Pale Demon (The Hollows, #9)
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Pale Demon (The Hollows #9)

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Condemned and shunned for black magic,Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches’ conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after . . . forever after.

But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

For after...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 439 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Harper Voyager (first published January 6th 2011)
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Marissa
Come on Rachel/Trent Lovin'! *fingersXtoesXcrossed*

4.5 stars
So now that I have read the book I will say I am super excited about any future books to come. This was one of the best books in the series by far. The beginning car trip was a bit of a snore but quickly progressed in to an action packed, emotionally charged story rife with reveals that were (hopefully) meant to stir up the future of this series!
So many things happened that could change the direction of almost all the characters...its m...more
is mee... kissa
wow. oh wow.
i finished it. And it Blew. My. Mind!
Harrison's been saying that this is her favourite one so far and I so get why.

Pale Demon pretty much starts out with a road trip. At this point, there's not much going on, but it quickly turns into action-packed fun. The trip goes on for about half of the book. Who knew a long drive could be so fun? definitely not me. They get attacked and find a day walking demon. A day walking demon. You don't think it's enough? Fine! There's heaaaaaaaps more....more
VampireNovelFan
Jan 27, 2014 VampireNovelFan rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Hollows and Rachel Morgan Fans
Well, I’ve Got a New Favorite! Harrison’s better than ever!

About two years ago, Ms. Harrison teased her blog followers about an upcoming book involving Rachel, Trent, and Jenks on a road trip out west. Fast forward to now, as Book 9 has finally been released. If you follow Ms. Harrison, you know that she touts this particular book as her favorite of the series. As a fan since 2005, I can say it's without a doubt my new favorite as well. It took six books, but Book 3 has finally been overtaken....more
Belinda Boring
I let out an almighty squeal of excitement when I got my hands on this book. I have been hopelessly addicted to this series from page one of Dead Witch Walking. There’s always the worry in the back of readers minds that the more books there are in a series, the harder the author has to work for it to still pack a powerful punch. Pale Demon is book nine in the series and BY FAR is THE MOST incredible of them all. Please excuse the GUSHFEST you are about to witness. I’d suggest maybe sitting back...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
I'm going to preface this review by saying that if I hadn't read interviews and blog posts about this and future books then I would've awarded more stars. Perhaps I'll calm down later and see the light but for now, I'm a bull pawing the sand with my head lowered snorting in anger and frustration despite the fact that I quite enjoyed this book. It's where we go from now that troubles me.

The first half was slow with only a couple of blood-pumping action scenes. The road trip itself, although givin...more
Erika  Badass
Quick review:
Grade: B

Rachel finally grows up. Her and Trent finally have a "moment". I actually like Al. The demon world is pretty darn cool, so was Dali's restaurant and making a new selection for the Juke Box. Newt made me laugh, Ivy finally realizes her and Rachel are a No Go. Jenks gets put out to STUD, BIS is the most awesome little gargoyle EVER {I want a gargoyle!} The coven sucks, I don't really care about Pierce, and where he might be right now at the end of Pale Demon. Speaking of the...more
Megan
In defense of Rachel Morgan/The Hollows:

Why write a decent review for Pale Demon? By book nine of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series critics have left if far behind, while fans will appreciate the solid story which delivers a lot of action, and even a little character development from Rachel. What can I say? Despite her flaws, Rachel is my favorite UF heroine. I also love the supporting characters ~ vampire Ivy, pixie Jenks, demon Al and so many others. Kim Harrison has created an amazing and com...more
Jennifer
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Natasha
Best installment yet!

"Pale Demon"
is the ninth installment in the Hollows series by the amazing, Kim Harrison.
If your a fan of The Hollows series already, then this was a must read for you. If your like me, then you were begging for this installment since you finished "BMS" and ofcourse after reading this I can happily say, it's my favorite of the series. Yes, there were more emotionally written intstallments in this series, but this was just too good to be true. Only bad thing is, the next one...more
Fiction Fool
Rating: (♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥)
(WARNING: Spoilers present for anyone who has not read the previous books in this series!!!)
Ivy looked at Trent through the rearview mirror. "You stink."
I looked over the seat, wincing at the sight of his blood-soaked shirt-sleeve and the wad of red tissue he had pressed against his ear again. "Sorry," he said sourly. "Didn't mean to offend."
"You're not offensive," she said shortly. "You're turning me on. Get out. Clean up."

I waited, rather impatiently, I might add, for the...more
Katyana
WOW!!

This is a complicated book to review. Not because it wasn't well-done - I think it was an extremely well-written book, and will rank way up there as my favorite in the series.

No, this is complicated because my feelings regarding the character arcs are complicated.

Let's start with Rachel.

I was thrilled - THRILLLED - to see her develop a spine in this book. Let me clarify what I mean. Rachel is a good guy. She has helped bad people on more than one occasion, simply because she feels firmly th...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Whew! I'm so excited about this book, there are no words to express it! It is my new favorite in the series!!!!! I did struggle just a bit with the last book, and this one took all the loose ends and made sense of everything!

It was action packed, so much happened, so much changed, and then changed again, and again! We got to see a new side to some of our favorite characters, were able to really understand others.

It also has plenty of romance, considering Rachel's love life is such a complicated...more
Sh3lly
When I started these books, I liked them, but I didn't love them. Then, I think it was A Fistful of Charms and For a Few Demons More that I really started to enjoy the series and felt fully committed. Then, for a couple books, I felt they were okay, but just okay. Not a fan of the banshee book, White Witch, Black Curse, but then I read Black Magic Sanction and I LOVED it, LOVED it! But THEN, I just finished Pale Demon and Kim Harrison has now been solidified as genius in my book.

This may be one...more
Kathryn
Pale Demon is book 9 in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison and all I can say is, if you have come this far, why stop now. Harrison has said that the series will roughly end with books 12-13, so though this book wrapped up some major storylines, I think a wonderful setup has happened and this is going to upset many readers. Not that I want to discourage anyone form reading this, but Rachel hooking up with a particular character has probably been at the top of many devoted reader lists. But not at...more
jD
Shock and Awe!

I have said this before – I am not a diehard fan of The Hollows series. That is no longer true – I am soooooo in love with the world of Rachael Morgan! This book blew my mind. This installment reminded me of a beach after a hurricane – there is chaos on the shore but the ocean sits calmly while saying loud and clear -- “Do Not Underestimate Me”. I grew up on the ocean and can tell you, the day after a big storm you are humbled.

All the characters were scattered along the shore by t...more
Judithe
Rachel's road trip to hell (or the ever-after) is thrilling, funny, touching and irritating. The story begins a bit slowly, and gains momentum, until you just can't put it down.

Trent's tight-lipped secretiveness was the most irritating aspect, and it made me want to reach in the book and shake him! However, it was also fascinating to learn more about him, and see him up close and personal throughout the story. That was one of the reasons I loved this book, those close-up glimpses in their chara...more
Duchess Nicole
MY FIRST FIVE STAR RATING FOR THE HOLLOWS SERIES...
WHAT AN AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!


Now, I've never really disliked any of this series, or I'd never have continued reading. But I've never been truly gaga over it like some either. Until this book. What a multifaceted, much anticipated story that takes place in Pale Demon!!

Rachel is on her way across the country to attend her brother's wedding. But her fellow road trippers not only include Jenks and Ivy (always trouble with those three) but also.....T...more
Forrest
SPOILER ALERT: Before I dive into my review, please be advised that this review is going to be almost all spoilers. If you have not read the book, it might be a good idea to stop here.

Alright, then. So, this book. I think it's fair to note that I got Kim Harrison's entire Hollows series in soft-copy on my Nook, so I basically read the entire series (up to the latest book) back to back to back.

I wish I hadn't. Because doing so, really brought how terrible this book was into sharp focus. Most re...more
Carolyn F.
This book was the best of the bunch. The ending just leaves you wanting to preorder the next book, which I'm going to do as soon as I'm done.

Rachel thinks she has it all in the bag about getting the black witch moniker taken off but there are all sorts of obstacles in her way, including Trent who asks for her help while she's going to the west coast. About halfway through the book I was afraid the whole dynamic of the group was going to change but it appears by the ending that this isn't true....more
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Pale Demon is the ninth book in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. While I am a big fan of the Hollow’s, I felt Pale Demon was a bit slow to start.

Rachel has been condemded to death for her use of black magic, but she has three days to get to the witches convention way across the country to clear her name. When she gets to the airport with Ivy & Jenks she finds out she isn’t allowed to fly. Guess who happens to be outside the airport waiting for her?

Trent & he needs Rachel’s help on an Elven...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Oh Kim Harrison how I love thee (though not in an icky way), I adore the Hollows series and getting my eyes on an ARC of Pale Demon caused squeals of delight (thank you NetGalley) more suited to a teacup pig. I’ve had to sit on my excitement for almost six weeks and now, with just a week or so to go until its release I can finally share.
Rachel has a choice, Alcatraz or the Ever-after with Al, unless she can prove to the Witchs’ Council that the world is not black and white. Banned from flying, R...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jan 21, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy Fans
I enjoy urban and dark fantasy, particularly those part of a series. I particularly like that they often feature strong female protagonists in the Buffy tradition. Recently I was jonesing for another good series of that kind--one cannot live on Kelley Armstrong and Charlaine Harris alone, and for me LK Hamilton has long jumped the shark. I tried about a dozen in that vein, including reading books by Carrie Vaughan, Patricia Briggs, Sherrilyn Kenyon, LA Banks and JR Ward. Rachel Morgan in Harriso...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Three and a half stars, rounding up to 4.

I'd been losing interest in the Rachel Morgan series for a while because she was too static a character. Her emotional reactions in book #8 were virtually identical to book#1 (self-doubt, compensating rush to intimacy, fear and pulling-away, self-berating, failed attempt to regain intimacy), and I just think it's time for her to grow up. Frequently had a bipolar reaction during confrontations, and that's still present here: pretending to be disinterested/...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I might as well just say it. I loved this book. Loved. Loved. Loved this book. I read somewhere that this has been Kim Harrison's favorite book in the Hollows series so far and I can see why. I left feeling exhilarated --like absolutely anything could happen next. That is no small feat for the 9th book in a series; it would be so easy to let things to get stale.

Where do I begin? Well, begrudgingly, I can say I wasn't in love with the beginning of the book. As advertised, Rachel is taking a road...more
Nafiza
Oh what a fabulous read. Dear Writers of Young Adult Trilogies/Series, please take notes. THIS is how you write an installment in a series/trilogy. So I took an unplanned year off reading The Hollows series. I don’t know why I didn’t. I think I just got distracted reading too many other books to give attention to what remains after 10 books my favourite urban series ever. Kim Harrison’s YA series? Does not hold a handle to her adult series. I’ve been waiting for this novel ever since I found out...more
Ferdy
Pale demon is the 9th book in the Hollows series and its still as enjoyable as earlier books.
I usually find after a few books in a series that the main character becomes unbearable, and while Rachel isn't the easiest character to like, for some reason I still find her likeable even when she's being an idiot. I like the fact that nothing comes easily to her, she has to fight for everything and yes, most of her troubles only get solved through sheer dumb luck but I kind of like Rachel just blindly...more
Jane Stewart
I was bored. I wanted it to be over.

This is book 9. I feel like the author has nothing left to write about. It’s lots of conversation about very little. When bad guys appear, Rachel solves the problem by pulling on a ley line and using magic.

My biggest problem is I don’t like Rachel. She doesn’t show humility. She acts like a bratty snotty teenager. Most of the time she argues, gets angry, and threatens. There is a lot of “You did this? Well I’m going to do that to you.”

Trent enthrals two assass...more
Darcy
I feel like a little kid sitting on a stool, you know one of those that you can spin around on screaming "Wheee", while you spin yourself sick. That is what this book felt like. With each new chapter it was like another spin and sometimes you just couldn't believe how the story was unfolding.

Rachel literally and figuratively takes a journey with this one. The literal journey was so much fun to read, I mean come on, Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, and Trent in car???? That just shouts "What can go wrong will...more
Liv
All my favourite characters in the Hollows series made an appearance in this installment. In particular, we saw a lot of interactions and actions amongst a few major characters: Rachel, Ivy, Jenks and Trent. I won't do a plot summary here, but it's suffice to say that this is my favourite installment so far. I'm really happy that there was finally closure on some of the open issues that Rachel had from previous books.

As usual, Rachel got herself into a lot of tight spots and there were non-stop...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
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Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times bestselling Ever After, was born and raised in the upper Midwest. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina until the lure of snow pulled her back to Michigan When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found landscaping her yard or on the links with her mom.

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“Face it, you stupid little cookie maker,” Jenks said, almost sounding fond, “in the last couple of days you’ve seen what it’s like to be in a family, with all the touchy tempers and irritation that goes on. Now you get to see the other side, where we do stupid stuff for each other just because we like you. Rache is the little sister. Ivy’s the big sister. I’m the uncle from out of state, and you’re the rich nephew no one likes but we put up with you anyway because we feel sorry for you. Just let me help, huh? It won’t kill you.” 152 likes
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