Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: Unraveled by Jennifer Estep


Publication Date: 8/30/2016
Series: Elemental Assassin #15
Rating:  4.5 Stars


Official Blurb: 

What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy?

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 … 

I am honestly a little bit torn with this book.  While I loved the story, it felt more like a filler type of book between two big revelations.  Gin’s first vacation, 9 books ago,  was disastrous to say the least, but it played an important role in the plot line of the story.  Unraveled feels a bit more like a Finn/Deirdre finally book even though a novella about Finn’s penitence for his mother’s wrongs was just released.  Gin and Owen where there, of course, but it just different to me in this book.  Maybe it was the setting, or the fact that  Gin was out of her comfort zone in a Wild West Resort, but my connection really waned with her as a character. Sure, the smart and sassy Gin we all love was present, but it really wasn’t her story that was being told.   The best part about this book is the saloon scenes and some of her witty comebacks.

I was hoping to dive more into the origins and members of the Circle, but I really feel like we’ve been running in circle leaving me to wonder what we really unraveled at all. All in all, I did like this book, but I was really disappointed with where the story ultimately led.
  Here’s to hoping the next one will bring more answers.   

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