Review: Cat Tales by Faith Hunter

cat talesReviewed by Jen

I somehow skipped this collection of short stories as I read though the Jane Yellowrock series. I was still able to enjoy the stories now, as three of the four are prequels anyway.

The Early Years – I’ll admit, I have wondered what it was like for Jane to consciously shift into her Beast for the first time. After all, from the time she was 12 until she was 18, she had no idea what she was. She suppressed the voice of Beast in her head. She had no memory of her life Before.

This story follows Jane as she leaves the orphanage in search of her history. And we go with her on the journey during her first shift.  Sadly, this one was not great for me.  It’s too much inside of Jane/ Beast’s head.  Very little actually happens.  Probably my least favorite of the short stories I have read in this series.

Cat Tats – As much as I loathe Rick LeFleur, I actually enjoyed this short story from his POV. (Maybe it was because he was tortured, LOL.)  It’s set long before he ever met Jane and gives us some more of his backstory.  Primarily, it takes us through the chain of events that left him with his cat tattoos. It’s a difficult trial for him and could have ended very differently.  But it was a good enough story, it almost made me forget that I hate him. Almost.

Kits – What a great story! This is the genesis of Jane’s friendship with Molly.  As it begins, they are casual acquaintances. But when one day, Molly doesn’t show up for work, Jane gets concerned and sets out to find out what has gone wrong. In the end, she helps save Angie Baby from herself and makes an unbreakable bond with the child’s mother. The end made me get a bit misty — no small feat for a story this short.

Blood Fangs and Going Furry – And so we are back to Rick again.  This is an excellent story to read immediately after Mercy Blade. That book had such a great ending line. This story picks up immediately at that point and tells the story from Rick’s perspective.  Mercy Blade is the book that left Rick dead to me, so it’s hard to muster too much sympathy for him here.  His suffering is real, though, and I enjoyed getting a little of his perspective. Douchebag that he is.

Overall, I enjoyed the collection, but it was short. It did more to make me want to revisit the series than to leave me satisfied on its own.

Rating: B-

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Cat Tales
by Faith Hunter
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Roc



  1. Redbutterfly says:

    I alway laugh when you say that you hate Rick, because from all of Jane’s suitors he is the one I like the most, I can’t stand Leo and I hate Bruiser’s guts. I made it to Mercy Blade and then I couldn’t read these books anymore because with every book Jane gets more guy falling for her. What the heck man? This is completely ridiculous, so I promised myself that until Jane chose (definitely) one of the guys I’m not reading anymore books in this series >:( lol

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      She seems to have chosen a guy in Broken Soul, the one out in October, which I just finished reading.

      I hate Rick because of his actions in Mercy Blade. He is a cheater. She deserves better. It’s interesting to hear that you like him. I am interested in why. Doesn’t his inability to be faithful bother you? (I sound so judge-y. I’m sorry. I really am interested though.)

      • Redbutterfly says:

        hahaha Truth to be told I can’t really justify why I like Rick, I think it’s because I REALLY HATE Leo and Bruiser and from the 3 Rick was the one I liked the most, so if I had to choose one to like/ be with Jane I would go with Rick. I hate cheaters with a burning passion lol but I made my peace with Rick because he got what he deserved for cheating on Jane, what with the hell he went through… (is he still unable to shift?)

        BTW I never liked Bruiser and from some snippet I read from book 4 or 5 (I don’t really know which) he was having sex with someone else, so is it okay for him to come on Jane, saying he wants to be with her and still have sex with someone else, how is he any better than Rick? And to me it never felt like he would be able to put Jane first, to him is always Leo 1st and Jane 2nd… or maybe 3rd or 4th depending on what Leo wants. To me he betrayed Jane again and again and never had her back just ’cause Leo ordered him to do somethig else *roll eyes* so yeah I guess you can see that I really hate the guy lol

        So… can you please tell me who Jane choose? Pretty please *puppy eyes* I have a really nasty suspicion that it’s going to be Bruiser *sigh*

  2. Another great review, Jen! We must have the same brain………

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