I put off trying this series for a long time. I don't really recall why, but when I ran out of other things to listen to, I gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the book and the main character. I ended up listening to the whole series (so far), and liked them all.
The reason I gave it four stars instead of five, is that the main character has an annoying habit of taking on responsibility for anything and everything bad that happens, even when she's not present. That was a bit much for me, but perhaps it's a character flaw that will be explained and/or developed later in the series.
All-in-all, it was a great listen!
Love this story, the charaters in this story are very interesting which add to the storyline, K.Hvam is a wonderful narrator and makes the story. Jane Yellowrock a skinwalker doesn't know all her powers, as the series travels, you see JY grow, makes friends, finds love, loses love and finds herself.
I love to read and listen to books. I teach and share my love with my teenager and I'd like to share that love with you.
My enjoyment was completely wrapped up in Jane. She is a 6 foot, Harley riding, Cherokee Skinwalker. She is knows what she does best...Kill Vamps. And she is smart about managing her business. She lives and works in an Urban Fantasy world with Vampires and Witches and not too different from the familiar.
I didn't enjoy being in Beast's head on audio. Beast is Jane's alter-ego when she is in animal form. Beast also surfaces when Jane is in the presence of danger. Beast's short choppy thoughts felt authentic to what and how an animal would take in the world around them, plus assess threats. It kind of threw me and I had to work quickly to catch up and process the intel. Another reader/blogger said it would get better as the series continues. It wasn't enough to dash my enjoyment, but I look forward to Beast's voice evening out in my head. I also look forward to gaining a little more understanding of Jane's creation story and world. I really liked the characters and am sure things will start clicking in place as I continue.
Rick. He is a potential mating interest for Beast. I liked that FAITH is taking it slow in developing a possible relationship here. I have lots of questions and will just have to hurry up and get to BLOOD CROSS to gain answers.
This was a different KHRISTINE HVAM from what I am used to with her narration of the Laini Taylor series. She plays Jane with a touch of Southern without it being overdone. Thank You so much. Jane is mature, calm and confident, but with a sexy softness. KHRISTINE pegs the males from the bruiser body guards to the ancient-business-like vampires. Audio is a great way to go when HVAM is doing the narration.
The reading was well done I have to say and the story itself is a well thought out idea but poorly executed. The parts where the author writes in the mind of the "beast" almost border on the absurd.
The writing as the beast really was very lacking and even the character of beast was poorly developed and never explored well.
She performed all the characters quite well and I particularly love the character of Tom.
New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn
It was a rough start.... But if you are willing to stick with it, it ends up being a pretty good story.
This was the first book I have listen to by Faith Hunter, usually when I come across a good series I can't stop at the first book. I'm on the fence whether or not to get the next book.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I read the reviews of this before starting it and agree with those who said the switch in point of view between Jane and Beast is jarring, and Beast's pattern of speech is annoying. It's not unbearable, but... it feels like a writer's cop-out to use choppy, partially complete sentences and key words as a method of Beast speech... I think it could have been written using "proper" English syntax/pacing with a bit of effort. But anyway, Beast doesn't show up all that often, so it doesn't become so annoying that you're tempted to stop reading. (Oh, and it's not consistent - as the book progresses, Beast's "language" improves, becomes less choppy and starts using personal pronouns.)
That being said, I quite liked the story - it's complex and the mystery isn't one you're likely to figure out on your own, but isn't a from-left-field one either. Jane is an interesting character and her past is filled in at a nice pace and with just enough details that you want to read more to find out more about her. I found the relationship between Beast and Jane the most interesting in the story... a bit of personality conflict here that makes them both feel like distinct characters.
There was no sex in the book (a change in a vampire book for sure) and I don't recall any foul language (doesn't mean there wasn't any, it just didn't strike me as out-of-place if there was). The narration was good.
In fact, I've just bought the rest of this series because I like how nice a change Jane is from the usual whiny-girl protagonist.
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Tracking Books Read Review
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Skinwalker was not what I expected at all and I liked it! The split personality (for lack of a better description)of the lead character Jane made me not only like her but sort of understand her potential "love triangle" (though I am not a fan of them so I am hoping for quick resolution). I loved the mystery and side characters so very much (hoping we get more of the BF and daughter). This is a series I will stick with!
Audio Thoughts: Narrated By Khristine Hvam and she knocked it out the freaking park! I really felt she was Jane/Beast. She pretty much nailed the guys voices too. IMPRESSED! I already know this will be an audio series for me!
I am trying to get through this book but each time Jane the main character shifts into an animal she talks like a child. It's driving me nuts.
Get rid of the baby talk.
The narrator is great.
I love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, and dystopian. My favorite authors are Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison.
I loved this book. I love the separation between Jane and Beast, two separate beings in one body, working for a common goal. I really liked getting to know both distinctive personalities. The narrator Khristine Hvam is great as well. And there is even a sample from book 2 at the end, which I am just about to buy!
If you like the Spider (Elemental Assasin) series by Jennifer Estep, the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, or the Kate Daniels series by Illona Andrews you will like this...and if you haven't listened the above listed series they are all incredible as well!!
I read equal parts NF + F: (Follet + Tolstoy + Hillenbrand + Monk Kidd + Preston+Child), practical, hands on guides, + KidLit.
I'm so glad I purchased this book during the Halloween sale because if I'd paid full-price or a credit for it, I feel it would have been wasted.
The premise of this book is that a Cherokee woman is able to shape-shift into other forms and as such, has become a vampire-huntress, hired to kill a rogue vampire in New Orleans. Even though it's odd at first adjusting to the narrator's voice when she's in "Beast" form, which is usually a mountain lion or other type of cat, I felt that overall, this is what the author did best. Unfortunately, the human part of the main character I found to be incompatible with who she is supposed to be. The MC is supposed to be a really old Cherokee, who has spent the better part of her human life living as an outsider. I would have expected the MC to be sensitive, tough, wise, and somewhat socially awkward as a result of this background. Instead, she's a real smart-ass who flirts shamelessly like a hormonally charged teenager and tends to conduct herself in immature ways throughout the book. She doesn't use her knowledge at all to solve the case she was hired to do so way more humans and vampires end up dying in this book than needed to. I did not like the human MC at all. She drowned herself in her own patronizing, self-important nature and should have had more modesty and a more recognizable weakness.
The plot drove me crazy. It had the potential to be great, but fell flat. There are loads of descriptive narrative that never evolve into actual scenes. The author repeats herself multiple times, usually in the same chapter, which was annoying and made me wonder whether I'd somehow lost my place. (I hadn't.) I found most of the minor characters to be flat and/or stereotypes. Only two of them were interesting to me. By the time the last three chapters rolled around, I realized I no longer had patience for the story and didn't care to learn how it ended.
The narrator did the best she could, and lent an authenticity to the voices in the novel. She was probably the best part of this book. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.