Jane Yellowrock read-along #2: BLOOD CROSS by Faith Hunter (repost)…

blood-trade-preorder-ad-200x200Faith Hunter’s Blood Trade — the sixth Jane Yellowrock novel — comes out on April 2nd, and in celebration (or preparation!), a few other bloggers and I are posting reviews of the first five books on the Tuesdays leading up to it! Today it’s Blood Cross‘ turn, and since I’ve already reviewed the series (it is one of my favorites!), this review is a (very modified) repost from February 2010.

Check out the first chapter of Blood Trade, Been There, Shot the Place Up!

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Once I read Skinwalker, I HAD TO inhale Blood Cross! I’d have had to anyway, I mean, look at the kick-ass cover!

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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.

drey’s thoughts:
Jane Yellowrock is one bad-ass heroine. She hunts vamps for a living, so she has to be. And now, her boss is mad at her, for killing his son. Never mind that there’s a good reason for it, and never mind that it really wasn’t his son after all.

But life goes on, and Jane has other things to worry about than retribution from a mad vampire. Someone’s been trying to raise vampires that don’t go through the madness period, and they’re sacrificing witch children to do so. Not a good thing, especially with Molly and her children staying at Jane’s…

Then the children are kidnapped.

You know Jane is going to be wracked with guilt over this, because she’s that kinda gal. She’ll blame herself for not realizing the danger sooner, for not sending Molly and the kids to safety, for not being able to protect them. It must be a Catholic thing, that guilt. A Catholic guilt thing plus the subconscious guilt she’s carrying over having Beast inside — without knowing how… It’s a wonder the girl can function, much less survive everything she comes across. Because, boy, is there a lot waiting for her in Blood Cross.

At the end of the day though, this isn’t just a blood-and-guts action-packed thrill-ride kinda book — there’s plenty of character growth, a lil bit of romance, and even some Jane-and-Beast history. Not enough to answer all our questions, mind you, but plenty enough to keep us interested, and even just a teeny little bit irritated that there’s so much we still don’t know yet…

This is a pretty serious urban fantasy, not a light, fluffy, sparkly one. If you prefer the latter, then I don’t think Jane is for you. But if you’re a fan of the former, then I’ll bet you’ll love Jane. And Beast, of course. Who doesn’t love Beast? ;)

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Title: Blood Cross(Jane Yellowrock #2)
Author: Faith Hunter
ISBN-13: 9780451463074
eBook
Publisher: Penguin, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository

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beast claws street teamSee the pretty logo? I’m part of Faith Hunter’s Beast Claws Street Team, and so are the other bloggers & reviewers posting today. Yup, I’m a lucky duck. :D

Other Beast Claws Street Team reviews:
Blood Cross guest review by Pat G., hosted by Tala at Darker Passions
Blood Cross review by Mud M. at Muddy Meanderings
Blood Cross review by cbowdish at The Next Decade


7 Responses to “Jane Yellowrock read-along #2: BLOOD CROSS by Faith Hunter (repost)…”

  1. Koren C

    Great review! I loved seeing all the characters growing in this book. You love ‘em, you hate ‘em, you love ‘em when you should hate ‘em.

  2. Diana

    Great review! Gosh I love the Jane covers! and I completely agree with the last commenter, Koren C- you love ‘em when you should hate ‘em!

  3. Christa

    Loved your review. You are so right about the guilt! It’s a wonder Jane can function, but that moral core is what makes her such an interesting character.

  4. Jaymie

    Hunter hits it out of the park with Blood Cross! I was totally hooked by book 1, Skinwalker, but book two might be even better…something hard to do in a follow up book. I love the rich history of the settings, learning about vamp culture, and getting to delve into Jane/Beast’s past. Great review of a wonderful series.

  5. Judit

    A great sequel just as awesome as the first book. I just loved it, and this review makes you want to read it :)

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