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.
I don't like books that spend a lot of time describing the world of the story. For me, this book had too much telling and not enough showing. After the first scene, there was just too much tedium describing the world.
There is definitely a need to describe in detail the process of Jane's change, along with giving detailed descriptions of her weapons,and what they do, etc. But seriously? Is there a need to re-describe in all the details, and all the weapons, and what they do, each time Jane "suits up" for battle? The second and third and fourth time, it got a bit frustrating.
I really, really tried to like this book. I quit, then read some earlier reviews about the "Beast" voice and continued on. This book/story just didn't work for me on pretty much any level. I am certain it's good for many, but, I just couldn't get into it. I listened to the whole book, hard as it was.I actually looked forward to being finished with it. I will not be purchasing the other books in this series.
...but I feel like the execution is lacking. The storytelling and character development is weak. The inflection, timing, etc. seems to be off (compared to how I would have expected it to be read after I heard it). The internal dialog of beast is unconvincing due to the back and forth between what beast apparently knows and can understand and what it can't. I have this book a few hours hoping it might grow on me enough to want to slog my way through the end. It didn't. I must not be the target audience for this book and I didn't realize it until it was too late.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Getting to know Jane was half the fun of the book, she is different, smart and has a believable personality. A Cherokee descendant that has received a rare paranormal gift that she does not have much background or knowledge of. We find out and learn about her as she does. The story had just the right amount of characters and paranormals to make it exciting but not over the top. New Orleans was a great backdrop for a rouge vampire hunt.
The choppiness of the verbiage while she is in her skinwalker state is a little off putting but did not upset the canter of the story. I think this hit on all four cylinders and I was happy to find this new author.
Varied taste in books from classics to Sci-Fi to books on psychology and science. I'm a quantitative and a qualitative reader.
The story was good and you don't get it right away so it remains keeping you interested so that you find out what happens. There are several french or Cajun words that were completely wrong and maybe I'm a snob for being from there but some of these things should be researched or checked. I will read more from this author.
I like a good read with mystery and romance
Yes it was okay for my taste
The back and forth in the story line was dragy for me
But it had a nice storyline
Too much repeated exposition. Too much attention the immaterial detail. How many shopping trips do I need to go on with the main character? How many times do I need the main character described to me? How many times to do I need the character loadout (including special hidden underwear pockets) described to me? Answer? Ms. Hunter thinks quite a few times. She'd explain details, then explain them again a chapter later, then again and again. It's like she forgot she'd already told the reader these items, or she assumed the reader wasn't paying attention and so needed to be told again... and again.
The dreck that got in the way of telling it. I was actually interested in her plot. I wanted to know what would happen, but she sabotaged herself with too much exposition, repetition and unnecessary, boring character physical description. My only other gripe is that the main character herself is pretty schizophrenic. She goes from hard ass biker chic, to gushing nymphet at the drop of a hat. The opener was promising. I like a tough girl protagonist, but then she started waffling all over the place, her libido taking the lead for this hunky guy or that handsome vampire. That stuff has been done... many... many times. It overshadowed the interesting and innovative stuff to the point where I just had to put the book down. I've read other reviews of folks griping about the stream of consciousness style of the "Beast" in Jane's transformed state, but that was some of the most interesting material in the text. It was unexpected and well done, IMO. So I know Ms. Hunter has talent. She needs an editor though to show her how to cut.
The narrator did the best with what she had. That's why I rated her performance as I high as I did. She did a decent job with pulling off disparate voices, portraying emotion, etc.
Annoyance, plain and simple. I could see glimmers of a good story in there, but it piled under so much genre fluff that in the end, I just couldn't stomach it.
This was a worthwhile listen and a decent start to an urban fantasy series. The concept of her inner beast was interesting. Jane's tough chick persona was laid on a bit thick, but one would hope that the author will tone it down as the series unfolds.
While this book did not have quite the immediate appeal of some of my favorite UF series (Kate Daniels, Dresden Files, October Daye, etc), I am interested enough to keep going with the series.
The southern accents were a bit overdone, but it wasn't a bad performance.
The jury is still out on this. There wasn't really enough in this first book to make me want to watch a series (especially given that there are other series that I think would make a better TV show).