jeudi 17 octobre 2013

Blood Cross ( Jane Yellowrock 2) by Faith Hunter

Good Evening ( or day or night depending where you live when you are reading this ;) )

      Fall has started full force and thus raining and harsh winds are daily and it doesn't really help my mood i admit, i can tell i was glad to have a bunch of book i wanted to read to think about something else when i wasn't working on some gifts or trying to recover.

Today i'm sharing with you my opinion on the second book in the Jane Yellowrock series, i must say the Lousiana, New Orleans setting is starting to become a real favourite of mine;) .An addictive series, and you get addicted to Beast in priority^^. It's really a perfect series for this time of the year i think.

Happy reading!
Publisher: Roc
Publication: 2010
ISBN:  0451463072
Genre: urban fantasy,paranormal
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 18+
Source: bought

Short description from goodreads :

 Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night...

The vampire council has hired skinwalker Jane Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules — but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep...

With the help of her witch best friend and local vigilantes, Jane finds herself caught between bitter rivalries — and closer than ever to the secret origin of the entire vampire race. But in a city of old grudges and dark magic, Jane will have to fight to protect both sides, even if no one will protect her.

My opinion:
          I was quite impatient to go back in New Orleans to meet Jane and of course Beast after finishing “Skinwalker” book1, it didn’t end on a cliffhanger but the tension was high and Leo passably angry ^^;; ( euphemism I know). I needed more so what a pleasure this second book has been.  Beast is acting and speaking a lot more but still with cryptic sentence, still I love her more and more and she did save Jane and helped her to overcome the compulsion. Jane has found some part of her memory back and she is still meeting with the shaman to learn more but what I really loved this time is how she was more centered, the situation was chaotic, she once again didn’t understand the insinuation, secret message behind the veiled message of a vampire (exactly like in book 1 one ask her to come but no miss Jane forget and do everything but not that.) but at the same time she was focused and even better completely in symbiosis with Beast it was more than great.

We also see how sensible and vulnerable Jane is, how she doesn’t know how to react to a napping time and how emotional she gets when Angelina dress up. I enjoyed not seeing only her warrior side but also how she could react s a woman while pampered up and flatted^^. Another positive development is that she has chosen her partner, the romance is heating up, some competition for her attention exist she is tempted but she makes a choice. ( part of me was voting for the other side but I ‘m still happy with her choice^^). Her secret is also partly revealed, not her exact nature but the shifting part is out of the bag and it does have a big impact on Leo when he think she is a were… so I’m really curious on the story behind the opposition between vampire and were in this universe.

Now back to Leo, and Bruiser^^, he is still grieving and that affects him a lot. I was mostly angry with him this time he keeps trying to kill Jane then save her then threaten her  etc  worse than a girl with big level of hormones. He couldn’t stick to his choice more than a few minutes completely crazy but he is attracted to Jane the question is he is attracted because of feeling or because she would be a good tools to use. The question is worth some thinking because we see in this book how ruthless he is despites his good look, oh he keeps some honor but he is not above using other and killing to keep his status. Bruiser had more merit this time, he do take things in hands when Leo can and he tried to help and protect Jane when it was not against a direct order ( yes that’s the problem is first loyalty is to Leo and to stay alive perhaps it’s better staying that way ( not sure if Leo wouldn’t be a jealous one)

Now what I enjoyed even more was discovering Molly finally. She is so kind and open minded I love her!. I know we got some info on how she met Jane but I wouldn’t mind reading more about that to understand how deep their bond is because let’s be honest they are more than sisters despites the lack of blood sharing…they trust each other completely and while her children are abducted, Molly doesn’t accuse Jane and trust her to set things right. It was really interesting. I have more reserve about big Evans… he is against Jane from the start and I’m not 100%sure why… he is hiding something he knows about her? Is he afraid of her?  Angelina is so cute, quite like her mother and I enjoy how Faith hunter built her personality…. But  this time we see more of her power and I’m curious about why dark is her color after all Jane said that normally it’s blue for witch… I’m guessing it will become even more interesting in future books.

Oh I was also glad to see again Rick , Jodi and some folks from book one like  some security guards^^  and Derek lee too. I loved to see they didn’t change from book 1, it’s not always easy to keep the same personality for secondary characters but the author managed perfectly well and well as keeping the Louisiana atmosphere that give this series the perfect setting.

The tension was high, the action fast packed and really I couldn’t stop turning the pages, I loved learning more about the vampires history and beliefs it made everything even more intense. So It’s really an excellent dark urban fantasy that I recommend with pleasure if you love vampires, shifters, speaking hungry but funny beast, and of course New Orleans!

Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


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6 commentaires:

  1. Hi Miki, Faith Hunter and the Jane Yellowrock series currently #4 on my favorite Urban Fantasy list. Enjoyed your review.

    1. Thank you and thank you also for the puzzle^^ i had great time doing it with my mother^^

  2. I want to get to this series. I have the first book here and need to get to reading it.

    1. it's really worth reading^^ you will be addictyed soon i think^^

  3. j'avais lu le 1 et j'étais un peu plus mitigée mais j'avais bien aimé l'histoire. Bon c'est peut etre du au fait que je l'ai lu en Français et les éditions eclipse faisait vraiment dans le compact. Mais en tout cas il faudrait vraiment que je tente ce deuxieme tome.

    1. pour être honnête j'avais apprécié le tome 1 mais je n'étais pas non plus complètement emballée cependant en continuant la série je l'adore vraiment maintenant. mais oui peut-être que la traduction est en faute aussi parce que je t'avoue que j'imagine mal la version française du cherookee et certaine formulation si transformée en bon français pourrait perdre leur sens ( oki surtout dans le 2 avec les allusions crytiques) je peux seulement te conseiller de lire aussi el tome 2 ( preference en anglais) avant de te faire une idée définitive