I'm a big fan of Khristine Hvam's work. I'll buy just about anything that's got her name attached to it but this book didn't allow for her talent to shine through. I was both disappointed and bored! Story wise it didn't grab my attention much, I would drift off like a short attention span toddler and all to often had to rewind to listen to whole passages again to try and make sense of what I was hearing. I was absolutely annoyed at the parts with the "beast's" speach. A series of too many broken statemements (tiresome, boring, wanting to fast forward through the whole thing..). Usually I listen to whole books in a matter of a day or two but I have been dragging this one out for almost 3 weeks.. I just couldn't get into it.
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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!
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.
Someone who doesn't mind subpar writing. Maybe Twilight fans.
It needed a heavy hand with the editing. There were glaring inconsistencies in character, such as the main character who shuns alcohol repeatedly, then says she metabolizes it preternaturally quickly, then declines a single glass of Champagne because she doesn't want to turn up to a party inebriated. The plot kept me listening to the book, because the story line itself was pretty solid. There were enough plot twists to keep me listening. I didn't mind the Agatha Cristie-style "the butler did it" ending, although it would have been a stronger book had she at least woven the culprit in better.
She had trouble switching from accent to accent, making clear delineations in which character was speaking. When characters with different accents had dialogue, or a conversation, it sounded like the narrator got tripped up remembered who had what accent. Her Southern accent was reasonably good, if not great. It was stronger during extended sections of Jane's monologue. Voices for Leo and Bruiser were inconsistent, like the narrator could not decide on an accent, and ended up with something entirely bogus. I'm not sure if she was trying to describe accents for people who had lived all over the world, but she didn't get them. Their voices were not credible on any level -- just irritating.
Irritation at the character inconsistencies; eagerness to find out where the story was going; irritation at the narrator falling short of expectations.
The author has a knack for storytelling, but needs to work on her writing to make it an enjoyable read/listen.
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.
I was a little reluctant to purchase this book, the review did not appeal to me, however I took the plunge, and loved it. The main character is strong, and I love her sense of humour. Beasts character adds another dimesion which I really enjoyed. I loved this so much, that my next 2 purchases were the next 2 books in the series.
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.
Additional characters, a heroin who is not overwhelming stereotypical, a much much less predictible storyline.
More developed, less stereotypical character development. As a tribal citizen, I expect anyone writing about indigenous people - especially people like Faith Hunter who are not Native themselves - to do their homework regarding the characters they write and not rely on story lines that have been done by other (better) writers (this book was pretty much the ugly stepsister version of the Anita Blake series). I mean, Twilight was a historical tome compared to this garbage. I can't say enough about how much I disliked this story and its writing.
Yeah… no. Definitely not. It's appalling to me that this is a series, as in multiple books. There is better writing on the walls of a bathroom stall.
Actually, she was fine. I'm partial to the Southern drawl of Johanna Parker, who read the fabulous Sookie Stackhouse series (another fun series Hunter seemed to *try* and borrow heavily from).
The Skinwalker and her beast. The Troll. Katie. Everyone. Just - everyone.
Hated.This.Book. If refunds were possible, I'd ask for one. My ears are bleeding from the terrible story line. My brain is mush. I may even watch TV - a trashy reality show, probably - to get my equilibrium back. Audible readers who rated this book nearly 4 stars - you let me down.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This is probably a little unfair for me to write this review as I only made it one third of the way through this book. It really was one of the most stereotypical, boring, predictable, badly written pieces of trash I have read.
Story - Strong woman with supernatural abilities. Has to be bisexual, has to ride a motorcycle, of course has black hair and wears black... get the picture? Actually succeeded in making me slightly angry because of the stereotype.
Narrator - I suppose this was ok but because of the story any talent was lost.