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Heaven's Spite (Jill Kismet #5)

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When a new hellbreed comes calling, playing nice isn't an option. Jill Kismet has no choice but to seek treacherous allies -- Perry, the devil she knows, and Melisande Belisa, the cunning Sorrows temptress whose true loyalties are unknown. — Kismet knows Perry and Belisa are likely playing for the same thing -- her soul. It's just too bad, because she expects to beat them ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 193 pages
Published November 2010 by Orbit (first published October 26th 2010)
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Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
I can see now why so many reviewers said they disliked the ending. If I didn't have the next book ready, published, and nearby, I would have went mini-ballistic Erin. Cliffhangers just suck.

Again Saintcrow pumps up the action almost non-stop - this time the gloves are off and Perry has finally revealed his full deck. Twists around all sorts of corners, a plot that leads Jill around on a frantic leash as she tries to stop an incoming hellbreed and find her beloved before it's too late. The villai
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Mary
OMG--I can't believe the ending (no, I won't give it away even though it made me want to throw the book across the room. And I know Lilith Saintcrow did it on purpose, too! Grr. Need the last book NOWNOWNOW!!).

As usual, with HEAVEN'S SPITE, Lilith Saintcrow writes an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you up late into the night. And then give you nightmares.

I love her writing, love her kick-butt female characters and the hot men who love them, love her fight scenes, and lo
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Marianne
Wow. Each time I finish a Lilith Saintcrow novel I'm left emotionally drained, and this time more than ever. I'm afraid to read on, yet I need to know what happens in the last installment... but I don't want the story to end. This world is terrible, terrifying, gory and dark, and from a hunter's (especially Jill's) POV, terribly unfair. Always fighting the tide of evil, yet walking the thin line between eternal damnation and a lonely, thankless existence as a hunter. I've become so invested in t ...more
Jess
WOW! That's all I can think of saying at the moment. This is the fifth book in the Jill Kismet series and there was a lot going on. Jill was running around seeming to never stop. But it really seemed like she was at a disadvantage this book. Normally she has some idea what's going on behind the scenes with Perry. But this one she really just seemed confused. Of course Perry was screwing with her as per usual, the normal cast of characters was there to help her out when she needed it and there wa ...more
Jo-Anne
Brilliant. The Jill Kismet books, are in my opinion, where the Anita Blake books should have headed. Jill is as tough as they come. She's a hunter who fight's the nasties to keep her city safe. She's so kick ass, she needs her own definition. This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was reading as fast as I could, I had to know what happened next! There's so much action in the pages you have to hold on tight or you might get thrown off your seat. I love the way Lilith Saintcrow ...more
Mardel
Lilith Saintcrow does not write happy characters living pleasant lives in easygoing situations containing happily ever after endings. Her characters tend to be damaged, flawed, angry yet spirited and keep themselves going almost in spite of themselves. Her villains are never straightforward, typical villians either - they are definitely evil {they are hellbreed, after all} and yet will sometimes be caught doing good deeds even if it's all for the wrong reasons.

That being said, Heaven's Spite is
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Dani
WOW! I loved this book - it's probably my favourite in the series. I had read the blurbs for the entire series before I started so I knew how this one ended (and that it was NOT the last in the series, thankfully) and it still managed to knock me back and left me just going, 'OMFG.'

I have to say that if I didn't have immediate access to the next in the series, I would have hated the ending - I am NOT a person who likes to be kept waiting at all. As it was I did get to start the next book straig
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Darcy
At the beginning of this book Jill seems settled, you can really see how she has grown up over the series. Jill has finally accepted that she can love and deserves love with Saul, and she quits hiding her feelings for him. She seems to have come to terms with Mikhail's death and the circumstances around it. She has even accepted an apprentice and his teaching him her craft.

It is when people are happy that you know the crap is about ready to hit the fan, and boy does it. It seems like there is a
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Yasmeen (Yaz)
Review of Heaven's Spite by Lilith Saintcrow

Those of you who are familiar with the Jill Kismet series know how intensely dark and gripping this series is and Heaven's Spite seemed to me emotionally grittier than the previous books in the series.

Jill is content with her were partner Saul, and her apprentice keeping her on her toes while deep in the city something is stirring, more hell breed machinations for her to deal with to keep her city safe.

But all bets are off when Saul is abducted and Ji
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♆ BookAddict ♨ ✒ La Crimson Femme❇ ♐
There are no happily ever afters with Ms. Saintcrow. This latest installment in the Jill Kismet series just goes to prove it. We are left with a cliff hanger for the final installment in book 6.

From the very beginning of reading this series, it came across as watching a train wreak in slow motion. Some people live a charmed life. Jill leads a damned life. Her relationship with Percy has finally tipped. Percy's unholy desire to own Jill mixed with high sadomasochistic tensions is disturbing. I'm
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Natalie
This is book 5 in the "Jill Kismet, Kickass Bitch" series; Lilith Saintcrow's Dark Urban Fantasy about an extrahuman Hunter of creatures from the Nightside. Jill Kismet is the coolest supernatural cop I've ever read, she and all her friends feel so real. Jill and Rachel Morgan have to be my two favorite Paranormal/ DUF heroines! If you've read this far in the series then you already know how great the books are; unfortunately it ends with book 6 which was published in Nov 2011. Warning - this bo ...more
Lokki
Gah! A Cliffhanger Ending!

Jill Kismet is back with guns blazing. Heaven's Spite is the fifth and I thought last Kismet book in the series (her other series, Dante Valentine) had five books), but boy, was I wrong. Readers will be thankful to know that there is one more book due out. Just as well considering the huge cliffhanger ending. OMG! I can't believe Saintcrow did that to us.

Heaven's Spite is just as action packed and gore filled as the rest of the series. This is a great series if you lik
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Siobhan
Every time I finish one of Lilith's books I am immediately beset by a woe that I must wait for the next. This series only gets better as it rolls along. Each book shows a great well thought out plot; strong, interesting characters and a world that is just different enough from our own to be interesting, and yet close enough to be scary.
Sarah
So, I just inhaled the first five books in this series over a 2-week period. Holy crap, what a ride! I love the character development we see with both Jill and her closest companions. I also enjoy the hell out of her relationships with Saul and Perry, as well as the various police officers she works with. They're not static, they're real and they're so very interesting. Everything I said in my initial review of Night Shift is still applicable in terms of what's good and what's not-so-good.

Be for
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WillowBe
This was one of the more accessible books, meaning, while grim, the story is going somewhere and seems less like horror for horror's sake. And make no mistake my children, this is horror of the LKH Blake and Gentry series. More like Bleak Urban Paranormal Fiction. I have to give it to LSC for not making the demon afigure of unwilling fascination and sexuality. I'm so used to that trope in these books, that it is strange not to have it as an option here. I kept wanting to go there. But no, there ...more
Missy Ann
Much better than Flesh Circus.

Nothing nice to say about cliff hanger endings. But I gotta admit I kinda liked it. Some, kinda. Yes, I can totally believe Jill would do that. My only bitch is why she had to wait on Perry. That's kinda stupid, but then again - true to Jill, she would want to rub his nose in it.

I still think Saintcrow needs more editing. She's a bit repetitive, but improved over Flesh Circus (yes I'm a bit obsessed with that book - I hated it that much).

The whole series is about
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Mara
I have waited years to read the final 2 books in the Jill Kismet series. Mostly because I knew it had a big cliff-ending and I'd rather wait and get the next. But also because of the pleasure of reading some of Ms Saintcrow's work. You want to savour it or rather savour the expectation. It's quite difficult savouring the books as they are often action-packed, never ending thrills. :D You glob them.

Even more than the previous books, this had me on the edge from the beginning to the end. You can
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Jessica
Finished Lilith Saintcrow's Heaven's Spite and found out that there is only 1 more book to this series. Curious to see what she writes next, but moving on.

It wasn't too bad, but I have to admit sometimes some of the language distracts me. I guess because of the setting, it's something futuristic like, but not entirely. An alternate reality almost and some of the concepts get lost on me, despite the glossary in back. But it still makes a GREAT read and has it's enjoyable moments where my attentio
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
This is the next to last book in the Jill Kismet series. The last book, Angel Town, will be released sometime in 2011.

Saul, her were lover, and mate, is kidnapped by Pericles (Perry) as bait to lure Jill into doing something so awful that he will end up owning her body and soul. In luring her into a trap for which she has no way out, he uses Saul's disappearance to have Jill go after Melisande Belisa, the cunning Sorrows temptress whose true loyalties are unknown and who killed her mentor Mikha
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Melissa
With this series I started out so excited but as the series progressed they just got harder and harder to read. I felt like Ms. Saintcrow was throwing us the same stuff over and over. She continually talked about saving people in a different storyline that the reader never gets to read or understand. We are thrown characters like we should know them because Jill has saved them before but we only get small blurbs of the fight that saved them. We are told over and over again that we don't want to ...more
Rena McGee
In Heaven’s Spite, Jill is drawn into a very complicated plot that may result in her absolute damnation. (Actually, she is pretty much already there according to the doctrine of her church as stated by the character.) It turns out that Perry, the demon crimelord she has a contract with has provided her with an artifact that had been stolen from her teacher by a leader of a religious cult of Lovecraftian inclinations. Evil cult of evil matriarchal sorceresses who are compared to termites a lot. ...more
Bethany C
I was surprised by how much I disliked this book. There was somewhat of a good story underneath the annoying repetitiveness of it. The book would have been half as short if I didn't get an update of what Jill's scar/hair charms/ruby thing were doing five times per page. And/or every last little sound in the scene. I also didn't get a lot of the logic leaps in it. Jill would get a sudden realization of something that had happened quite a few times...I just wish the author would have shared what d ...more
Kathy Davie
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Jessica
Great way to end a series. One of the very very series I've read that was strong all the way through and that ended at the right time.

There was one little part of the conclusion - one sentence - that was confusing to me and I wish the author had fleshed out the action into a full paragraph. Something big happened and after all the build up it was over a tad too quickly, but all in all an excellent series.

The highlight for me was the author's remarks at the end of the book explaining how this s
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Linda George
I liked this book as a "bridge" between Flesh Circus, to hopefully the next book. I didn't find a what I thought of as a true separate storyline. However the book filled in the gaps in a lot of prior story lines. Yes, there was a villain from Hell that had to be stopped, and there were pages and pages of unstopped action and conflict that we come to expect in Saintcrow's Jill Kismet series. This one brought in Melisande Belisa and added to some of her story. I heard that there is only one more b ...more
Barbara
The low rating is sorta misleading--I read these books in spite of myself. They are much darker, much grittier than what I normally enjoy. And this one is even darker than most. But I really like Jill. There is no way I would want to live in her world, but...I don't mind visiting there.
Enough people have commented on the ending of this book--so all I can say is thank goodness for those three little words--"to be continued"!
Though this book could stand on its own, the full force of the adversaria
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Jean Tatro
This book goes full throttle and rarely stops to explain the events that whip by. This series has been like a more brutal Supernatural with a female lead, and now the finale looms large and shit hits the fan. We're treated to more glimpses of the greater worldbuilding, several revealed secrets, as well as more of Perry's scheming.

It suffered at times due to its breakneck pace, in that I spent a good chunk of the book confused as to what was really going on, but it pulled me along to the end. I a
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Kristie
Lilith did it to me again. I love the fight that Jill has to go through, even with herself. Being a Hunter isn't easy, and Jill makes it harder on herself than is necessary. This makes the adventure. How she gets through it makes this story so great. Here, Jill is left with only one real choice, and she takes it. Perry is completely evil, and I love him for it. I knew I should have waited to read this book. Now, I'm stuck waiting for the final tale. What will happen to Jill? What will happen to ...more
Andrea
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Melanie
This one is much better than Flesh Circus. I really hate the ending. Cliffhangers piss me off. I have commented in the past about books that end in the middle of a paragraph or even sentence. This book ends in the middle of a word, no joke. That is really the only complaint about this book. It is what you have begun to expect from Jill and Lilith Saintcrow. Very fast paced and action packed. I will recommend to anyone else who hates cliffhangers to wait for the next book to come out so you don't ...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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