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Thursday, February 23, 2012

ARC Review: By a Thread by Jennifer Estep

By a Thread, Elemental Assassins Book 6
By Jennifer Estep
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: e-ARC
Source: Author

**I try not to include spoilers in my reviews but since this is part of a series, some spoilers are unavoidable.**

“You need a vacation.”

Estep is back with her sixth installment of her amazing Elemental Assassin series. Having wet my appetite in her e-novella, Thread of Death, I was highly anticipating seeing where Estep was going to take us devoted Spider fans. I was not let down!

We all know that Gin is not the vacation sort of girl. But now that everyone knows (or assumes) she is the assassin, the Spider, all eyes are on her and every assassin is gunning for her. A vacation doesn’t sound so bad. So together with her sister, Bria, they pack their bags and head to Blue Marsh. Blue Marsh is where Bria grew up and she is pretty excited to see her best friend, Callie, who was like a sister to her. Gin hopes that this vacation will help her and Bria’s relationship but the jealousy that Gin feels for Callie’s closeness to Bria is hard to overcome.

Of course, the boys aren’t too far behind. Finn and Owen join the girls. Just in time too because someone is after Callie’s restaurant and there are bodies showing up. With the reintroduction of Donovan Caine (BOO!) the reader is torn as is Gin. Donovan still is the same, absolutely nothing has changed and that is all that I am saying (GRR)! The scenes with Donovan and Gin are intense and will have you wanting to claw Donovan’s eyes out. I don’t want to give anything away but the last scene with Donovan and Gin had me jumping up and down cheering!

Estep had me again. I felt it all during this installment; anger, jealousy, sadness and happiness. There are some old wounds that heal and some that reopen leaving the reader satisfied but anticipating what will happen next.




Elizabeth said...

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SacredmOOn said...

I have the first book and can't wait to start reading it. This series sounds fantastic. Great review as usual! DeAnna S.

Kelsey said...

Thanks Elizabeth for stopping by!

DeAnna-yes! Start reading this is SO good...:D

Espana said...

A Thread is probably the best Elemental Assassin installment yet. Normally you're lucky to get a chapter or two to close out a series, Estep is giving us two books. I love her sense of timing, she doesn't end a book where I expect her to, instead closing out the main series thread in the last book and using By A Thread to take care of a few lingering plot points. Estep switches up her writing style a little bit in this one, abandoning her usual long recaps and instead sprinkled short asides throughout the book at appropriate moments for brief reminders. I didn't mind the recaps before but the change made a huge difference in the flow of the book. She also addresses many of the various relationship issues while getting her main character to refocus and regroup.