The storyline and plot was extremely slow and elementary. The dialogue of the cat or beast inside of Jane was annoying as it spoke in broken English. This beast in a shape shifter never went to battle except to make comments in her subconscious again very disappointing in a science fiction book. Overall there are much better series in this type of storyline.
What a wonderful gift this narrator has for pulling you into the story and making you care about hearing it. I enjoyed reading it but this is a bonus to enjoyment. I listened to the whole book in one day. I could not stop listening.
Angelina the child is one of the most charming parts of the book. Beasts reaction to the children is performed wonderfully by this narrator.
Keep your mind active.
This is book two of the Yellowrock series and not sure I will listen to the third. Jane is a "skin walker" who shares a body and mind with Beast a.k.a "big cat." Hired by the vampire council as a bounty hunter to find and destroy a vampire who is turning young rogues in the city of New Orleans. The Bloodmaster of the city death vengeance out for her due to events from book one. The book seemed to drag at the start and there were several times I wondered why I had purchased it. The action in the last third of the book made it more enjoyable but still not sure I will ever buy book three unless it is on sale. Sorry, wanted to like it more.
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.
In Skinwalker, the first book of the Jane Yellowrock series, Faith Hunter set the series off to a pretty good start. Blood Cross definitely feels like the series is just going to improve with each book. Again, I am not particularly overwhelmed with this series, but it is solid, entertaining, and enjoyable. It seems that each book is adding a layer of complexity to the world and the story (Skinwalker: about vampires, Blood Cross: vampires + witches, and it looks like book 3 will throw some weres into the mix), which not only drew me into the world a bit more, but mixes up the power and relationship dynamics of the characters more, which was both unexpected and appreciated. I am interested to see how the series develops.
Pretty good ending. No real surprises, but it was entertaining
I think this book was a smoother book than the first. Khristine Hvam rocks the hell out of the southern voices, she has perfect timing. I really did enjoy the listen and the characters are very easy to like, I think Faith is putting together a good core cast and leaving tons of room for diversity with character development. My only complaint was the story itself. I like most of the characters and love Khristine, but the all powerful vamps routine gets very old for me. When Leo ripped her up there should have been at least some type of fight, especially since she turned into uber big cat, I mean how many times can you hear "I am not Prey" and then......nothing. I was hoping the vamp mythos would be original too. This origin line isn't too overly borrowed, but it wasn't exactly new, as soon as I heard the Latin phrase for Judas Iscariot, I was disappointed.
Having said all that, I did enjoy the book and again Khristine kicks ass! Worth the listen and I will be finishing out the next several books.
I love books! Listening or reading! Vampires and Werewolves and Fey, oh my!
Absolutely! I love Jane! She's so capable and willing to do what she needs to but she also does what she loves!
I would have to say Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. Both stories center around a kick butt woman who goes after vampires.
Khristine Hvam brings out the sarcasm of Jane. I love how she voices Jane.
I think the whole book kept my attention and I found myself always cheering Jane on or sympathizing with her. Faith Hunter and Khristine Hvam do an awesome job with the story.
I haven't listened to any other books narrated by Khristine Hvam but I have read another series by Faith Hunter. The Rogue Mage trilogy is wonderful!! I love Thorn St. Croix. If you like the way Faith Hunter writes you should really check out the Rogue Mage novels: Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host (in order).