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Blood Work (The Hollows Graphic Novel #1)

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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  2,968 ratings  ·  221 reviews
When Ivy met Rachel, the result wasn’t exactly love at first sight. Sparks flew as the living vampire and the stubborn witch learned what it meant to be partners. Now Kim Harrison, the acclaimed author of Pale Demon and Black Magic Sanction, turns back the clock to tell the tale—in an original full-color graphic novel.

Hot-as-hell, tough-as-nails detective Ivy Tamwood has b
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Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 169 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Del Rey Books
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
I am a huge, huge fan of the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. And I was so excited to find out that a graphic novel was coming out, featuring my favorite characters. Blood Work is a prequel to Dead Witch Walking. But it is set after the events of "Undead in the Garden of Good & Evil." Essentially, it is the story of how Rachel and Ivy came to be partners for the first time, from Ivy's perspective.

Let me talk about the plot first and then I'll get to the art. When Rachel is introduced to Ivy,
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VampireNovelFan
I love the Hollows, but this is sub par for any medium. I am not digging this art in the least. I know a lot of people try to make the excuse that an artist can't capture what you imagine in your mind, but I beg to differ because there are a couple of series with decent graphic novel adaptations. Mercy Thompson's is one of them and even Anita Blake's is better than this, though I'm not a fan of that style and no longer read the series. I was at least going to give the cover some credit, but that ...more
Yodamom
I don't get it. Somebody make them read the dang book before they tart drawing. The artist drew Rachel with a clown like expression. She was the goofy silly girl with big boobs. There is more attention the her and Ivy's boobs then the character's expressions. I didn't like it, I hated the illustrations. The story well there was a bit but it was swallowed by the ridiculous artwork
Morgan
*library*

Okay, so like others I want to preface this by saying that I really enjoy The Hollows series.

This graphic novel is a prequel of sorts to show us how Ivy and Rachel met for the first time. Ivy/Rachel is a thread running through the whole series, so I was very interested.

I ended up disappointed in several things.

First, the graphic novel storyline itself wasn't very good. Sure, we have Ivy getting demoted and stuck with an untrained partner in Rachel, but her ~*~FEELINGS~*~ come on way to
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Lady Entropy
I will start this review by saying that I love Kim Harrison's series The Hollows. They were the first true Urban Fantasy series I collected, and it has been my recommendation to many a person wanting to try out this genre.

However, and as much of a Fangirl I am to this author and her work (and the main character of the Graphic Novel, Ivy Tamwood), I have to outright admit there are some really serious issues with this Graphic Novel adaptation of the world of the Hollows. The author at least was g
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k reads
This review first appeared at So I Read This Book... at http://www.soireadthisbook.com/2011/10/quick-dirty-reviews-say-hello-to.html

A graphic novel prequel to Harrison’s popular Hollows series, this is the story of how Rachel and Ivy first meet, when after being busted down from homicide to street crime, vampire I.S. agent Ivy is partnered with newbie agent and witch Rachel. Sparks fly, heads butt and Ivy takes a bath with Kisten but there is not a lot of substance to this story and it is defi
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Laura
Dec 07, 2012 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: um, people who like Witchblade or the Harris-True Blood books...
Had this series recommended to me, so I tried the GN to start with. I like the... idea. Paranormal detective stuff, Dresden-esque. Somehow the story missed on all accounts. The dialogue was painful, it was basically a series of dramatic one-liners by very flat characters. At first, very quick glance, the main characters appear to be strong, female leads. Not at all true. Ivy just acted superior and hyper-sexed and Rachel appeared to me like a wanna-be-Buffy. Both were incredibly defensive and tr ...more
Cathy
It was really fun. It's an origin story about how Ivy and Rachel first started working together, told from Ivy's perspective. The story is great, really intriguing. A graphic novel is a grest medium for capturing Ivy's fears and longings in a powerful way, it works well. Rachel's stubbornness, enthusiasm and energy come across well too. I like that it isn't just a fluffy story to sell books, it's a significant story with a lot of history and meaning for the series. Harrison is adding a layer to ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

This is the first graphic novel of the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. It’s a prequel to the Hollows series and I’m not sure how you would fare if you haven’t read the main series first. In BLOOD WORK, Harrison switches to Ivy’s POV and readers really see a more up close and personal look with the badass chick! I thought the switch in POV was very interesting and a really nice thing for Harrison to do. We get a more enhanced story and I think it really brings something extra to the seri
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Holly Booms Walsh
Eh. The story is very light (less than a novella), told from Ivy's point of view upon first meeting Rachel. Rachel is very much as described in the books, though Ivy and Kisten are not quite accurate. My biggest beef with this is that the story line seems very 20/20 hindsight-esque, where Ivy is very cognizant of her attraction to Rachel as a deeper attraction than just superficial sexual attraction, and she seems way way too aware of how messed up Piscary has made her - which the true realizati ...more
JenniferJ
This was one of the first graphic novels I have read and while I enjoyed the Hollows story I don't think I am going to be a big fan of graphic novels. I am not all that into comic strips or books either but I like to try new things is why I decided to read this and because I love The Hollows series!

As far as just zooming in on the actual story I loved it but in the graphic novels Rachel seems more dingy and Ivy appears far more sarcastic than in the actual books but again maybe it is just the di
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Ashley
If you're interested in The Hollows series, please do not judge them all by this graphic novel and just read the normal books. If I had not read the rest of the series, this would've been a bit difficult to follow...

For example, there was a lot of "fantasy jargon" unique to how the different supernatural species interact that was not clearly explained; and there are characters referenced in passing in the dialogue who are not properly introduced or even explained at all (which makes me think th
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Amy Goodloe
Maybe it's because I teach students how to tell stories in both writing and through visuals (using the conventions of comics and graphic novels). Or maybe it's because The Hollows tops the list of my favorite urban fantasy series. Or maybe it's because the Rachel and Ivy in my mind's eye weren't too different from how they were portrayed.

Whatever the reason, I really enjoyed Harrison's first effort at telling a Hollows story through the graphic novel format. And I particularly appreciated the i
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Marianne
This graphic novel tells the story of how Rachel and Ivy met, and why Ivy was partnered with the red haired witch in the first place. Getting to see their meeting from Ivy's POV, was kinda interesting. Why did she quit drinking blood? We learn the reason why right here... Yes, it's safe say that Rachel made an instant impression on the living vampire.

The epilogue was intriguing: Turns out, a certain someone has had an interest in Rachel far longer than I would have expected. Interesting...

The d
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StoryTellerShannon
A funky urban fantasy setting in which a lesser vampire cop gets a new partner who turns out to be a female human witch. There's a lot of fantasy interwoven into our world and a lot of sexual references (or actual sex). Oh my.;)

Artwork is fairly good.

OVERALL GRADE: B minus.
Jacquelyn
I agree with Stephanie, the Kim Harrison story part is awesome as usual, but the art is just...meh. The difference is especially noticeable in the sketch notes at the end, where you can read what Kim tells the artist she wants, then see how the artist decided to completely ignore her. Rachel is supposed to be more flat-chested, paler, and her hair in a braid on a run. Also, her anti-freckle ring disappears and reappears throughout the book. But as I said, the story was great, and I liked that Iv ...more
Valerie
I was more than a little disappointed in this short story adaptation from the world of The Hollows. I was excited going in given that it is a combination of two of my favorite genres, urban fantasy and graphic novel. Unfortunately, there was something lost in the translation.

The story itself was underwhelming. I is basically a story about Rachel and Ivy's meeting and first days of working together told from Ivy's perspective. That perspective, however, comes across as stiff and wooden. There see
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Angela
I stumbled across this graphic novel at a used book store and was quite delighted as I didn't even know that it existed prior to that!

I've been a big fan of Kim Harrison for years now, and it's always exciting (to me) to see a series that I really love done in a different format (such as George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" and the manga series based on Gail Carriger's "Parasol Protectorate" series). I read this in about a day and I really enjoyed it. I liked seeing things from Ivy's point-of-
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E.
Originally posted on Night Owl Reviews. The tale of the meeting between a tortured vampire named Ivy Tamwood and her unwanted and unrequested new partner, witch Rachel Morgan. The two women could not be more different and they strike sparks off of each other as they try to comply with all of the demands upon their new partnership within the framework of I.S. (Inderland Security). A murder of a were implicates vampires but Rachel is unwilling to be restricted to her bland runner duties and starts ...more
Gail
My favorite series brought to life by talented artist and author.

This is a prequel to the Hollows series. It brings to life the characters that I've grown to love in bold graphic color.

This is Ivy's Story; her past with her 'master', her best friend and lover Kisten. Ivy is just realizing what she wants out of her living life and is afraid that she may not be able to reach it.

As the story begins, we find Ivy (a living vampire) has been demoted from homicide to street crime. Her boss, Denon has
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Lynda Tatad
I really enjoyed this first graphic novel set in Kim Harrison's Hallows series. It's a prequel of that series, as she has written an original story relating to how living vamp Ivy Tamwood became partners with the witch Rachel Morgan at the Inderland Security office. The book series has been told by Rachel's POV, so it's refreshing to get the story from Ivy's POV in this story. How the characters met is told briefly in the beginning of the first novel, Dead Witch Walking, but the visual story rea ...more
CaroleHeidi
This is the first graphic novel I have ever read, so I have nothing to compare it to in terms of graphic novel quality. I chose to buy it because I am a massive fan of Kim Harrison’s Hollows series and I wanted it for sake of completeness of my collection. I am reviewing this more as a fan of the Hollows than as a graphic novel critique.

I acknowldeged before I hit ‘buy’ that the characters would more than likely not be portrayed as I imagined them from the novels – they never really are when tra
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B. Hale
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Sarah Dizon
This graphic novel was just okay for me but I don't think it deserved a lower rating than 3. Here are the reasons why:

1. I loved that we got the chance to see how Ivy and Rachel met, their relationship is huge in the series so it's important to know how it all started.

2. I liked that we got an illustration of what the characters are supposed to look like, even if they don't fit exactly with what I've imagined.

3. It's nice seeing things from Ivy's point of view, and how mixed up she is about he
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Chibineko
I've been eagerly awaiting this comic for a long time & now that I have it in my hands I have to say that the experience is both underwhelming & better than I expected. I'll review this in two parts, one for the artwork and one for the story since I kind of reacted to the two a little differently.


ARTWORK:

I have to admit that not everyone came across the way I expected them to. The artist did an incredible job adapting this to comic format but at times I don't think he really *got* the c
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Jessica (a GREAT read)
It's so hard to review a graphic novel, yet it will give me practice for when I read and review the VA one! Anyways Blood Work, is Kim Harrison's first ever graphic novel and my first one to read as well! Pedro Maia and Gemma Magno were the illustrators and they did a fabulous job! Of course, being new to graphic novels I didn't know what to expect!

This is a prequel story to the Hollows and how Ivy and Rachel first met and what their first case was like. And they didn't get along right away--whi
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Celine
My first venture into the unknown world of the graphic novel! When I heard Kim Harrison was writing a graphic novel that described the conditions in which her Hollows main characters Rachel and Ivy meet, I know I had to read it. I was a bit scared that I wasn't going to like it, because to be honest I have never read in this format before.

Turns out, it was pretty awesome. I can't talk for the hardcore graphic novel readers out there. But as a fan of the Hollows series, I can say that Blood Work
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Amy Denim
The artwork in the graphic novel was brilliant. It really brought the characters to life. This story only gives a brief taste of the Hollows world, and I think readers who have read the novels will appreciate it much more than I did.
The story ends a little abruptly, but it does look like another graphic novel in this series is scheduled to come out this year.
Blood Crime (Graphic Novel) by Kim Harrison
So maybe the story will be continued there. It wasn't clear whether there would be more at the end of this book.
I would definitely read m
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Jenny
Dec 10, 2012 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jenny by: Amy
One of my friends spotted this at the library and let me borrow it. I had conveniently just read Into the Woods. The events in this graphic novel occur right after "Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil", so it was actually a very seamless transition.

I enjoyed seeing Ivy and Rachel work their first case together. As I'm sure many of the other folks have mentioned, the characters didn't look how I envisioned, but I'd say that's to be expected. They weren't too far off. One thing that did throw me
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Vicky
I wasn't expecting much, it is out of curiosity that I bought this one. I knew it centered on Ivy and she isn't my favorite character, I find her to be unidimensional. In my opinion, she's the weakest point in Kim Harrison's series. Still, curiosity got the better of me and I bought it, my curiosity is satisfied and if any more come out I'm not buying them. I'll stick with the novels.

I can't say it was really bad, but it was utterly boring. The drawing is common, nothing stands out, no particula
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Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. She's currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and when not at her desk, is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or on the links.
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