April 25, 2015

Jill Kismet Book Review

Jill Kismet: The Complete SeriesJill Kismet: The Complete Series by Lilith Saintcrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Saintcrow writes about a tainted heroin with the weight of the world on her shoulders. There's crimes to solve, hell breed to be stopped and souls to save, most notably Kissmet's own. The action and drama are thoroughly enjoyable in each of these books and though the resemblance to the Dante Valentine stories is striking the story in my opinion reads much better.
Saintcrow needs to work on her repetition. Reading the books back to back brings to light cases where cut and paste seems to be the writing style of choice. Don't get me wrong this doesn't happen too often or in more than a paragraph at a time, but for me it was glaring. I would have also liked to see some of the more emotional topics of Kissmet's life broached on a deeper level. Kissmet doesn't develop as a character she is more a constant of the universe; whilst that fits with the description of a trained hunter the more human aspect is sadly escaped. The over-arcing storyline was subtle but there, though again could have been made more interesting on a character interplay level.
I don't want this review to sound over critical as I hugely enjoyed reading these books, hence the 5 star rating.

This one I read a while ago, probably sometime last year. I wanted to test what this format looks like on my blog. Since I write the reviews anyway, I thought I might as well publish them here as well as just on Goodreads. Hopefully, this will enable me and I guess you, if anyone even reads this, to track changes in writing style. With any luck, these will be changes in the right direction.


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