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Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 124 customer reviews
Book 4 of 15 in the Elemental Assassin Series

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"It’s assassin vs. assassin in the fourth chapter of Estep’s outstanding Elemental Assassin series. Gin Blanco is one the most intriguing heroines on the scene today. As the action heats up, Estep thoughtfully reveals additional aspects of Gin’s character, showcasing her evolution. If you have not gotten on the Gin bandwagon yet, do so today!"
- Romantic Times, Top Pick! (4 1/2 stars)

“Estep has truly hit the jackpot with this outstanding series!” —Romantic Times

“Gin is an assassin to die for.” —Adrian Phoenix, author of Etched in Bone

About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, Poison Promise, Black Widow, Spider’s Trap, Bitter Bite, and Unraveled, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, Kiss of Venom, and Unwanted are the other works in her red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.

Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.

For more on Jennifer and her books, visit her at JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439192634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439192634
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I find myself a bit at a loss how to start this review. There are two ways to approach this book after reading it - glass half full or glass half empty. I'll give you both and you can decide for yourself which fits you best (that was my intention starting the review, didn't work out quite like that. Sorry).

The book is pretty straightforward - the cast is formed by our plucky neighbourhood assassin Gin, her cadre of sidekicks, a classic villain and a damsel in distress. Those combine in the predictable way to ensue a pinch of chaos, action and drama. After some (but not too much) ado the heroine is triumphant, the villain is defeated and even the damsel is still a damsel and in considerably less distress. All good and proper, exactly as expected. Yep. The only problem is that brief outline of the plot I just made is not a brief outline. It is the plot. In its entirety. Mostly the same things form the plots of any similar book but authors are constantly looking for new ways to mix the old ingredients so as to make their books if almost never innovative, then at least sometimes exciting. Introducing such things as a twist to a character or two, a wrinkle in the plot, some mystery as to the outcome or at least a bit of humour to brighten the narrative. Not here. The plot is so wrinkle free you can golf on it. There is nothing to surprise or excite you in the plot of this book. All that is going to happen is made obvious from the start and doesn't deviate from its set course one bit during the book.

As for the characters - we can separate them in two distinct sets - old and new ones. The new ones are just two and one is the villainous villain LaFleur.
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Half the book is rehashing old information! I like the characters but, good grief, enough of going over everything again and again. I will not be buying the next book.
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Summary
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...

The Good
Gin Blanco, the somewhat mild-mannered restaurant owner by day and semi-retired assassin by night, has declared war against the city's worst sort of mobster, Mab Monroe. What's a cold-blooded, deadly, self-assumed ruler of Ashland suppose to do when the notorious assassin Spider (Gin) is systematically taking out her underlings and working her way to the top? Easy enough, hire an assassin. And so we meet Elektra LaFleur. One of the highest paid assassins out there with an electric element that she has no qualms using on anyone and everyone, even on Gin's sister Bria. Elektra will soon find out what happens to naughty girls who mess with Gin's family. They get dead, as Gin would say.
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While I enjoyed the first 3 books, they became increasingly predictable, redundant reviews of past with increasingly idiotic moves by the characters. For example, it's ridiculous how such a supposedly genius intelligence gatherer as Finn makes such incredibly stupid mistakes like trusting information dropped by a bartender he knows is suddenly giving everyone the same tip who walks into his bar. This is not the first or second time Finn has done something like this. There are only 2 things more stupid, the obvious plans Gin makes and the villains for falling into them...No, my mistake, there are also the plans the villains make which Gin nearly falls into except by the skin of her incomparable (actually obvious, basic, seen in many movies) skills learnt from her deceased mentor...and the idiot mistakes she makes by not looking at the information she already has. You can see the so-called twists coming a mile away.

This is my number one problem with these books. Instead of getting better and better, the author goes through the motions with the plot by repeating the same plot devices again and again. It's extremely disappointing when they showed such promise. My number two problem is how the first 100 pages of this book is largely review of previous events through dreams, daydreams, and flashbacks. I feel it's a waste of my time and money. I feel cheated. The dialogue with and between villains is cliched and the assassin is right out of central casting, call her Maggie Q.

After reading the first book or two, I thought the author and this series had real potential through the characters' development and their relationships. Those quickly stagnated. They have not grown at all. Gin and Finn, the Deveraux sisters, her bio sister.... Nothing.
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