- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Ace (Jan. 5 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451463072
- ISBN-13: 978-0451463074
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 17.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blood Cross Mass Market Paperback – Jan 5 2010
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"A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre." -- Kim Harrison
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A native of Louisiana, Faith Hunter spent her early years on the bayous and rivers, learning survival skills and the womanly arts. She liked horses, dogs, fishing and crabbing much better than girly skills. She still does.
In grade school, she fell in love with fantasy and science fiction, reading five books a week and wishing she could "write that great stuff." Faith now shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs in a Enclave of their own. Faith is working on a new series, which Roc will publish starting in the summer of 2009, and a role-playing game, called The Rogue Mage, based on Thorn.See all Product description
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The story is great. Jane Yellowrock is a tough woman who likes things done her way and trust very little other people. I love that she gets things done her way.
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The things Unlike about this series: a well developed world with continuing world building; a large cast of characters that are multi dimensional, the solve a mystery piece to each book with a larger arc across books regarding Jane's lost years; and I like that these camps are different from camps in !its other stories.
Things I don't like: Jane needs constant rescuing from her dumb decisions --how has she succeeded in life at all? Serioisuly, book 2 is a series of poor decisions she makes and then whines about. The romance-booooooring. I don't like Rick or Bruiser/George; she falls into bed with Rick at the end and it seems to be because it's convenient. shocking since she dithered so long over it, you'd think it would be because she actually cared about him romantically. But no, she cares about him but she doesn't care about him. Her interest in George feels shallow, too. She mentions repeatedly how she shouldn't do anything with either of them, but with George it's because his loyalty would never be with her--he proves this repeatedly in the novel and then looks at astonishingly with worry/guilt. She wants a strong, emotional connection but knows it won't work with him so she settles on Rick. Realistic, yes, but good reading? No. In the end, both men bite me and that does not bode well for the series unless Leo takes center stage. There are a host of issues with him but they could be worked through...
Finally, I find the series both slow moving and wordy. It is heavy on descriptions that don't add much and I put the mystery together way before Jane does. This certainly makes it harder to maintain interest while reading.
*** For a gal who had been out of circulation for a few years, I was getting a lot of attention. Too bad they were cop, blood-servant, and angry vamp. I’d be lucky to survive. ***
Normally this would be a dealbreaker for me. But I like just about everything else about Jane that I’m going to let it go for now…but well will discuss it later in the review. Jane is still in New Orleans hunting the rogue vampire that seems to making young vampires with no training. Leo in the throws of a vampire depression of sorts wants to kill her and her witchy woman friend has come to visit with the kids. Jane has her hands full at the moment.
Let’s just say that I totally love Molly and the cutest little witch ever Angelina. I hope we get a lot more of them in the next books too. I do like that Jane has something resembling a family in them.
The plot is pretty good. Jane needs to find the feral vamps and who is making them. She is also trying to figure out who is stealing witch children and why. Anytime there are kids involved the story gets a bit more intense for me. I liked meeting some more quirky characters, specifically Bethany who seems just on this side of sanity. There was also a really cool revelation about the origins of the vampires and why they are cursed. This was a pretty good ride and it seems like Jane is finding all kinds of new friends to work with in New Orleans. I liked how the search wrapped up as the fight was really intense.
Now back to the abysmal men in Jane’s life.
So far our options are Leo – He is totally out for me because he has tried to kill her a few times. Seriously how is he even in contention?
Then we get Bruiser (George) who is Leo’s blood servant so basically he is always going to take Leo’s side over Jane’s and isn’t going to be there when she really needs him. But at least they have some decent chemistry and he seems like a semi-solid dude.
And then we get ‘The Joe’ a.k.a. Rick. I hate him and I’m going to jump on the burn him with fire train. He is a liar, manipulator and a player. We learned that in the last book, she actually saw him having sex with someone else that he was just using for information while he was actively trying to get her into bed. NO…just NO.
The only guy in this that I found remotely jumpable was Derek an ex-marine that is probably too old for her that helped her in the Vampire Hunt. He is the only good guy in this so far.
So Jane needs to gets some dating/picking a mate skills but her ability to kick some vamp ass is pretty solid so I will stick around, probably longer than some of the dudes in this.
I liked the action with Decker and the Marines. Those were the best parts of this book. All the vampire stuff just confuses everything in this book in my opinion. She insists on putting herself in the path of LOADS of vampires (like insisting on going to their party), and guess what? She gets attacked! Shocker! Straddling the fence here between attempting to make some of the vamps to be good guys just is not working for me. She needs to just leave them alone and hunt the rogues. Also leave Bruiser alone! My gosh he is so tied into the camp world how are we even considering him a romantic match??? And the Player? Really?? Ugh. I need a male romantic lead character that I can really get behind and cheer for. Right now I am cheering AGAINST all these guys and that is distracting me from the story. I will move on to book #3, but I am wary....
about Jane and her personal history to develop empathy for her.
Obviously this is urban fantasy directed at the 'heroic girl' readers,and the vampire element makes it even more attractive to that market.
I do enjoy reading authors take on the whole vampire canon, where they expand on it, and write their own rules and conventions
for their novel's universe. This makes the read a pleasure, as well as tickling me with the irony that the novel is placed
in New Orleans, Anne Rice's backyard. But, doesn't follow the vampire rules of her universe, exactly.
New Orleans is haunted and creaky enough in real life, and this novel is a solid embellishment of that reputation.