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review 2017-07-23 16:44
Audio Book Review: The Society
The Society - Lilith Saintcrow

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.


The story rotates from Rowan and Delgado's POV, female and male. Rayna does a nice job of giving a deeper tone when Delgado's speaking or when in his mind. It helps separate the characters for us. There is a description of Rowan's voice being a bit on the husky side, and Rayna's voice fits this for me. Rowan is a delicate person in this book. She's lived through some terrible things she's seen. This creates a vulnerable person to be voiced. Rayna voices Rowan in those moments when her hearts breaking and she sounds lost, as Rowan would. Even with Delgado, he's trying to be careful with Rowan but he's also falling for her, so there's a level of concern and thought in his voice that comes through with Rayna's tones. Very powerful emotions portrayed with talent.

From the moment he sees Rowan for the first time at that abandoned house, he's found her attractive and he's protective of her. The way he comes across as he's doing his job, watching her to find if she's with the government or maybe recruit her for her psi ability, does NOT come out stalker-ish and it very well could have. On the contrary, it comes out more protective. There is a draw there for him but it's gentle in feeling.

I found I liked Delgado and Rowan. Both are good people and do the right thing. Delgado though, he is afraid he'll scare Rowan because her psi is so sensitive and that most people are nervous of him. Why? To think so low of himself has me curious as to what he can do. And we do learn about why Delgado thinks this way.

Oh my. I'm just going to say it. I absolutely LOVE Delgado. He's that damaged character that's trying so hard. I fell in love with him more and more as the story went.

When Delgado gets to explain things to Rowan, I found I really liked how he did it. He was honest with her and didn't hold things back. But he did it with a gentle feel, trying to keep her emotions in mind.

This is more of a romance read. There is a bit of action and urgency to what the characters do. BUT this is a story told from the characters minds as they meet and get to know and even fall for each other through their actions.

Lilith gently draws us into the world of psi with Rowan and Delgado. There are things happening that make us curious, but also builds the characters as people for us, and in doing this she builds the world through them. We aren't blindly thrown into a new world, we learn it with Rowan.

Okay. All that being said. I found I slipped into their relationship and the growth of it. How they became so intimately entwined emotionally. Wow. I feel that audio really elevated this feeling for me. Lilith with the words and Rayna with the voice, together they were seductive.

Before the end of this one, I knew I needed the next book. At the end, I NEED the next one. lol.

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review 2016-10-09 15:30
Agent Gemini (Harlequin Romantic Suspense) - Lilith Saintcrow

Hmmm... The problem with being in a super secret spy/experimental program is you don't know who your friends are. Trinity sort of knows that Reese and Holly are safe, but the guy chasing her... And even after he rescues her, she still has doubts. She's also convinced she's self-destructing because she's feeling too much. And then there are the headaches, which mysteriously go away after he rescues her.

 

The other problem with being in a super secret spy/experimental program is the assumption on the part of your "handlers" that the virus/training makes you a mindless drone. So far, the growing band of escapees has been more concerned with a) getting off the grid and b) finding/keeping safe the seemingly random female who strikes their viral fancy. Of course, the people overseeing the program are trying to eliminate the pairs, because the females catch it, and they don't like that any more than they like their toys being distracted. I would guess that at some point in the past, they took out one of the females, and the male went nuts. I would also guess these were the ones that didn't survive induction. But nothing is said about that.

 

All I know is I'll be real disappointed if a book for Bey doesn't get written.

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review 2016-10-07 19:14
The Iron Wyrm Affair Review
The Iron Wyrm Affair - Lilith Saintcrow

Hello everyone and how's it going? I hope you all are doing awesome! As for me I am feeling fantastic, excited, a little bit scared, and amazing! Why? You might be asking. Well, that's because that secret thing I was working on just got back to me and that is. It may not be a big deal for some, but this is huge for me. That is I'm going back to school, yeah a pretty big step for someone my age. I'll be earning a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. So, I'm going to be a teacher and it's something that I've been wanting to do for a long time. I'm just thrilled to be going back to school and also for the first time ever live on campus! As much fun as this is for me. It's time to get down to business lol. I am happy to present to you a book review YAY!!! I know it's been a while since I've posted one of these babies (hehe!) The book I'll be reviewing is called "The Iron Wyrm Affair" and it is written by Lilith Saintcrow. 

 

This story is about a forensic sorceress named Emma Bannon and she is on a mission to protect a man name Archibald Clare who is a failed and unregistered mentath.

 

This was another steampunk read for me. But, this one was just hard to get through. I just couldn't understand some of the terms the author used. I had wished that she had proved a better explanation of the levels of witchcraft and what a mentath is. Also, trying to figure out German and Italian was hard. This story reminded me a bit like Sherlock Holmes and it was not to bad. I was hoping for a bit more of sense of humor to ease some tension. But, the humor was proved by two characters. As for Emma she was cool and a strong character, she did care a lot about her fashion sense. For Mr. Clare he reminded me of Sherlock with his power of deduction. Now, Emma has a shield name Mikal and he was a very intense man. Whenever he was around Emma, you can feel the pull towards each other very well. All in all this book wasn't to bad, but I felt like it was lacking something and I'm not to sure what that is. I do recommend this and I think I will try to continue the series.

 

Well, that's it from me! I hope you enjoyed this review. I will of course be back on Monday with a brand new post. I hope you all enjoy your weekend and have a great day/night. Til then,

 

TOODLES!!! 

 

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review 2016-03-25 15:48
Dark & Smelly
Night Shift - Lilith Saintcrow

"Cities need people like us, those who go after things the cops can’t catch and keep the streets from boiling over. We handle nonstandard exorcisms, Traders, hellbreed, rogue Weres, scurf, Sorrows, Middle Way adepts . . . all the fun the nightside can come up with."

 

2.5 stars

 

Jill Kismet is a Hunter and if you've ever read an urban fantasy before I'm sure you can guess what that title implies, my quote notwithstanding. She's a very typical bad ass female lead with a enough back-story to create a bit of filler-drama. Her attitude strikes me as a Kate Daniels wannabe, but she feels/acts more like a Chess Putnam.

 

"A dry smell, blazing with heat and spoiled musk, like matted fur and unhealthy dandruff-clotted skin."

 

Gritty and dark, the city she works is layered in what seems like a blanket of filth and hell spawn. Although this is never directly addressed, Kiss smells everything and it seems to be her main mode of deciphering a situation. I've come to this conclusion because nearly every page describes a scent, and most of it is gory and unpleasant. This city might be perfectly lovely but if it is, I've been led astray. The whole olfactory overload thing is a style choice that I had a hard time getting on board with - half the time wondering what the point was - but eventually I was able to pass over those instances without wondering and continue. Kiss smells a lot of stuff, it's part of her 'hell power'.

 

Kiss also fights a lot of stuff with weapons I don't understand and with injuries that appear without warning. Unless she was thrown against a wall, I could not follow the fighting. She has a whip, there is some lightening that she may be producing or fire or something, and she uses a special sword that belonged to her late-teacher/lover/father figure.

 

"...I still couldn’t decide if I had been too late because of some lingering traces of trust and respect for Mikhail keeping me too far back when I followed him that night, or if I had hung back because some part of me knew something was going to happen—and wanted to punish him for betraying me, not as a teacher or as a father, but as a lover."

 

That's right - she said teacher/lover/father. Jill's filler drama is darker than some and we relive her back story in a smattering of dreams and distracted moments. She's grieving the loss of Mikhail and while the story of his death unfolds finding it's place in the present of the story we're reading, I kept wondering if he was going to resurrect from the grave or something since she dwelled on it so often. This was also a style choice that drove me a little batty. I could have used with a little more meat to the here and now and less of the heartbreaking past that, if I may, is a bit icky.

 

"Smelled the musk of a male Were and the smell of food, mixing together. Good smells, both of them, and a heady pairing."

 

And while Kiss is dealing with all this backstory, she also has to deal with a demented hell-spawn ringleader who is trying to dismantle her sanity and (to strike a balance, I'm sure) a handsome, soft spoken Were-cat who (for reasons unknown) endeavors to take care of a messy Jill, the Hunter. All the while, she's hunting a rogue Were with a partner from hell as they cut a bloody path across the city. The body count piles up.

 

And when the body count piles up, so does the accompanying odors and gore. What the story lacks in imagination it makes up for it in dripping body parts.

 

So, despite the things that drove me crazy and the rinse-repeat nature of some urban fantasy tropes, I still think I'm going to read the next book in the series. Halfway through I was not planning on it, but there was something very enticing about the end that makes me want to come back for more.

 

"The blankets were pulled up on his chest, and I smelled the sharpness of urine."

 

Just, hopefully with less urine smell.

 

Or desiccated flesh. Or thunderous odor of exotic hellbreed taint (don't ask me!).

 

 

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review 2016-03-17 15:50
Agent Zero (Harlequin Romantic Suspense) - Lilith Saintcrow

That was v. good. I picked it up after several readers were talking about it.

 

It's like they found the virus in Doom only it doesn't work at all on most (it kills them), and the survivors are supermen (and women). It's also like an STD, though the other person won't survive the infection unless they're a mate.

 

Guess what the h is?

 

The government (or someone) came up with this and implemented it. No clue how they picked their "volunteers" but if the H's account is any indication, it was much like one cyborg series - the recruit was severely injured/dying and had nothing to lose. The small issues they didn't quite account for were that the super agents were like everyone else - they had a conscience, and when the "emotional noise" started to interfere with the ability to do their job, they were eliminated. They also didn't account for the transference aspect, so when a woman that was associated with one was found to have it, they wigged out.

 

Our story exists because the h smells good to the H, so he's been watching her for some time. A Dr on the program didn't know what was actually going on, and when he finds out, he tries to take out the H. Someone grabs the h for questioning, the H rescues her, and they take off. Another agent is on their tail, but he has some issues too (a girl he was associated with was killed).

 

Transference occurs, saving the h's life (she's terminally ill). The other agent, having ditched his own tail, shows up. They get captured - after the h has recovered - and they escape.

 

The H was not the brightest crayon in the box prior to being recruited, and as a result, is somewhat lacking in social skills (he was apparently low enough IQ to be institutionalized). It's like someone gave the virus to Forrest Gump actually. So at times, he's smart, but dumb. It does improve intelligence. The government wants him back though because he held off the emotional noise the longest. Duh, he was the most lacking to begin with.

 

The h's ex informed her that he wanted a divorce the day she first got a clue that she was sick. I was a bit puzzled by a few statements there. I got the impression she never told him, but he'd said he'd handle the treatments (he was in med school). Since then, she's spent some time keeping everyone at arms' length - to protect them from themselves supposedly.

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