Snapshot Reviews: Death’s Rival & Blood Trade

March 8, 2014 3 stars, 4 stars, Book Review 10 ★★★★

Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.

Death’s Rival (#5) by Faith Hunter ( Website | Twitter )

My Thoughts:

Death’s Rival kicks things up another notch for Jane Yellowrock with another set of challenges for our heroine. She’s feeling alone and isolated and has some major things bothering her but what else is new? She’s sent off on a job to get in touch with various masters who are sick. Thinking this would be an easy job, she couldn’t have been further from wrong. Death and nastiness is following her around, and she’s feeling rather guilty about it. When she finally heads back to New Orleans Leo’s entourage are essentially under siege by this other nasty master vamp that has been the one challenging and infecting masters around the country with the sicky plague. Jane also suspects there is a traitor in their midst.

Things that worked:

  • Jane of course! She’s still as kick ass as ever. I just love this woman.
  • The new characters introduced, Eli and the hacker kid Alex. They are a much needed dynamic and shakeup in Jane’s life. Plus you gotta admit she likes them too. I especially like Alex because he’s a teen still yet on the cusp of adulthood and I just adore how these three interact. I’m hoping they are here to stay!
  • Betrayal most foul! Ouch that gotta hurt.

What the heck was that?:

  • Seriously the ending! Not the entire ending but the climactic part at the end just doesn’t make sense to me. SPOILER ALERT – What the heck would that particular person’s reason be for firing that shot? At that point? – NOTHING! So why the frick do it? There was no justification given and so that left a sour feeling with me because it wasn’t explained.

Another good addition and some ground work was laid for promising developments. If you’re a Jane Yellowrock reader and you haven’t already you need to pick up Death’s Rival.

Overall – 4 stars

Blood Trade

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line…

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.

But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.

Blood Trade (#6)  by Faith Hunter (Website | Twitter)

My Thoughts:

Blood Trade has the almost non-stop action we’ve come to expect and hunger for in the Jane Yellowrock series, making it another good addition.

Some highlights that I loved:

  • – The new characters Eli and Alex ‘the Kid’. I think they were a dynamic that was really needed in Jane’s life. Especially since Molly lives so far away and might not be in the picture so much? Hopefully that won’t be permanently the case. I do however think that how quickly these characters became “family” for her was a bit fast, but then perhaps not because I know I’ve made friends a few times with people in my life almost instantly, such that I would think of them that way as well. But I did have to stop and think about that in order to get comfortable with their new bond.
  • – You can expect to see a few characters that we’ve never seen previously before that are from Jane’s past. I found these people to be a very nice touch because there are so many things I wonder about Jane’s past.
  • – Jane’s awesome tough as nails yet soft as a kitten attitude. I just love this about her. She won’t hesitate to torture someone when needed yet she can be so unexpectedly vulnerable.

A few things didn’t tickle me quite right:

  • – The romantic tensions! If you’re a loyal follower of the series then you are like me and you’re used to by now Beast’s and Jane’s roving eye. She’s just about attracted to everyone it seems. Ok really mostly just Rick and Bruiser. But I felt the tension very heavily in this one, and maybe its because of Death’s Rival but I was really hoping for a bit of relief from the tension and yet this one amped it up tenfold. I know there is only going to be more where that came from, so while I’m still loving it, I’m also aching because of it. I guess this point could be considered both a pro and a con for me.
  • – The weapons and detailing around the weapons. I like knowing about the weaponry don’t get me wrong, and I know that is a big thing for this series, but at one point in this particular book there was 3 pages, I kid you not, 2 pages of Jane just weaponing up to go out on one of her hunts. That for me was a bit excessive.
  • – There is a Native American dream walker that pops up Blood Trade that we’ve never see before and I just felt the use of this character was a bit too convenient for me. I would have preferred another method for enlightenment be found especially since we already have Aggie in New Orleans.

Story– 3 stars – Overall satisfying, but I’d like some relief on the romantic tensions front.

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10 Responses to “Snapshot Reviews: Death’s Rival & Blood Trade”

  1. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    So I just re-skimmed the last chapter and a half of Death’s Rival (b/c I couldn’t for the life of me remember what you were talking about, LOL), and I’m thinking that what you think happened, didn’t happen. It’s only a couple of lines–I missed it the first scan, but it’s there (in the dialogue at the bottom of page 307 if you have the paperback).

    How’s that for vague and non-spoilery 😉

    As for Blood Trade, so far it’s my least favorite book in the series. Maybe if I had given myself a chance to think about it like you did, I would have been okay with the uproot and new insta-family, but I didn’t, and I wasn’t. The whole thing was just bizarre to me. Add to that the Rick and Bruiser frustration, and . . . not my favorite. HOWEVER, I still love Jane, and I always will. She’s my #2 kick-ass heroine!

  2. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    Well drat. Idk then. And as much as I love Rachel, she’s not my #1 kick ass heroine. For whatever reason, casters are never my top badass picks. I know that’s ridiculous, b/c in WoW casters have some of the highest dps, but I’m a rogue, dammit, and I want to get in there with my knives, LOL. And to that end, Kate Daniels is my #1 kick ass heroine.

    I haven’t read The Dresden Files, but I finally got the first book last week, so I’ll be reading it soon. And I LOVE The Women of the Otherworld. I’m actually reading Forbidden right now (which is one of her epic novellas).

    • Pabkins

      You game!!!! I just turned my WoW account back on last night! I’m just in the mood to play lately. I took several years break so I haven’t played any of the new expansions, the update took forever lady night and now it says I need to fix a video card issue. Not supported or something. I signed up last night for the beta to Elder Scrolls online mmo, and WILDSTAR! I hope hope I can score a beta code for both of them but I won’t hold my breath. Seriously check out the Wildstar website and watch some of those videos! It looks so amazing I can’t wait, it doesn’t have a release date tho. We must play together! All of my other female friends that play, play with their husbands so I don’t know any steady friends that can game with me. So I do a lot of solo. I have a mage and a priest, maybe in the 80s? so yeah I’m squishy. But I do have alvl 40 rogue I think. With Wildstar I freaking want to play all the classes they all look so freaking amazing!!! Ooo watch the videos. #bounces with glee
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      • Jessica @ Rabid Reads

        Yeah, my account’s been inactive for a year at least too. I got my rogue up to 85 with the expansion before last, but even though I have the new expansion, I haven’t played it at all. I have an 80-ish hunter too. ALSO–I’m already on a west coast server, but the important question is: Horde or Alliance? And my husband is an engineer and thus plays things like Call of Duty and thinks WoW is silly >:(

        I’ll definitely check out Wildstar, and email you back about it in a bit!

        • Pabkins

          I don’t even remember what level I am. I tried to log on last night and the upgrade took over an hour and then it told me something was unsupported about my video so I have to trouble shoot that. Then I ended up being distracted for the next two hours watching Wildstar videos and trying to find other games.

          I have always played Horde, but totally willing to try alliance. Mogsy says I should roll a toon on her server, Silvermoon, non pvp sever, my originals are horde undead mage high 80s I think, and a troll priest on pvp sever called Mal’Ganis.

          See I love the silly toon look to WoW, I think that’s why I love the look of Wildstar so much! I have Final Fantasy a Realm Reborn also, but I only played that for a month because the game play, questing setup and trade skills quests didn’t seem as intuitive to me.
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  3. Lee

    I loved Blood Trade! Sorry it wasn’t a total win for you. Death’s Rival was a harder one for me though there were elements there that I liked. Read Black Arts! There is a bit of a resolution to the romantic tension, I hope, and a new development in the end that is going to make things interesting for her romance-wise. And I totally agree with you on the weapons. It does get to be a bit too much. Jane still rocks, though!
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      See I still really enjoyed them both I think there were just a few issues that I have. Heck I had more of an issue with how Death’s Rival ended than I did with Blood Trade overall. I guess I was just expecting more and something different with Blood Trade. I liked the new family aspect she has with Eli and Alex but it seemed to come fast.

      Too much on the weapons…I just couldn’t believe at one point it was 2 pages straight of weaponing up and then another page with her and the guy and more weapon descriptions it was too much 3 pages in a row.

  4. Pamela D

    This sounds like a fun series! You read all of the fun UF series out there. Here I am trapped under heavy high fantasy series. Seriously, between Song of Ice and Fire and the Stormlight Archive, it is a wonder that my arms aren’t ripped. I need to branch out more. Okay, ramble over now.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      See I like high fantasy but it is not my bread and butter. I like them every once in a while and usually only the big name folks haha. But I love traditional fantasy that isn’t so heavy.