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review 2017-10-24 17:45
Audio Book Review: Working For The Devil (Dante Valentine #1) By Lilith Saintcrow
Working for the Devil - Lilith Saintcrow

 

Book Rating: 3 Stars

GraphicAudio Rating: 5 Stars

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Book Review:

 

* For this review I decided to have different ratings for the story and the GraphicAudio narration.

 

I'll start this review by saying that the GraphicAudio book saved this story for me. This novel started off very interesting and exciting. Halfway through it, I was starting to question whether I truly wanted to finish reading it or not.

 

Dante Valentine is presented as this kick*ss heroine who does what she has to do and doesn't take any sh*t from anyone. That was only in theory. In actuality, she couldn't even get her friends to respect her decisions. She let people drag her around and play her like a puppet. At first, I thought it was strategic planning on her part. It later turned out that I was wrong.

 

I love to hate Jaf. He's mysterious in just the right way. He's one of the few things that kept me coming back to this novel again and again. The level of deceit from his part in this story is very believable but I'm still holding onto hope that it's all a farce. Though what he did to Dante makes me question whether he knows/cares about consent.

 

Am I the only one who absolutely hated Dante's ex-boyfriend. He got on my nerves SO much. He included himself in situations he had no reason to be in. He's left her once what's to stop him from doing it again? I don't care that he had a perfectly valid reason. It can't and won't erase the past. It also made the ending that much more horrendous.

 

There were a few things that got under my skin a few hours into this novel/audio book. The number one being the word "portugeso" (I listened to the audio book, so this word is probably spelled wrong). It was never made clear if it's supposed to mean portuguese even though Dante was in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Also, there was a line of a brazilian woman saying "gracias" even though the official language in Brazil is portuguese, not spanish. Some terminologies that were used throughout the story were confusing because the explanation was either glossed over or nowhere to be found. At one point, it felt like I was missing something important. Eventually, it felt like there was a novel that I should have read before this book.

 

Overall it was a nice story, but it isn't something I'd be lining up to reread any time in the future. I will probably try and make myself at least start the next novel in this series. The ending has me vexed to an alarming level. Why the heck did it end like that?!

 

GraphicAudio Review:

 

GraphicAudio did an amazing job on this audio book. It's the main reason I ended up finishing the novel in the first place. This is one of the best things I've discovered in the last few years and I'm very impressed. I always wanted to know what it'd be like if the audible audio books I usually listen to would get more narrators and special effects. GraphicAudio did that and so much more and I love it! The one criticism I have for this audio book, in particular, is that there were times that the narrator would get drowned out by the background music/effects.

 

P.S. The characters were in Brazil. Where was the stereotypical samba music when they were on the streets? :)

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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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