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Would you try another book from Jennifer Estep and/or Lauren Fortgang?
I think Lauren Fortgang did a great job with some really tough material. Some of her inflections and delivery helped to diversify the complete and total repetition of every story line in the series to date at least three times in the book. I will not be getting another book by Jennifer Estep, that's for sure.
What was most disappointing about Jennifer Estep’s story?
It repeats. It repeats. And then it repeats. This is true throughout the series but by this book it seemed longer, more frequently used and completely detracted from the story. We get recaps of previous books, previous situations, previous characters who aren't even related to the current story, sometimes up to three times in the same book. This is especially treacherous in an audiobook because you can't easily skip the parts and have to suffer through them. It was so distracting to the story! I can see a writer making this mistake, but where in the world are the editors?
I dislike her repetitious use of various phrases. "Silverstone knife", "the fire elemental", "my foster brother", "the Goth dwarf". It goes on and on. She substitutes these phrases for pronouns, and then will continually refer to major characters by their first AND last names throughout the book, as though we were too dense to remember them. Finnegan Lane? Yep, we know him! Call him Finn and get on with it!
There are inconsistencies galore. For example, she wears a vest stuffed full of silverstone and can use her magic just fine, but then someone puts a pair of silverstone handcuffs on her and she can't make an ice pick. It makes no sense.
The sad thing is, the plot overall isn't bad, the characters and premise are interesting and the book has a chance of being good. The world building is great, the idea of the elements and power are fine. This terrible writing prevents that from happening and I feel kind of robbed. This really could have been good but it missed the mark by a wide margin.
What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She really does a fine job. The accent is great and like I said, she adds some variety to the constant repetition to take away the sting. Am I repeating myself? It must be contagious.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I like the recipes Gin talks about and even used a couple. Yum! I think the dynamic between Mab and Gin is great and I like how Gin torments her. I like the character dynamics, the balance between Gin and Finn and the tension between Gin and Bria. Their reunion came in this book, but too late to save the story.
Any additional comments?
I think if I were to read any further in the series I'd do it with paper or e-books because I could skip all the things that irritate me so.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I have really enjoyed this series, so far. However, this book includes to much background information from previous books and the plot is incredibly predictable. One of the reasons I continued to read this series is because I was looking forward to seeing the characters grow and develop through their relationships and actions. Gin started the series as a distinct, layered and complicated character. In this book she is none of these things. In fact she loses almost any credibility as a character that she had. She is this mysterious shadowy assassin with magical powers, but is seems that by the end of the book the only person who doesn't know that is her nemesis Mab Monroe. For a shadowy assassin she doesn't do overly much to protect her secret. That being said, the one redeeming factor of the book was the whole situation with Bria and Owen. This book is about her Gin's tangled emotional threads. About her love for Grayson, love she finally accepts and about her estranged sister and the difficult but hopeful reunion between the two siblings. Unfortunately, Estep ended up getting tangled in her own writing. While the reunion was nicely done as a whole it happened 200 pages too late to save the book. Despite all that I can't say that I hated the book. I didn't find it terribly interesting or exciting and I skipped a lot of pages. In my opinion it is the weakest in an otherwise solid and intriguing series. I will read the next book in hopes that it is much better. Although it deserves one star, I'm giving it 2 based on the strength of the series and my hope for its future.
20 of 21 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes - although for the first half I was not so sure.
Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Estep again?
Definitely - but I need to read reviews for the next book in the series to make sure there has been some improvement regarding the continual repetition of information.
What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
She certainly brings some of the humour to the lines that I would not necessarily pick up when reading the hard copy.
Could you see Tangled Threads being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
Yes - despite this being the weakest of the three. I would have no idea who would be ideal to play the leads but hopefully the casting would not be out of line with the descriptions in the book.
Any additional comments?
this was the weakest of the books so far. The first half of the book really irritated me with the continuing reminders and repetition. I know that I often bemoan the fact that there are no reminders whatsoever in follow up books - but I think that means that it is indeed a fine line. But the second half returned to normal - with a great plot, further development of the main character and a lovely Christmassy ending but...... Would still recommend to those of the normal crew that have read the earlier books.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Too many flashbacks to previous books in the series . Making it a tiny bit repetitive.