When I started reading this series I really liked the character of Gin Blanco, she was smart and tough, she thought things through like a chess match (always 3 steps ahead). In spite of the annoying repetition in the books I had high hops for the series.
Over the course of the series Gin has gone from the smart, savvy assassin to just plain stupid. Between the issues with her past "love interest" whom she only slept with a couple of times anyway and the endless mistakes she makes...she has lost all credibility. "Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy!!" (to quote an overused phrase)
easy to follow
Nice to see strong female characters, but could do without the graphic sex (not a prude, just does not add to the story and actually distracts from it). also why does author need to constantly tell us "that she can cure anything but death" or "puts on condom even though i always take my little white pill" or "smell of chicory always reminds me of"
Easy to hear and a nice voice
its not a good thing that I do, books are short for the price
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.
As a whole this series has been a great group of books to listen to, not to serious, but yet not to fluffy either. This chapter begins with Gin going on vacation because on the up comers in Ashland want to make their name by killing The Spider, but instead they just keep dying. Gin takes Bria with her and they meet up with Callie (Bria's BFF) and found out a local power player is pushing in on her and in fact is putting Callie in danger. As Bria and Gin watch a few of the power player (who happens to be a powerful vampire) threaten Callie. Gin is going to help with her "Spider" skills as only The Spider can but in walks Det. Donavan Caine with his looks and smell but also with his accusing gaze and words. Thus, begins the story and action of By a Thread. By a Thread, for me, was a quick enjoyable listen in which Jennifer Estep was able to tie up loose ends in the relationship between Gin and Donavan. Gin's shutting down of Donavan at the end of the story allows Estep the ability to progress the relationship between not only Gin and Owen but Gin and Bria because Gin lays it all out in the open when she talks with both Donavan and Bria at the end of the story. I did find a sense "WHAT" when listening to the first encounter Gin has with the vampire and how she just walks in to a trap that had to be shocking her "spidey" sense. But as always she quickly uses her wits and comes out beaten and weak but ready for revenge. If you enjoy easy listening or reading books and enjoy urban fantasy with a little to no romance sex scenes then you should enjoy listening/reading By a Thread.
I loved every minute of this book, just as I loved the entire series. I have to admit, I miss the whole "Mab Monroe" story line, but this story wasn't too bad either.
I have just finished listening to this series for a second time. Despite being on the shady side of the law, Gin and her friends are very likable characters. Who hasn't wanted to despense a little justice and to hell with the consequences. I'd sure like her on my side should I find myself in trouble with the wrong sort. Each book develops the story line a bit more and adds to our understanding of the past. I'll be saving a credit for the next installment.
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
Gin (a.k.a. the Spider) and all her pals are back and on vacation. I know it is hard to believe that the workaholic assassin know as the Spider would carved out some down time, but she did. Or at least, she tried to. Over the books in this series, we have seen the Spider grow emotionally and start living and interacting with the world around her. She has let down internal barriers and this book marks the final removal of those barriers. It has been a joy to listen to Gin grow and heal. As always, Lauren Fortgang nails the Appalachian accent. Unfortunately, one of the best characters in this series is missing from this installment. That character is the Pork Pit. I hope we get to see more of the Pork Pit in the future.
The Spider keeps the pace moving, Her thoughts and actions keep you listening for the next twist or turn of events!
The Spider is true to her character and human. The reader truly helps you feel her jealous moments as well as her anguish over the love that would never be. Then she is over it!
The best scene for me is when she finally walks away from the Detective, letting him go back to his bride to be while she goes to embrace her lover who makes the best weapons for her!
The emotional content of the reading is well balanced, no real unpredictable extremes.
Ahhh. Swing, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needs in life,really.
Yes. I love The Assassin series, but listening to it gave it more personality.
Gin. She is so fiesty and sassy and I love strong women characters that can kick butt like she does. She's also real in her insecurities and relationships and takes ownership of her mistakes. Finn would be a close second. He makes me laugh.
She brought the characters to life with the right amount of southern accent and warmth....or evilness. Whichever the case may be.
I like the main character Gin Blanco and the fantasy element of the series. Of the 6 books this was one of the better ones.
Yes for a nice beach read or lazy weekend.
I thought the narrator did well overall. Was not distracting like some narrators, You don't hear her swallowing and mouth smacking noises alot of narrators are plagued with.
Yes there will be because there's a cliff hanger.
I'm a Wife, Mom and I own my own store. I love books but have precious little time to read. Audible reads them for me!
Gin Blanco!! She's great. I love her character, the people she has around her. Her background. She's a very likable character!
When Gin was dumped in the swamp and made her way back.
When the wife expressed that she would give up everything for her sister. Touching.
Love this series! Keep 'em coming!