Review: Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock #4) by Faith Hunter

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Raven Cursed Book Cover Raven Cursed
Jane Yellowrock #4
Faith Hunter
Urban Fantasy
January 3rd 2012


The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.

But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Unless she wants to face a very angry mast vampire, she will have to work overtime to find the killer. It's a good thing she's worth every penny.


Their is just something about this series that irks me. I want to love this series and I do so enjoy Jane, but I struggle. Jane is the type of heroine I like to read about in Urban Fantasy’s. She’s independent, kicks butt, loves tea, has her favorite weapons, and is a skinwalker, something not common, at least to me, to read about. However, I feel I struggle in each book with something.

Some of my struggles have to do with the men in Jane’s life vying for her. I dislike them as boyfriend/lover material. They have all really disappointed me and not won me over on that front. I like them and I don’t; because they all have their own agendas and know one is looking out for Jane. I feel she can and does deserve better on the lover/boyfriend front. Next is all the guilt Jane cares around with her. Every book she has a guilt complex about something. Sometimes it’s about things she can’t control. Not that it changes her behavior, no, it turns into a crutch that motivates her actions and thinking. Last is her goddaughter who keeps trying to reach out to her. Jane doesn’t listen and/or puts her off until it’s convent; which by then things have progressed to the point of no return or dire straits. The child is gifted and Jane should know by now to listen.

With that said Raven Cursed is book four in the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter.

In Raven Cursed we go back to Asheville, North Carolina, Jane’s home town. Jane has to deal with a Vampire parley, a witch using blood magic, and Rick going furry. Her life is changing and ever more chaotic.

The book was a little slow going, picked up, then went slow again. It was a back and forth. I wasn’t fully feeling Raven Cursed, but it was still pleasant. I was glad we got clarification on whether Rick cheated in the last book. It wasn’t what I had thought, but he still kept secrets from Jane. If he cared, he would have confided. Yes, Jane kept a big secret, but that secret is so ingrained in her to keep. She doesn’t trust easily.

Their was a lot to enjoy with Jane and Beast hunting, Jane talking with her goddaughter, discovery of the traitor, and the grindylow. I enjoyed the novel.

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

14 comments on “Review: Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock #4) by Faith Hunter

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with these books also.


    • I think I can agree and feel the same way. I like them and then I dislike them. They are good, but they haven’t won me over. It’s a love / hate relationship is probably the best way to describe it with the Jane Yellowrock series. ^_^ Thank you for stopping in Julianna. It’s a pleasure having you visit.

  2. I have been meaning to start this series for a long time, I think I even have the first book.
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    • I was the same way. Meaning to try this series. I decided this year was the year. Hope you enjoy!

  3. I haven’t read this series,thank you for the review! ,shared on all my socials!

    • Thank you for sharing!

  4. It sounds like an interesting book. I haven’t read this author yet but the story sounds good.
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    • It is interesting. For years readers where tell me to try Jane Yellowrock and finally I did. I’m enjoying!

  5. I really do need to try this author. I think I have the first book, if so I think I’ll go put it on my kindle. 😉 Great review!

    • Thank you. I hop you enjoy. I’m enjoying the series even with my few issues I have.

  6. Love triangles drive me nuts. I don’t know if I would have the patience to deal with it throughout the whole book. I’ll probably give book 1 a try, since I already have it on audio and see how it goes.
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    • The men issues is still going on even in book 5 that I just finished. I’m just so over it and wish Jane would pick. The mystery, the action, the suspense, and Jane/Beast are great, but the guy issues needs resolving.

      I can’t wait to see what you link of book one. Thank’s Tanya for stopping in. Always a pleasure!

  7. I have such mixed feelings about this series. I have never read one and never do I judge the series by reviews. However, I do tend to judge them by the back of the books and the inside content of which can be found on Amazon easily enough. I have read some and from different books throughout the series. I’m honestly at a pause at this moment.

    I think at thing point, the only way I’m going to read from the beginning of this series is if I won the first copy or it for free on the sites I purchase from. Thank you for your review.

    • I’m lucky enough that my library or if not my library the library that partner together have them, so I can get them that way. I think if I had to buy the first book and the rest I would have stoped after one. Book 5, the next one I finally saw what everyone raves about, but I still don’t like the love triangle going on. I want Jane to just pick and be done. It’s got it’s good and bad’s for me. But it’s to one I’m going to rave or say hay you really need to read this series. I just hasn’t won me over that much. =/

      Thank’s Mary for stopping in and checking out my review. Always a pleasure to chat.