We're always psyched for a new Elemental Assassin release but the latest novella is all about Finn, which makes it even more exciting. So we're just thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Unwanted. We're bringing you a review and the tour wide giveaway, but make sure you check out the other stops on the tour. (Links at the bottom of the post.)
(Elemental Assassin #14.5)
Release: July 18, 2016
The New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series continues with a new e-novella--from the point of view of Finnegan Lane, the foster brother of Gin Blanco, and a fan favorite of readers of the series.Really Short Review:
The fallout from his disastrous “family reunion” in Bitter Bite has left Finn feeling hurt, angry, and depressed. He can barely stand to look at himself in the mirror, much less eat any of the delicious barbecue from Gin’s famed Pork Pit restaurant.
But when the funeral for a slain security guard at his bank turns into a showdown with some nasty underworld giants, Finn knows that he must act in order to protect an innocent family.
Finnegan Lane might be the most unwanted man in Ashland these days, but he’s determined to try to make amends for his past mistakes...
I've always thought that Finnegan Lane couldn't be the star of the series because his shooting people, though it certainly comes in handy, is not nearly as exciting as Gin Blanco's elemental magic battles. That might be true, but I still enjoyed seeing the Elemental Assassin world through his eyes. (And he did provide some action in his fight scenes outside of shooting everyone.) Finn's angst and guilty feels started to get tedious, but this was still a quick read with a nice little twist at the end.
It's also interesting to see Gin from Finn's point of view. She always calls him her "foster brother" in the books, but he just calls her "sister." I especially liked watching Finn talk to his father at the cemetery. I always liked Fletcher, but Finn seems to have a more realistic view of him than Gin, who seems to put him up on a pedestal. I think Finn works through some lingering issues there that might have slowed down the beginning of the next novel and it feels good to have them resolved.
Sometimes novellas are set outside the series timeline and can be read out of order. That's not at all the case here. Unwanted is all about the fallout from Bitter Bite, so if you're not caught up on the series, wait and read it in order. But definitely read it - I love seeing one of my favorite worlds from a new perspective.
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
3 1/2 stars
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About the Author
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 for Pocket Books. Unwanted, e-novella #14.5 in the series, will be released on July 18. Unraveled, book #15, will be released on Aug. 30.
Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.
Jennifer has a giveaway for 5 copies of BITTER BITE (5 winners!) and a $25 Amazon gift card! Open to US residents only. One winner per household. Contest ends July 25th at midnight EST.
Check out the rest of the stops on the tour:
7/11 - Books and Things (review + giveaway)
7/12 - DianaMCKiaradB (review + Q&A)
7/14 - Rantings of a Reading Addict (review + giveaway)
7/22 - Books That Hook (review + giveaway)