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Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1)

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First in a brand new series from the author of the rogue mage novels

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Roc (first published May 22nd 2009)
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Jim Buchanan No Its not while yes the main character is a shapechanger there is very little of the sexuality that is in the Anita Blake series and there are a lot…moreNo Its not while yes the main character is a shapechanger there is very little of the sexuality that is in the Anita Blake series and there are a lot less shapechangers than in the Mercy Thompson books(less)
Anna Depends what kind of books you like , if you like urban fantasy with cool women characters you may find it interesting, well depends on what level of…moreDepends what kind of books you like , if you like urban fantasy with cool women characters you may find it interesting, well depends on what level of fantasy you read , if you like more epic detailed fantasy this is not quite epic , more average but it has it's own interesting parts , if you like more details about characters , not this is not that book , here you will find most details about the main character not much about others. It is a light book some may find it easy to read , all depends on taste. You wont find any to unexpected things in it or any warlord glory , you will be a bit disappointed if you looking for vampire romance books , this one is not, a little flirt , some hints yes.(less)
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Urban Fantasy is a pretty diverse genre. There are all kinds of twists on various folklores and mythologies, as well as multitudes of different takes on a myriad of supernatural creatures. We all have our favorites (and not-so-favorites).

For me, if it has something to do with the Fae or Native American folklore, I’m probably going to love it. Ghosts, zombies, and other dead things in general (excepting vampires) . . . not so much.

There are of course exceptions, but gene
Jun 07, 2012 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: UF fans who like action
Let me get one thing straight: I don't read romance novels. If romance is included within the scope of main character experience, I'll still read it. But if the main story is magickal, wonderful, soulmate kind of l-o-v-e and there is pining, angst, and ridiculous pretend fights when really they l-o-v-e each other but can't admit it, that's a big fat "pass" for me. "Skinwalker" won't appeal to those who like a little romance with their paranormal. Move along now.

Jane is an interesting, unusual e
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
BR with my MacHalo Freaks starting Sept. 21, 2015.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars. Then again I'm not sure, maybe it doesn't deserve more than 2 stars.

Disclaimer: I read this book only 10 days ago and can hardly remember the story. This should be a fascinating review. Then again, I was recently told my reviews were offensive, so all is not lost. You might get bored but at least there's a good chance you'll feel outraged about all this. Muahahahaha.

Presenting... Adventures in Lowered Ratings, courtesy
Jan 24, 2013 Leyoh rated it it was ok
Just so you know, I hate myself when I do this but I just cannot read this book any longer. I feel as though I'm punishing myself for something I haven't even done yet and I'm certain what ever it is I am yet to do is not that bad!

The premise of a badass skin walking detective solving mysteries for vamps and other supernatural beings in the south of America was alluring but ultimately deceptive. The descriptive prose was tiresome, her progress on the mission dragged, there were constant interrup
May 03, 2011 Chichipio rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I had so many problems with this novel that once I start, I'll probably go on for a while.

So instead, let's start with a positive note: Hunter's take on supes. Her always-on-edge vamps, witches and the skinwalker myth were well-done; all of them are pretty balanced power-wise and a good addition to UF lit.

Then there were some other good things, too. Her version of New Orleans and the Cherokee culture for example.

But there were two huge issues that kind of ruined the experience for me: the writin
Jun 29, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it
I took a break from my American Ninja Warrior training to read Faith Hunter’s 2009 novel Skinwalker – and glad I did. Cause it’s better than a bag of Lays potato chips.

A bag.

First of all Hunter serves up a family sized helping of HAVEATYOU!! in the form of a leather wearing, shotgun toting and motorcycle riding Cherokee Skinwalker name of Jane Yellowrock. Jane is a tall drink of water whose special Urban Fantasy mojo is being a skinwalker, a kind of Native American were-person, especially in reg
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This is more of a 3.5 star book.

Jane Yellowrock is one bad ass main character. She rides Bitsa (bits of this-bits of that motorcycle), carries a big gun, lots of weapons and oh yeah she can change into animals. Mainly a mountain lion named Beast.

I loved the setting in this book. New Orleans with lots a vamp action. There isn't any sex in the book but sexual attractions that Jane has with some of the characters.
Well and me developing a girl crush and wanting to hump her leg.
Nov 28, 2010 Alisha rated it liked it
Quick Take: I wasn't bowled over by this story, but overall it was enjoyable. The protagonist is unique and striking, despite nominal comparisons to other urban fantasy heroines.

Okay, so I told myself right at the beginning of this book not to compare this character to two other seemingly similar UF protagonists: Janet Begay of the Stormwalker books, or Mercy Thompson of the Mercedes Thompson books. For the most part this was easy to do, as Jane Yellowrock's similarities only go as far as the Na
Mar 22, 2013 Werner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of urban fantasy, action-oriented supernatural fiction, or action heroines
Recommended to Werner by: My Goodreads friend Laura (Kiyah Girl)
Supernatural fiction is a favorite genre of mine, and I have a soft spot for strong heroines who can kick some butt when necessary; so naturally, I thought a book that appealed to both interests might be rewarding. But that didn't begin to prepare me for how much I liked this one! In this series-opener, Faith Hunter has created one of the most original and vividly-realized fictional protagonists to come down the pike in a long time, and established herself in my eyes as one of the genre's most o ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Skinwalker was a good introduction to the world of Jane Yellowrock, skinwalker. She knew little about her past, only that she was part Cherokee, and that she could shift into the form of animals. And that she shared her consciousness with the soul of an animal, who she called Beast. Jane makes a living as rogue vampire hunter, and she's very good. Now she's in New Orleans, hired by a prominent vampire who happens to run a prostitution house. And this job is going to a very complicated one.

Jane i
This book for me?

Wow!!! It was such an unexpected read! I mean, yeah, I expected it to be a good one, maybe even a really good one, but not this good!

What I loved the most is the fact that you get the animal's (Beast's) POV. It's the first book where I've seen this and I absolutely loved it!

I felt like reading Faulkner's The Sound and The Fury, where you see the story from the "crazy" person's POV. And I really really enjoy the change!
Plus, the whole plot was something new, a (view spoiler)
Jane Yellowrock, a shape-shifting bounty hunter, is hired to hunt down a rogue vampire in New Orleans. I have no idea how successful she is in the end, or who the vamp is, because 161 pages in (more than halfway into the book!) basically nothing plot related has happened. Jane describes her outfits. Jane describes her beeeeeautiful flowing hair. Jane bemoans how much she has to eat all the time because shape-shifting takes mad calories, and makes fun of women who eat salad. Jane just puts on a l ...more
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Well, I'm putting this down for now. I'm at 23% and it's not clicking with me. It's not exactly boring, but I'm not in the mood. I don't really like Beast, to be honest. I don't like reading those sections where Beast takes over and talks in Jane's mind.

Strange sound. Look up. There. On ledge, one, two stories. Too high to leap. It clung to window ledge. Looking down. Laughing. I growled, spat. It jumped. High, to roof-top, running. Not hiding escape. I raised head. Screamed frustration. Echoed
Jul 20, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing
Just finished Faith Hunter's first book in the Jane Yellowrock series - Skinwalker. This is what I thought of it:

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The author's fluid writing and character construction are close to flawless. Jane's other half (I'm not talking about a guy) is this (view spoiler) that has fun teasing her in all the wrong situations and I found their distinct voices extremely well interwoven. Jane's habit of giving nicknames is hilarious: Troll for Tom, Bruiser for George, the J
Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
Published 2009, Roc
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

This book was HELL YES I LOVED IT good. Interesting premise? Check. Badass main character? Double check, actually. Twisted plot? Check. Unique take on vampires? Good enough for me, check. Really cool superpowers? Check. Female MC not afraid of sexuality but not obsessed with it either? Check.

Jane is a BAMF. TOTAL BAMF. Throw Beast into the mix, and you've got "one" awesome main character.

I can't wait
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 27, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Look a lot of people like this book. I bought it because 2 of my friends liked it (one recommended it). I don't want to tick off my friends. The one who recommended it knows that I really don't care for predominately "romance" reads...and the other doesn't like romances either. The one who recommended it knows I really don't care for...friendly, kind, romantic (or sparkly) vampires.

So please friends forgive me...we all have different tastes and no matter that I really wanted to I just couldn't l
27 January 2016: $1.99 on Kindle

21 August 2014: $1.99 on Kindle - I've been meaning to give this series another shot. I think my previous thoughts might have been mostly timing.

I can see the potential but there's not enough here, in either character or plot, to keep me wanting to read more. Stopped at 37%
Jane Yellowrock has become my newest book heroine, I rank her up there with Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels. Jane Yellowrock character is vulnerable on the inside but hides behind bravado, a strong show of sarcasm and wit. She also calls them like she see them, and that including giving people she meets instant nicknames, which were good for a few laughs for example one character who looked like he belonged in the WWF so Jane called WWF instead of by his real name. The most appealing characteris ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Sanaa rated it really liked it
[4.5 Stars] I freaking loved this book and am tempted to start the second book immediately. I've been on a bit of a mission to start a bunch of urban fantasy series, just read their first book. I think out of all of the ones I have read so far, this is the one that has impressed me the most.

The world building and writing alone hooked me from the start. I love how our main character has a bit of a past and a ton of mystery surrounding it. I love how the plot of the story wove in with Jane's past
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Sep 22, 2012 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy lovers
This is an AMAZING new series for me. I really enjoyed it! Jane Yellowrock is a skinwalker yet she doesn't know all of her history. Her memory of her early years is sketchy. This matters not as she is currently a kick ass rogue vampire slayer. I LOVE JANE! She's smart and sassy. She's irreverent to authority figures and she can resist handsome sexy men. I thought for sure she was going to succumb to the sexy vampire and his blood servant. Well, maybe a menage with the two would work too! I'm not ...more
Got a bit bored here and there but overall enjoyed it. I couldn't connect completely with the main character, Jane, but I did like her. I didn't much care for Beast, I mostly skipped her parts, the writing from her POV was too confusing for me. I'd have also liked a bit more romance, there was pretty much nothing except for the flirting. As for the love-interests, none of those guys really excited me, so a bit of a disappointment as well. I found some stuff lacking but I think I'll still give th ...more
MacHalo buddy read Sept 21.

A lot of running around and not much getting anywhere interesting. I liked it OK in the end but not enough to care about what happens next.
Jul 20, 2009 Anita rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, kindle
This was my first Faith Hunter book and I was pleasantly surprised. I admit I was a bit turned off when I first saw the title, mainly because there are so many other novels out there with the same. Yes ... I admit, I am guilty of judging a book by it's cover. Well ... in this case the title because I read it on Kindle.

The story had a nice pace, some interesting twists and turns and it kept the gratuitous sex and romance to a minimum ... which means the author had to actually write a plot. The p
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
BUDDY READ with my MacHalo Freaks. I give this one a solid 3.5 Stars.

It was a good book but I had difficulty getting through some parts due to the abrupt writing style and lengthy descriptives. If you take that out of it, it was definitely an interesting and enjoyable read. I liked Jane's personality, how she tended to let her mouth write checks her ass can't cash. Oh, wait.....she could. She was feisty, tough, snarky and bold. She was tough with a soft gooey center for kits, hookers, blood sla
Feb 27, 2013 Ian rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Urban Fantasy
Shelves: b-favorites attempt at a .gif review. Look! I put in a picture that has nothing to do with the book!

No secret...I'm not Penguin's #1 fan. That's largely because of their pricing on eBooks which are consistently on the high side when compared with other publishers, and often cost a lot more than a printed book which is just plain ridiculous.


But this book...just wow! Five amazing stars. Everything I want in Urban Fantasy with none of the usual pitfalls.
Shera (Book Whispers)
No matter how many UF books I read I’m always searching for that allusive vampire hunter story. The kind where the lead lady is everything I’ve always wanted. Where the kills and plot just doesn’t seem to fall into her lap while she fumbles around like a newbie. No, the lead I seek knows what she is doing, can kickass, knows her limits, and is more than a prejudice vampire hater—oh, and smart. That’s exactly what is delivered in Skinwalker!

Jane is a fearsome character. She’s lost the memories of
Cathy (cathepsut)
I struggled with this book all week. I wanted to like it and then happily work my way through the whole series. But I give up.

The highlights of why I don't like it:

There is a prequel in Skin Trade. I actually read it at some point, but can't remember it. I guess reading and liking that prequel was the reason for me to get the book. Anyway, I don't remember anything about that short story and as this is supposedly the first book of the series, it should not matter. But the short story is referenc
Jul 10, 2014 Carly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers interested in less PNR-y female-protag UF
Recommended to Carly by: Well, me, I guess. It was a BOM for a reading group, but I think I voted for it and/or nominated it.
**edited 11/26/13

Vampire hunters don't get to pick their employers, but it doesn't get much weirder than being hired by the vampires to hunt down one of their own. When Jane Yellowrock gets a call from one of the top vamps in New Orleans, she isn't sure what to think. Apparently, there's a rogue vampire loose, and Jane's new employer hopes that a human like Jane will somehow succeed where a bunch of bloodsucking superhumans have failed. Fortunately for the vamps, Jane is quite far from human her
Carolyn F.
May 27, 2016 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it
Re-read via audiobook I am liking this book more I think because the narrator Khristine Hvam does a fantastic job of bringing out the humor that I felt was missing although the writing wanted to convey it. I like Jane a whole lot more and am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

Previous review 11/26/10I started this book and thought "boring" but made myself keep plowing along because it's a BOM for two groups I'm in. I'm glad I stuck with it. Jane is a skinwalker but also has
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
Not my cuppa. The world building wasn't as unique or exciting as her Rogue Mage series( which I adore) and all the animal mindset POV was annoying as heck. Jane is alright as heroines go, but you don't really get a feel for her to be able to like her. All you know is that she's a secret species, that she can kick everyone's butt, and is obsessed with tea.
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Faith Hunter's Skinwalker series is dark urban fantasy, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a full blooded Cherokee and hunter of rogue-vampires. Jane Yellowrock is a shape changer (shapeshifter) in a world of weres, witches, vampires, and other supernats.

Her Rogue Mage novels—Bloodring, Seraphs, Host, and the RPG Rogue Mage—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality.

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“I figured even the most jaded and cynical inhabitant might report a bloody girl in a party dress carrying a severed head by its hair.” 78 likes
“Beast had once informed me that humans were hunters only by luck and because they had opposable thumbs.” 17 likes
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