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  • Tangled Threads: Elemental Assassin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "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 bulls-eye on my forehead."

    Beatrice says: "Disappointed but hopeful"
    "So, let's recap... yet again"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Estep and/or Lauren Fortgang?

    I think Lauren Fortgang did a great job with some really tough material. Some of her inflections and delivery helped to diversify the complete and total repetition of every story line in the series to date at least three times in the book. I will not be getting another book by Jennifer Estep, that's for sure.

    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Estep’s story?

    It repeats. It repeats. And then it repeats. This is true throughout the series but by this book it seemed longer, more frequently used and completely detracted from the story. We get recaps of previous books, previous situations, previous characters who aren't even related to the current story, sometimes up to three times in the same book. This is especially treacherous in an audiobook because you can't easily skip the parts and have to suffer through them. It was so distracting to the story! I can see a writer making this mistake, but where in the world are the editors?

    I dislike her repetitious use of various phrases. "Silverstone knife", "the fire elemental", "my foster brother", "the Goth dwarf". It goes on and on. She substitutes these phrases for pronouns, and then will continually refer to major characters by their first AND last names throughout the book, as though we were too dense to remember them. Finnegan Lane? Yep, we know him! Call him Finn and get on with it!

    There are inconsistencies galore. For example, she wears a vest stuffed full of silverstone and can use her magic just fine, but then someone puts a pair of silverstone handcuffs on her and she can't make an ice pick. It makes no sense.

    The sad thing is, the plot overall isn't bad, the characters and premise are interesting and the book has a chance of being good. The world building is great, the idea of the elements and power are fine. This terrible writing prevents that from happening and I feel kind of robbed. This really could have been good but it missed the mark by a wide margin.

    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She really does a fine job. The accent is great and like I said, she adds some variety to the constant repetition to take away the sting. Am I repeating myself? It must be contagious.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the recipes Gin talks about and even used a couple. Yum! I think the dynamic between Mab and Gin is great and I like how Gin torments her. I like the character dynamics, the balance between Gin and Finn and the tension between Gin and Bria. Their reunion came in this book, but too late to save the story.

    Any additional comments?

    I think if I were to read any further in the series I'd do it with paper or e-books because I could skip all the things that irritate me so.

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