Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1): A Review

skinwalkerSkinwalker is the first book in Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series. Badass female leads aren’t hard to find in the Urban Fantasy genre, but Jane Yellowrock is a cut above the rest. She’s a Native American (probably Cherokee) skinwalker, meaning she can change into any animal that she has a part of (tooth, feather, hide, etc), but even though she is quite possibly the last skinwalker, she is made more unique by the fact that she has a literal beast living inside her – the soul of a mountain lion.

Jane is temporarily relocated to New Orleans (from her home base in Ashville, NC), were she is on a bounty hunting job. She has been hired by the local vampires to hunt down and slaughter a rogue vampire who’s been killing humans. But Jane quickly realizes that there’s more to her target than anyone else knows, and while hunting him down, she also learns more about her own unknown past.

Skinwalker is an awesome, page-turning adventure set apart from other urban fantasy books with its unique, unfolding mythology. Jane is an intriguing main character with unique characteristics. And the story surrounding her unfolds with her own self discoveries.

Tired of typical vampires and witches? Pick up Skinwalker and give Faith Hunter’s world a try.

5/5 Stars

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Conquering a Mountain – Redux


It’s been about a year and a half since Greg and I first conquered Yonah Mountain. Since then, we’ve returned to the trail twice, but never made it far due to either our third party member or injury. On July 5, 2014, we returned and made it to the summit once more. Things were a bit different for us this time. The first time, we did it in February, one of those rare warm winter days. This time, we did it in July on one of those rare cool days. It still hasn’t lost its amazingness. This time, we marveled at how our bodies have improved since the first hike and we got to enjoy wild blueberries at the summit.

Bridget Jones’s Diary & Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason – A Combined Review

bridgetjones*Because I am so far behind on my reviews, a few will be combined reviews that review a series of books.*

I am a huge fan of the Bridget Jones movies. I knew it was only a matter of time before I got my hands on the books to read them. Though I have to admit, this may be one of those instances where the movie is better than the book. The books are great. They fun, entertaining, and somewhat relatable. But they don’t seem to have the same heart as the movies.

And that’s all I’m going to say about that. I try to avoid cross-media comparisons in general, but the anomaly deserved mentioning.

Actually written by Helen Fielding, both Bridget Jones books are written in a diary format under the guise of fictional character Bridget Jones (whodda thunk it?). Bridget is a 30-something, single woman. She has trouble with dating, is annoyed with her job(s), and has the most insane over-the-top mother ever. bridgetjones2I don’t know how her mother even functions. IF she were a real person, she would be on lots of drugs. Bridget has two main love interests – Daniel Cleaver (her chauvinist boss) and Mark Darcy (a human rights lawyer/barrister-depending on which version you read). She gets into lots of trouble, has lots of antics, and experiences almost every embarrassing  any woman has ever had. She’s the modern answer to I Love Lucy, albeit  more blindly innocent than the audacious red-head. Her anxieties are what make Bridget human and relatable.

Bridget Jones’s Diary
4/5 Stars

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
4/5 Stars

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Black Rock Mountain – Three Trails

A few weeks ago, Greg and I returned to Black Rock Mountain State Park to hike some of the shorter trails that we didn’t do when we went there the first time. We went on three trails in total: Tennessee Rock Trail (2.2 miles), Spring House Trail (.6mi), & Ada Hi Falls Trail (.25mi). It was another gorgeous, mostly cloudy day up on the mountain, and by the time we left, we were worn out.

Tennessee Rock Trail is a difficult trail. Spring House is moderate. And though Ada Hi Falls Trail is short, it is difficult as it has many stairs.

Apologies and Excuses

Hello, all. My updates have not been as consistence as they should be. I’m about ten books behind on reviews and about four posts worth of hikes. I am currently undergoing an occupational transition and haven’t fallen into a good rhythm and flow just yet. On top of that, this past weekend, when I might have been able to play a bit of catch-up, I was too busy having fun and celebrating a pre-birthday weekend (Hiking, tubing, BBQ, Birthday Cake, Wine Tasting, and more! It was super fun, but no blogging was to be done).  Anyhoo, I hope to catch up soon. Until then, please bear with me.

Re-review: Hunted


Hunted is the sixth and latest book in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles. It picks up immediately after the events ofTrapped, the previous book. Atticus (The 2000+ year old Druid,), Granuaile (the freshly made druid), and Oberon (Atticus’s Wolfhound) are literally on the run from Artemis and Diana—the Greek and Roman goddesses of the hunt. But, like with all the other books in this series, those two goddesses aren’t the only ones after our heroes. He also still has to deal with a traitor among the Tuatha Dé Danann, he still has to worry about Loki and Ragnorok, sprinkle in a few angry vampires, and you have the usual host of characters who want to kill Atticus.

I have to give some major kudos to Hearne. This story had one particular part that I was totally NOT expecting. Both the event and the resolution caught me by surprise, which is not something that happens very often. Of course I’m not going to say what it is here. It’ll just have to suffice for me to say that I was left speechless and wondering for a couple of chapters.

Hunted, like all of the other books in the Iron Druid Chronicles, is a fast-paced, exciting, and comic adventure. I’m a bit disappointed that I’ve caught up to the series and must now keep waiting in between book releases to continue the story.

5/5 Stars

Green Heron

This guy showed up on my back porch a couple weeks ago. He stayed there for a good 10 minutes and was nice enough to pose for a couple of pictures. After thorough research using the Googles, I found out he was a Green Heron. Pretty spiffy. Haven’t seen his kind around here before.

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