Unraveled Audiobook by Jennifer Estep (REVIEW)

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Review of: Unraveled Audiobook
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Jennifer Estep

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On September 13, 2016
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Unraveled Audiobook

By: Jennifer Estep

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang

Published by: Audible Studios 08/30/16

Unraveled Audiobook by Jennifer Estep

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Elemental Assassin #15

10 hrs and 32 mins

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Unraveled Audiobook

4 Hearts

This is the fifteenth book in the Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep. You would think that fifteen books in, things would start to get boring. That is not the case here. In this book, Gin and her sister go with their men down to Bullet Pointe to see what Mama Dee left to her boy. So with Gin, Owen, Finn and Bria decided to make a vacation of it (if you’ve been following the series, you know how that worked out last time).

Gin is one of those people you can’t take her anywhere without her getting into trouble. That has not changed here. As they spend their time in Bullet Pointe at the upscale resort and theme park with a Wild West, things start to go on their head. See the original owner of the park, Sweet Sally Sue, left behind some very high value jewels. When Mama Dee buys the park and decides the park isn’t making enough money, she hid the jewels in the park and whoever finds them, gets to keep them. She did this to try to drum up more business. It worked too. However, after Mama Dee died, no one knew were the jewels were.

Mama Dee also brought in new management, Roxy and Brody. They are not a friendly group. Roxy is quite the talented shooter with her revolvers. She isn’t only the manager, but also part of the show with her trick shooting. It is nothing that Gin hasn’t seen before. However, Roxy has a few tricks up her sleeve.

Since this story takes place outside of Ashland, we have a smaller cast that are familiar, but that didn’t make the story any less entertaining. I really enjoyed my time with Gin, Bria, Finn and Owen. Silvio isn’t absent either, though most of his part is on the phone. A few others make the trip to Bullet Pointe before the story is over too. We also learn about a new villain that will probably be around for a bit, The Circle. We learned some here, but I know there is more to know.

We also get some flashbacks from Gin, back when her mom was still alive. Her father is even mentioned (I think this is the first we’ve heard of him). While, I love seeing the past with Gin, it is a little difficult to believe how she conveniently remembers all these pieces of information right when she needs in. (I know, I’m questioning believability about a story of about a girl who can read stones and create ice out of thin air, but there you have it). This isn’t a new theme, Gin has flashback in every book. Like I said, I do love the looks back into the past. The timing is just all too convenient every time.

As per usual, this book is another fun installment in the Elemental Assassins series. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend you give it a shot. Gin is a strong woman who stands on her own. She is even getting better about accepting help from her friends.

Unraveled Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

If you like audios, then this is a series you should pick up on audio. Lauren Fortgang does an amazing job with this series. She brings in a great Southern accent to these North Carolinians. In this story, we get even more Southern accents from the workers at Bullet Pointe. I loved the addition of Roxy’s voice who sounded a bit like Dolly Parton to me. It worked really well with the Wild West theme of the park. I love her male voices as much as the female voices. She has great pacing in how she reads. I will not read these books if they are available on audio.

Jennifer Estep
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a daily newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.

Jennifer’s books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

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Lauren Fortgang
Lauren Fortgang lives in New York City where she currently works as an actor and voiceover artist. Born in Wilmington, DE, she split her time there with an upbringing in a variety of rural towns in northern California. She had early training at A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory and is a graduate of Fordham University: College at Lincoln Center, where she majored in theater. Her curiosity for finding new niches in the industry has afforded her a broad career spectrum, both in and out of the ‘spotlight’ as actor, singer, spokesperson audiobook narrator, podcaster, and even costume designer.

Television credits include roles on Law and Order (NBC), Law and Order: SVU (NBC), and Important Things with Demetri Martin (Comedy Central). Recent theatrical endeavors include Creation Production Company productions of Escape (LaMama E.T.C. – 50th anniversary season) and Laughing Pictures (The Flea). She’s worked in a variety of capacities with a delightful smattering of companies headed by Fordham alumni and professors, and hopes to continue to support the work of this network of artists and friends. She seeks evolvement in independent films such as the recent Astoria, Queens and The Sunnyside Murders, both of which were featured at a variety of festivals, including Queens World Film Festival, NYTVF, Breckenridge Festival of Film and NewFest.

Her commercial gigs cover national on-camera and voiceover spots for Ikea, Walmart, TJ Maxx and Woolite. She’s given voice to material spanning from video games to textbooks and works regularly as an audiobook narrator at Audible, Hachette, Penguin, Random House and beyond, having recorded roughly 150 unabridged titles and some 200 segments for monthly programming. She has received recognition from Audiofile Magazine, the Audio Publishers Association, the American Library Association and the Young Aldult Library Services Association, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly.

A hobbyist-extraordinaire, she (at any given moment) might fancy herself a baker, gardener, chef or seamstress and plays coed touch football weekly.

Finally, no bio would be complete without noting the enormity of gratitude owed her parents for supplying her freedom of imagination and a bottomless well of encouragement during the ups and (more importantly) the downs. A couple of folks ‘having your back’ for a lifetime is no small thing…

Lauren is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

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I like to thank Audible Studios for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

    36 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to listen to this one on audio. I enjoyed reading but Lauren brings it to real life!

    This is not the first time that Gin’s dad is mentioned but this is the most info we’ve gotten on him in one book. It’s always about the sisters and mother and dear old dad is just pushed under the rug. I have a theory about why he is mentioned in more detail here….

    • I didn’t remember anything about him, and I couldn’t remember if he had been mentioned at all. The mom and the sisters are mentioned a lot.

  2. Wow….still going strong, I so need to start these soon!!

    • I highly recommend you that you do the audios when you get around to starting this series. Lauren Fortgang does a great job with this series.

  3. I so need to catch up in this series. I still haven’t jumped into books 3 yet lol.

    • This is one that you can do on audio. I think you would enjoy this one a lot. It is a fun series and just keeps getting better.

  4. This is a series that I have been saying I want to read for the last four years and now it is fifteen books out. I still want to read it, but now I don’t know when I will get to it. It speaks volumes for a series when it is this far out and going strong.

    • Agreed. Not many series can hold strong 15 books in, but this sure is. I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

  5. I’d like to go back and get the info on the dad again. I don’t know how I missed that! Sneak me a hint on where that was in the book 😉

    This book was a lot of fun and is setting up so much stuff to continue on the series. I can’t wait.

    • I don’t remember exactly where it was. I listened to this two weeks ago. See if Jennifer (TBN) remembers.

  6. Love this series 😀 I agree w/ you on the convenient flashbacks though lol

  7. I love this one! I’m so curious how much of a mean girl Gin’s mom and what this Circle is all about.

    • YES!! I’m also curious why we’re getting more information about her father (I don’t remember anything about him before this book). Doesn’t look like this series is slowing down any time soon.

  8. Oh my she needs to slow down I haven’t even got the first one read yet and there are 15! 🙂 I do have the first one in print and audio so one of these days I am going to start this series. 🙂

    • I know exactly how you feel. I know there are several authors that I’ve wanted to try, but the number of existing books in the series is overwhelming. I hope you get a chance to try it soon.

  9. Glad to know it’s still going strong in double figures. I haven’t started this series yet. I love it that she is a trouble magnet. 🙂 Oh and a Wild West theme park sounds like a great setting.

    • Gin is very much a trouble magnet. She doesn’t go looking for trouble, it just seems to find her wherever she goes.

  10. LOL I’ve definitely met heroines where trouble just seems to pop up everywhere they go. Sometimes I think they just need a good bit of bubble wrap around them. That’s awesome these are still so good so far in!

    • It has been a really fun series. Jennifer Estep has done a great job keeping this series fresh.

    • It is easy to get behind on series. So many great authors, so little time.

  11. *sighs*
    This is one of those series I really want to start reading, Melanie! It sounds so good, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it as much as you. I think I need to make myself stay away from Netgalley and Edelweiss for a long while – and then I’ll have plenty of time to read novels I’ve actually purchased 😀
    Great review!

    • Staying away from Netgalley and Edelweiss is easy for me, since I do mostly audios. I can see how it can be hard.

  12. I’m so so late! I need to read book 2

    • It is so easy to get behind on series. I know I’m behind on several series, too. I think we could all use more reading time.

  13. Oh I have to get caught up on this series Thanks Melanie

    • It is easy to lag behind. I know I’m behind on several series I really enjoy. I hope you’re able to get caught up soon. 🙂

  14. I don’t think I’ve ever read a single thing by this author that I haven’t loved. 😉

    • So far, I haven’t either. I still need to try her Karma Girl series and her Mythos Academy series.

  15. True, the flashbacks are a bit too convenient, but still entertaining nonetheless. 😀 I love this series and can’t wait for the next book!

    • Agreed 100% I still need to read the Finn novella (I will read while on vacation next month if not before), I’m also really excited for Silvio’s novellas too.

  16. Book 15 already! I think the last book I read was book 5 or 6. I really need to catch-up on this series and this author her books in general. I remember how much I loved this series and I am sad I fell behind. I am glad to hear it still doesn’t get boring and the series keeps going strong!

    • It is so easy to fall behind on series. I know I have several that I’ve yet to even start. I hope you’re able to pick this one back up sometime soon. 🙂

  17. THIS: “While, I love seeing the past with Gin, it is a little difficult to believe how she conveniently remembers all these pieces of information right when she needs in.” It was just WAY TOO convenient this time around. But still a great story!!

    • Exactly. I love the looks back into her past, but it is all too convenient. I’ll take it though. I love Gin and it would take a lot for me to stop this series.

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