Maybe sadder for me as an adult, who has an idea of the trajectory of many first generation immigrants, than it would be for me as an 11 or 12 year old. The main character, Mai, is very believable, both as a young girl and as a refugee. I was particularly impressed at how the author managed to convey the sense of how alien America was to Mai, and how the young are able to adapt. The story of Mai's grandmother, while very sad, was not surprising either. Without the hope at the end, the rest of the book would be just too bleak. I would definitely recommend this book to people who live in culturally diverse areas, and people who DON'T live in culturally diverse areas.
I would recommend this for kids - but with the caveat that their parents read it first. I think there are some themes in here, specifically rape that occurs in the refugee camps, that would require careful parental discussion, depending on the kid. I think that there are some kids who would read those parts and never really understand what happened to the girls, and that there are some kids who would latch on to the mindset of the Hmong that is described - that the rape victims are dirtied by the attack, even though the blame is not directly laid on the girls by the author or even explicitly by other Hmong characters in the book.
I think that's my biggest caveat to the book. I don't think that those parts should have been left out, I think glossing them over would have done a big disservice to both the smaller picture and larger picture of the Hmong refugee story, but it is a plot point that needs to be handled with care. The author Pegi Dietz Shea did an excellent job in writing those scenes, balancing the matter-of-fact tone of an event that is regretfully common with the quiet shame and fear of the victims.
I know I'm harping on this section, but I worry that this is something that would make a lot of people not want their kids to read this book, and I think that this book has a lot to offer. Jun 19, Cheryl rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , historical-fiction , multicultural.
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This was a fascinating read. The story of a Hmong girl a mountain tribe that had many men help the Americans during the Vietnamese war who comes from a refugee camp in Thailand to Providence RI, and tries to assimilate to a vastly different culture.
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Her voice was strong, and details of her traditional life were fascinating. Many contrast are provided, with her grandmother resistant to new ways, her Americanized cousins fighting old ways, and her uncle embracing some of the new while holding on This was a fascinating read. Many contrast are provided, with her grandmother resistant to new ways, her Americanized cousins fighting old ways, and her uncle embracing some of the new while holding on to some traditions.
Very nicely written, and I especially enjoyed the references to Providence, where I live. I worked with some Hmong children at Roger Williams middle school back in the 80's. A storyteller and I had then write and illustrate family stories, and many of them heard for the first time how their family's had escaped Laos and made it to America. View 1 comment. Jun 12, Emily rated it really liked it.
Good book. The story just seemed incomplete at the end. Jul 12, Jaclyn rated it it was amazing. Oh my gosh I loved this book. I cried too. Sep 10, Cat rated it really liked it. First time I had ever heard of the Hmong refugees when this book crossed my desk. Naturally, I had to read it to learn more. Harrowing and amazing story. Refugees have my total sympathy. It must have been a great cultural shock to be moved to the U. I have met many refugees through my work. The Somalians I met were experiencing the same this back in the late 90's, early 's.
I am so glad to hear that the Hmong are doing well over here these days. They a First time I had ever heard of the Hmong refugees when this book crossed my desk. They adapted very well. Nov 28, Luckee Vang rated it liked it. But the tradition lives on even if you are now in the new. Feb 10, Aiko M rated it really liked it. Tangled threads by: Pegi Deitz Shea is a story about change, feelings and the horrors of the Vietnam war.
Mai Yang has lived in a crowded refugee camp in Thailand for as long as she can remember. She lived in a tiny hut with her grandmother, avoiding soldiers, stitching story cloths, and waiting for the day they can leave for America. Finally they get the word that they can leave for providence to be with her uncle and cousins who had already left. Mai can't wait to do and have all the luxuries h Tangled threads by: Pegi Deitz Shea is a story about change, feelings and the horrors of the Vietnam war.
Mai can't wait to do and have all the luxuries her cousins, see and pa cua have described in their letters. But then she discovers all the hard things they have to do before leaving. See and pa cua have become teens who changed their names to heather and Lisa and tease Mai about not knowing all these things in America.
It seems as if everything she does is different than in Thailand and she has to figure them out on her own. In the camp she always relied on her grandma. But now her grandma relies on her to teach her everything. After heather and Lisa share a mind blowing secret with her she becomes more selfish towards her grandma that she never had felt before.
Her new family is being shattered when she thought that it would be perfect after they came to America.
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Still drawn to her old Hmong life but also her new life in America, mai has to fit them together so everyone can be happy including herself. This book fits in the genre of non fiction because it is the true story of Mai and her grandma going through the cruelty happening in their camp which is close to the city of ban vinai, Thailand. I really liked this book. It's a good book for people who like the tension of waiting to see what will happen next. My favorite part of the book is when Mai and her grandmother are trying the new foods and they don't know how to eat them the right way.
Sometimes I got the feeling that I was Mai like when she got angry with her grandmother I knew what she feeling like. I couldn't stop reading it, it was so good. I found some contradictions to the characters like when Mai got angry with her grandmother for the first time and when heather and Lisa got kind of mean. I really like this book and I think you would too if you like reading about change, standing up for yourself and even funny moments. Oct 16, Reba rated it really liked it. Since I grew up in Providence and had some Hmong friends, I figured it would be cool to read this.
This book pulls no punches when it describes Mai and her life in the refugee camp. I think this is so valuable for students to read this and realize how blessed and lucky we are in the United States. But, being from Providence, I also pick up on the glaring inaccuracies. Like Mai OK Like Mai's visit to the 2-level Emerald Square Mall actually 3 levels and the fountain in the middle nope, not that this mall.
I will of course keep reading, but hopefully there aren't many more mistakes like this. Despite the small errors in describing locations, I think this is worth 4 stars. The cover almost makes it seem like it would be for younger readers. Before reading it, I would have assumed that it was more for middle school. However, after reading, I would definitely keep it at the high school level. It's not a difficult or hard read, but there is a lot of content including war, rape, drug use, teen marriage, polygamy, teen pregnancy, etc. Younger readers can still read this book and gain value from reading it, but it might help to discuss context, content and maybe pair it with other immigration stories.
Feb 22, Margo Brooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: needlework , fiction , ja-fiction. Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl's Story by Pegi Deitz Shea is a juvenile novel that follows thirteen-year old Mai from the Thai refugee camp where she lived for ten years, to Providence, Rhode Island where she and her grandmother join her uncle and cousins who emigrated five years earlier.
The novel depicts the joy and pitfalls and confusion of the immigrant experience. Mai is excited to leave the refugee camp, but her grandmother is reluctant about starting a new life in a foreign land where the Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl's Story by Pegi Deitz Shea is a juvenile novel that follows thirteen-year old Mai from the Thai refugee camp where she lived for ten years, to Providence, Rhode Island where she and her grandmother join her uncle and cousins who emigrated five years earlier.
Mai is excited to leave the refugee camp, but her grandmother is reluctant about starting a new life in a foreign land where the Hmong traditions are difficult to keep intact. The thing that binds Mai and her grandmother in this new life is pa'ndau, traditional Hmung story cloths. Mai and her grandmother made these for sale in the refugee camps and continue to make them in America. The symbols on the cloth harken good luck and fortune and tie Mai to her past as she makes a new life in Rhode Island. Tangled Threads is a poignant story that will help children and adults better empathize with immigrants in their schools and community.
Well worth reading. Aug 25, Peggy rated it really liked it. This is a story of 13 year old Mai Yang who along with her grandmother finally comes to America after spending 10 years living In a tiny hut in a refugee camp in Thailand. As the story is told of the difficulties Mai Yang and her grandmother have trying to assimilate into American life, the story of Mai yang's younger years is revealed.
The fear of yellow rain during the war, the loss of her patents, the possibility of assault and the years of learning English ways. Mai Yang met up with some evil This is a story of 13 year old Mai Yang who along with her grandmother finally comes to America after spending 10 years living In a tiny hut in a refugee camp in Thailand.
Mai Yang met up with some evil people yet also some kind hearted caring people. This book awakened me to what these refugees went through before coming here. I never really thought about the length of time spent in the refugee camps. It was also interesting to learn about the conflicts between the younger and older generations of Hmong when coming to the US. The young seem to learn the language so much faster and they are not as fearful. Therefore they almost reverse the cultural roles.
I also learned a lot about the culture of these beautiful people. I really enjoyed this book.
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Mai Yang wanted so to be a good girl, get a good education and stay away from gangs. Mar 16, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: class , , seattle. Mai is a twelve-year-old Hmong girl who has lived almost her entire life in a refugee camp in Thailand. She and her Grandma have been waiting five years to join their only remaining family in Providence, Rhode Island, and the time has finally come.
When they arrive in the US, however, life is harder than Mai expects. She is surprised to learn that the cousins she remembers rarely practice any of the Hmong traditions, and her aunt and uncle have converted to Christianity but still hold onto many Mai is a twelve-year-old Hmong girl who has lived almost her entire life in a refugee camp in Thailand. She is surprised to learn that the cousins she remembers rarely practice any of the Hmong traditions, and her aunt and uncle have converted to Christianity but still hold onto many Hmong ideas, such as marrying their daughters off at a very young age.
Meanwhile, Grandma becomes depressed in this new place that she doesn't understand, and Mai is forced to take care of her at every turn. Tangled Threads tells the story of Mai's first year in the US, as she adapts to American culture while trying retaining some of the customs that are all that remain of her former life. The book is well written, and Mai's voice is strong. Readers unfamiliar with Hmong culture will learn a great deal from the story.
Feb 04, Salsabrarian added it Shelves: multicultural , immigrants , ya , refugees , thailand , hmong. Mai longs to be in America with her cousins and aunt and uncle. Finally word comes that Mai and her grandmother can join their family in Rhode Island. Their new life requires much adjustment from how to use appliances to how to act at school. Mai's cousins aren't as she remembered; they have American names now, lie, and talk back to their parents and hang out with their boyfriends on the sly.
Mai wants to spend time with her cousins but is uncomfortable with their behavior. Grandmother fares worst of all, never leaving the apartment to meet other Hmong but spending time sewing her pa'ndau in front of the TV. But then Mai learns that she and grandmother could have left for America at the same time as her relatives. When Grandmother is dying of a heart attack she reveals the fear she had of leaving Laos, that she wouldn't have anything in America. Jul 23, Sigurweissen rated it liked it Shelves: pre Well, the summary was very interesting, which was the main reason I picked up this book.
Even so, I was incredibly unimpressed with the story as a whole. I understand that everyone deals with death and grieves d Well, the summary was very interesting, which was the main reason I picked up this book. In fact, to me, I felt as though it was just another event that happened in the book, just a way to… bring it to a swift end. And the end itself leaves room for more. Much more. May 05, Sasha Odermann-karr rated it really liked it. Some of my fourth graders had begun to read this book, but stopped reading it because they said it was too hard.
I thought it looked interesting, and being an ESL teacher, I wanted to see what it was like because the title drew me in. I liked this book a lot. Mab says she has the "wrong coloring". To me, if your going to include the topic of pedaphilia in your story, it better be written very well. It's not something to beat your reader carelessly over the head with, then tamper with as in oh wait bad things have already happened now even tho club isn't even built yet and oh wait, we don't need kid for that after all - in order to add some immediate urgency to the plot.
There are obvious plot-holes that with the help of an editor could have been avoided. At one point, new villain Elektra sees Gin fall into the river. Finn is able to guess over the phone where she may have come ashore enough to tell Owen where to begin looking for her, but we are supposed to believe that Mab Monroe and her goons are so involved with the fire that she doesn't even think to send anyone to check to see where she may have washed ashore?
Elektra herself doesn't think to search? Very odd that she would be so distracted that her super-arch enemy is not pursued by anyone from the villain camp. My main question for JE is, where was your editor? All of these things should have been caught by her editor. Poor editing really, really let Jennifer Estep down on this one. Jun 17, Wanda rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , vampires , fantasy , urban-fantasy , female-authors , public-library , when-words-collide.
Gin is up against another assassin in Tangled Threads and is learning to navigate new abilities that she has finally managed to access. Now if only she could find a way to tell her long-lost sister who she is…. Once again, there is plenty of action, I like where the plot is going, we make good progress i 3. Once again, there is plenty of action, I like where the plot is going, we make good progress in every book. So why only 3.
And if I hear about Finn drinking chicory coffee just like his dear old dad one more time….. This is the fourth book, people. We know all that stuff. A teeny bit of repeat would be acceptable to clue-in folks who skipped the first three, but the amount of repetition is excessive. Not sure how much longer Estep can draw out this confrontation with the evil Mab Monroe, but I want to see how it all turns out!
Really enjoyed this one - Gin is one kick-ass chick! Great fight scenes - overall a past paced terrific read! Jun 02, Maria Dimitrova rated it really liked it Shelves: urban-fantasy , br-bbb , buddy-reads , fantasy , br-bbb This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was betting that this time Gin will go after Jonah MacAllister.
I just want to see him squirm and plead for his miserable life so much. More so than I want to see Mab do the same. Aside from not going according to my own prediction this book was pretty damn good. Maybe a little bit less interesting than the previous one but still better than the first two. There's a new Mab minion in town that's taken the place of the late Elliot Slater.
And she happens to be an assassin, just like Gin. Or not just like Gin, because Gin's not a sadistic bitch that gets her kicks out of torturing people. This LaFleur woman is dangerous and crazy as hell. So for a little while Gin was worried. Gin's lack of confidence in her own magical abilities was almost her downfall this time around. She should really develop them and learn her limits before going against Mab.
So far luck has favoured her but leaving such a powerful weapon undeveloped smacks me as sloppy ; LaFleur was annoying as hell. It was only fitting that her arrogance was the reason for her demise because her ego was bigger than the Earth. And because of that she was so easily goaded into doing something stupid. In a way LaFleur is what Gin could have been if she depended on her elemental magic for every hit. Eventually the big bad LaFleur run into someone who could withstand her lightnings and things ended badly for the cocky assassin.
There was an appropriate amount of dead bodies and blood by the time Gin finished off LaFleur and her giant helpers to satisfy my bloodthirsty heart so I'm more than happy with the outcome. Personally I found the other two plotlines more interesting. They both involve emotions, something Gin's not good at. The first is the situation with Detective Bria Cooliedge I might have misspelled the surname but I'm too lazy to go and check it out. Gin's afraid of what Bria's reaction will be when she finds out that the Spider and Gin are the same person aka her big sister Genevieve Snow. Bria's uptight, by the book, law abiding cop that's been trying to capture the Spider and bring her to justice.
And since Gin already had her heart broken by another uptight, by the book, law abiding cop just a few weeks ago I'll complain about Donovan later it's normal that she's apprehensive. Especially considering that this is a much more important relationship than the one with Donovan. Gin spends a lot of time fretting about the outcome of that particular reunion and all of her friends and family are right along with her. I loved how all of them were pestering her to take that step and arranging situations in which the two of them will have to meet.
Maybe things would have gone better if Gin had told the truth to Bria in another fashion that the one LaFleur forced on them but I think this was better because it got through Bria's thick skull that the law won't help her always and especially not in Ashland. The good thing is that after the initial shock wore off Bria is willing to try and make it work. The other emotional thread running trough this book was Gin's relationship with Owen.
Aside of the obvious he's also steadfast and reliable. But those are things that scare Gin because she's used to being alone and that people will turn away from her once they know the truth. I think that would have been a problem even if Donovan Caine hadn't made such a mess when he left but that only made things worse. I'm annoyed that that jerk still plays a role in Gin's mind even though he's been gone for a while and most importantly they never really had any relationship.
They were fuck buddies at best and I'm not sure you can call them even that. A one night stand is more like it even if they actually had sex on two different occasions. Sorry but that's not a relationship and it's just plain sad that Gin'worked it up into something else in her mind. And poor Owen had to suffer through her constant comparison between the two.
Sure he always came on top but it still must have smarted. Thankfully Gin wizened up in the end and let Owen into her heart. And now with her family firmly behind her it's time for Gin to face the notorious Mab Monroe and finish off the bitch. View all 3 comments. Dec 17, Cat Russell Addicted2Heroines rated it liked it. How disappointing!! I don't usually do this, but I'm going to have to pull out a half star. Tangled Threads deserves more of a 2. Before I dive into my complaints which I will try to keep to a minimum , I want to point out what I enjoyed about the story.
I was pleased with the ending. I'm glad a certain secret is finally revealed along with the backstory regarding Fletcher's involvement. I thought Finn's potential relationship was a cute idea. There were sev How disappointing!! There were several things that I liked about the book overall, but unfortunately they didn't occur until I had surpassed page I still think Gin's character is bad-ass. She isn't afraid of anyone or any challenge and she pursues her goals even if the outcome isn't entirely in her favor. I love that about her.
That being said, my problem isn't with Gin, it's with the writing. First problem - the eavesdropping. Entirely too much confidential, urgently important information was obtained by simply eavesdropping. It was too convenient. I'll give two examples. Standing at a bar in a restaurant, Vinnie overhears Mab's plans to create her ultra-evil super-villian nightclub.
Who would discuss dismembering women and prostituting children out openly at a restaurant?! Vinnie passes along everything, including who was hired to be in charge of the place. If they were discussing such illicit plans, wouldn't they, at the very least, speak in code? Then, at the train yard, Gin slides in just in time to hear about plans to assassinate someone that is very important to her and discovers the exact location of view spoiler [the girl that she went there searching for hide spoiler ]. This also happens when Gin first tails Vinnie.
The "bad guys" lay out all of the details that Vinnie was meant to follow, in their entirety, before they attempt to kill him. It just seemed as if too many things just fell into Gin's lap. My next problem was with the recycled lines. Too many points were being made over and over again.
Unfortunately, I didn't think that would help. Again, I'll give a couple of examples. That's why he'd had Elliot Slater almost beat me to death a few weeks ago at the community college. No fear, no condemnation, no disgust. Only acceptance. I understood in the beginning how some parts were relevant additions to the story even the 15 different times that we are told that Mab killed Gin's mother and sister , but when I exceeded pages I expected it to at least tone down a little.
That didn't happen. Instead, I had to read 5 or 6 paragraphs detailing the framed runes that we all know are over the fireplace. It was so bad that during the final battle, we had to pause and reflect on Gin's previous fight with Alexis James. We are reminded how she would flay people alive with her magic, how she tortured and killed Fletcher, and how she attempted to do the same to Gin.
I failed to see how a flashback was appropriate or even relevant at that moment. It was very disappointing. I wish I could have enjoyed this more because I've really loved the other books in this series. Now all I can do is wait for Spider's Revenge. View all 7 comments. A new assassin is in town and is after Gin, and our heroine continues on her quest to go after Mab. There is a good amount of action, but my favorite part is the characters. Apr 23, Suz rated it liked it Shelves: urban-fantasy.
The long arc is interesting, action packed, progresses quickly and engenders compassion regarding some of the characters. The romance makes nice in-roads and Gin makes some strides dealing with her personal issues concerning being close to people and worthiness. There is some movement with the situation with her sister. There was about 17 chapters devoted to just bringing the reader up to speed with the backstory and world building. Perhaps I'd be more kind about this if I hadn't read this series The long arc is interesting, action packed, progresses quickly and engenders compassion regarding some of the characters.
Perhaps I'd be more kind about this if I hadn't read this series back to back, but the amount of repetition just within this book alone has become nearly intolerable. After four books in a row it's made me ready to scream. Also, there were two instances that marked a "how did they find out about that? The last book they didn't know for sure yet" spot in the story that were jarring, pulling me out of suspension of disbelief and making me question the story line.
I still don't understand why this strong, self sufficient, pragmatic heroine hasn't stolen my empathy if not my heart - but these books are only ok for me, not gripping. Another 3. View all 5 comments. Apr 06, Theresa rated it really liked it Shelves: books , jennifer-estep-books , library-books I loved this addition to the series; truths are revealed and emotions run high in this action packed adventure I loved seeing this vulnerable side to Gin's character; her need to connect and feel tied to others especially Owen and Bria brings a whole new aspect to her already intriguing character; these developing relationships are intense and multi-layered leaving me fully invested in their outcome I continue to adore Finn in all of his sarcastic, arrogant humor and the poten 4.
I continue to adore Finn in all of his sarcastic, arrogant humor and the potential connection to Bria The overall storyline continues to unfold in interesting ways creating more depth to the storyline that leaves me wanting more and more Aug 27, Beth The Vampire rated it liked it Shelves: sos-challenge , magic , series-4th , urban-fantasy. Gin Blanco has just declared war on her very dangerous enemy, the fire elemental, Mab Monroe. It is a tactic that has pulled Gin into the spotlight, while she usually tries to stick to the shadows. So it seems only right that Mab is not taking any of this lying down and has instead hired an assassin to dispose of the assassin.
Gin is being hunted by a woman with deadly electrical magic, so strong it rivals her own Ice and Stone powers. And soon she finds that it is not just her in the firing lin Gin Blanco has just declared war on her very dangerous enemy, the fire elemental, Mab Monroe. And soon she finds that it is not just her in the firing line, but her long lost sister as well, which means Gin has to take this assassin out, and fast. What I did like about this addition to the series was the building relationship between Gin and her long lost sister, who is a member of the Ashland police force, and is about good and justice and all that stuff.
Gin wants to be accepted for what she is, as if her past explains who she ended up as an assassin. And I want her to be accepted as well. But of course, with Gin, she wants to be accepted, but is not really willing to accept you for what you believe. Gin is building herself a nice little family. But fate or destiny or even simply circumstance had turned me into a killed. I knew this. Given LaFleur and Gin are both top notch assassins, it is funny to me how stupid they are sometimes. There was a lot the reader had to take on faith. That is one stupid assassin. Shoot to kill, get the job done, and get out.
And even before her, with Elliot Slater and the other chick, the air elemental that killed Fletcher, they are described as strong and tough killers, but yet they do stupid shit like delay killing Gin because they want to take their time or they are so sensitive about their own feelings they allow her to manipulate them to her own advantage. I do have to mention, quickly, the repetition in this book. The same language is used over and over again. I think close to a quarter of this book would be repetition.
Now I like a bit of a revision, to make sure I can remember all the important stuff, but this book reminds you of even the unimportant stuff. By book four, you know who the characters are, what the general purpose is, so more time can be focused on the progression of the story. I loved the story but not the book. I am sick and tired of the repetitions. I mentioned it in my previous books but this one takes the cake. I really hope I don't have to deal with this all through this series.
Jan 28, Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it Shelves: uf. And I am happy to say, now that we are on to book four, this series is only getting better in my opinion. Much of its appeal is the heroine Gin. The combination of Gin being a calm, patient, cold-blooded killer paired with her other personality who puts her family first and cooks baked beans at the Pork Pit provides such a contrast. Jennifer Estep never holds back either and I think this is key. Gin kills people. Lots of people. She is an extremely feared assassin. But at the same time, she has a big heart and we watch as Gin struggles to live a life that is not totally devoted to killing.
But Gin is not alone. And she struggles to show them how much they mean to her. In Tangled Threads Gin is matched against another assassin, Elektra. Who as you can guess is very skilled at using electricity to off her opponents. Elektra is hired by Mab Monroe to take out the notorious Spider.
However, Mab has no idea Gin is the Spider, which I think is a nice twist in this series. Elektra is a really evil bitch and I love her character. She kills with glee and has a nasty attitude. She really makes a worthy opponent for Gin and their conflict throughout the book is well done. I do think it is about time Gin and Mab have the big showdown, but I really have enjoyed the build up in this series to the looming battle. Owen accepts Gin for all that she is.
He knows all her secrets. He knows she kills, she is on a mission to destroy Mab and he is okay with that. Now the question is, is Gin okay with that? Can Gin accept someone in her life who only wants the best for her? The tangled threads around my heart tightened a little more. Their relationship is really building up nicely. If I had any complaint in the book it is that I would like to get to know Owen just a bit more. View all 4 comments. May 26, Andrea rated it liked it.
I would stop reading this series if it weren't for the fact that Gin Blanco is an awesome heroine. She is a cold blooded killer who can't help helping people who are in trouble. She has a house that sounds like the coolest patchwork of a building ever. She cooks to relax and she owns a restaurant that I want to eat at, like every weekend.
She has strong magic but she relies on her physical skills and only uses it when she has to. Sometimes she gets beaten up and sometimes she has to run for cove I would stop reading this series if it weren't for the fact that Gin Blanco is an awesome heroine. Sometimes she gets beaten up and sometimes she has to run for cover. Plus she is dating a very hot guy who actually gets her. If only she could get to star in a book that truly shows off her awesomeness I mean, seriously. What is up with the endless repetitions? And not just the once as a gentle reminder, some things pop up in every other chapter.
This is the fourth book for Which brings me to another grievance: Finn. In the first book his grief over Fletcher and his close relationship with Gin made him one of the best parts of the story. And he seemed like he was almost equally as dangerous as her. So in what interesting ways has he been used or developed? He's turned into a fun sidekick who gets information, drinks his god damned chickory coffee and generally acts like a cheesy clothes snob. Another thing that starting to bug me is the healing at Jo-Jo's.
It's just so convenient that is doesn't matter how badly someone is beaten or hurt, they can be healed by the dwarf. And a good night's sleep later they are good to go.
Yes, I like that Gin does get into trouble, that she doesn't kill everyone without a scratch on her, but she gets back to her old self every single time and it starting to feel repetitive. Big shock there And enough with the hints about Sophia's past, just tell us already! But what about Owen? Isn't he just wonderful? He is great. There is absolutely no conflict there what so ever. He is perfect. And yet, Gin had ten times more spark with asshole Donovan. Yes, he was an idiot, but they were hot together!
And there was suspense! There was hot crazy sex in a closet and on a car. A striptease?! That killled the book a little bit for me So why the three stars? As I said, Gin is fantastic. She really is. Take away all the repetitions and remake Finn, please and you have a couple of great scenes. The first fight with Electra that ends with Gin falling in the water and turning on her Ice magic, Gin finding out that Fletcher had saved Bria after he refused to kill Gin's family and Gin telling Bria who she is in the train wagon.
I also liked most of her interactions with Owen, the eavesdropping on him and Eva was kinda cute, I just have an issue with his perfectness. So I will read the next one, I haven't given up. I do however shudder when I think of all the rehasching that it will fill the pages The casting: PS!!! I've read 4 books in 4 days, so that should say something itself.
The storyline is good, and it keeps the reader interested. You're too kind, Jonah. Why, you'd put Ebezener Scrooge to shame with your bighearted generosity. I really hope she doesn't quit being an assassin though, because she's awesome at it and i love a badass woman : Though i have my annoys, really annoys with this book.. I can't get it out of my head and for me, it's ruins the series for me. Another thing that annoys me is that i feel disconnected to the characters, specially the men in her life.
We get to know Finn a bit more personal then all the other males, but other than that.. Usually, it's just you and Finn. I feel that Jennifer should focus on that more, to make things a bit more personal with people, so we can feel something for them.. I like the characters so far, specially Owen. He seems like a real gentleman and he doesn't judge or criticize Gin.
I like that he's there for her and show her that he really cares for her. I don't want to piss her off. He's a powerful man, yet we haven't seen any of it.. I hope that in the next books we get to see more of that and more of him personally. Other than that, the series good enough for me to continue the journey :D Rate: 2. Having come off her last battle, Gin is determined to make things harder for her nemesis, Mab Monroe.
Turns out Mab is wanting the same thing and has hired another assassin, Elektra, to kill Gin Unfortunately, innocent people are getting stuck in the middle and Gin's "family" has gotten larger causing her to take things slower. I really enjoyed how things are developing in Gin's life even though they are getting much more complicated.
With each battle, Gin learns more and more Having come off her last battle, Gin is determined to make things harder for her nemesis, Mab Monroe. With each battle, Gin learns more and more about her powers and I find that so interesting. I also like how her "family" is growing and how she is having to deal with all her feelings. I am definitely liking Owen much better than Donovan but does he like Gin too much?? I can't help but have a little bit of doubt there regarding Owen.
I really hope he doesn't have an ulterior motive In the meantime, I did enjoy their steamy scenes and what a great Christmas present! Things with Bria have certainly progressed and I really liked all their interactions. It's more interesting when things are not all smooth sailing and I can't wait to see where they will go from here. The parts with Finn and Bria are hilarious and I hope we get more of them! There will some shocking information that turned up in regards to Fletcher. I'm sure that Gin will delve into this even more and I'm nervous about who else might be involved.
Elektra was a great baddie and she had some impressive skill. I liked how JE had her related to "The Viper" and learning that family history.
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Makes me curious as to if there are any more family members that will show up? I would've liked more interaction between Mab and The Spider but then again, it was nice not really having Mab at the fore front of every book. Jonah's time is coming though I hope and I can't wait to see what Gin is up against next. Apr 06, Nath rated it really liked it Shelves: read , urban-fantasy. I think that Ms Estep did a good job and delivered a solid installment.