Retired USN! I enjoy movies, books, traveling and making quilts.
If I had only these two choices then I would say not well spent. The story line is really hard to follow at times, not sure what she is really after.
I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!
"Blood Cross" picks up where "Skinwalker" ended. In my opinion, this second in the Jane Yellowrock series is better than the first. By the time I started listening to this book, the reader's accent, to which I had a slight objection in the first book, had become part and parcel of the story.
In this second book, you find out more information about Jane's background as well as about the vamps and how they came to be -- which is worth listening to both books!! This is where the uniqueness of Faith Hunter's imagination comes into play and what I truly enjoyed -- especially as a follower of Jesus, the Christ!!
The storyline is so unique!! There's plenty of danger because there's always the threat of the vamps she works for either putting her in danger from other vamps or being a threat to Jane all by themselves.
Then there's the love/lust interests. I'm not big on romantic novels, yet this novel doesn't throw in more than I can handle. Jane seems to be torn between two incredibly difficult-to-choose-from men who come into her life in the first book and are still there in the second one. I can see why SHE would have trouble choosing, but if I were in her shoes -- or boots -- I know exactly which one I'd pick!!
Surprise galore, danger just around the bend, who to trust and who not to, who to love and who not to, seeking answers to her past, finding out the origins of the vamps -- definitely a must read!! Especially if you've already read "Skinwalker"!!!
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I would listen to it again because it moved along enough that I wouldn't get bored with drawn out scenes. The characters are strong enough to hold my interest and not annoy me.
I really think the character development is done well. Each person is distinctive and interesting.
I really like this series so far and plan on listening to the next books. If you are looking for a strong "romance" book, this does not focus on that, though there are developing relationships.
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love it. Will keep listening. keeps you on edge wondering what's beast going to do next...
I enjoyed book 2. Interesting new characters introduced. I'm looking forward to seeing if Derek Lee will be in more books....I really like the Marine's team. Jane should run as far from N.O. as she can get. I have a feeling her life is going to continue to be very complicated is she stays. Great narrator.
The Jane Yellowrock character is strong & passionate about the nature of her work. She is also a loyal friend & the love she has for Molly (her best friend) & Angie-baby (Molly's daughter) touch the heart. This is a character anyone would want on their side; someone who struggles with her past & present, as well as someone who desires to grow & fully explore more of who she is & where she comes from. I cannot get enough of this series; I desire Faith Hunter continue this as long as possible...there isn't any reason Faith Hunter couldn't keep this series going for years to come. Especially as she continues to explore Jane's Cherokee roots & potentially, Jane's role with the witches or in Angie-Baby's life, as Angie-baby grows into her potential. Keep it up, Faith Hunter - this is an exciting & wonderful series.
Probably. Definitely looking forward to another performance by Khristine Hvam, I might read more of this series to see if the character grows beyond the cissexism, homophobia and internalized colonialization.
Not included the blatant moment of cissexism/transphobia in the first visit to the police department, or the "Ickes" and "ews" whenever a female vamp hit on the main character, while drooling over every male in the damn book. Like, seriously, we get it, the character is STRAIT. And repulsed by trans women and women in general hitting on her. She's a bigot, but the story does nothing with it at all and so it sits there like a turd stinking up the whole story.
Also, I found the Christian appropriation of Native American traditions troubling, but this actually is more interesting and complex than the queer phobia presented at other times through the book. The character is native, but raised in a Christian children's home. Her past has literally been whipped from her, and replaced with white culture and religion. I would love to see this explored more, to see her struggle with the conflict between her heratage, being raised in a Christian children's home and not being raised by contemporary Native Americans, and so being robbed of her heratage again.
Accents, a sense of place that comes with her use of voice. The clean cut between Beast and Jane.
Some of the vamps that didn't really bring anything to the story.