24 novellas. 13 books. Spread over 2 series…read from start to finish without stopping. And I can officially check Jane Yellowrock off of my TBR Bucket List. Yes!
As I have whined about in other posts, I had tried to tackle Faith Hunter‘s Jane Yellowrock series a couple of years back with not much success. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, it was just that for whatever reason I couldn’t get myself interested. It checked off all of the boxes of what I enjoy in a series – except a set love interest. I think it was the whole “maybe it will be him? Or him? Maybe him?” that went on in my head between Rick, Leo and Bruiser, but it really took me out of the series. But all of that changed when I dove into the Nell Ingram spin-off…and completely loved it. That gave me a renewed interest in Jane’s side of things (along with all of you telling me that Jane does, indeed, get true love interest). And wow, did things change.
I can’t tell you why, but my second try at Jane just…worked. Maybe worked too well, since I honestly just couldn’t stop. I marathoned one after the other (after the other), read every novella and short story, and still wanted more. Even anticipated new releases were put firmly into my TBR collection to enjoy at a later date. Post-Jane later date. I do still think I am more of a Nell-series fan, but it isn’t by much. And I got so much more out of Nell’s books after I got up-to-date on the world as a whole that it was worth it for that alone.
For me, too, it is rare to find a series that seems to get better with every book. I seemed to like each Jane book more than the one before it, with Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) being my favorite one yet. So much happened…and so much was set up to happen in Dark Queen and beyond. Now my countdown begins for Nell #3, Flame in Dark.
Your turn. What is your longest uninterrupted complete series marathon? How often do you get so sucked into a world you just don’t come up for air until the whole darn thing is finished? Have you ever given up on a series only to find love on the second try?