There have been some good books in this series, some not so good too, but the good far outweighs the bad. I had heard good things about Pale Demon, bu...moreThere have been some good books in this series, some not so good too, but the good far outweighs the bad. I had heard good things about Pale Demon, but after not liking book 7 very much I wasn’t sure what to expect. This was by far the best in the series so far, I absolutely loved it, devoured it in one day. The last couple of chapters still have me squealing.
Rachel has been shunned by her own kind, not only shunned but the governing body is out to get her rather than going through the trouble of giving her a fair trial. Being shunned means that no one will interact with her, and as if her life wasn’t already hard enough, simple thing like buying groceries, or taking a plane trip become impossible. She has three days to make it cross country to her trial and get the shunning removed, or this would be her permanent new reality.
By some odd coincidence, Trent also has only 2 days to make it the same distance and after a lot of back and forth Rachel agrees to accompany him, by car. Of course Jenks and Ivy are along for the ride. It’s the great American road trip, Inderland style. Dodging the coven, and Trent’s helpful contributions make things very interesting.
There were some fabulous moments in this book, a ton of action, as usual, and a tiny bit of romance there at the end. Finally. Can’t wait to see where it goes! I am so glad I don’t have to wait for the next book. (less)
If you’re following along with my Hollows review you’ll notice I skipped right over book #7. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m reading them one after another, or if it just wasn’t that great, but I didn’t like it much. It felt like a filler book, and there wasn’t much advancement in the over all story arc. Funny enough, it had the most defined arc I’ve seen yet in a Hollows novel, but none of it was important to the big picture. There was some resolution to Kisten’s death as they find his killer but it was very anti climactic. I can’t really say much more than that without giving it away, but I felt like it could have been so much more.
Thankfully the 8th book was outstanding! Loved it to bits and pieces, and it got me excited about the series again.
In this 8th instalment of The Hollows series Rachel is up against her own people. Having been accused of being a black witch, and shunned by her community, they are now taking it to the next level by trying to incarcerate and chemically castrate her. Uh, good luck with that ;) It was a fun ride watching Rachel dodge several bullets, and get out of more scrapes than ever before. She seems to be coming to terms with who she is, and it’s nice to watch her grow up.
We see the return of Nick, and I still think that forcing him into the bad guy role is contrived and doesn’t feel real. I heard Kim Harrison say that Trent was supposed to be the over all, big bad, so I imagine Nick was not originally supposed to be what he’s turned into, and that is likely why it feels false. The parting with Nick surprised the crap out of me, and again it felt off.
Lots of Al in this book, and he is really really growing on me. It seems that Al is interested in Rachel as more than just a student, but he’s willing to bide his time as he realizes that Rachel will likely live forever. Something she will not admit to herself is probably true.
The background with Trent was very sweet. I loved to see that they have a history together that both are just starting to remember. He was however still that arse that he usually is, and I can’t quite get why Rachel keeps going back, although KM tried to fill in those reasons here, it’s still a lot to ask us to overlook. Again, I think it goes back to her initial intentions and the organic feel of the characters. Although slowly but surely they are shifting in my head to what they are now supposed to be, if that makes sense.
Lastly, I must say that I’ve cried before while reading books. We probably all have, but nothing, absolutely nothing like I did during this one. Page after page had me bawling my eyes out. Even now, just thinking about it, I’m getting weepy. Damn, that was the saddest scene I have ever read. Make sure you have your tissue box near by when you get to this one! (less)
Not my favorite installment of the series. It seemed like a filler book, and the 'Who Killed Kisten' was kind of lame.
I still like that Kisten wasn't...moreNot my favorite installment of the series. It seemed like a filler book, and the 'Who Killed Kisten' was kind of lame.
I still like that Kisten wasn't completely ignores after he died, and that we get to see Rachel work through her grief. The flashback was the best part of the book, and only because we got another glimpse of the Kisten we all know and love.(less)
As I expected from the title, this book in The Hollows series is all about Al, and him trying to get himself out of the trouble he’s in, and causing Rachel a lot of grief in the process. This one, so far more than any other, has kept me completely captivated. I was impressed to see Rachel going through the grieving process for Kisten. In a lot of books, when a character dies, they’re barely ever spoken of again. Not so here. Kisten is a shadow throughout the book, coloring thoughts and decisions by both Ivy, and Rachel, and it was nice to see his memory honoured that way. Made the whole thing a little easier to deal with.
Trent is a mouse burger. I was starting to like the guy, but his sense of entitlement is really starting to get on my nerves. In the last book he was prepared to kill, or at least torture, Rachel. Then in this book he bounces right in expecting her to jump to attention to help him out if he waves enough money in front of her. Thankfully she turns him down flat, and while they do end up doing it, it is for Rachel’s reasons, not Trent’s. She then saves his elf ass, then he tries to kill her, again. The guy really needs to shape up to get back on my good side.
Ceri and Quen have shacked up. Turns out that while Ceri was interested in Trent, he is terrified of her and her smut covered soul. Not only have they shacked up, but Ceri is already pregnant. If you remember from vious books, the elves reason for failing to thrive is in their children’s dna. It affect the youngsters so that most don’t make it to adulthood. In order to save Ceri’s baby, Trent wants Rachel to help him steal a tissue sample from the ever after.
In the meantime, Al has decided that enough is enough, and he’s just going to out and out off Rachel. He’s going back on his agreement not to touch her or her kin, but figures he can get away with it since once Rachel is dead there will be no one to complain. Needless to say, the last place she wants to be right now is in the ever after.
There were quite a few ‘Holy Crap’ moments in this chapter of The Hollows. It was a great ride, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!(less)
Geeze, even though I knew it was coming, the ending of this book had me in tears. Kim Harrison is an evil, evil author. ;) I can’t say much more without giving it away entirely, although I was glad I knew it was coming, otherwise, I think it would have hit me even harder.
There’s a serial killer on the lose killing Were’s, and Rachel, as usual, is fighting her way through a crowd of big bad’s. Same old, same old, in the world of The Hollows. What’s not same old, is that Piscary is released from prison, and Rachel has her hands full trying to figure out what to do with the focus to keep herself alive. The choices she has to make between good and bad are getting more and more blurred as she works to keep herself and her friends safe.
We get lots of Trent in this book, but he’s back to being the big bad ugly. In spades. I honestly thought that no matter what he’d done, his end goal was good enough to overlook the past as Rachel had been doing. Not so much in this chapter, and that was disappointing. Trent’s actions in this book were above and beyond any excuses for him, and Rachel also has to admit that she’d been going soft in her thoughts on Trent. Not anymore.
I think my favourite part in the book was when Trent and Ceri are introduced. I am going to paste that scene here, fair warning.
I’ve taken out some of the descriptive to shorten it, but basically Trent has shown up at Rachel’s door to meet Ceri. He’s in his best threads, and brings her a gift wanting to make a good impression. Ha!
“You’ll what?” Trent said, standing sideways by the piano with an infuriating smile on him. “Turn us into butterflies? You don’t do black magic.” “She doesn’t,” came Ceri’s voice from behind me in the hall, and Trent’s gaze shot over my shoulder. “But I do.”
“Damn it,” Trent swore softly, his eyes on Ceri as Quen halted
“Uh, Ceri,” I said, not knowing what else to do, “that man in the suit is Trenton Aloysius Kalamack, drug lord, murderer, and Fortune 20 member. That’s Quen before him, his security officer. Trent, Quen, this is Cerdiwen Merriam Dulciate, originally from the Dark Ages of Europe.” Let’s get this party started! Trent’s face was white. “How long were you listening…?”
We get a lot more of Kisten in this book too. Kisten, Kisten, Kisten…. I think I have a crush on a fictional character. It’s probably not my first, but it’s the first in a while. I absolutely adore Kisten. He’s sexy, submissive, and just down right hot. His scenes with Rachel were fantastic. He goes a long way in balancing her out, and he isn’t afraid to show her his vulnerabilities, which makes him even hotter. He’s always there to help her sort through her own head, and offer a shoulder to cry on, what more could a woman ask for? I can’t say anymore without bursting into tears. Damn.
Did I mention that Trent’s wedding happens in this book? And you’ll never guess who’s invited to be a bridesmaid. ;) Rachel takes on her new roll with her usual flare, hilarity and ass kicking ensue. I’m not clear on whether or not the wedding was actually completed, I guess I’ll have to wait until the next book to find out.
I really enjoyed this fifth book in the series. The last one was good, but this one was better. On to #6, The Outlaw Demon Wails. Me thinks Al will be playing a huge role in that one! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I’m beginning to realize that this series, overall, is more character based than most. I like it. This book out of the one’s I’ve read so far though was not my favourite. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, I did but I missed Trent, and I missed Kisten, he was there, but in the background.
Remember when I said “Now that Rachel has found some happiness with Kisten, I’m sure Nick will be back to raise the angst level”? Well, sure enough, book four is all about the return of Nick. Damn. I had hoped I was wrong and we were rid of him for good. Even though I don’t like Nick much, I did think KH was a little harsh with his character. Without going into too many details, I think a lot of what Nick did in this book wasn’t keeping with what we know of him, and a lot of the end of the book and Nick’s actions were just too much to believe. Don’t even get me started on the ending and Jax, again, from what we know of the characters, it’s jut not believable.
Following along on the ‘unbeleivable’ track, the whole thing with Ivy was also way off base. Rachel has spent more than a year secure in her beliefs that she would never share blood with Ivy, and all of a sudden it’s not only fine, but she wants to do it again after what happened?! I will admit that if it was going to happen at any point, KH planned it out well, choosing a moment when Rachel is at her most emotionally vulnerable, but still.
We didn’t get much Kisten, but what we did get was, out of everyone, the most consistent. His actions stayed true to what we know of him as a character, and after everything else I very much appreciated it. I love how he lets Rachel do what she needs to do without hassling her, but he’s there when she needs him. I love that he laid it out for Ivy, and unknowingly for Rachel, at the end. He reminds Ivy that he doesn’t need her permission to be with Rachel, and that he will not back down if Rachel wants it. Anyhoo…
Jenks gets BIG to save his son Jax. It is, as you’ve probably guessed, absolutely hilarious. He’s not only big, but young, and gorgeous, and Rachel has to repeatedly remind herself that he is a married man with 54 children. I could read Jenks, all day long, the series wouldn’t be what it is without him! I didn’t like the fact though that the fact that Jenks is almost at the end of his life span keeps being brought up, foreshadowing? Geeze, I hope not. It is super sweet though that he wants to train his son to be sure that Rachel will not be left without back up. I don’t think I could handle it if Jenks gets killed off!
Favorite Jenks quote from this book:
“Tagged by a whiny little vamp,” he said, gesturing. “Rache, take this sword and stick it in me. Just go and stick it in me. I’m a back-drafted, crumpled-winged, dust-caked, dew-assed excuse of a backup. Worthless as a pixy condom. Taken down by my own partner. Just tape my ass shut and let me fart out my mouth.” Jenks – A Fistfull of Charms
Nick comes back into Rachel’s life in a round about way. Rachel must run to his rescue in order to save Jenks’ son Jax, and from what she later finds out, due to Nick’s unwise choices, herself. She finds out some very disturbing information regarding not only what Nick has done recently, but when they were together. This knowledge brings Rachel to some startling revelations about her relationship with Nick, and her own motivations in life.
What Nick has done has some very far reaching, and devastating consequences, but it seems as though, no matter those consequences, he’s all about himself. He betrays Rachel repeatedly throughout the book. And while Rachel gets the last laugh, I was disappointed to see them have to end things the way they did. Unfortunately, that is not the only emotional upheaval that she has to deal with. With the way things ended up, I still don’t think we’ve seen the last of Nick.
This fourth book in The Hollows series is packed with action, most especially near the end. There is one scene where I felt like I was in the movie theatre sitting through an action sequence and getting all uptight with the suspense. It was very well written. Overall, while it still wasn’t my favourite, it was a fun read. As with the last books I’ll be diving into the next one right away.(less)