Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: Unraveled by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #15)

After the incidents in Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin #14), Finn finds out that he has inherited a wild west theme park complete with a luxury hotel. He talks Bria, Owen, and Gin into accompanying him to check it out.Considering her last vacation was a little disastrous, Gin is skeptical about going, but gives in. She has her own motives for the trip: finding out more about her mother and the Circle -  a group that is supposed to secretly control all the illegal goings-on in Ashland.

It's not long before they find out that there is more to the park than meets the eye. Hugh Tucker, a member of the Circle, is there and has henchmen in key positions around the park. One thing leads to another and the bullets and knives start to fly.

Jennifer Estep mixes things up a bit this time around in a couple of ways. The setting is outside the usual Ashland. The supporting characters are a slightly different group. And there is an interesting dwarf named Ira who has been working in the park for a long time. Also, the bad guys are relatively new and different as Gin looks into the mysterious Circle. I think the Circle will continue as her nemesis into the next book and maybe beyond.

I liked that Gin remembers more about her mother and her past in this book. And the cast of characters worked well together - both the white hats (Gin and her friends) and the black hats (Hugh and his henchmen).

It was fast paced as all the other books in the series that I've read have been. And Estep makes you want to know what will happen next. I ended up reading it in just 3 days which is pretty quick for me.

If you like urban fantasy with plenty of action, then you will like this series. There is also a little romance, but it is not overwhelming. And there is character development. You could probably read it on its own, but you will enjoy it more if you've read a couple of the earlier books especially, perhaps, Bitter Bite. I give Unraveled 4 out of 5 stars.

Unraveled by Jennifer Estep is due out August 30, 2016 from Pocket Books. An excerpt can be read on the author's website.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.