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I left the climatic end of SPIDER'S REVENGE in kind of meh mood. For whatever reason though glad to see Mab go, I wasn't feeling it. But BY A THREAD revived my love for the series. Gin is BACK! Now with Mab out-of-the-way, she can get back to doing what she does best...some people just need killing.
Gin and Bria head out on a much-needed vacation and a chance to connect as sisters. I was really saddened by this. Gin took it on the chin and with a heavy heart, but let Bria go on and on about how much she loved her old life. I was actually kind of happy that trouble comes lurking to distract me and Gin from where they stood.
Now the vampire that needs killing in BY A THREAD is probably one of the most ruthless, evil villains we've seen in the series. ESTEP really pushed Gin and me as a reader. I felt every bit of the horrors. I wished I'd had a silverstone knife to stick in his heart myself.
But the Spider isn't the only one struggling for survival, Gin comes face-to-face with Donovan. ESTEP manages to have the sexual tension and longing leap off the page, just as you are also feeling all the hurt and mistrust. Hold on tight to your heart, because mine smiled at how this all wrapped up.
BY A THREAD has all that we've come to love in this series, while also being fresh and new.
This was my first time to do the series on audio. I really wasn't sure in the beginning how much I liked LAUREN FORTGANG as Gin. Even though I know that Ashland is in the South, I just never heard the drawl in my mind. LAUREN's Gin is southern, but with a street edge and not a mint julep. And by the end of the book, LAUREN's version was mine too. She also has a good handle on all the secondary characters. Her men are full on sex-filled or rough and tumbled. Finn and Owen drip a simmering, husky sexiness that feels like they are kissing their way up your neck. GIVE ME MORE!
While I enjoy the premise of these books, they've been like book candy - good for half-listening while doing chores. That being said, I still want to at least like the characters. I cannot stand the contrived relationship between Gin and "Detective Donovan Kane." It's forced and the drama is excessive. And while I accept that these types of books have a general plot line that involves getting into bad situations and barely getting out of them, I wish the heroine had a few more brain cells. I'm not liking her so much lately either. I had to quit listening because they were all irritating me. No more wasted credits.
Words/phrases I would be happy to NEVER hear again...silverstone knives (by book SIX we know her knives are silverstone AND what silverstone is!), goth dwarf (yes, Sophia is "goth"...I don't need that beaten into my head repeatedly), little white pills (for the love of god this one is RIDUCULOUS...enough said), my lover (yep, we get it, you and Owen are lovers...thanks for the repeated reminder. Ugh.) ...I could go on and on...
Note to the author: Its safe to assume your readers have a memory! I found myself fast forwarding through much of the repetitive nonsense in this book and am really questioning whether or not I want to continue. If you plan to continue this series, there must be less filler and more substance. If I continue this series, its safe to say I've been turned off of trying another by the same author which is unfortunate because the plot is new and fresh and I would expect the same from another series, just can't handle the repetition.
And to give the author a little leeway...editing anyone?!?
The surprises and suspense but not disappointed.
She transitions from character to character seamlessly with voices that help me form what the characters look like.
LOL and cheer!
Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.
Wow, I never thought I would enjoy a book about assassins but I tell you what the Spider is not a typical assassin and she will pull you into her web as well, and you might just agree with her methods. In a world were the weak are crushed by the power struggles of the rich and cruel its not so hard to understand why Gin is the way she is and how hard it is for her to ride the line.
I really enjoyed the first few books in this series and so was looking forward to this installment. Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to my expectations. I actually contemplated stopping listening a number of times but the story held my interest just enough for me to finish it.
I had three main problems with this book: 1) The narrator irritated me with some oddly placed emphases and unbecoming characterazations (especially of Finn). 2) The amount of time and energy spent inside Gin's head dealing with (and stressing out about) relational difficulties left me feeling annoyed rather than compassionate (too much "telling", not enough "showing"), 3) Gin's interactions with the villain were painful and distressing without being compelling.
Overall, I appreciate the way the characters were developed, the choices that Gin made regarding Owen, and the battles and struggles Gin faced, I just feel like the level of the writing wasn't as high as in the previous novels.
A little more into the character relationships than previous books. It reads like it might be a pivotal book in the series..but I haven't looked at the website to see if the series will be ending anytime soon.
This was a great book. I could not wait for it to come out. I was afraid it would be a let down after the first 5 book dealt with one main character that dies. But, Jennifer, nicely transition from one crisis to another. I love the characters Gin. This series is so worth the credits. Start at book one and you will be hooked. Hurry with book 7...
I absolutely enjoyed this book. So many earlier situations are finally resolved. The narration is excellent and the story kept me amused, surprised and not able to put it down until the story was over.
Booked & Loaded
By a Thread is Jennifer Estep’s sixth installment in her Elemental Assassin Series and she is not letting up. With a main plot point solved in the last book I couldn’t help but wonder what was going to come next and By a Thread did not disappoint.
By a Thread gives a bigger insight into some of Gin’s insecurities. Jealously, anyone? Some of her past inner fears surface and it was kind of a nice touch. Gin is still Gin and proud of who she is, but we all have the little things we are deeply afraid of. Estep does a great job of not sacrificing the characters true nature, but allowing some of these fears to surface.
In the previous book the main plot line was wrapped up and I wondered how she was going to continue. Although she did a good job with By a Thread I am not sure that another full story line emerged. I am hopeful that this book was just a lead into another major conflict. The story by its self was still a great story with some fantastically unexpected events. Anther great addition to this series and world Estep has pulled us into.
Audiobook Thoughts: Well, I am sure this is getting repetitive, but seriously Lauren Fortgang just rocks. I am extremely happy that I am listening to this series. I think the narration adds a kick to an already great story.