rambunctiously soft spoken.
I found myself screaming at the very skilled narrator just get on with it ,this ramble someone decided to make into a novel just made me angry hoping I could get past the fact that the author decided it would be a great Idea to have the panther our lead turns into to talk in first person though out the hole novel one or twice I could have forgiven but ARRRRRGGGGHHHHH ,It dragged and I was begging to get to the end ,maybe if your a cat person this will do it for you but I'll be giving the rest off the series a miss.
I am not a professor of literature like previous reviewers make the impression of, i have not read other books/series by this author for comparison so keep that in mind as you read my review. A review i read on amazon (i like to use other sites to get broader opinions) compared this book to that of Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series. I would NOT go that far, but it wasnt bad. I gave it three stars (and not higher) for two reasons. First, it did take me 3 hours of listening to get into the book. This was mostly for the second reason though- I really disliked the dialog when Jane was in her other "forms". So much so that i skipped one chapter entirely because it was bugging me so much. Eventually however you get sucked into the the plot enough that those few chapters are bearable. Other than that, i found the story and characters interesting and well developed. I will probably try the next in the series at some point but as it is, i do not regret the credit spent.
Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.
Loved this story. Easy listerning and very entertaining. Will be impatiently waiting for any new books in audio from this author.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Most of the Audible titles I've listened to Re books I've already read. Old friends. This one was new to me, and very good. Good structure, good story, and it looks like it will be a great series.
Probably not as there is not a lot of depth to the story but will read more of the series.
Jane Yellowrock. A strong female with a good sense of self despite a difficult childhood. Also liked her sense of humor.
Overall I found this a great listen. I thought the narrator brought Jane to life. the only problem I had (and the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars) was that the author kept telling us how Jane was worried about making the vampires mad when she didn't have her weapons with her, and then would have her spout off at the "vamps", as she called them. She would do this and then repeat how Jane was worried about making them mad. I didn't understand why the author would do this multiple times. There were a few tiny things that made me think that it wasn't read through before publishing, but they were very minor. Overall a great listen.
As a newly-fledged urban fantasy fan, I believe this series has potential but there are also some flaws that might drive some of the readers away. And I have not decided yet, which one I am.
First of all, the setting is really promising: it has vampires, shapeshifters and witches. Jane is a strong kick-ass heroine. She can take care of herself, fight, talk herself out of complex situations. And she is on a rogue vamp hunt in New Orleans! Jane is also beast, and we get to see the world from the beast's point of view. Which was a bit difficult to get used to at first.
The story-line is a bit traditional: a mystery, an out-of-town vamp hunter, some detective work, and awkward social situations. Certain aspects of it are quite unique: the skinwalker lore, the vampire social order and their relations with humans, some of their characteristics, feeding habits and rituals. But there are many clichés: all vampires are astonishing, rich and beautiful (and most of them with a French accent), Jane is tough, has an attitude, rides a moto and eats a lot of raw meat. And she is surrounded by gorgeous men that all want to sleep with her. Their appearance, clothes are described in detail. I found this attention to detail a bit annoying sometimes - I don't care what she wears every time she goes out or how she prepares tea, and oat meal every time. There is a lot of walking and talking around but there isn't much happening.
The narrator does a very good job.
How slowly the book progressed. Details are wonderful but not when they bog down the story. If I had to hear one more time how raw the meat was but that it was dead meat not fresh I was ready to scream.
Jane Yellowrock herself. She did not do it for me. She's rude, obnoxious and not very intelligent. She has trouble following the clues laid out in front of her and is never prepared.
Most of the shifts themselves, once I have heard how it happens once I do not require the exact details of it or the aftermath again.
This book did not do it for me I have no interest in continuing the series. The concept of a skinwalker vampire slayer working for the vamp council of New Orleans was fascinating however it never reached its potential.
The only complaint I have is on the performance. Myself born & raised in Texas & having relatives & friends from all over Louisiana including New Orleans know what Cajuns & people from Louisiana sound like! Ms. Hvam has mountain Hillbilly mistaken for any type of Louisiana accent. More research Ms. Khristine Hvam. It's not enough for me not to purchase the next in series, I liked the story & action!
I have been so discouraged with the filthy language in my favorite genre. Most of the time it isn't even necessary for the plot but IS offensive to the reader. Thank you Faith for a wonderfully written story with a gripping plot. I look forward to listening to many, many more of your excellent books. (If I could give you ten stars I would!)