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review 2018-05-21 00:20
ONCE BROKEN FAITH by SEANAN McGUIRE
Once Broken Faith: An October Daye Novel - Seanan McGuire

I agree with the other reviewers that Toby is (view spoiler). It's getting a little ridiculous. That's why the rating is down to 3-1/2 stars.

I wish Tybalt and Toby would just get married already. I like them together. Just as an aside, I have no idea how she makes a living enough to feed everybody when she's so busy with just fae stuff.

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review 2018-05-20 23:33
THE REMAINING FAITH by D.J. MOLLES
The Remaining: Faith - D.J. Molles

This short story was tagged on to the end of The Remaining

This story was about an average family that was hit hard by the new world. I have no idea what is in store for Clyde, but it doesn't sound good to me.

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review 2018-05-03 04:33
Review of " Dark Heir" (Jane Yellowrock, #9) by Faith Hunter
Dark Heir - Faith Hunter

This reader's personal opinion, ©2018, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

 

This series is always a good read. Sucks you in quickly which made it also a great choice for last Saturday's Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon.

 

At nine books into the series, not sure I have much new to say about it. I love these characters although I'm ready to skewer Leo that he still doesn't tell Jane details of vampire politics that would certainly have made things less grim and dangerous, even saved some human lives.

 

Definitely Jane got her "I told you so" over not killing Adrianna and the captive Son of Darkness in previous books. Because all hell breaks loose in this book from his escape. The European vamps still not visiting, and we get a resolution about Molly.

 

Happily will be reading on in this series; expecting next books to bring on the European fang heads and more vampire politics.


*©2018.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

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review 2018-05-02 02:17
Jane Yellowrock's latest has everything -- including the kitchen sink.
Dark Queen - Faith Hunter

This was part of a book tour stop on my main blog -- you should check it out for a chance to win all the Yellowrock books.
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I've stopped reading the blurbs for the Jane Yellowrock books, so I had no idea what to expect out of this one when I started it. I spent a couple of days planning on how this was a rumination of/celebration of family disguised as an Urban Fantasy novel. Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of action and plot and all the things we have come to expect from a Jane Yellowrock book. But, yeah, family was the overarching theme. But then . . .

 

But then, Hunter kicks it into high gear and the long-awaited Sangre Duello starts. Which I didn't expect -- I figured we'd get an entire novel (minus an introductory and follow-up chapter, maybe) dedicated to it. Man, am I glad I was wrong -- I'm not sure I could've handled more of the tension surrounding it than Hunter gave us. Still, everything I'd planned on saying pretty much went out the window.

 

I've gotten ahead of myself. This series (like any that has gone more than 5 books) needs a "Previously . . ." section. Things have changed so much since Jane rode into New Orleans in Skinwalker that it's almost impossible to remember everything that's happened. Hunter does do enough in the text to remind you who is who and what they've done in the past, so I'm not saying the book is inaccessible. It'd just be nice to have a reminder just where we are in the story without having to re-read eleven novels (not that I have -- I'd probably pick up a few more nuances).

 

The book begins with Leo solidifying his organization. Moving people around, giving promotions, and cleaning house (not as much as he should have, but even someone who's as politically savvy as Leo isn't perfect). Part of this is the official recognition and establishment of Clan Yellowrock -- which was just so strange. One of the groups that Leo is dealing with is a werewolf pack from the Western part of the US, who are doing some work for him related to the Sangre Duello, who are pretty interesting, and I'd like to see more of them in the future. There's also a new PsyLED honcho floating around -- Rick's boss and Soul's underling -- and his presence is almost as disruptive to Jane's world as the European Vampires are.

 

Then before you know it -- there we are, the European Vampires are coming ashore to start the Sangre Duello. Which is basically a series of duels -- some to first blood, some to the death (true death, in the case of vampires) -- and just about everyone connected to Leo ends up fighting at least once. It is clear from the way this is set up, the way it's carried out, the way that just about everyone acts during it -- that vampires act on a different morality than just about anyone else. Jane has a very hard time with it all, and many readers will, too. That's good -- that means you're not a monster. I will say that Leo's psychological games with the EV's are a lotta fun. If you have much of an emotional attachment to the characters in this series, you will stress out during this part of the book. Not all survive. Not all who do survive do so unscathed. Without saying what happens to him, I didn't realize how invested I was in Leo Pellissier's continued existence.

 

Faith Hunter puts all of her experience, all her skill and talent on display here -- and it works. This is really a tour de force for her and it's just a pleasure to read. On the one hand, I thought the pacing was a bit slow at first and wasn't sure what she was doing -- but at a certain point, I recognized that she knew exactly what she was doing and you needed the slow-burn of a start so that you'd be ready for the almost non-stop action to come. There's some brave choices she makes here -- totally shaking up the series, the status is not quo, as a horrible doctor might say. While that might seem like the kind of thing writers need to do (and it is), it can't be an easy choice -- because no matter what we say, we fans want our comfortable series: where we know that Riker will be Picard's Number One for far too long, Lisa will be 8, and that one couch at the Central Perk will always be available for Monica's friends to sit on.

 

Jane continues to grow and mature, embracing -- and even expanding -- the emotional ties she has to people in her life, taking on more people to protect and defend. She's not a loner anymore, and has stopped fighting this reality. It's great to see. And everything I wanted to say about family is present here, and you'll know exactly what I was talking about when you read this. And if you're someone who threatens any of those she's decided to align herself with? I pity you, because, well, Beast is best hunter, and there's nothing really that'll stop Beast/Jane from making you regret that threatening.

 

If I was a better blogger -- or at least one who had better time management, I'd come up with a post just about Eli Younger. I really wish I was that guy -- because Eli deserves more attention. As I write this, I remember that Carrie Vaughn gave Cormac a novel to himself (pretty much) -- Hunter should consider letting Eli have his own.

 

This would've been a great series finale just as it is. I am so glad that it's not -- Hunter's got things set up so well for the next couple fo books (at least) that I'm as excited about this series as I've ever been. But, Dark Queen could've worked as the end. Which is really just to say two things: 1. If you're looking for a new Urban Fantasy series to start, full of magic, vampires, shape-shifters and more? This series is a great one -- but don't start here, start with Skinwalker. 2. Hunter has tied up a lot of loose ends, a lot of long-going plotlines are resolved (or at least brought to a satisfying resting point), which should satisfy long-term readers. I won't say that they'll all be happy about where everything ends up -- I'm not -- but I will say that it's nice to have some sense of closure and resolution.

 

I laughed, I got angry, I cheered, I fretted, I got awfully close to letting water leak out of my eyes -- I loved this book from start to finish.

 

Disclaimer: I received this eARC from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for this post -- thanks to both for this.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/05/01/dark-queen-by-faith-hunter-jane-yellowrocks-latest-has-everything-including-the-kitchen-sink
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review 2018-05-01 10:00
Release Day Review! Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock #12) Faith Hunter!
Dark Queen - Faith Hunter

 

 

Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight--and win--beside them.

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

Preparing for the duel requires all of Jane's focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight. Only two things are guaranteed: nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.

 

 

The Dark Queen is a thrilling and fascinating story in the Jane Yellowrock world.  The characters are strong, compelling and easily draw readers into their world and Jane is such a kick ass heroine that readers can help but get caught up in all the exciting events that takes place. Being an urban fantasy means that there is not a whole lot on the romance front but Jane definitely has a love interest with lots of sizzling chemistry flowing between them and along with all the other fascinating characters in Jane’s world keeps things on a fast track with lots of thrilling action that keeps readers on the edge of their seat and ensures they never have a dull moment and well anticipation and suspense keeps readers holding their breath. 

 

In this story, things are really exciting a war is coming and the suspense builds throughout the story as Jane and her family prepare as best as they can to keep everyone safe and hopefully come out on top and, which is enough to have even the most stout hearted person reeling but the emotional turbulence inflicted by this war is only a small portion of Jane’s turmoil as an unexpected person shows up at her doorstep is a most exciting fashion and has chaos unfolding in her personal world.

 

Faith Hunter’s fascinating world just keeps getting better, I never know what to expect and I definitely never get bored as I stay glued to the pages of this intriguing world and its wonderful characters.  The author makes it so easy to enjoy her world as she paints vivid images with every written world and infuses her world with unique elements and great dialogue that adds spice to each and every story. There was no way I could put Dark Queen down until I had read every last world which made dinner a bit late, but they will just have to get over it as I am sure it will happen again when the next Jane Yellowrock book comes out.

 

 

Dark Queen is the 12th book in the Jane Yellowrock series.

 

The Reading Order from the author.

 

The Jane Yellowrock series includes:

 

  • Skinwalker
  • Blood Cross
  • Mercy Blade
  • Raven Cursed
  • Death’s Rival
  • Blood Trade
  • Black Arts
  • Broken Soul
  • Dark Heir
  • Shaow Rites
  • Cold Reign
  • Dark Queen

 

And is connected to the Soulwood series.

 

Dark Queen is available in ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   BaM   Hudson   IndieBound   Powells   Target   iBooks   GPlay   Kobo

 

Faith Hunter can be found at:

Website   Goodreads    Facebook   Twitter   BookBub

 

 

 

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