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Book Review: Blood Cross by Faith Hunter

Blood Cross by Faith Hunter

Title: Blood Cross

Author: Faith Hunter

Series: Jane Yellowrock #2

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

The Overview: 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. -Goodreads
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The Review:

I’m not going to lie (as if I usually do) – I struggled with this book a bit, especially at the beginning. It was really slow and I kept waiting for something to make me care what was going on. The inciting moment came waaaaaay too far in for my tastes, and there were also a lot of needlessly repeating elements. The only thing that got me through was the memory of how much I liked Skinwalker.

Once things got going, however, I ended up liking it. Enough that I’ll definitely be picking up the third one at some point… with some reservations. I still wanted a bit more New Orleans culture infusion, which I thought gave the first book a cool understated atmosphere. I also don’t remember such a heavy focus on sex in Skinwalker, but Blood Cross felt amped up in that category. I admit part of my dissatisfaction with the first half was because I got tired of hearing how horny the main character was (in place of plot advancement, anyway. If the two were happening simultaneously I may not have noticed). This author also has a slightly annoying habit of writing in incomplete sentences. I get it that it’s just her writing style, but I feel at this point she’s sacrificing clarity for artistry.

Overall, I was split down the middle with Blood Cross, but at the end of the day enjoyed it enough to keep reading. It had good mystery, interesting characters, and decent supernatural elements. The next book will be critical in determining whether or not I invest in more of the series.

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10 comments on “Book Review: Blood Cross by Faith Hunter

  1. Ah, too bad! I hope book III improves on the plot issue. When I’m dissatisfied with one major thing about a novel, it’s really easy to start noticing the little things that otherwise wouldn’t bother me at all (or at least not much, haha).

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    • Yes!! That’s exactly what happens. As soon as I decide I’m not enjoying a book, I start to get hypercritical about everything lol. I think it’s because I’m now in analytical mode rather than enjoyment mode. Reading then becomes an exercise in figuring out exactly why a book isn’t working for me. It must be the writer in us lol.

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  2. “Reading then becomes an exercise in figuring out exactly why a book isn’t working for me.” <- EXACTLY!

    "It must be the writer in us lol." <-EXACTLY X2 Haha.

    I just want to enjoy the thing first, drat it! XD

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