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review 2017-12-11 15:13
#Audiobook Review: Blood Cross by Faith Hunter
Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2 - Audible Studios,Faith Hunter,Khristine Hvam

Beginning shortly after the conclusion of Skinwalker, Jane finds herself working for the Vampire Council of New Orleans (NOLA), trying to track down a rogue-making vampire. Her best friend, Molly, and her two children are staying with Jane, and she’s got the head of the NOLA vampires, Leo, after her for killing the creature he believed to be his beloved son. Things are dangerous and crazy, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

 

Starting Blood Cross, I was unsure how I felt about the Jane Yellowrock series. Mostly I liked the first book, but something about it still didn’t click with me, or rubbed at me. However, after finishing the story, I was eager to begin book three. I think part of the issue is that the world is huge and even in this second book, the author continues to add and build upon both the mythology and the political structure of the vampires. There are times I was lost trying to follow the detailed history of the vampires or had trouble recalling the political alignment of each character and clan. The world is detailed and full, making it both exciting and enjoyable, but also a lot to take in.

 

Once again, I enjoyed the base story of the adventure. Jane is solving a mystery, one that has been covered up for a while, and I enjoy watching her put the pieces together, not necessarily caring if she upsets the apple cart in the process. She pulls apart the status quo and gives readers the inside scoop as she discovers the truth behind the vampire myths and legends. The action-packed storyline is interesting, albeit a bit gruesome. I did take issue with the number of times Jane nearly dies - she’s been at this for years and now she makes mistakes that nearly cause her death several times in a short period. It felt repetitive and unnecessary after the first time.

 

The author seems to narrow down amount of side characters central to the story. I was disappointed that Katie is still MIA, with little explanation of how long her recovery will take. I did enjoy the complexity of Leo and seeing the different parts of his true nature. Beast was also featured a bit less, as was Jane’s heritage, although we do get some of both. 

 

One thing that annoyed me at first was the issue of Jane’s sex life. Granted I’m a romance junkie, and Jane’s story has nothing to do with love and everything to do with scratching an itch; satisfying Beast’s need to mate. But the oscillation between Rick and Bruiser is a game and I found it annoying. Also, the constant pull of Beast to mate clouded the first half of the story. I’m not one for triangles, so I was eventually pleased with Jane’s thought process and the outcome by the end of the book.

 

As far as narration, I don’t have much to add that I didn’t say in my review of Skinwalker. Ms. Hvam nails Jane’s tough attitude as well as her surprisingly tender moments with Molly’s kids. Since I am now familiar with her work and the characters this second time around, I didn’t notice as much of an annoyance with her accents. Her projection of each character is solidifying in my head. 

 

Overall, while I started off unsure about the series, I found myself fully invested in Jane’s journey by the conclusion of Blood Cross, and I look forward to seeing what adventures lie ahead.

 

My Rating: B/B-

Narration: B

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review 2017-12-10 02:27
great book and great characters
Wolf Hunter - Jane Godman

Cindy performed her weekly ritual at Hendriks memorial. Six months had passed since Hendrix's murder and Cindy still couldn't shake off the lethargy since Hendrix had died. The Brotherhood couldn't allow Hendriks remains to be found or tests would show Hendrix who was a prominent Alaskan senator was actually an Arctic werewolf. Almost nine years had passed since Samson Lee- one of the Brotherhood- had rescued Cindy from the motorcycle gang that had kidnapped her. then Samson had taken Cindy to Kendrik's mansion, she had been traumatized, terrified, and alone. Cindy thought " you took care of me" and now Cindy didn't know how to survive without Hendrik. Hendrik and Cindy had never been more than best friends. Cindy's best and only friends were werewolves. Hendrik had made sure financially Cindy would be okay with what he left her in his will. All the Brotherhood thought Cindy and Hendrik had been lovers but she hadn't loved Hendrik that way. So she and Hendrik had lived a lie. Sebastian couldn't see the need for regulations. If Sebastian wanted something his mind would find a way for it to happen. Circumventing obstacles, dancing with danger, even flouting the law were things Sebastian did best. Sebastian was very good at his job as a journalist as he got to the heart of the story before other journalists were even aware there was something going on. Sebastian decided he wanted to see Cindy and flew out to Fairbanks and went to see her first. Everything came back to Cindy. The reason for the twisting gut wrenching nervousness Sebastian was feeling. Sebastian didn't do this. Didn't do uncertainty or fearfulness not unless Cindy was involved . When Sebastian got to Hendrik's mansion Cindy came running out the door terrified and refused to go back inside. So Sebastian suggested they go get something to eat and talk. Cindy was super attracted to Sebastian she just never let him know and everyone had thought she was with Hendrik. As Sebastian ate Cindy told him everything she described the feeling of being watched, the increasing discomfort, the growing grinding sense of fear . Someone had touched Cindy's cheek yet was invisible. She had sensed evil coming from the unseen presence. It had been as powerful as as a magical charm. Sebastian told Cindy that he believed her because he could feel it also even at the restaurant. From the first moment Sebastian had seen Cindy he wanted her, everything about Cindy knocked Sebastian sideways. Four years ago Sebastian knew Cindy was his mate. There was a prophecy the evil Castel would be killed by a giant Arctic werewolf. Because of that Castel feared and hated all Arctic werewolves and was determined to destroy them first before he went after the other werewolves until all werewolves were destroyed. Castel tried to scare Cindy away as she could keep Sebastian centered, sane and focused and not going off on his own because he was a hothead. Kastel wanted Cindy gone because he knew Sebastian needed her. Sebastian had convinced himself he wasn't worthy of anything good. Sebastian couldn't walk away from Cindy she was his mate and it would kill him to try.

As usual excellent book and I loved it. I would recommend you read the other books of this series as it just brings everything together and all the reads are great reads also. I just love the Arctic Brotherhood! This book had: Intrigue, mystery, murder, mind control, taking over innocents bodies, romance, magic, gods, evil wizards and so much more. I loved that Cindy and Sebastian finally had this chance. I just loved the plot and the pace and I didn't want to put this down. It had my attention from the first page to the last. I am so very glad we will have at least one more Brotherhood book maybe more if we are lucky. Anyway I could find nothing to complain about which was great. I loved everything about this book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.  

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review 2017-12-09 02:40
Immortal Billionaire - Jane Godman Immortal Billionaire - Jane Godman
Initially, I had difficulty getting in to the story.  At one point, I thought of giving up on it, but I placed it aside for a while and read other books in the process. Eventually I picked it back up, and realised it was not all bad.
 
When I took up this book, I thought I would be reading about vampires, oh boy was I wrong. The story explored the concept of reincarnation, immortality, curses and time travel.
 
What I liked
 
Fascinating Premise
 
I found the story unique  It is my first time reading a romance where reincarnation combined with time travel and immortality was a major theme.  I thought the author handled the concept well.
 
Supense/Mystery
 
The suspense/mystery thread kept me on my toes. Honestly, I never expected that much intensity, but I found myself on edge as I tried figuring out who was behind the attacks on the island. As the story progressed so did my suspicions about the stalker’s identity. The author tried to throw me off the scent, however another attack happened, which led me to I was correct in my initial assessment.
 
The Story
 
I loved how the story played out for the most part. The writing is exquisite. I was fascinated by the vivid descriptions of the island and the detailed history of the protagonists’ past lives.
 
The Romance
 
At first I thought this would be another insta-love romance, but as the story developed, I realised it was not the case.  Instead their love spanned several centuries, so when Connie came to the island, his soul instantly recognised her.  It was easy to buying into Sylvester’s the instant connection with Connie
 
 
What I did not like
 
The slow start to the story is a challenge. It took me a while to warm up to it.
 
Characters
I did not connect with the characters. They lacked depth, which is surprising given all they went through.  Since her attack, Connie had been looking over shoulder and living in fear.  However, I did not get the feeling she was scared. Her actions were contrary to her experiences.  Sylvester did not fare any better for me. For someone who has lived many lives I did not expect him to get caught off guard by the events on the island.
 
Conclusion/Recommendation
 
This was not a favourite read. There were some enjoyable moments, but it was not enough to wow me. This is my first time reading the author’s work, but I am not averse to giving her another shot.
 
The purpose of this review is not to deter you from picking up this title. It is my perspective and it is possible your experience will be different from mine. That being said if you enjoy suspense, romance, time travel and reincarnation then you may enjoy Immortal Billionaire.
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review 2017-12-09 00:30
Miracle on Chance Avenue - Jane Porter Miracle on Chance Avenue - Jane Porter

 

 

Miracle on Chance Avenue by Jane Porter

#MiracleOnChanceAvenue #NetGalley

Book starts out with Rory Douglas and he's on the bull when he sees her as they open the gates.

He recalls seeing her at every rodeo stop along the circuit but she's never approached him. He knows she's there for him.

Sadie has followed her impossible dreams and she has followed him throughout the rides and even went in to see him at the hospital when he told her to get out. She just wants his baby but she can never tell him. Then her mom died and that crushed her.

She had worked at Big Sky but now works in town at her own business and she's saving for a family. She works at the real estate agency also and is waiting for a man to come to the house as he's rented it....

What I liked about this story was the theme-how do you tell someone that you've had a crush on that you want his baby. She's so determined and he remembers her at every stop. He feels she is his angel-looking out for him. He'd never settle down but he'd marry her in a heartbeat.

He'd done the renovation work himself in the house and had rented it out over the years. She has no clue.

She refinishes furniture that others throw out everything learned from her mother. Love hearing of one using their own hands to make a living and how they do it.

Loved hearing of the tree where you select a gift to get for a child and it strikes him as he's a caring man and the scholarships he set up for others in town over the years. The bad memories are leaving and good ones are taking their place.

Lots of heartache and fun and laughs also. When I started reading this series the Indian Paintbrush flower are the seeds I bought online to grow myself because the struck something in me and I knew my garden needed them also. Liked the praying for a chance, that's all he needed.

Loved hearing of the activities they do during the season and finding the perfect ornaments depicting the season.

I received this review book from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

 

 
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review 2017-12-08 17:59
The Raven
The Raven - Jeremy Bishop

It is rare for a sequel or the second in a series to be as good as the original story, the one that first presented the reader with this new world, these new characters. It is even rarer for it to be better. But The Raven is definitely more exciting, more of a page-turner, than the very good The Sentinel.

 

Jane Harper has been trapped in Greenland since the close of the first adventure when, unsurprisingly, virtually no one believes her story of what happened to the crews of the whaler and the anti-whaling ship that both sank following a ramming incident and an explosion. Unsurprisingly because the story she tells is replete with thousand-year-old zombie Vikings, and - worse still in the opinion of the media who decide what people shall and shall not believe - zombie polar bears and narwhals and whales.

 

Now though, the only other survivors, the elderly Captain of the whaler and his son, return to the island where it all began, intent on saving the world from the (alien) parasite that causes this living death, and they give Jane little choice but to accompany them.

 

I don't want to spoil the story. I will simply say that if you enjoyed The Sentinel, don't miss The Raven. And if you haven't read The Sentinel, then read it first: this book, The Raven, is not a stand-alone.

 

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