Saturday, June 11, 2011

Review: Hunter's Prayer by Lilith Saintcrow

Published Date: September 4th, 2008
Finished Date: June 11th, 2011
Publishers: Orbit

Format: Paperback
Pages: 400

Series: Jill Kismet Book 3

Blurb from Goodreads: Another night on the Nightside…

An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy.

There's just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead—again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will.

Sometimes, even when you're Jill Kismet, you don't have a prayer…

My Review: The rating is harsh, but i must say that the reading process was rather painful.

EXCESS inner commentating, a not-so-dominant Were lover, too much focus on one single thing- which was the case, and at places too unrealistic.

The fact that her lover, Saul, was passive and a by-stander when she kicked hellbreeds' butts was pissing enough. And with the seriously annoying, braggy inner commentating on Jill's part scrawled over more than half the pages was really pushing it. The final straw was the cases were all so gruesome and repetitive(continued from the first book) that i was immune to it even before i finished half the book. I initially was feeling a little sorry for the victims, but after the what, 10th case i just shut the book and was like ah heck..this is wasting my time. And chugged it aside. For weeks. I even renewed my library loan and couldn't finish it on time cause i was seriously getting bored of it. And weeks later, i sit here writing this review cause i was reluctant to even think about it before.

I'll give you the quick gloss over till the part i stopped(as much as i can remember anyway): She was tracking a hellbreed, or meeting one, and fought(with a lot of lame comments in her head again). Then went to Saul who was smoking cigar in the car. Jill gave him some commands(yes, SHE gave HIM commands and he didnt even show bristle with irritation or sth..ANYTHING.) and they drove off. No lovey dovey parts to soften the grim and emo world she lives in. She gets case after case after case from her police contact. After case. All of the bodies left along roadsides, all bloodied beyond recognition, but most of them miraculously having one fingerprint undamaged on that one finger pad for ID-ing. Well that's convenient. And i ended when things started to get interesting(just i minor spark of the brewing plot, but still boring to me)- the church was hiding something from their protector, which was her. She got pissed, almost hit the priest and left. Yep, i stopped there.

I liked Saintcrow's Strange Angels series, but this one fell REALLY flat in comparison. Tho her habit of excess inner commentating was omnipresent, the plot pretty much saved everything. But this...is just...sigh..

I dont know, i've got nothing nice to say so i'll just stop here. When i remember something then i'll update this review. If not, i'll end off with: I am NOT going to continue reading this series. Period.

My Rating:


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