Excessive repeat background information.
I don't usually write review, almost never but this book frustrated me so much, I have to share my thoughts. The book is slightly shorter than the others in the series and half of it was repeat materials. I do appreciate author is trying to recap events giving readers a bit of background, from her last book(s) in the series but too much time spent explaining stuffs from before to the point of abusing the reader patience make me feel cheated. If a reader is that lost that need to be reminding of every single little detail about character and event, then he/she should move on to another series or go back to the previous books as after all, this is a book belong to a series. My other complaint is Gin, the main character was constantly talk about how tough and deadly she is pushing arrogant and when the actual fight happen, she is barely able to handle one or two supposedly just minions, bodyguard. How will she able to go up against the lethal assassin or the big boss when she's so weak? I feel as if the writer doesn't read her own work; either that or she doesn't know how to play up the character strength and weakness for us reader to make it clear that Gin is a strong, unique fighter but she is not quite in the big, bad guy league yet. An assassin with her status can't whine about how hard to take out a giant, for example. Her threats seemed empty when the fight sound too off balance, this has ruined the plot, the story and the book for me. The series has potential and I was enjoying my reads but I can say this is my last book. Patricia Briggs and Ilone Andrews are so much better at what Jennifer Estep is trying to do with her main character.
Nice continuation of the overall storyline however it basically follows the same basic outline as the previous books which might bore some readers/listeners.
Frankly, I was disappointed with the first fight in this book because Gin announces herself to her enemies before attacking them which seemed very unlikely given the situation and the fact that shes an assassin. Jennifer goes on and on about how Gin slips from shadow to shadow silently ... and then she gives up her chance for a surprise attack on purpose - not very likely or wise. But it sort of fits to the pattern. Gin seems to have a death wish and only succeeds with luck and the convenient late minute thought and action that saves her in the end.
And once more Jennifer Estep does not disappoints. I absolutely loved the book, Its nice to see a series that gets better with every book. Action , romance everything that I really like in a book ,and Lauren Gortgang did again a great job bringing Gin to life.
One of my favorite series and definitely recommended to everybody that likes action , a kick ass heroine that does not play around, and not forget about romance ...... perfect :)
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Our gal from the Pork Pit is back with all of her friends. This book is action packed and some significant secrets are finally shared between characters. I think what is best about this book is that Gin is finally starting to understand that love isn???t conditional. Love is. All of the revelations exposed in this installment as well as the action packed plot make this book a joy to read. But Lauren Fortgang does such a great job with the Appalachian accent that it makes this book a sensational experience. So, brew some chicory coffee; make yourself a sandwich; grab a piece of pie; sit back and enjoy.
I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.
Shocking, Exposing, and Dangerous
Gin-not just because she is the main character but because I wish I could be a little like her sometimes, well except the killing part. She is just so comfortable in her skin and what she is, what she has done, and the reasons behind all her decisions. But of course, being a playboy like Flynn could have been fun before the wife and kids. HaHaHa
Lauren's voice is easy listening but still brings the story to life. She does a great job of moderating her voice for each character making it easy to follow who is speaking even if you may have missed it in the beginning of the paragraph or speech.
Yes, in fact I listened to this book in two separate long drives and it kept me alert and interested the whole 10+ hours. If you are going on a long trip or have a couple long drives ahead of you and you like urban fantasy I would grab one of these books and listen all four have been great.
The series contains light reads with likable a heroin and supporting characters. Some neat magical concepts. Something you can enjoy without thinking too much.
Overall... 4.00 star
Performance.... 4.5 star
Story... 4.00 star
This series is a prime example of why I like to listen to Urban Fantasy on audio rather than reading the books. These books have a lot of mental dialogue within Gin's head. There is also a lot of repeated information from both the other books and within this single book. If I was reading the book, I think that would drive me nuts, but for me and listening to audio it works for me. This is a series that I can listen to an hour or two at a time and be okay leaving it for up to a week in between chores where I have the time to listen to audio.
And I liked where this particular book within the series took the series. OMG, I love Owen and how all-in he is with Gin. The scenes with him and his little sister, Eva, in this...LOVED!! I also like how things are developing with little sister Bria. And was completely and totally shocked about the revelations about Fletcher in this one....I did NOT see that coming.
The danger side of the story lacked a little bit on this one for me and looking back I'm not quite sure why because I liked the whole LeFleur/Mab dynamic. For me, it seemed like Gin just wasn't as smart with some of her choices in this one as normal. She only lived because LeFleur made mistakes, not because Gin was the better assassin....I'm used to Gin being the best, most kick butt assassin. I didn't like seeing that she truly could have died in this one and that she only lived because of LeFleur's mistakes. Also, I don't think she gave Bria the credit she was due for the fact that they both lived.
So overall, I rate the story lower for the action/adventure part of it, but I give it HUGE marks for the emotional/relationship part of the story. All in all, it was another great installment to the series. The question...will Mab go down in the next book? And Finn's new hook-up, I'm intrigued. hmm...
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I’ve been barreling through this series like a woman on a mission. I know that I say this in every review that I write for Jennifer Estep’s books but it really is worth repeating: these books are the bomb! The writing is out-of-this-world outstanding, Lauren Fortgang’s narration is mesmerizing and the characters… Oh. My. God! I ♥ Gin, Owen, Finn, Sophia & Jo-Jo! In this installment we have the showdown to end all showdowns; I’m talking assassin vs. assassin. I mean no disrespect to the athletes I’m about to reference but the fight sequence between Gin and LaFleur puts MMA fighters to shame! In Tangled Threads emotions run sky high, the trademark action is kicked-up an extra notch and the secret that comes out about Flether Lane is just… wow. This book is a masterpiece, plain and simple!
I’m going to try my hardest to avoid spoilers but when you’re reviewing the fourth book in a series it becomes incredibly challenging so please excuse me if I goof. The build-up to the inevitable fight-to-the-death between Gin and LaFleur is incredible. If you’re not a nail bitter, you will be by the end of this novel. McAllister enlists Elektra to kill Blanco without realizing that she’s the Spider. As a result, the hired gun repeatedly pops in to case her mark which left me in a perpetual state of “is this it? The. Fight?” Of course not! You still have 150 pages left to read you silly girl (Yes, I talk to myself when I read)! Although, you never know with Estep; she’s good at keeping her readers guessing. To say that the plot of this novel is suspenseful would be an understatement.
Owen Grayson is the perfect match for Gin, he really is. His elemental power complements her own, he pushes her to succeed even though doing so means upping her body count and he’s just so darned thoughtful. I was thrilled to see Blanco finally take the plunge and embrace her feelings for him. She deserves to be happy and shouldn’t let a douchebag like Donovan stand in her way. Also (not that I’m taking notes or anything *wink-wink*) the sex between Owen and Gin is WAY hotter because it’s not just about physical attraction. I’m just a little fearful that their match made in heaven is too good to be true and that something (a.k.a. Cain) is going to rear its ugly head and mess it all up. I think that there’s enough action in this series to make romantic drama unnecessary but I’m not discounting the possibility just yet.
Gin is the shining center of the Elemental Assassin series’ universe; I absolutely adore her as a character. Blanco's patience and ability to take advantage of her nemesis' mistakes are remarkable and skillfully integrated. I like the way that she keeps track of time and of LaFleur’s blunders in her head. A number of new developments occur with regards to Bria Coolidge and her relationship with Gin. I understand that she’s a cop and follows a strict moral code as a result but this is her sister we’re talking about! At least Christmas has a way of bringing families together. All is not forgiven but at least they now have a starting point. Lauren Fortgang impressed me once again with her skills as a narrator and I particularly enjoyed her Russian accent.
Tangled Threads is better than chocolate and that’s not a claim I make lightly!
I really like these books. Gin is a good character and her friends are awesome. The only negative thing I can say is that Estep spends a lot of time repeating Gin's backstory. I guess it could be for people who just randomly pick the book up out of order but because of the long drawl, it feels long winded. Fortgang does a nice job. Her male voices aren't my favorite but she's growing on me.
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Tangled Threads is the fourth book in the Elemental Assassin series. In the fourth, installment Gin is close to telling her long lost baby sister that she's alive. She has kept the secret that shes. Broad long lost sister. She knew if she told it would put Bria in danger. That was only one reason though. She was afraid her sister wouldn't except her, after all she was the Spider, an assassin, while Bria is a cop. The story line gets better with each book and this one don't disappoint. Its everything, action, humor, and heated romance. These books are absolutely brilliant.