Like paranormals, lots of violence, and a splash of romance? Then this second book in the Jane Yellowrock saga will be right up your alley. I am enjoying this Series immensely.
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.
I had a good idea of what I was getting into, wanted to give FH the chance cause I love the concept and the premise, but FH botched it all up. The main character just becomes a trope, the story becomes a situational drama and you could edit out half the book and not miss it.
Khristine Hvam is brilliant! I am looking now, if she can pare up with a decent writer I would be so happy!
Very little action. She solves a mystery, but with biblical overtones more unbelievable than any of those archeologist/action movies. The most interesting part was her relationship with her other- and her other, a non-human, was the most interesting and sympathetic character. And if she's such a great vampire hunter, why does she get bitten and almost die three times in a couple days? She needs to get her act together! Oh, and stop admiring herself in the mirror.
An omnivorous fiction reader, I'm totally flummoxed by folks who " don't have time" to read for the helluva it. Prescription? Audible!
Maybe I'm not in Faith Hunter's target demographic, but I couldn't conjure up any empathy or sympathy for - or, to be honest, even any interest in - her characters. Jane gets chomped by a vamp? Okay by me! The Beast strikes a serious sulk because Jane won't let her bulk up into a big cat? Suck it up (pun intended), Beast. Channeling Charlaine Harris, Hunter presents minute description of Jane's wardrobe (much less entertaining than Sookie's, but what can you do with black leather everything?) and dietary preferences (basically red meat and carbs seasoned with withering distain for greens). Dialog passable, narration marred by only a few mispronunciations, plot murky: save your credit.
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 have heard so much about this series and I just had to try it. I fought to finish book 1, but this book was just too long and not enjoyable for me. I tried but I didn't engage with Jane. I only liked th scenes with Leo P and didn't buy the romance with Bruiser or the Cop.
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"!!!
Love to read!
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.