By a Thread by Jennifer Estep
(Elemental Assassin)

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The sixth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series featuring Gin Blanco, who by day owns a Tennessee BBQ joint, and by night is a tough female assassin known as the Spider.

I never thought I’d need a vacation from being an assassin….

My name is Gin Blanco, and I’m the assassin the Spider. All the Ashland’s lowlifes are gunning for me and trying to make a name for themselves by taking out the Spider. So I think it’s a good idea to get out of Ashland for a while until things cool down.

So I’m headed south to a swanky beach town, along with my baby sister, Bria, for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when an old friend of Bria’s is threatened by a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic, it looks like I’ll have to dig my silverstone knives out of my suitcase after all. But this time, not even my own Ice and Stone power may be enough to save me from coming home in a pine box…

About Jennifer Estep

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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, Thread of Death (e-novella), By a Thread, Widow's Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, and The Spider are the other titles in her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. She also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit her at and @Jennifer_Estep.
Published February 28, 2012 by Pocket Books. 388 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the sixth Elemental Assassin urban fantasy (after Spider’s Revenge), restaurateur Gin Blanco—better known as the Spider, a ruthless magical assassin—tries to bond with her long-lost sister on a roa

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The book looks great and would love to win and read.

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Fiction Vixen

I might have said this before about other books in the series, but By a Thread is my favorite book so far.

Feb 28 2012 | Read Full Review of By a Thread (Elemental Assassin)

To make matters worse, neither Callie nor Bria are aware of the connection between Donovan and Gin, or that Donovan left Gin with the hope of never again seeing the assassin known as The Spider.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Donovan is still just as self-righteous as always and Gin gets to compare her old love with her new one, Owen Grayson.

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