Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind - a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.
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"A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre." (Kim Harrison)
"Hunter's very professionally executed, tasty blend of dark fantasy, mystery, and romance should please fans of all three genres." (Booklist)
"Khristine Hvam portrays Jane with an adventurous-sounding voice edged with a twang.... Hvam’s voices for the Louisiana locals whom Jane learns to love and respect.... augment an intriguing story with hints of Native American mysticism." (AudioFile)
I'm a big fan of Khristine Hvam's work. I'll buy just about anything that's got her name attached to it but this book didn't allow for her talent to shine through. I was both disappointed and bored! Story wise it didn't grab my attention much, I would drift off like a short attention span toddler and all to often had to rewind to listen to whole passages again to try and make sense of what I was hearing. I was absolutely annoyed at the parts with the "beast's" speach. A series of too many broken statemements (tiresome, boring, wanting to fast forward through the whole thing..). Usually I listen to whole books in a matter of a day or two but I have been dragging this one out for almost 3 weeks.. I just couldn't get into it.
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
It was a rough start.... But if you are willing to stick with it, it ends up being a pretty good story.
This was the first book I have listen to by Faith Hunter, usually when I come across a good series I can't stop at the first book. I'm on the fence whether or not to get the next book.
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My enjoyment was completely wrapped up in Jane. She is a 6 foot, Harley riding, Cherokee Skinwalker. She is knows what she does best...Kill Vamps. And she is smart about managing her business. She lives and works in an Urban Fantasy world with Vampires and Witches and not too different from the familiar.
I didn't enjoy being in Beast's head on audio. Beast is Jane's alter-ego when she is in animal form. Beast also surfaces when Jane is in the presence of danger. Beast's short choppy thoughts felt authentic to what and how an animal would take in the world around them, plus assess threats. It kind of threw me and I had to work quickly to catch up and process the intel. Another reader/blogger said it would get better as the series continues. It wasn't enough to dash my enjoyment, but I look forward to Beast's voice evening out in my head. I also look forward to gaining a little more understanding of Jane's creation story and world. I really liked the characters and am sure things will start clicking in place as I continue.
Rick. He is a potential mating interest for Beast. I liked that FAITH is taking it slow in developing a possible relationship here. I have lots of questions and will just have to hurry up and get to BLOOD CROSS to gain answers.
This was a different KHRISTINE HVAM from what I am used to with her narration of the Laini Taylor series. She plays Jane with a touch of Southern without it being overdone. Thank You so much. Jane is mature, calm and confident, but with a sexy softness. KHRISTINE pegs the males from the bruiser body guards to the ancient-business-like vampires. Audio is a great way to go when HVAM is doing the narration.
Love this story, the charaters in this story are very interesting which add to the storyline, K.Hvam is a wonderful narrator and makes the story. Jane Yellowrock a skinwalker doesn't know all her powers, as the series travels, you see JY grow, makes friends, finds love, loses love and finds herself.
Someone who doesn't mind subpar writing. Maybe Twilight fans.
It needed a heavy hand with the editing. There were glaring inconsistencies in character, such as the main character who shuns alcohol repeatedly, then says she metabolizes it preternaturally quickly, then declines a single glass of Champagne because she doesn't want to turn up to a party inebriated. The plot kept me listening to the book, because the story line itself was pretty solid. There were enough plot twists to keep me listening. I didn't mind the Agatha Cristie-style "the butler did it" ending, although it would have been a stronger book had she at least woven the culprit in better.
She had trouble switching from accent to accent, making clear delineations in which character was speaking. When characters with different accents had dialogue, or a conversation, it sounded like the narrator got tripped up remembered who had what accent. Her Southern accent was reasonably good, if not great. It was stronger during extended sections of Jane's monologue. Voices for Leo and Bruiser were inconsistent, like the narrator could not decide on an accent, and ended up with something entirely bogus. I'm not sure if she was trying to describe accents for people who had lived all over the world, but she didn't get them. Their voices were not credible on any level -- just irritating.
Irritation at the character inconsistencies; eagerness to find out where the story was going; irritation at the narrator falling short of expectations.
The author has a knack for storytelling, but needs to work on her writing to make it an enjoyable read/listen.
The reading was well done I have to say and the story itself is a well thought out idea but poorly executed. The parts where the author writes in the mind of the "beast" almost border on the absurd.
The writing as the beast really was very lacking and even the character of beast was poorly developed and never explored well.
She performed all the characters quite well and I particularly love the character of Tom.
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Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Skinwalker was not what I expected at all and I liked it! The split personality (for lack of a better description)of the lead character Jane made me not only like her but sort of understand her potential "love triangle" (though I am not a fan of them so I am hoping for quick resolution). I loved the mystery and side characters so very much (hoping we get more of the BF and daughter). This is a series I will stick with!
Audio Thoughts: Narrated By Khristine Hvam and she knocked it out the freaking park! I really felt she was Jane/Beast. She pretty much nailed the guys voices too. IMPRESSED! I already know this will be an audio series for me!
I am trying to get through this book but each time Jane the main character shifts into an animal she talks like a child. It's driving me nuts.
Get rid of the baby talk.
The narrator is great.
I read equal parts NF + F: (Follet + Tolstoy + Hillenbrand + Monk Kidd + Preston+Child), practical, hands on guides, + KidLit.
I'm so glad I purchased this book during the Halloween sale because if I'd paid full-price or a credit for it, I feel it would have been wasted.
The premise of this book is that a Cherokee woman is able to shape-shift into other forms and as such, has become a vampire-huntress, hired to kill a rogue vampire in New Orleans. Even though it's odd at first adjusting to the narrator's voice when she's in "Beast" form, which is usually a mountain lion or other type of cat, I felt that overall, this is what the author did best. Unfortunately, the human part of the main character I found to be incompatible with who she is supposed to be. The MC is supposed to be a really old Cherokee, who has spent the better part of her human life living as an outsider. I would have expected the MC to be sensitive, tough, wise, and somewhat socially awkward as a result of this background. Instead, she's a real smart-ass who flirts shamelessly like a hormonally charged teenager and tends to conduct herself in immature ways throughout the book. She doesn't use her knowledge at all to solve the case she was hired to do so way more humans and vampires end up dying in this book than needed to. I did not like the human MC at all. She drowned herself in her own patronizing, self-important nature and should have had more modesty and a more recognizable weakness.
The plot drove me crazy. It had the potential to be great, but fell flat. There are loads of descriptive narrative that never evolve into actual scenes. The author repeats herself multiple times, usually in the same chapter, which was annoying and made me wonder whether I'd somehow lost my place. (I hadn't.) I found most of the minor characters to be flat and/or stereotypes. Only two of them were interesting to me. By the time the last three chapters rolled around, I realized I no longer had patience for the story and didn't care to learn how it ended.
The narrator did the best she could, and lent an authenticity to the voices in the novel. She was probably the best part of this book. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
I was a little reluctant to purchase this book, the review did not appeal to me, however I took the plunge, and loved it. The main character is strong, and I love her sense of humour. Beasts character adds another dimesion which I really enjoyed. I loved this so much, that my next 2 purchases were the next 2 books in the series.
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