Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#Blog Tour Stop (Giveaway) - Unraveled by Jennifer Estep (Urban Fantasy) @Jennifer_Estep @Pocket_Books

Series: Elemental Assassin # 15
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

After the shocking revelations of the previous book, Bitter Bite, the world of Ashland’s become even more sinister, and Gin Blanco (aka Ashland’s most fearsome assassin, the Spider) no longer knows who—or what—she can count on. Only one thing is for certain: danger and new enemies await Gin in Unraveled, Book 15 in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”
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 …

Unraveled is the FIFTEEN installment in author Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series. Picking up where Bitter Bite, and Finn's novella called Unwanted left off, Finn, who has been ostracized by almost everyone at his place of employment, suddenly receives notice that he has come into an inheritance to a theme park in Georgia. This comes on top of Gin finding herself embroidered in one of the most important curiosities of her life, and the fact that she faces an even more dangerous adversary in Hugh Tucker and The Circle.

After what happened the last time Gin & crew left Ashland, any hopes of actually enjoying a weekend vacation without having to face yet another adversary, isn't looking all that great. No spoilers, it's just the life that Gin has been living for awhile now. As the undisputed Queen of the Ashland Underground, people come out of the wood work to test themselves against the Spider. What's fun about Unraveled, is that most of the book takes place in a wild west environment called Bullet Point Resort. A place where Finn's diabolical mother Deirdre Shaw supposedly hid something rather important to the group known as the Circle. 

Bullet Point is a fantastic place for a story, and I love the the idea behind the setting. I am affectionately calling Unraveled, the Wild, Wild West Spider Style. Or, how about The Outlaw Gin Blanco visits a theme park? With her lover (Owen), her sister (Bria), and her brother (Finn) alongside, Gin ends up facing not only Hugh, but a new character named Roxy Wyatt who quickly sends Gin scurrying for her life during a park wide woman hunt. Roxy is not only really quick on the draw, but she is a fire mage who really tests Gin's mettle and skill as an assassin. I loved that Phillip Kincaid, Silvio Sanchez and Lorelai Parker are there to back Gin up against Hugh and his cronies. 

I love that this book is deep into secrets and flashbacks that once again come to light whenever Gin tries to remember things about her former mentor Fletcher who has set Gin out on a treasure hunt for clues about the Circle and her mother. I loved that has new goals in taking town the Circle members. I dare say that this series has made it a whole lot farther than I expected thanks not only to the author, and the publisher, but to readers like YOU who continue to badger for new material. 

The Sixteenth Installment in this series has been titled Snared, and will release January 31, 2017. Apparently, there is also a novella called Nice Guys Bite. According to the authors web page, this is an e-novella from the point of view of Silvio Sanchez, who has become Gin's personal assistant. Time line wise? Right after Unraveled

Phillip didn’t say anything else as we crossed the lawn, and the only sound was the crunching of the ice-coated grass under our boots. After the warmth and light of the office, the night seemed colder and blacker than before. The drizzle picked up, turning into more of a steady, icy rain, and our breaths hovered around us in chilly clouds. Or maybe it was just my own sense of failure that made everything feel dark, dreary, and desolate.

Phillip had shot through the lock on the iron gate and shoved it open on his way into the mansion, so we stopped at the entrance and looked up and down the street. But there was no sign of Fedora, the giants, or the SUV, and all the neighboring houses were still dark. No one had heard the gunshots or seen us skulking around. Good. One less headache to deal with tonight.

Phillip and I hurried down the street and slid inside my van. I cranked the engine, turning the heat up as hot as it would go, but the warm air did little to dispel the frigid despair and weariness that filled my body.

“So now what?” Phillip asked.

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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, will be released on July 18. 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 www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

There’s a tour-wide giveaway you can share! 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. Visit the tour stops to enter!

8/15: Tome Tender (review + giveaway)
8/16: DianaMCKiaradB (review + excerpt)
8/17: BJ’s Reviews (excerpt)
8/18: Rantings of a Reading Addict (review + excerpt)
8/19: The Book Nympho (review + giveaway)
8/20: The Reading Addict (excerpt + giveaway)
8/21: A Book Fanatic Obsession (review + excerpt), Story Forge (Q&A + excerpt)
8/22: Books and Things (review + giveaway), Angel’s Guilty Pleasures (excerpt + giveaway)
8/24: Cover2Cover (excerpt + giveaway)
8/25: Goldilox and the Three Weres (review + giveaway)
8/26: LilyElement Book Reviews (review), Urban Fantasy Investigations (excerpt + giveaway)
8/27: Book Junkiez (review + excerpt), Will Read for Feels (excerpt + giveaway)
8/28: The Book Crumb Trail (review + giveaway)
8/29: Diane’s Book Blog (excerpt + giveaway), Bad Bird Reads (review + giveaway)
8/30: Slippery Words (review + excerpt + Q&A), Gizmo’s Reviews (review + excerpt)
8/31: Bambi Unbridled (review + giveaway)
9/1: Bookish Things & More (review + excerpt)
9/2: Books That Hook (review + excerpt)

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