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Review: By a ThreadBy a Thread (Elemental Assassin #6) by Jennifer Estep
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Published by Pocket on Feb 28, 2012
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

When killing people is your job, there’s no such thing as a vacation.

Then again, how often does an assassin live long enough to enjoy her retirement? In this line of work, you either get lucky or you get dead. And since I destroyed my nemesis Mab Monroe a few weeks ago, all of Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning to make a name for themselves by taking out the lethal Spider—me, Gin Blanco. So I’m leaving behind my beloved barbecue joint and heading south with my baby sister, Bria, to cool my heels in a swanky beach town. Call it a weekend of fun in the sun.

But when a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic threatens an old friend of Bria’s, it looks like I’ll have to dig my silverstone knives out of my suitcase after all. Complicating matters further is the reappearance of Detective Donovan Caine, my old lover. But Donovan is the least of my problems. Because this time, the danger is hot on my trail, and not even my elemental Ice and Stone magic may be enough to save me from getting buried in the sand—permanently.

It’s always sad to say goodbye to a series, but I think I’m done. I was on the fence with the last book, and the constant repetition again in this book has sealed the deal. It’s too bad as the plot is quite exciting, and I enjoy the characters, but I just can’t handle another retelling of Gin’s entire life story.

This book had a plot that was basically completely separate from the previous books, and it was refreshing. It was also great to see Donovan Caine make a reappearance, even if he is still an obnoxious jerk.

Gin’s continued path in philanthropy based assassination is both unusual and amusing. It does open the possibilities for plot direction, and makes her a likable character as she continues to help people and add to her roster of friends.

Overall, while I like the plots and characters of this series, I just can’t stand the constant repetition. Every book seems to include an entire recap of everything that has happened before, in excruciating detail. That’s just not needed for such a long series, and I’m saying good bye to the series for now.

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