Trailer Park Fae: Gallow and Ragged , Book 1

Trailer Park FaeAuthor: Lilith St. Crow
Book Name: Trailer Park Fae
Series: Gallow and Ragged
Order: #1
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Rating:  Didn’t Like/DNF
2+stars

 

Blurb: Jeremiah Gallow is just another construction worker, and that’s the way he likes it. He’s left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae – by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer’s Court is breaking loose.
Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding…

Review:  I could not force myself to finish this.  The writing style came across as someone with grandiose plans of writing high literary fiction.  Considering that is not at all what is expected when reading the blurb, it was incredibly disappointing.  Most people pick books like this up to read for entertainment, not a reminder of high school English and the Shakespeare unit they had to plow through.

The vague and archaic style that this book was entirely written in made reading it a chore rather than a joy.  If I have to spend tons of time while reading a few sentences to try and decipher the meaning, and even then it is only a guess, then it is a complete waste of that time.  Again, I’m reading for entertainment, not a class credit.

Hunter’s Prayer: Jill Kismet, Book 2

Hunter's PrayerAuthor: Lilith Saintcrow
Book Name: Hunter’s Prayer
Series: Jill Kismet
Order: #2
Genre: Fantasy
Rating:  Okay
3+stars

 

Blurb:  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…

Review:  I had to drop the rating of this second book in the Jill Kismet series because it is just so intensely heavy and dark, it’s really kind of hard to plow through without anything relieving the tension.  Generally I can breeze through books, even really intense ones, and not once feel the need for a break.  I found myself setting this aside several times just to unwind a bit.  There is absolutely no levity or breaks in this story.

The breaks you should be getting, with the romantic parts, just aren’t breaks because there is even a lot of tension and intensity going on there.  Not that we really get to see an awful lot of that.  I was really thrown off by the fact that this book apparently takes place two years after the first one.  By doing that, the author took the easy way out with regards to the relationship between Saul and Jill because the reader never gets to experience it and see how they managed to work things out since how it ended in the first book wasn’t exactly clear or clean on the issue.  What interactions they do have leave a lot open and sometimes makes the reader feel like they missed something, like a whole book as the author just assumes the reader will get it or understand some obscure underlying meaning.  It just felt a bit off.  It doesn’t help that Saul seems more like a obedient puppy following along, rather than a strong partner.

Needless to say, I really wasn’t a fan of this one.  I’m not sure I will take the time to read the next one as this falls just a bit too far out of my interest zone with regards to the kinds of books I like, fantasy or no.  I think the writing itself is still pretty good, if you don’t mind some of the things that can be frustrating and the unrelieved hopelessness that permeates this, but it just isn’t really what I want or need in a book.

Night Shift: Jill Kismet, Book 1

Night ShiftAuthor: Lilith Saintcrow
Book Name: Night Shift
Series: Jill Kismet
Order: #1
Genre: Fantasy
Rating:  Really Good
4+stars

 

Blurb:  When things go bump in the night, I bump back. Hard.

Every city has a hunter — someone brave enough, tough enough, and fearless enough to take on the nightside. Santa Luz is lucky. They’ve got Jill Kismet. With a hellbreed mark on her wrist and a lot of silverjacket ammo, she’s fully trained and ready to take on the world.

Except the world isn’t the problem. The problem is hellbreed thinking they can run her town, and a clutch of nightmarish murders. It looks like a rogue Were is killing his way through Santa Luz, and he’s got help. So does Jill—but help isn’t what this new hunter needs. She needs a miracle. But miracles are in short supply. Better stick with more ammo…
Welcome to the Night Shift…

Review: This was another new series, and author, for me so I didn’t really have any expectations going in.  In a lot of ways, this is a classic good vs. evil type of set up, but it is presented well enough to still feel fresh.

The world this is set it is a modern one, but it is filled with demons, weres and other creatures that we’ve yet to be introduced to.  While there is a lot of paranormal activity, it isn’t 100% clear that knowledge of the paranormal is common.  There are a couple of vague references that make me think it isn’t common knowledge outside of certain groups, but there is enough going on that it makes it really hard to believe that.

So far, I’m really liking the main character and her personality.  Several of the other characters we’ve met, we didn’t really get to know well and it isn’t clear how important of a roll they will play in later books.  The potential love interest, Saul, is a were and I am really interested to see what is going to come of that.  I do wish we would have gotten to know him better in this book.

The one bigger downside to this book for me was the fact that a lot of things were really pretty vague.  You had to make a lot of leaps and guesses, but even then the reader isn’t really clear on some of the events or the history that was presented as most times it never really gets clarified.  I get the writing technique to build the drama and suspense, but sometimes things just need to be made a bit more clear than they were here.

Definitely looking forward to reading the next one and am hoping it continues to be interesting.