Nov 062013
 
Review: Night ShiftNight Shift (Jill Kismet #1) by Lilith Saintcrow
Published by Orbit on Jul 1, 2008
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night.

Not everyone tries.

But Jill Kismet is not just anyone.

She’s a Hunter, trained by the best – and in over her head.

Welcome to the night shift…

It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did, I was hooked. Jill is a hunter who polices the paranormal beings in her city, with the help of magical powers granted to her through an agreement with one of the bad guys. It’s a complex situation that took me a while to understand since it’s never explained very easily.

The focus of this book is split between the case Jill is currently working on, and Jill herself. Jill is suffering from a lot of grief, and self-doubts stemming from the death of her teacher less than a year previous. Add in a case that she can’t understand, and a Were who acts oddly protective of her, and she’s a case of explosives waiting for a match. It makes for a heart pounding read, especially in the second half of the story.

Speaking of the Were, Saul is one of my favourite characters. He’s sweet and quiet and so very present, even when Jill wants him gone. The romance, what little there is, is soft and sweet and perfectly clean. It’s a change from most current UF stories, and very endearing.

Overall, this was an entertaining, action-filled story. I’m glad I stumbled upon it, and will definitely be looking to read more of the series. I hope that Saul makes an appearance again, since he brings comic relief, and quite a bit of humanity to the story, even if he isn’t wholly human.

  2 Responses to “Review: Night Shift”

  1. I have heard St. Crow’s prowess in UF but have yet to check them out. I’m glad you enjoyed this despite of the slow beginning.

    • This was the first book of hers that I’ve read, and I did enjoy it. I’ll definitely be checking out more of her works.

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