Teaser Tuesday – 23rd August, 2016


TeaserTeaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:
Unraveled by Jennifer Estep – Book 15 of the Elemental Assassin series
60% From the phone, I could hear Silvio’s sharp, demanding tone, if not his exact words.unraveled
Ira stopped. “You’re going to come down here and pull my guts out through my nose? Really?” he snickered. “You and what army, hotshot?”

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 …

This is an urban fantasy adventure featuring a kickass heroine with a traumatic past, some paranormal skills and a small team of trusted friends and family to help her cope with some really nasty and shadowy villains. Cosily familiar and enjoyable. Estep is a smooth writer and although I’ve crashed into the middle of a long-running series and probably am missing some of the nuances of some of the exchanges, I haven’t floundered or felt adrift. And after some of the highly charged, emotional reads I’ve recently experienced, this is welcome light relief…

32 responses »

    • To be honest, I wouldn’t have plucked it off the shelves, but it is a NetGalley read that I requested a while ago – but it is great fun and very welcome relief after some of the heavy-duty, emotional, yet awesome material I’ve been recently reading.

    • I’ve only read a couple of her books, but I do like Estep’s writing style. For what it’s worth, I haven’t read ANY of this series and haven’t felt it to be a problem at all.

    • I think you could pick this one up and not feel too adrift, Kathy. I’ve not floundered at any stage – though I was a bit poleaxed when I went onto Goodreads and discovered it was no 15 in the series!

  1. I’m afraid I still have to start this series . . . but I’m so curious! Lots of bloggers I know love it and I’m glad you seem to enjoy it as well 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog earlier!

      • Her heroine was down right horrible. She goes to a school for Mythical beings and she is also one and knows this. Buy doesn’t believe? How can you not believe?

      • Ah… I haven’t read the book, so I can’t comment – but I’m guessing she’s one of those main characters who gets nicer as the series progresses – but there’s always the risk of thoroughly upsetting the reader while she’s in her vile stage, isn’t there? There are books I’ve flung across the room because I’ve HATED the main character!

    • She is a really smooth accomplished writer – though if you wanted to dip your toe back into the urban fantasy pool (far from me to discourage you – I love this genre) would you really want to embark on such a long-running series?

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