Skinwalker, Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

Finished on 6/22/15

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1)Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This series has shown up as “recommended” for me for ages, based on the number of paranormal series I’ve read and enjoyed, but I was hesitant to give it a try for reasons I can’t quite recall.

When Audible offered the first book on sale earlier this year, I went ahead and bought it, and then I finally gave it a try a few months later. And I have mixed feelings.

On the one hand, I appreciated the depth and complexity of the plot and characters (esp. Jane, of course), as well as the underlying mysteries that drove the story forward. I also enjoyed the different take on shapeshifters, esp. the idea that Beast is a distinctly separate entity with her own thoughts and will.

But on the other hand, I was not at all prepared for the degree of blood and guts and gory detail of the horrific murders. If I’d been reading a physical book, I might’ve just skipped those parts, but that’s harder to do with an audiobook. I did zone out during a few scenes (esp. when the vampire politics got too long and complicated or too repetitive), but unfortunately my brain had a tendency to zone back in right when someone was describing the brutal handywork of the liver eater.

I find myself still thinking about some parts of Jane’s story and wanting to know more, but I’m just not willing to subject myself to such graphic depictions of violence and death, so I’m unlikely to read any more in the series.

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