Apr 29, 2011

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Review: Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #4)

Urban Fantasy
April 27 2011
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
Pocket Books
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Gin Blanco

From Goodreads
“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. . . .”


Interesting storylines, alluring world and fascinating characters.  That is what I’ve come to expect from Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series.  From the very first lines, these books are go go go and Tangled Threads, book 4 in the series, met my expectations completely.

In this installment, Mab (the evil villain in this series) hires an assassin, LaFleur, to track and kill The Spider.  We lovingly know The Spider as Gin Blanco, a BBQ cook by day and sort of retired assassin by night.  The parts of the story where the other assassin was involved may have been a bit predictable but I didn’t care one bit.  I found the action and the showdown between these two ladies to be so much fun!  I loved every minute of it.  Really, the story barely stopped for a second.

As much as I love Gin, I love her step-brother-ish Finn and her man-friend Owen too.  Owen is just yummy!  We don’t see an abundant amount of him in this book, but what we see was enough to keep me happy.  And Finn…  Finn is one of the coolest sidekicks ever.  His attitude is just the perfect balance to Gins.  He’s smart and sassy (in a very manly way I assure you) and funny and…well, can you tell I really like him?

There are some huge developments as far as Gin and her long lost sister Bria are concerned.  I found that part of the story to be well done.  It could have been another ‘Donovan Caine’ situation (those of you who have read the first two books know what I am talking about) but it wasn’t.  It’s not all wrapped up nice and tidy in a big red bow either so you know that there will be more on this sub-plot in the next book.

The author’s tendency to repeat the same details from one page to the next is the only thing I can say bugs me a little sometimes.  I know Mab killed Gin’s mother and sister.  I don’t need to hear about it every time Mab’s name is mentioned.  Same goes for the runes.  I know Gin has spider runes marked into the palms of her hands.  I don’t need a vivid description every time the rune is mentioned.  But because the story is so clever and the main characters are so wonderful, I look past the repetitive nature of Jennifer’s writing and enjoy the ride that is this series.

Oh, and the chick on the cover looks like Jennifer Love Hewitt.  I’m just sayin’.

I found Tangled Threads to easily be the best of the series to date.  I love where Finn and Bria are, I love where Gin and Owen are and I love that Gin is almost ready for her big showdown with Mab.  And that will take place in the next book Spider’s Revenge which is due out September 27th 2011.  For what we expect to take place, that is the perfect title.  I am very much looking forward to this final installment in this particular story arc in the Elemental Assassin series.  And hopefully when that book is done, there will still be many adventures for our dear Gin…and Owen.

4 stars

You Go Girl worthy quote

“’Actually, I think you know all about Jonah’s little bitch, I said.  ‘After all, you’re the one fucking him, not me.  Tell me, do you just bend over and take it?  Or do you have to do all the work?  Because McAllister strikes me as being a lazy bastard in bed.’”

Books in the Elemental Assassin series –
Spider’s Bite
Web of Lies
Tangled Threads
Spider’s Revenge (September 2011)

  1. agreed agreed agreed. Can’t wait to see what happens next

  2. Great review. I finished it last night and I agree with you. It was great but some parts were a little bit repetitive.
    And Owen ohhh!! Love him.
    And Fin and… I suspected since last book. We’ll see what happen in Spider’s Revenge.

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