There s some interesting developments to follow in this book, and I especially find entertaining how tomatoes are feared by all humans due to them containing a virus that wiped out 1 4 of humanity This book is multi layered and has complex characters and developments, and it is easily enjoyable I recommend The Hollows series to anyone who hasn t started it yet, and keen to start on the next one.
Check out Happy Indulgence for reviews I ve read most of the majors in this genre Stoker, Rice, Harrison, Harris, King, Hamilton, Meyer, Newman, and Kostova I ve seen Blade, Underworld, Buffy, Angel, Van Helsing, 30 Days of Night, Moonlight and Dark Shadows not saying they are all good, mind you So, I think I ve consumed enough of the vampire genre to have some opinions.
My theory about Twilight People with little to no experience with the vampire genre LOVE this series Most readers who have consumed their fair amount of vampire genre not so much Somebody do a poll, quick, and prove me right.
So why is Harrison great Rachel Morgan is a sassy, sarcastic, kick ass witch Forget pointy hats, brooms and wands Think leather pants, sexy boots and charms cooked up in a modern day kitchen When charms don t work, a throat punch or round house kick will do She s a bounty hunter who hunts down the bad guys who are mostly non human.
Because of a genetically engineered tomato gone bad half the world population died of food poisoning basically That s when the witches, werewolves, and vampires came out of the closet Laws were formed to accomodate the different populations Our girl s with the police for non humans against human crimes, then she leaves because things go terribly and horribly wrong.
It reads very Joss Whedon Sarcastic banter Kick ass fight scenes The vampire rules are good they make sense for modern day vamps in a modern society What s to love ACTION great MAGIC good, different, makes sense, solid I liked Harry Potter, but I like non wand magic alot HUMOR if you like Joss Whedon you have to read this.
CREATURES there s species than the three I ve named Nuf said.
What s not so fun That you re not already reading it Rachel Mariana Morgan, you are the character in the movie that I yell at That I scream atDon t go into that empty warehouse Don t practice spells you know nothing about Never talk with DemonsBut does she listen NOOOO.
No wonder she is always in some sort of crisis.
Rachel isn t my favorite heroine and normally that would be enough to steer me away from a series but I really enjoy all the other parts of the series There is enough humor, mystery and other interesting characters to keep me engaged even when I want to scream at Rachel A few things in this book I really enjoyed were her developing relationship with Nick, which let s face it now is probably doomed and not just because he is a human and Rachel s mom loves himI like you Marry Rachel and have lots of kids Mom I exclaimed Nick grinned, enjoying it But not right away, she continued Enjoy your freedom together for a while You don t want children until you re ready You are practicing safe sex, yes Mother I shouted Shut up God, help me get through this night.
She turned, one hand on her hip, the other holding the dripping spoon Rachel, if you didn t want me to bring it up, you should have spelled your hickeyBut also because of a little big thing Rtachel did in this book and a demon Still I enjoyed their time on page together and their continueing relationship will be interesting if nothing else.
The backstory development was really good too We find out what Trent is, what his connection to Rachel is and a little bit of what her father was into And then there is Ivy and that whole situation It seems that everyone seems to see Ivy s motives aren t entirely pure except RachelShe wants something, he said And every time she looks at you, I see guilt Whether she means to or not, she s going to hurt you, and she knows itI now have a little better understanding of Ivy s plans for Rachel and while I m not on board with them I could see the draw.
There are exactly 2 reasons I m going to continue this series Trent and Big AlFinding out what Trent is and part of his connection to Rachel was just a taste I m sure and I really want to find out even about this guy who seems to be a little bit good, a little bit bad and smoldering hot Big Al on the other hand is probably all bad but in the best way, blame it on the Demon thing if you must He is tricky and he has gotten the best of Rachel two times now, I have no idea how she will get out of this mess.
The storyline of the serial killer of Ley Line witches was interesting and wrapped up pretty well, but overall I m interesting in the overlapping plot arcs that will go on throughout the series, especially those centering on Rachel s Dad and Big Al.
I got so bogged down by the world building of the first book I put the series on hiatus This time I switched to the audio format and it turned out to be a brilliant move as the narrator, Marguerite Gavin, gives an inspired performance There are many lingering questions from Dead Witch Walking that are resolved in this story what is Trent, who unleashed the demon on Rachel, who is Ivy really, etc And, some I had that are still outstanding but we get info on, enough to whet the appetite Ivy bugged me, a lot, in the first story and she got under my skin again in this one However, by the end, I understand her fully and why Rachel is so committed to the relationship And, Nickdon t get me started on him Still don t trust him and think there s quite a bit to him than he lets on Trent, well, he s the enigma that keeps on giving There s a lot that works about this story, enough that I ve dusted off the series and restored it to front row status I m grateful to friends who strongly urged me to keep going It s a complex world with interesting characters and enough political intrigue to keep you completely off balance.
Hmmm This is definitely better than the first There s something quite compelling about this series This confuses me though as there are some annoyances too I found the plot a little convoluted and I don t like Nick much Also the main character Rachel is pretty annoying a lot of the time Still I ve given better books a lower rating on occasion Go figure This is still such a fun book but I definitely see some flaws given how old the novel is There s the use of the term exotic about an Asian character and there s a vampire attack where it s equated to rapewhich is accurate in this world but the word is thrown around a good bit I still stand by this series and these characters, I just love them.
There is a little bit romance in this one If you remember Nick from the first book, well, he s Rachel s boyfriend and their relationship is kind of cute to read and I kind of like them together but to be honest I wouldn t mind if they seperated There is a witch hunter on the loose More like a ley witch hunter and Rachel, Jenks Ivy from time to time help the FIB, along with Glenn Edden s son to find out and apprehend the killer Not surprisingly all eyes turn to Trent and Rachel tries to incriminate him for the killings and watch him going down.
There are twists, many of them There is tention between our characters lots of unpredictability, which I liked a lot Our characters aren t simple, they re complicated and they have problems and they re trying to work through them I m glad that this book changed my opinion about Rachel, which I grew to love in this one In the first book I liked her but didn t quite find her as fascinating as I thought she would be Ivy is still one hell of a vamp and I adore her and I hate how she s struggling and faces everything on her own I want her friends to stand up for her, finally This book was so fun, fun, fun There is drama but all the fun drowns out the drama and I had a great time reading it, laughing and snorting There is so much action, there s always action and it ll come right when you didn t expect it Can t wait to dive into the next book and devour it like I did this one.
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99 by Rabid ReadsIf I still had any doubts about The Hollows when I finished the Dead Witch Walking, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead laid them to rest.
Book 2 begins with Rachel and Jenks in the middle of a run Several months has passed since the first book ended, and without a death threat hanging over her head, Rachel is free to pursue her new career as an independent runner Nick is now officially Rachel s boyfriend, and the roommate situation with Ivy seems to have calmed down now that Rachel knows what Ivy s triggers are and not to pull them.
And things just keep swimming merrily along did you see what I did there snickers Riiiiiight.
Even if for some strange reason you were hoping things would calm down for our new favorite witch, when Glenn shows up as Rachel and Jenks ride after the run instead of Ivy , and insists on taking a detour to the FIB Federal Inderland Bureau the human version of police enforcement , it seems HIGHLY unlikely.
Even MORE unlikely when you learn the reason for the detour is that Sarah Jane Trent s new secretary is there being questioned after reporting her missing boyfriend.
A serial killer is on the loose in Cincinnati, you see And serial killers have VERY particular tastes This one has been viciously murdering ley line witches and guess what Sarah Jane s boyfriend happens to be.
SO many things happen in this book.
Rachel shows an uncommon aptitude for ley line witchcraft This is distressing for her, b c as she has stated on numerous occasions she is strictly an earth witch Ley line magic isn t as black and white as earth magic, and Rachel has seen too many friends slide down that slippery slope from white, to gray, to black b c POWER lurks in ley line magic POWER that tempts and overwhelms, and Rachel wants no part of it.
We find out what Trent is Not telling read IT poke Rachel discovers links between her father and the Kalamacks Not telling that either pokes again And not lastly not by a long shot, but if I were to list all of the Big Deal things that happened in this book, we d be here all day, AND I d probably get smacked from all the poking , Rachel makes a deal with a demon that sets up for book 3 rather nicely And by nicely I mean holycraphowisshegoingtogetoutofthatone In addition to SO many things happening in this book, SO many characters are further developed and or introduced.
We meet Rachel s wacky mother who accidentally alludes to a HUGE secret that gets revealed later on , and Piscary hey, I just noticed scary is in his name wonder if that was on purpose hmmm , the scary master vamp We also meet the several times mentioned, but never actually seen Quen one of my favorite secondaries Trent is shown in a less diabolical light that makes him a much complicated individual, and Nick well, Nick s moral code is revealed to be even nebulous than previously suspected, but due to certain other events, I can t help but feel a bit sorry for him That whole situation is just a MESS.
And again MORE Too much to cover all of it, but believe me when I say that it was very well done.
There wasn t much on the world building front, but then it wasn t really necessary Pretty much everything you need to know was covered in the first book I still find it slightly ridiculous every time Rachel goes out of her way to hide evidence of tomato consumption from the humans, but what are you going to do Tomato ridiculousness aside, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead brilliantly avoided the book 2 slump that so many series fall prey to It was another artful combination of humor, action, danger, and flirtation, and BONUS all of this took place within a well developed and identifiable plot I know It so rarely happens that I don t know what to do either That s not true, I know exactly what to do read the next book wink My other reviews for this series Dead Witch Walking The Hollows 1 Every Which Way But Dead The Hollows 3 A Fistful of Charms The Hollows 4 For a Few Demons More The Hollows 5 The Outlaw Demon Wails The Hollows 6 White Witch, Black Curse The Hollows 7 Black Magic Sanction The Hollows 8 Pale Demon The Hollows 9 The Undead Pool The Hollows 12 Into the Woods Tales from the Hollows and Beyond This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.
This was such a fun audiobook Years ago, I read the first several books in this series but never went any further for some reason I meant to but I guess I got distracted by other shiny books or something Since I knew I need a refresher before moving on with the series, I thought that a re read would be a perfect choice I am almost positive that I liked it even better this time around.
This book starts with a bang Rachel and Jenks are in the middle of a run.
and things don t go as smoothly as they would have hoped One thing leads to another and before you know it Rachel is in the middle of a much bigger case and has a new human sidekick to go with the gig This book really has a lot packed into it with a pretty compelling mystery at the heart of the story There are a lot of side plots that also keep the story moving.
I love the characters Rachel is just all kinds of awesome I like she handles herself in really difficult situations She keeps an even head and can think about things from different points of view She also tries hard to do what is right Jenks is nearly perfect He is tough and always seems to add a lot to every scene he is a part of Ivy is still a bit of a mystery but I like the tension she adds to story.
Marguerite Gavin is the perfect choice for narrator with this series She is somehow able to capture each of the different characters in this book flawlessly Each character s voice was unique and fit their personality I was able to stay completely focused on the story and had a hard time setting it aside to do anything else I think that her narration really made the story come alive.
I would highly recommend this series to fans of urban fiction I do think that this is a series that really should be read in order since some of the story builds on previous books I can t wait to move on to the next book in the series.