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Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock Series #2)

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4 out of 4 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    This is probably more like a 3.5 star review, but since I can't

    This is probably more like a 3.5 star review, but since I can't give half a star, I'll go with 4 in the author's favor.

    I once again listened to this book on audio rather than reading it on the page myself, so that undoubtedly makes my experience with it a little different than others. I really enjoy the narration on this series so I count the audio a plus in this case, as with some other books I've heard.

    So. Book 2 in the Jane Yellowrock series. I enjoyed this installment quite a lot but not quite as much as the first one. I still love the characters. I still love their interactions, for the most part. I actually found the plot of this book more interesting than the first, so kudos to Ms. Hunter for that.

    But as the action went on, as more threats were delivered and as Jane's dealings with the New Orleans vampire scene deepened, I found myself a little bothered by just how often Jane got her butt handed to her and yet managed to survive every time. Not only that, but it extends to the people around her as well. Yes, I realize it's a supernatural society and part of the benefit of being -in- that society is emergency life-saving measures, but, applied too often and it begins to feel like no one's ever -really- at risk. They can push as hard as they want and someone will always drag them back from teetering on the edge of too far.

    This book also introduces the dread UF trope of the love triangle. The heroine has her choice of two (and maybe three, really) hot guys. To Jane's credit, she made a decision. Of course, I think she made the wrong one, so we'll see if she sticks with it through the rest of the series. I have a bad habit of liking The Wrong Guy better, go fig. :)

    Still, an enjoyable listen, and my issues are not enough to keep me from continuing the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Liked alot

    I've been reading the series and am enjoying it. I will continue reading so its good enough for me to buy more books which recomends it.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    Blood Cross

    It was a great book and can't wait for book three Mercy Blade.

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