Innocent NC vamp-killer
Although a feminine storyline, lots of references that keeps me interested just when the storyline turns a little mushy: motorcycles, life near Asheville, NC, a reference to trailer life and the twisted selfish vampire bloodsuckers Jane Yellowrock encounters in New Orleans, taking advantage of her even though she's trying to help them. Slowly Jane figures it out in her simple innocent way and learns a lot about what matters in life. Well done.
Narrator shocks you just when the time is right with character voice changes. Throws in fantastic pauses that I'm sure are just like the author intended. Fantastic.
Jane Yellowrock: saving kits & vamps.
Myself a geeky engineer. I like in the following order, 1 - SciFi, 2 - Fantasy, 3 - Thrillers, 4 - Mysteries. My most most memorable book was "Dune" by Frank Herbert. My most thought provoking book, "On A Pale Horse" by Peirce Anthony.
Other books I've read or listened to had some deep thought provoking situations leading me to change my view of the world. If that is what you are looking for, this book is not it. While Faith Hunter adds her own idiosyncrasies to the vampire legend, they are not so outrages that it ruins it (like glowing diamond skin in the sunlight). However, the book was fun to listen too, was not too predictable and did provide enough suspense that I ended up listening to it too fast before my next credit was available :-( There is a recurring theme in this second book that keeps me wanting to listen to more to find out the answers (can't say what without spoiling it, but listen to this and the first book and you will get it).
When she finds out what the blood cross really is.
Khristine's voice is pleasant to listen to and not monotonic at all. Being from New Orleans though, you have to just accept the mis-pronounced French words (there aren't that many, but some you do have to stop and think about).
Always carry silver
Easy listening for easy entertainment in the vampire & other creature genre - fun!
Getting more of Faith's take on the background to the vamps history and mystery.
I've only listened to Khristine Hvam in this series. I love her voice and accent. Her read is smooth, silky and bad ass all at the same time. Perfect for this series.
I would have liked to listen in one sitting. It was very good.
I love Faith Hunter's books, and Blood Cross is among the best.
Jane Yellowrock is unique in urban fantasy; she is tough and gritty but has a vulnerable side as well. This is more than an action thriller and character development is excellent.
I have only listened to her as she performed the Jane Yellowrock series; she is one of the best readers I have ever heard, right up there with Simon Vance. While the series is very well written, Khristine Hvam's performance makes them very special.
Jane and Beast are back!
I purchase Audible books to listen to while I am driving and generally save them for trips, which are frequent. Faith Hunter's books are the only ones I have actually sat and listened to in my living room because I can't wait for another trip to roll around.
I would recommend this book if you enjoyed the first in the series, the main character is complex and interesting with quite unusual abilities.
I enjoyed the whole thing.
I chuckled many times while listening to this book.
I like a good story with full, fleshed-out characters and this series has it. The heroine has a mysterious past and even more mysterious, supernatural powers. It's just a good listen. Khristine Hvam does an excellent job; her changes in voice are seamless and not at all distracting. I especially like her voice for "Beast".
While Blood Cross is in the current vampire and supernatural fiction vein (pun intended), I can't think of another book or series to really compare this to. Yes, there's a strong semi-human female lead. Yes, there's some flirting. But - there's a mystery and real character development.
It seemed to be very close to the first book. I was bored with the repeat characters, they no longer seemed unique and interesting. The characters seemed very formulaic.
I'm not buying any more of this series. But I did enjoy the first book.
The reader did an excellent job, both in the first book and the second book.
I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.
Absolutely. A great entertaining paranormal series with an outstanding female protagonist.
Jane, by far.
Khristine Havam's one of my favorite readers. She always delivers a great performance.
Yes -- the whole series is like that.
A new book is coming out and I can't wait to start the series over from the beginning.
Although I enjoyed this book, and will probably listen to the next one, I was disappointed. There were a few things I really didn't care for, particularly toward the end of the book. Just before the final battle, the author gives a slow and detailed account of Jane shifting into Beast, and it just bugged the heck out of me. An explanation of how the magic works makes sense at the beginning of the first book. It even makes a little sense near the beginning of the second book, as a reminder. Throwing all that in at the end of the second book near the most exciting part is just a pointless waste of time.
Other things that frustrated me were her questionable decisions on who to bring and not to bring to the final battle, and then waiting for the enemies to gather their power and start a ritual before attacking--after she had already been told it was dangerous to interrupt a ritual. What's better, waiting to see how a ritual works or stopping it before it starts? I understand that the author probably wanted to get a description of the ritual in there, but the reasoning for allowing it to even start was extremely sketchy.
Finally, without spoiling anything, I didn't like her choice of men. I agreed with her reasoning for not choosing the one, but I can't help but think the same reasoning would have applied to the other. Oh well. I guess I knew it was inevitable from the first book, but I don't have to like it.
I don't want this review to be entirely negative, because I still enjoyed most of the book until the end. There were some cool interactions with Leo and other vamps toward the middle of the book, and we got to see a lot of new backstory on both Jane and the vamps. The explanation for why vamps are the way they are was interesting and a lot more coherent than most other fantasy worlds.
New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn
Jane was fighting death at every turn. The story had a good pace, with lots of action.
She does a great job with the different voices, and brings them to life for me.
I was unsure about whether I liked this series when I finished the first book. But I'm so glad that I decided to get the second, I could not put it down. I have definitely become a fan of both Faith and Khristine, can't wait to start the next book. My only complaint is that it is PG-13, I would like it a little bit more steamy.