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By a Thread (Elemental Assassin Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Estep
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The sixth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series featuring Gin Blanco, who by day owns a Tennessee BBQ joint, and by night is a tough female assassin known as the Spider.

I never thought I’d need a vacation from being an assassin….

My name is Gin Blanco, and I’m the assassin the Spider. All the Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning for me and trying to make a name for themselves by taking out the Spider. So I think it’s a good idea to get out of Ashland for a while until things cool down.

So I’m headed south to a swanky beach town, along with my baby sister, Bria, for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when an old friend of Bria’s is threatened by a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic, it looks like I’ll have to dig my silverstone knives out of my suitcase after all. But this time, not even my own Ice and Stone power may be enough to save me from coming home in a pine box…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1931 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451651767
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (28 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079S9SIQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Busman's holiday 28 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After the final confrontation between assassin and revenger Gin Blanco and crime Mab Monroe at the end of Spider's Revenge, this story represents a bit of a change in direction for the Elemental Assassin series. The book opens shortly after Gin's defeat of Monroe and she has become somewhat notorious with her double identity becoming known. This has had an unfortunate effect, because a bit like gunslingers of old, Gin is now being targeted by wannabe assassins looking to make a name for themselves as well as Mab's former associates looking for revenge. She's getting pretty tired of all the killing - so when her friend Finn Lane suggests that she should take a holiday, Gin eventually agrees.

Gin and her recently rediscovered sister, police Detective Bria Coolidge, set off first (to Bria's former town), with Finn and Gin's boyfriend Owen Grayson intending to join them after business a day later. Inevitably, this turns into something of a busman's holiday. Gin and Bria soon discover that Bria's best friend, Callie, is being harassed and intimidated by thugs working for a local crime lord - a vampire with a penchant for elemental blood.

I'd been looking forward to this book and read it in one go this morning. It's enjoyable but occasionally a bit patchy. There are lots of relationship issues here for Gin: boyfriend, sister, other people in her sister's life who had been there during the time Gin hadn't; and these at times encroach on scenes where Gin needs to keep a cool, clear head. And the 'shock revelation' surrounding the identity of Callie's fiance might as well have been written in BIG NEON LETTERS at the outset of the book, it was that clearly signposted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing on with a fantastic series 2 Nov. 2013
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It's been a couple of months since Gin finally killed Mab Monroe but her life isn't any easier, every Tom, Dick and Harry has their sights set on killing Gin for the street-cred alone. They all want to be the one who kills the Spider. It's gotten so bad that she can't even put the trash out at the Pork Pit without someone trying to kill her so for once she's going to follow her step-brother Finns advice and take a vacation.

Of course nothing is as easy as that for Gin. She's going with Bria to visit Bria's old friends and the town that she grew up in after their family was murdered by Mab Monroe. Gin is feeling very unsure of her relationship with Bria, the fact that Mab is dead should make things easier but they aren't. Bria seems to be holding in a lot of anger over being tortured by Mab and Gin thinks it's all her fault.

Seeing how happy Bria is when they are back in Blue Marsh visiting her friend Callie only makes the strain between them more obvious. Despite being a bit of a bitch to Callie when they first meet, Gin is the first to offer help when the local bad guy tries to intimidate and then threatens Callie into selling her restaurant. Just to shake things up, Gin's ex Donovan Caine is Callie's fiance.

When the bad guy sends some men to kill Gin and Bria, Gin kills them and she and Bria move out of the hotel they were staying in. Gin decides to kill Deke's, the Vampire bad guy who's been gunning for Callie and her restaurant. She knows that he can use elemental magic but she doesn't know if it's his own power or if he absorbs it when he feeds.

When she is caught and Deke's feeds off her, she fakes her own death to get away. When she finally gets back to the house she and Bria are staying at, she finds Jo-Jo and Sophia there.
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Jennifer Estep just keeps delivering action-filled stories in her Elemental series which keeps me on the edge of my seat and my eyes glued to the pages. I just can't get enough of the familiar cast of characters nor the plots unraveled. What also becomes a recurring issue is the rehashing of information from the previous novels in the beginning. Now I understand readers who pick up a random book in this series will appreciate the additional information given. I, as an invested reader in this series however, it becomes a bump in an otherwise fast paced story.

With By A Thread I was wondering where Jennifer Estep was going to take Gin Blanco now that the overall story arc got its conclusion. I was taken to Blue Marsh where Gin took a vacation with her family. There, trouble was cooking and Gin got a quick taste of it on her first day. I absolutely revel in the villains Jennifer Estep brings to life. The sadistic nature of the villain made my blood boil and got me that much more invested in the fights against him. The high octane action that ranged from knife, to gun, to hand to hand combat and elemental magic, amps up the chills and thrills I experienced while reading. The suspense also showcased the strong bond Gin, Bria, Owen and Finn share.

I love Gin in how tough she is, how she fights and kills without any scruples. But I love it even more how it is counterbalanced by her inner monologues which show her own insecurities in the emotional department. Her growth in accepting herself and falling in love shows her more vulnerable side and deepens her characterization. Owen is down-to-earth, sexy and so in to Gin you don't doubt his feelings for one second. Owen is hot hero stuff!! There are a few beach scenes that brought a whole new kind of sexy to this series!
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