This sequel to Skinwalker picks up right where the action left off. Plenty of action of the fighting sort, and an almost frustrating lack of any other sort of action. Jane has options, but always higher priorities than sex.
I'm still digging this series. Here, she works more with the police, taking advantage of their archives to do research, and finds some time to connect with her roots even while not understanding much of her heritage. There is also this sort of wonderful domesticity as her friend and her children fill the house with something other than raw steak and knives.
But let's face it, I'm here for the meat and bloodshed. And the action sequences continue to deliver.
Her alliances with humans and mostly humans seems to take the place of her shifting, but at the same time, she's in more communication (if not communion) with her Beast in this one. That's still the most interesting dynamic in the book, no matter how many gorgeous men wander through her path.
The few books I've read by Cross haven't been "sleep with the lights on scary" but she can write a creepy, atmospheric ghost story that reels you in from page one and doesn't let up until the end. I had originally planned on rating this 5 stars but after pondering over the couple of issues I had with it, I felt like 4 stars was more appropriate.
The first thing that bothered me was: we were given the impression that Paula is a child, maybe very young teenager, still enrolled in school, yet the language she used (gd-d&mn this & gd that) and the way that she talked to her dad and acted wasn't very reflective of a young child. Then she was sleeping at home by herself and hanging out all night long with the snowplow guy who was a lot older and out of school already. So there was a definite age conflict going on.
Then we come to Jonah... Jonah supposedly had multiple brain surgeries over a period of 20+ years and had over 1/3 of his brain moved, yet his memory and ability to walk, talk and speak was not effected. That didn't come across as very believable to me.
Plus in Chapter 21,
one of the sisters, Elizabeth, shoots Jonah. The author writes- "Elizabeth fired, blasting a hole in the man's chest and sending him thudding back down into the muddy ground."
Then in Chapter 23,
the author writes- "Screaming, Elizabeth dropped the still smoking rifle as she fell to her knees. She put her hands over her face, as if to hide from the horrific sight of the dead man in front of her, whose head and neck had been blasted away. As Elizabeth continued to sob, Sara watched from a little further back. There was blood all over her, along with pieces of bone and brain matter that had been sprayed across her when the man had been shot."
Then toward the end we find out
Jonah is alive and well. The author tells us he was shot in the shoulder and he's out and about, talking, walking and starting fires like he didn't just die several chapters ago. So what is he- dead, alive, shot in the shoulder, shot in the chest or shot in the head?? According to the author, he's all of the above,
which I think is a huge plot hole that needs reworked.
If you can overlook those details it is a very entertaining ghost story and I had a lot of fun reading it as a buddy read with my GR friend Marie. : )
Bout of Books 22 jolted my reading and my NOOK is feeling lighter. Worked my way through some series and knocked out one WWI reading list book. I challenged myself to read 100 pages a day from Memorial Day to Labor Day (99 days if my math works); so far, so good.
One week to the start of COYER Big Summer Birthday Bash (June 9th) and my base library's Summer Reading Program starts the 19th, but reading from the first of the month counts.
BL/GR: 61 / 75
Pop Sugar: 3/50
BoB 22: 12; 607 pages read
SBTB GR Quarterly Challenge: 15/15 prompts filled a month before the challenge ends!
1. The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water #3) by Tracie Peterson - 3 stars
2. Harmony Cabins (Finding Home #2) by Regina Hart - 3.5 stars
3. When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2) by Brenda Novak - 3.5 stars
4. He's So Fine (Lucky Harbor #11) by Jill Shalvis - 4 stars
5. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild - 5 stars
6. Serpent's Kiss (The Beauchamp Family #2) by Melissa de la Cruz - 3 stars
7. White Witch (Texas Devlins #0.5) by Lyn Horner - 3 stars
8. Stardust (Circus Macabre #1) by Kristen Strassel - 2.5 stars
9. Katie and the Marshal (Montana Women #1) by Nancy Pirri - 3.5 stars
10. Pride of Africa (Hotel Safari #1) by Tori Knighwood - 1 star
11. Hunter of the Night (Lark Nation #0.5) by Clara Coulson - 3 stars
12. A Bride for Carlton (Sun River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey - 1 star
13. Mail Order Bride Amelia (Silver River Brides #1) by Karla Gracey - 4 stars
14. Valentine's Day at the Star and Sixpence (Star and Sixpence #1.5) by Holly Hepburn - 2 stars
15. Alejandro's Sorceress (Cardinal Witches #1) by Alyssa Day - 4 stars
16. Dialing Dreams (Sweethearts and Jazz #1) by Jessica Eissfeldt - 1 star
17. The Case of the Missing Cross (Justice and Miss Quinn #1) by Felicia Rogers - 4 stars
18. The Locked Room Murder (Bluebell Knopps #1) by Nancy McGovern - 2 stars
19. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara - 4 stars
DNF: None this month