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Tangled Threads

(Elemental Assassin #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  17,738 ratings  ·  793 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 30, 2011 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
Robin (Bridge Four)
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, uf-pnr
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
Nov 03, 2010 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 ke ...more
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.
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!
Jul 06, 2014 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
Cheryl La Pa
3.5 Stars. I'm still enjoying the series, though not a lot happened in this book. I love the characters and admire Gin's loyalty and love for her friends and sister. So pleased that she is finally opening up more and letting go of her insecurities.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interestingly the things that quite irritated me for the first couple of books, phrases used by the author, repetitive information etc, these have become part of the charm of this series.
Layla ✷ Praise the sun ✷
May 24, 2016 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****************
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Tangled Threads is book four in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep.

This one takes place a few short weeks after the conclusion of the previous story. Gin has declared war on Mab who is a the fire elemental that runs southern metropolis of Ashland and all around bad lady. Mab is wealthy, powerful, and strong in her magic and so, no one can stand up to her; except maybe Gin.

In Tangled Threads, Mab sends an assassin to kill the Spider and Gin has to eliminate the threat; before it goe
3.5 stars out of 5. I’m really looking forward to hearing the author in August at the When Words Collide conference.

Gin is up against another assassin in Tangled Threads and is learning to navigate new abilities that she has finally managed to access. Plus she’s negotiating a new, potentially great relationship with Owen Grayson. Now if only she could find a way to tell her long-lost sister who she is….

Once again, there is plenty of action, I like where the plot is going, we make good progress i
Jan 12, 2016 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

May 22, 2011 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 endow ...more
Naomi 🐨
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one - Gin is one kick-ass chick! Great fight scenes - overall a past paced terrific read! :)
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
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this series gets progressively better as Gin gathers her core group of friends/family and as we get to know them. A new assassin is in town and is after Gin, and our heroine continues on her quest to go after Mab. There is a good amount of action, but my favorite part is the characters.
Apr 23, 2011 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
4.5 Stars... I loved this addition to the series; truths are revealed and emotions run high in this action packed adventure... I loved seeing this vulnerable side to Gin's character; her need to connect and feel tied to others especially Owen and Bria brings a whole new aspect to her already intriguing character; these developing relationships are intense and multi-layered leaving me fully invested in their outcome... I continue to adore Finn in all of his sarcastic, arrogant humor and the poten ...more
Beth The Vampire
Gin Blanco has just declared war on her very dangerous enemy, the fire elemental, Mab Monroe. It is a tactic that has pulled Gin into the spotlight, while she usually tries to stick to the shadows. So it seems only right that Mab is not taking any of this lying down and has instead hired an assassin to dispose of the assassin. Gin is being hunted by a woman with deadly electrical magic, so strong it rivals her own Ice and Stone powers. And soon she finds that it is not just her in the firing lin ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 28, 2011 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,
May 26, 2011 rated it 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 emotional 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 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Apr 20, 2011 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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great addition to the Spider Assassin series.

I love the world Jennifer Estep created, a world where elementals, giants, dwarfs and vampires are living among humans openly. The dynamics, everything about it is great.

A new battle in the war between Gin and Mab is being fought. Mab, as usual, doesn’t fight for herself, she hired an assassin LeFleur, to kill Spider. As a bit of irony, LeFleur is also hired to kill Gin Blanco, a restaurant owner.

Gin is as great as ever, still a bit hesitant to admi
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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. She is the author of the following 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 battling bad guys and righting wron

Other books in the series

Elemental Assassin (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)
  • Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2)
  • Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)
  • Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5)
  • By a Thread (Elemental Assassin, #6)
  • Widow’s Web (Elemental Assassin, #7)
  • Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin, #8)
  • Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin, #9)
  • The Spider (Elemental Assassin, #10)
  • Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin, #11)
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