Michele Fogal's Reviews > Blood Cross

Blood Cross by Faith Hunter
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Nov 14, 2011

really liked it
Read from November 07 to 14, 2011 — I own a copy

It's About...
Book 2 in the Jane Yellowrock series.

What I loved...
I love Jane. What can I say? She's wicked. I find her bad-ass-ness believable is the thing. She's not just a cartoon bad-ass. She's confident and cocky but she has her insecurities and vulnerabilities. It's nice to read about a female character who knows who she is, what she believes in and what she will and will not tolerate.

(WARNING: Spoiler on the romance angle)
Ok so in book 1 there were a few guys in the running and quickly in book 2, one of them is eliminated so that leaves 2 hunky dudes. I'm not sure why the gang member ex-marine wasn't included as a possible contender, but hey, maybe that is obvious to other people. He seemed kinda cool and kinda better than the guy that she picked.

I loved the moment when she starts to withdraw from one of the guys. She says something like, "I realized that this is what I would get if I was with him, bits of his time and none of his loyalty." It was so true and so great that she could just admit that to herself, call a spade a spade and not wait around like a dumb bimbo like most gals, hoping that he would somehow change. Barf. I wish that her choosing had been more clear and more out loud. I didn't like how she left things, but maybe that will be part of the next story.

The Mystery
I thought the mystery in this one was better than in book 1. It slowly unfolded and we were given more bits of the answers all the way along so it was more satisfying plot-wise and the pieces seemed to fit together better.

On my mind...
I didn't much like the use of the kids in this story. It was fine and showed us Jane's devotion to them, but we already knew that and they seemed like a prop more than real characters. It doesn't help that I have a six year old and yes, they do say cute shit sometimes, but really, it's not all sweetness and melties. The little boy in particular could have been a doll for all he did or meant. I'm making a guess here and saying I don't think Faith Hunter has kids.

The ending
I didn't much care for the epilogue. Sigh. It was like someone told me the story of what happened next (that stuff that I had been waiting for for the whole book?!!! hello!!) instead of letting me see Jane experience it. Disappointing to get excluded from the good stuff. I do like that just because she's moving towards one man, doesn't mean that she's expecting to marry him right away and trust him with all her secrets. She is taking it slow (in her way, ie after the monkey sex) and I like that about her. She's sensible.

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Reading Progress

11/08/2011 page 99
31.0% "loving it so far!"

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