My reading wrap up is pretty easy to keep track of, since I have been exclusively reading the Jane Yellowrock series from Faith Hunter. I have worked my way up to number 6, Blood Trade, including all of the sundry novellas involved. This is my second-go-round with this series – I tapped out the first time around the third book since I just couldn’t get into it. But after reading the Soulwood books I got a renewed interest in Jane and Co, and this second read has been going much, much better. Actually, I am finding them hard to put down.
The novellas do help quite a bit, too. I didn’t bother with the first four – the historical ones – but everything after those I have very much enjoyed. I was toying with the idea of skipping Easy Pickings, the crossover story with C.E. Murphy, but I was so glad I didn’t. It was fun, and there are little references in the following books that I would’ve missed. I might even try out The Walker Papers somewhere down the line, too.
I really like Jane, tough and no-nonsense but not invincible. Bruiser is developing into a really decent character, too. Eli and Alex are relative newbies, but they are already favorites. Molly and her family are great, but Evan can get run over by a bus – pronto. Judgmental tool. I do have a couple of sticking points, though. One would be Leo. I can’t quite decide how I am supposed to feel about him. Good guy? Bad guy? Just when I start to like him, he gets all skeevy and weird and throws me off. The other is Rick. I get that he has a lot of hate for his character – I haven’t gotten there myself, as yet – but I don’t get Jane’s continuing attraction to him, either. I do hope she turns the corner soon and gives him the boot out of her life for good. I think at this point, pretty much anyone else is a better choice for her. Eli. Bruiser. Hell, even Leo.
So, my second go round on Jane Yellowrock is a complete success so far. I am pulling a marathon and I have no signs of burn out as yet. My goal was to be caught up with everything by the time Flame in the Dark is released in December, and it looks like that won’t be a problem at all.
What are your favorite Jane Yellowrock characters? Where do you stand on Rick? And Leo? Where does the series stand among your favorites?