I'm really excited to be part of the blog tour for the next Elemental Assassin novel, Unraveled, which is out on Tuesday. Check out the tour-wide giveaway at the end of my review and don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the tour.
(Elemental Assassin #)
Release: August 30,2016
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy?Review:
As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.
So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected.
Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight…
After all the feels and family drama of Bitter Bite and Unwanted, it's nice to remember that sometimes the Elemental Assassin series is just FUN. If Deadly Sting was Die Hard in a museum, Unraveled is a Tarantino-directed Home Alone sequel. Gin is both bloodthirsty and highly entertaining as she once again battles baddies to save her friends.
I was a little bit skeptical about Estep setting the whole book at the western-themed amusement park Bullet Pointe. I've read books that go way overboard with the cheese factor in similar situations. But she did a great job creating a realistic environment that was just cheesy enough. I felt like I was watching a performance at Disneyland during their high noon show. (And I should have known that Estep would come through since I love how she uses the medieval theme in her Black Blade series.)
I was also surprised by how much Dierdre's story continued in Unraveled, since it seemed like we were done with her after Bitter Bite, but Finn inherited the theme park from his mother and she kept coming up again. Gin's mother appears in the story as well, which is something new. I think we'll be seeing more of Gin and Bria's memories of her as they continue to track down mysterious Circle members.
I hope we also continue to see the supporting cast members get off the bench more often, as Phillip and Silvio did in this book. And I would love to see more of Ira, the former manager of Bullet Pointe who Dierdre had demoted.
There were a few plot twists that I saw coming a mile away, but I still really enjoyed Unraveled. It's Gin at her action-hero best, including some spy-style sneaking around in disguise. Fans of the series should get a kick out of this one!
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About Jennifer Estep
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, is available now. 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.
For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit
Jennifer is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, and the publisher has offered up 5 print copies of UNRAVELED AND one FULL SET of the Elemental Assassin series! Open to US and Canada residents only.