This book had a lot of potential and a lot to keep me engaged, but there were some things that fell flat, keeping me from giving it 4 stars. I liked the unapologetically kickass heroine, but when she shape-shifted, I found my mind wandering a lot. I got lost in the parts that were from her beast's perspective. The mystery was really good, and I definitely did not have it figured out. I enjoyed the Cherokee myth and legend aspect of it, and the author does a great job of blending it in with the New Orleans setting, and adding the vampires to the mix. All in all, it's a good start to a series and though I am giving it 3 stars, I've already purchased the next book because I do want to see where this goes.