit here all night?" With that opening line, Estep does not let me down with the fourth installment of her Elemental Assassin series. Gin Blanco and the rest of the characters are just as snarky as ever but now Estep reveals that even a hard-ass assassin can find love and acceptance. My favorite scene has to be at the end when Gin walks into Owen's living room with her baby sister at her side. I actually had tears starting! Tangled Threads focuses on Gin's vendetta on Mab Monroe for killing her family. The only other survivor is Gin's baby sister, Bria, who is now a police detective who has made it her goal to find the Spider and stop her from killing. Little does she know that the Spider and Bria's missing sister Genevieve Snow are one and the same but now known as Gin Blanco. Gin struggles with how she is going to reveal herself to Bria. She doesn't think she could handle it if Bria rejects her. Before she can deal with Bria, she must finish her war with Mab. Slowly Gin works her way up the ladder, leaving her mark so that Mab knows the Spider is gunning for her. Mixed into all of this, Gin is also struggling with her feelings for Owen. She is just waiting for that day that Owen looks at her with disgust and leaves her like Donovan Caine did. Owen is making it pretty clear that he is in it for the long haul and is patient with her. And to just make matters even more complicated, Mab has hired another assassin named LaFleur to take out the Spider once and for all. Another fast-paced amazing read. Estep knows how to keep a reader glued to her stories. If you have missed the other books in the series it is time to start catching up!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2011
This is a consistent series, which is both a negative and a positive in different ways. The individual plot of each book is always interesting, and Estep does a good job of introducing new intriguing characters throughout the series. But while I find almost all the characters intriguing, they still remain somewhat one-dimensional even though this is the fourth book in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Although this book continued to be written in the same fashion as the previous ones, where Gin tends to repeat herself a lot and refer to people by their titles even though by now we all know who they are, it wasn't quite as bad or as frequent as in the past. But that being said, I find that writing style rather distant and I think that contributes to my lack of connection to Gin. I like her, but I'm not particularly attached to her or overly emotionally involved as I often get. She did open up a little more to Owen in this book, which I think will create more growth in her. But I think Estep skims over a lot of opportunities for us to connect with the characters. For example, Gin was closing herself to Owen, than she finally is going to open up a little and it just cuts to the next morning where Gin recaps that she told Owen all these things (like her concerns regarding Bria, etc). While I certainly get enough of Gin thinking the same repetitive thoughts regarding Bria as well as other things, it would have been a nice change to learn about her through a deep conversation as opposed to a running narrative. This would also allow us to see her relationship with Owen grow, because while I get why he likes her, we don't get to see too much between them to justify his intense feelings. I was happy however with the developments that occurred between Gin and Bria. For better or worse, I was sure that Estep was going to drag this out and not actually progress with that story line at all, so it was a pleasant surprise.
So like I said, this was a solid 3 star, enjoyable and fun but not overly deep. Actually my main complaint should probably be the lack of sex. While Donavon was an ass, the first book had great sex scenes, as did the second (or was it third?) once Owen was introduced as a love interest. This one actually had the gall to do a fade to black with "and I surrendered to him for the night"! How dare you Estep?! (and that's ignoring the cheesiness of that line, along with some others)
Posted May 19, 2011
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Another Thrilling Installment!
I strongly recommend you read the previous books in the series (Spider's Bite, Web of Lies and Venom, [and also check out a few free short stories on the author's website]) prior to reading this installment. This book had me on the edge of my seat, it was absolutely fabulous! I literally didn't' want to put this book down. The story was one wild ride after another from start to finish; and I especially enjoyed how the author raised the bar by having Gin faceoff with another equally ruthless and dangerous opponent. The only two negatives in this installment were the dreams [within a series, I am not one for reading about dreams or fantasies because they don't usually add to the series, and are just basically page fillers] and the nightmare childhood flashbacks were cool once but I believe there were about three flashbacks too many, which became tiresome for me. Not a huge deal as far as complaints go, but I could've done without them. Gin Blanco is pretty much the perfect heroine. She's strong, sensible, never too cocky, never sleazy (but she can be as naughty as she likes) and is never too-stupid-too-live! Personally I wish Gin could give Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series' heroine Eugenia a few pointers, especially after the last disaster of an installment...but I digress. The series just gets better and better with each installment. The balance between plenty of twisted humor, suspense, action and a smidgen of romance was perfect. Thankfully though, the romance was very few and far between. However, I must say Owen is the perfect mate for Jen. I'm so glad the self-righteous cop is no more. Owen is just as twisted as Jen and it seems his manhood is secure enough to where he doesn't mind being Mr. Blanco so to speak. There are quite a few series I read where power is completely wasted on the heroine. She's usually whiney and afraid to hurt anyone even in the face of mortal danger. I love that Gin is not afraid to take full advantage of any resource including, no whiney regrets about using her power as it grows and take shape. This is a pleasantly dark, humorous and violent series with a fascinating and complex heroine. Gin's character is developing and progressing into a well-oiled killing machine. She has no qualms about getting down and dirty; and you've got to love a women who can wield a set of silver knives with efficiency. I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and can't wait for the next book Spiders Revenge due out in 9/27/11.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2011
Posted May 7, 2011
The fourth in Jennifer Estep's amazing Elemental Assassin series, this book does most definitely not disappoint.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After declaring a personal war on Ashland's underworld queen, Mab Monroe, Gin Blanco begins taking on any member of her organization she can to hurt her control.
And Mab responds in kind, hiring a deadly, infamous assassin, LeFleur, to take Gin down. As the assassin hunts for the Spider, and Bria Coolidge, Gin tries to keep her two identities secret while taking on the assassin and protecting the ones she loves.
This book is absolutely amazing, from start to end; a trend that this series has held from the first page of Spider's Bite and will hopefully continue on into the 5th book.
I absolutely recommend this story.
Posted May 6, 2011
Can't wait for the next installment!
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Synopsis: "I'd rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings.
But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson's front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn't shy away from my past-or my present. And right now I have a bull's-eye on my forehead. Cold-blooded Fire elemental Mab Monroe has hired one of the smartest assassins in the business to trap me. Elektra LaFleur is skilled and efficient, with deadly electrical elemental magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone powers. Which means there's a fifty-fifty chance one of us won't survive this battle. I intend to kill LaFleur-or die trying-because Mab wants the assassin to take out my baby sister, Detective Bria Coolidge, too. The only problem is, Bria has no idea I'm her long-lost sibling . . . or that I'm the murderer she's been chasing through Ashland for weeks. And what Bria doesn't know just might get us both dead. . ."
Review: Fabulous! I have been loving this series, which has gotten progressively better with each new book. Gin has finally gotten over her feelings for Donovan and is focusing on her developing relationship with Owen. She keeps waiting for him to disapprove of her, and he doesn't, which she has a hard time believing. Meanwhile, her vendetta against Mab is heating up and Mab has called in a top level assassin called Elektra to squash the Spider for her. Elektra, as evidenced by her name, can kill using electricity. The creepy thing is, she really enjoys doing so, and takes great delight in frying her targets. It quickly becomes clear that the showdown between these two skilled assassins will be pretty spectacular. And you know there will have to be a showdown if Gin wants to protect her family and friends.
One issue Ms. Estep touches on in this book, and that I'm hoping will be a bigger part of future volumes is that, as word of mouth spreads about the Spider fighting back against Mab and her minions, the general populace of Ashland is taking note. You can almost hear the rumblings in the background. Is there a revolution on the horizon? Is Bria set to be in the right place and time to clean out the corrupt police department? We already know that other criminal factions are circling in on Mab as the Spider exposes her weaknesses. Maybe the law-abiding citizens will rally now that they have a rallying point. And, if that does happen, will Donovan return? I can't wait for the next installment and (maybe) find out! A mark of a good series, in my opinion, is that it makes me wonder and imagine what will happen next. That is something this series excels at. I highly recommend that you find out for yourself.