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Night Shift (Jill Kismet #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,284 Ratings  ·  378 Reviews
Jill Kismet. Dealer in Dark Things. Spiritual Exterminator. Demon Slayer.

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...
Paperback, 323 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Orbit
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3.5 Ok, I admit, this one was a bit of a surprise.

What I expected is this:

I got something like this:

So yup, it was a pretty good book. It was fast paced, I had no time to get bored or to skim. And I liked the idea, I liked the characters. For some reason, I liked the lame male character. And the good part is that it made me curious about what's going to happen, and that doesn't happen as often as I'd like.
The first book in Saintcrow's "Jill Kismet" series. I liked it well enough to try out book two, but I did have some major issues with Jill - I like my heroines strong and capable, not bitchy and condescending. And her "woe is me" attitude to her pact with Perry - well, nobody forced her to sell her soul to a demon in exchange for super powers. Tough, girl, live with it. Also, her moaning about Mikhail's death on every single page got old pretty fast too. "Mikhail, oh, Mikhail... No, don't think ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Courtnie rated it liked it
"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
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Sometimes you can pick who buys you, and for how much. That's what power really is.”

The story has a lot going on...but it's confusing. Jill is a Hunter, a rare human that fights monsters and hellbreed who walk the earth and sometimes get out of line. Since she's accepted a mark from the master hellbreed of the series, she is tainted but with improved power and survival capacity. The book opens with her grieving her deceased teacher, which is a large part of the current story. Since the kille
Nov 27, 2008 Felicia rated it really liked it
I read this BEFORE the Dante Valentine series, and I think it would have helped a lot to read the other series first, understand the world better. I still enjoyed it. On book 2 now.
Kate (Nomalicious Reads)
Aug 08, 2010 Kate (Nomalicious Reads) rated it it was amazing
I love Lilith's Strange Angels series, and saw this and decided to give it a go, so i start reading and my first thoughts after the prologue is W..T..F?

It feels as if I'm reading a second or third book in a series when the author is sure that her/his readers know the concept of their world and doesn't need to explain everything...


Then I went to read some reviews and found out that to understand it better you need to have read her previous serie
Jun 21, 2008 Joshua rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Ehh, don't bother
Jill Kismet is a hunter. She belongs to a small group of humans that have trained in the art of killing and hunt the things that go bump in the night. Sound familiar? Yeah, it should, since it's the plot of countless other urban fantasy novels!! Still, I have to hand it to Mrs. Saintcrow for trying to inject some new facets into this tired genre. Like her heroine sold her body to a demon which gives her supernatural powers. That's new right? No... yeah you're right.

What made this one even harder
Dec 08, 2009 Anita rated it really liked it
This is a DARK urban fantasy set in the contemporary times in a city in the American southwest. This author also wrote the Dante Valentine series, which is also extremely dark and one of my favorites, though it is set far in the future. I was hoping with all my might that the Jill Kismet series would be set in the same world as the Dante Valentine series, just at a different point on the timeline, but alas, I wasn't that lucky.

Jill's world has always had supernatural aspects - weres, demons, di
aPriL does feral sometimes
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While I did not find the first Jill Kismet novel as fascinating as the first Dante Valentine, it was still pretty darn good.

Unlike Dante's sci-fi/futuristic world, Jill lives in an alternate, present day universe. Religion plays a bigger part in people's everyday lives, probably because of the beings that go bump in the night; namely the hellspawn, and the humans known as "traders", who barter their souls for favors.

It is Jill's job to bump back, hard. Jill is a former prostitute, saved and men
Jan 11, 2011 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Night Shift is Urban Fantasy gone hardcore. Protagonist Jill Kismet runs and guns her way through so many of Hell’s denizens you wonder why the Hellbreed ever stick their heads above the ground at all.

Jill is a hunter, a human trained to lay the smackdown whenever the supernatural starts messing with the normal world. She’s also chock full of demonic power thanks to a pact she made with a demon called Perry.

The entire book could have gone wrong at that point as a super strong, quick human protag
Dec 30, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was an interesting story. Jill Kismet is a hunter, which is bascially a exorcist/demon killer/protector of innocent/sorceress. She has traded with a hell breed (demon) for some extra powers, and once a month she has to go to him for an hour, and beat him up. (Not sure why he wants that, I think he wants Jill to become evil or something). Anyway, there is a hellbreed that is on the loose and killed 5 cops. Tore them to pieces and left those pieces on a major highway. Jill has been called in ...more
Nichole (Dirrty H)
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this book quite a bit but it took me forever to read for some reason. I'm hoping it suffered a little from "1st in a series" syndrome and the rest will pick up a little bit.

Jill is a Hunter - she keeps her city safe from demons, aka hellbreed. But in order to be the best Hunter she can be, she has made a deal with the numero uno demon in town. He lends her extra strength, power and uber fast healing ability in exchange for a couple hours a month of her time. He has a bit of a
Feb 26, 2010 Morgan rated it it was ok
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Feb 07, 2009 Rhianna rated it it was ok
Take the basics of Anita Blake circa books 4-10, sprinkle in a tiny dash of early Rachel Morgan (The Hollows), a pinch of Joanna Archer (Signs of the Zodiac) and bake it in an Underworld crust and you'd get Jill Kismet.

Marked by a Hellbreed, Jill Kismet has something the other Hunters don't: an edge. The only trouble is that being tied to Perry through his mark also means she owes him. Once a month she gets to spend some quality time with the sort of bad guys she goes out to kill every night. W
~Jessica~I'm a Hoodie Ninja~
I did not feel like I was reading the first book to this series. I felt like I was reading the second book of this series. Things that needed to be explained were not explained in depth. and the things that were explained...well who cared? Every other paragraph was about her charms tinkling in her hair and her scar burning.

I didn't even know who her teacher was until I was pages into it. She just kept referencing to Mickael or however you spell it and I had no idea who he was.

All the flash
Feb 13, 2011 Kat rated it liked it
Basic plot: demon-hunter-badass chick kills demons. 'Nuff said.

General impression: not particularly original, but not uninteresting. Our hero here is a hunter- apparently part of some loose affiliation with the church and the police. I say apparently because the book lacks exposition. There is never an actual job description for her, or of what she went through to become a hunter. There are snippets, but I kept feeling as if I'd missed something important. Like a whole book giving the necessary
Snarktastic Sonja
Oct 10, 2014 Snarktastic Sonja rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I have so far only read the first book in this series although I have the omnibus edition. It really inspired not much in me - neither massive love nor massive throwing of books (or even tablets) across the room. It held some very interesting concepts . . . including (but not limited to) the whole hunter of the supernatural thing . . . By nature of being a hunter (which is still *simply* a human - albeit a trained human), she is more capable of catching supernaturals (especially the demonic (hel ...more
May 07, 2016 Jaana rated it liked it
Shelves: good, exciting

Salamyhkäinen, hieman synkkä ja ehdottomasti toiminnallinen loppuun asti. Maailma oli jännittävä elämän ja kuoleman, maan ja Helvetin sekä muiden yliluonnollisten asioiden kuten demonien ja ihmissusien kanssa. Hyvä aloitus ja kyllä jatkan sarjan parissa. Pericles ja hänen osansa tässä tarinassa vei useasti huomioni muista!
Positively in love with this book - with a kick-ass heroine, heart-wrenching tragedy, tonnes of sharp weapons, cute weres and twisted mysteries to solve, it's the perfect novel to snuggle up with and read deep into the night.
Mar 30, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get into this series. But then I did just finish her YA series and I find it a bit hard going from YA to Adult. lol.
Anyway, after reading a few chapters I found myself getting sucked into one of her stories again. Yes, Jill Kismet is a kickass hunter, and man, that attitude. Just for once Lili has created another dark menacing world for us to visit. With Hellbreed, Weres that come in many different forms and plenty of other freaky assed paranormal creatures there is never a
Oct 19, 2012 Leah rated it liked it
Jill Kismet is a Hunter trained to fight hellbreed. Her mentor and lover recently died leaving her to fight the monsters alone. As a former prostitute, Jill knows the city well and has the survival instincts of a veteran. She also has a demon mark which gives her more power but not without paying a nasty price to the city’s head hellbreed. When the worst murders she has ever seen happen to 5 cops, Jill is called in to team up with a couple of FBI weres and a were tracker. At the scene, Jill scen ...more
Apr 29, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it
I loved Night Shift. It's a gritty, dark urban fantasy with demons, weres, and things that go crash in the night. The humor in the book alternates between black humor and dry wit, at least that is how I read it. It reminds me of the humor nurses and doctors that work in an emergency room develop. They do it because if they don't, the things they see overwhelm them, and they burn out. My husband has this sense of humor, so I know it well. The dry wit comes mostly from Saul, the were that sort of ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Nov 06, 2013 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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 d
Oct 28, 2009 Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, uf, shifters, demons, magic
While this book started out slow for me, it really picked up quickly. I liked learning more about Jill's background and what turned her into a hunter in the first place. For someone who had such a crappy start I was impressed with how she was able to change and do something with her life.

I am not sure how I feel about the relationship between Jill and Mikhal. I think it was great that he "saved" her, but wonder at how things progressed between them and I think that he pushed her in the wrong way
Apr 30, 2014 Elsiya rated it really liked it
Edit: I tried to pick up the following books and grew increasingly annoyed with the main character. still kickass but what a stupid person! Could my taste have changed so much? Maybe, but I also blame my tendency of being a great public for easy entertainment. Ah well.

Alright, I love that book.

Well what a way to start a review. Jill Kismet is former prostitute who turned her hell of a life by becoming a Hellbreed hunter. In purpose to gain more power, she made a deal with a sneaky Hellbreed and
Lori Whitwam
Jul 05, 2008 Lori Whitwam rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is the first in a new series featuring Jill Kismet, a Hunter charged with helping control supernatural crime. That idea is not very original, but I'm waiting to see what the author does with it. I read her Dante Valentine series, and initially enjoyed it, but by book four I was just reading it "because." By the fifth and final book, I really didn't care what happened anymore. I'm hoping this series starts and stays strong, and proves to be an original take on the "keeping the humans safe fr ...more
Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
Jill Kismet is a hunter that takes down monsters and demons that pray on humans in the city. She's a human with a special gift, aka a gift she got from a demon. The main story in this book is her trying to take down something that hasn't been seen before. It goes through parts of her past and muddles it with her present. Besides the demon versus human aspect, Saintcrow brings in other supernatural beings like shifters to fill out the story.

I do think the tug and pull between the demons and huma
Nov 29, 2012 Melliane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Mon avis en Français

My English review

Vous connaissez tous mon goût pour la fantaisie urbaine, alors comment ne pas succomber à cette nouvelle série de Lilith Saintcrow ? Il faut dire qu’il y a tout, une héroïne comme on les aime, des démons, des garous et bien d’autres choses encore.

Jill Kismet est une jeune femme hors du commun. En effet depuis la mort de son professeur et seule personne qu’elle aimait, elle est devenue la chasseuse attitrée de la ville. Essayant de s’endurcir comme elle l
harlequin {Stephanie}
This was a fast paced kick in the teeth to put it mildly. If you've read a paranormal adventure and come away feeling bored I don't think you'll find that anywhere near this book. I bought the graphic audio version of this and listened to it last night while multi tasking it was refreshing in the wee hours of the morning all drowsiness snuffed out. For how short this book was the author was able to squeeze in a lot of back story for the main protagonist. Even the crime was a refreshing twist not ...more
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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, in a house full of stray cats and children.
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