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Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock Series #2)

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Blood Cross

I strongly recommend you read the previous novel (Skinwalker) before reading this book.

I really enjoyed this installment but there were a few things that bothered me. Jane was a lot softer and more vulnerable in this installment, she didn't wield as much shifter ...
I strongly recommend you read the previous novel (Skinwalker) before reading this book.

I really enjoyed this installment but there were a few things that bothered me. Jane was a lot softer and more vulnerable in this installment, she didn't wield as much shifter strength, and sporadically she was completely incompetent, careless and fallible. A little more than occasionally she appeared almost completely opposite of her character in the previous book. I loved the tough kick-but vampire-rogue assassin from Skinwalker, the Jane from Blood Cross, at times was a weak imitation. There are so many incompetent, reckless heroines in dark urban fantasy books today. I include Jane among the few hard-core heroines who know what they are doing and get the job done. I'm not counting Jane out of those few yet but if this character shift does bleed into the next installment, it would be a real crime and shame.

Aside from the negatives in my review, this installment was interesting from beginning to end. Through most of the book I was completely engrossed and couldn't wait to see what happened next. This fast-paced, high energy, action-packed, suspenseful story was well written. The world building depictions were extraordinary and the chemistry between Jane and the supporting characters was excellent.

There was a lot of wickedly-naughty sexual tension; there was a sex scene, however, it was described more as after the fact. I also loved that the background culture in the story was a bit more diverse and wasn't limited to just European culture but included Haitian as well.

I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and look forward to the next installment Mercy Blade.

posted by kitkat3ny on January 13, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyable But Frustrating Sequel

Like its predessor "Skinwalker," this book provides sultry descriptions of New Orleans, an interesting mystery plot and well-realized vamps/vampire society. Unfortunately, the plot-line, (which involves identifying and taking down a master vamp who's creating uncontroll...
Like its predessor "Skinwalker," this book provides sultry descriptions of New Orleans, an interesting mystery plot and well-realized vamps/vampire society. Unfortunately, the plot-line, (which involves identifying and taking down a master vamp who's creating uncontrolled rouge vamps), is periodically abandoned in favor of 'softer scenes' which have no direct relationship to the bounty hunt. In addition, Jane's character is dumbed-down and weakened. No self-respecting bounty-hunter would pursue her Cherokee roots and/or entertain house-guests, (including two very young children), while hunting a dangerous vamp maker. Nor would anyone with a modicum of intelligence invite and/or keep house guests around after being threatened by the most powerful vamp in New Orleans and/or once they became aware of a looming vamp war. In addition to being brainless, Jane is just too ineffectual and sentimental. I wasn't interested in her useless, tear-filled emotions and was downright disappointed by her periodic inability to fight back. She's supposed to be a vamp killer not a vamp victim who needs rescuing and/or who runs away to hide behind a witch ward. I was also disappointed by this novel's failure to predominantly feature Big Cat. I truly enjoyed the alternating perspective between Jane and her inner mountain lion in first book. I also loved the skin-walking hunts. In this novel, Big Cat is reduced to a secondary character with little dialogue. And, there's only one or two skin-walking hunts. In sum, this story is interesting with a dark detective-like plot, several action sequences and a complex/fascinating vamp world. However, the story's flow is periodically slowed by unnecessary/irritating distractions, and the main characters, (Jane and her inner mountain lion), are diluted.

posted by dalnewt on February 8, 2010

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    Enjoyable But Frustrating Sequel

    Like its predessor "Skinwalker," this book provides sultry descriptions of New Orleans, an interesting mystery plot and well-realized vamps/vampire society. Unfortunately, the plot-line, (which involves identifying and taking down a master vamp who's creating uncontrolled rouge vamps), is periodically abandoned in favor of 'softer scenes' which have no direct relationship to the bounty hunt. In addition, Jane's character is dumbed-down and weakened. No self-respecting bounty-hunter would pursue her Cherokee roots and/or entertain house-guests, (including two very young children), while hunting a dangerous vamp maker. Nor would anyone with a modicum of intelligence invite and/or keep house guests around after being threatened by the most powerful vamp in New Orleans and/or once they became aware of a looming vamp war. In addition to being brainless, Jane is just too ineffectual and sentimental. I wasn't interested in her useless, tear-filled emotions and was downright disappointed by her periodic inability to fight back. She's supposed to be a vamp killer not a vamp victim who needs rescuing and/or who runs away to hide behind a witch ward. I was also disappointed by this novel's failure to predominantly feature Big Cat. I truly enjoyed the alternating perspective between Jane and her inner mountain lion in first book. I also loved the skin-walking hunts. In this novel, Big Cat is reduced to a secondary character with little dialogue. And, there's only one or two skin-walking hunts. In sum, this story is interesting with a dark detective-like plot, several action sequences and a complex/fascinating vamp world. However, the story's flow is periodically slowed by unnecessary/irritating distractions, and the main characters, (Jane and her inner mountain lion), are diluted.

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