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Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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...
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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3.25 girlfight Stars
My enjoyment of this book increase by about 25% from the rest of the series. Reason 1 for that is that I stopped listening to the audio for this. Read more
Tangled Threads, book 4 of the Elemental Assassin series. It's not that often I can point to a book and say that it didn't need to exist. But here it is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tyr
First three books were great but this one was a disappointment. She keeps retelling things that happened in the other books. I felt like I was having to skip half the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Margaret
About 30 pages of flashbacks and nightmares all of information in the first three books. If I could return it I'd settle for half my money back just to be rid of it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by You
I like the series. This is a pretty violent series, so if you aren't into that...then this isn't the series for you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Barbie Markley