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Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin #4)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  15,469 Ratings  ·  721 Reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Pocket
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Jan 07, 2012 VampireNovelFan rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Not quite as good as its predecessors

Coming off the high from Venom, I had a lot of high hopes for Tangled Threads, Book 4 of the Elemental Assassin series. Unfortunately, it comes up a little short for me.

Unlike the prior novels, where it kicks off with high action, this book definitely has a slower pace. After taking care of Elliott Slater, Gin has sent Mab Monroe a message (as the Spider of course), and Mab's listening. She recruits another assassin, a damn good assassin, to come in and dea
Jun 11, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
Tangle Threads is the fourth book in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. She has created a no holds barred heroine with Gin Blanco, a former assassin called the Spider who wants revenge against the woman who destroyed her entire world when she was barely a teenager. Gin is consumed by revenge to take down Mab Monroe, a powerful, psychotic woman who lives for terrorizing those who are weak. Mab is known as a fire elemental, while Gin has all the elements at her disposal, but prefers to ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Jun 06, 2016 Robin (Bridge Four) rated it liked it
Shelves: uf-pnr, buddy-read
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. It’s not that the narrator is bad, she is actually pretty okay. But there is a ton of…


EVERYWHERE and since I’m reading this I can eyeskim most of the rehashes and recaps of every little thing. It feels like there is about 25-30 unnecessary pages of the stuff.

The second reason is Owen. I like him as the love interest. He is new to da
I love Gin!

Yup, shoot me, but I can't not love a sarcastic, badass heroin who knows who and what she wants, especially if she's an assassin who kills and kicks ass whenever and wherever she wants!

So go go Gin, keep it up!
Jun 01, 2016 Choko rated it really liked it
*** 3.87 ***

A buddy read with the UF enthusiasts at BB&B
Tina ♥ Bookaholic

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Wie immer steigt man in das Buch mit einer spannenden Szene ein, in der es nicht überrascht, wenn gleich mal ein Zwerg gegrillt oder jemand Gin eine Falle stellt und sie tot sehen will. Aber es wäre nicht Gin Blanco, Ex-Auftragskillerin mit dem Namen – die Spinne, wenn sie keine Geduld hätte und den Braten gleich gerochen hätte. Wie immer ist ihr Ziehbruder Finn an ihrer Seite und ich finde ihn einfach nur genial sympathisch, auch o
Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
Jun 26, 2016 Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷ rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy

I almost dnf'ed this because of the constant recaps, but instead I put it aside for a few weeks and then continued it. The last 20-30% saved it somewhat, so 2,5 stars it is.
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
****************Re-read July 2015****************
Jun 20, 2016 Joanita rated it really liked it
Once upon a time, I’d been a happy little girl with a mother and two sisters who had loved her. But fate or destiny or even simply circumstance had turned me into a killer. It was a choice that I’d embraced and something that I’d had to do in order to survive.

Things for assassin Gin Blanco is never dull. Especially not since she declared war on Mab Monroe. And things just got a lot more complicated when Mab decides to hire an assassin to take out the Spider for her. Because let’s face it, Mab

I really love this series. It's just pure, unadulterated fun.

Can't wait for the battle that's building between Gin and her nemesis. Gonna be EXPLOSIVE.
May 01, 2011 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The long arc is interesting, action packed, progresses quickly and engenders compassion regarding some of the characters. The romance makes nice in-roads and Gin makes some strides dealing with her personal issues concerning being close to people and worthiness. There is some movement with the situation with her sister.

There was about 17 chapters devoted to just bringing the reader up to speed with the backstory and world building. Perhaps I'd be more kind about this if I hadn't read this series
Jul 28, 2015 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one - Gin is one kick-ass chick! Great fight scenes - overall a past paced terrific read! :)
May 22, 2011 Betsy rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
*SPOILERS* This book was very fragmented compared to the others in the series. The last quarter of the book finally comes to life, but for me, the repetition was so overdone that the book never really took off. I saw it through to the end, but that had more to do with the merit of the previous books than this one. I admit to liking where she went with some of the relationships in the book but unfortunately, that was it. The main strength of this series has been the cool elemental powers JE ...more
Maria Dimitrova
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Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
How disappointing!! I don't usually do this, but I'm going to have to pull out a half star. Tangled Threads deserves more of a 2.5 as opposed to a solid 3 star rating.

Before I dive into my complaints (which I will try to keep to a minimum), I want to point out what I enjoyed about the story. I was pleased with the ending. I'm glad a certain secret is finally revealed along with the backstory regarding Fletcher's involvement. I thought Finn's potential relationship was a cute idea. There were sev
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 25, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf
Favorite Quote: “Who the hell are you?”
I gave him a cold, hard smile. “The bitch who’s here to kill you.”

The Elemental Assassin series hooked me with the first sentence in the first book, Spider’s Bite:

My name is Gin, and I kill people.

And I am happy to say, now that we are on to book four, this series is only getting better in my opinion. Much of its appeal is the heroine Gin. I’ve gone on about her in previous reviews but I just can’t help myself. The combination of Gin being a calm, patient,
Jun 01, 2011 Andrea rated it liked it
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Apr 28, 2011 Nath rated it really liked it
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
The casting:

PS!!! My main cast for Gin, in my head, is really Jennifer Garner/Elektra. Reason for using Crystal Reed/Allison Argent is because of all the awesome gifs of her that fits perfect for these series :P

I like this series. I've read 4 books in 4 days, so that should say something itself. The storyline is good, and it keeps the reader interested.
“Keep the change, Gin," McCallister said in a smarmy, mocking voice. "Consider it an early Christmas present."
"Aw," I drawled. "A whopping thir
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞
Having come off her last battle, Gin is determined to make things harder for her nemesis, Mab Monroe. Turns out Mab is wanting the same thing and has hired another assassin, Elektra, to kill Gin...and the Spider. Unfortunately, innocent people are getting stuck in the middle and Gin's "family" has gotten larger causing her to take things slower.

I really enjoyed how things are developing in Gin's life even though they are getting much more complicated. With each battle, Gin learns more and more
Apr 25, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
*Squee!* Oh yes! Another installment of this great series! And since I know not everyone is caught up to this point or are just starting the series... I will TRY to spoil nothing. Oh, that is going to be so hard, but despite the sage words of Yoda (do or do not, there is no try) I will still try. *checks for miniature green aliens* At least I won't spoil anything that isn't in the blurb above... so at least be warned that far. ;)

In this book like the others, there is a seemingly impossible task
3-3.5 Sterne - nicht so toll wie die Vorgängerbände, aber trotzdem gut :)
Wie bei Band 2 konnte mich der Beginn schon nicht so packen und ich brauchte eine kleine Pause von dem Buch. Gestört haben mich auch die unzähligen Wiederholungen, die meinen Lesefluss normalerweise gut dosiert überhaupt nicht beeinträchtigen. Aber dass dann sogar diese "Wiederholungen" im gleichen Buch wiederholt wurden, war dann ein wenig zu viel des Guten und nervig. Zudem haben diese unnötigen Erklärungen ein wenig Tem
Oct 17, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing
the more I'm reading these the better there getting
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Dec 30, 2012 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I’ve been barreling through this series like a woman on a mission. I know that I say this in every review that I write for Jennifer Estep’s books but it really is worth repeating: these books are the bomb! The writing is out-of-this-world outstanding, Lauren Fortgang’s narration is mesmerizing and the characters… Oh. My. God! I Gin, Owen, Finn, Sophia & Jo-Jo! In this installment we have the showdown to end all showdowns; I’m talking assassin vs. assassin. I mean no
Stephanie  G
May 20, 2011 Stephanie G rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Gin Blanco, a.k.a the Spider, isn't the only skillful assassin in town. Elektra LaFleur has been hired by Mab Monroe to use her lethal electrical elemental magic to kill the Spider. As if her motivation to save her own life wasn't enough to take her out, LaFleur has added Gin's younger sister Bria Coolidge to her hit list. Gin will do whatever it takes to keep her sister alive but what would happen if the good detective learns that her sister she thought dead is still alive and is the v
Katie Michaels
Apr 08, 2011 Katie Michaels rated it it was amazing
After spending the last 17 years in the shadows, Gin is now putting her work as an assassin in the spotlight. Her plan: to start unraveling the organization of crime-boss Mab Monroe... one death at a time. Gin is killing Mab's minions and leaving her own personal symbol behind. And Mab is getting mighty pissed off about it. So much so, she has hired another big name assassin, Elektra, to take her out, once and for all. Of course, Mab doesn't know that "the Spider" is really Gin Blanco.

Elektra w
Dear author, I already know that Gin is an assassin, the Spider, has scars on her hands, etc. I do not need constant reiterations of these facts, nor that she has stone and ice magic. Really. It's annoying, and the reader is not stupid enough to forget such a basic premise, especially this being the fourth book of the series.

That said, the book wasn't bad. At times I paused during my reading and went, "That's... a bit melodramatic, yeah?" and "...Just a little cheesy, that." But overall, it was
Apr 22, 2014 CasPerfitz~SLiTsReaD rated it really liked it
If I haven’t said it enough already, I’ll say it again, I love Gin Blanco, the bad-ass, sassy, sexy, cocky and smart heroine. And all the other supporting characters are consistent and never disappoints. In fact, their family is constantly growing. First there was just Gin, Fin, Jo-jo and Sophia… then comes Roslyn and Xander, then Owen, after this series, there might be 3 more added to their growing family. When I say family, it doesn’t mean by blood of course, except for Bria, Gin’s long lost ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 20, 2011 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
As I would have hoped at the close of VENOM, the Elemental Assassin series really hits it’s stride with TANGLED THREADS. Containing the best of the action sequences, bad-assery and romance from previous books, it also sets the stage for what promises to be the ultimate life-or-death confrontation of Gin’s career.

While readers new to the series may not initially understand how a former assassin is “the good guy”, they won’t have a hard time figuring things out. Gin is consistently surrounded by
Sep 01, 2011 Lia rated it liked it
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.

The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righ
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Other Books in the Series

Elemental Assassin (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2)
  • Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)
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