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Blood Work (The Hollows 0.2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,503 Ratings  ·  249 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
Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 169 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Del Rey
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Katie Michaels
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, hollows
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,
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
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
Fun prequel story of Ivy and Rachel's first few days as partners at I.S. Interesting but not all that exciting to see the visuals and ideas about the Hollows places and people. I'm not a fan of the graphics in this novel, mostly because being busty is annoyingly prominent for such a female-driven story.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Lady Entropy
Jan 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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

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
k reads
Oct 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
This review first appeared at So I Read This Book... at

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
These Violent Delights (Robin)
Definitely makes me want to pick up The Hollows series. Great art work!
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The story and art were just...okay.
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
Tammy ~Witching Hour Reads~
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is amazing, I love the story from Ivy's point of view.
Dec 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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
Tara Day
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting prequel to the Hollows series, following right after the novella "Undead In The Garden Of Good and Evil." Ivy has been "demoted" to runner and partnered with Rachel Morgan. Naturally, the witch and the vamp don't hit it off automatically and a hilarious cat fight ensues.

I love the script for this and how Ivy underestimates Rachel and craves her blood. I love that Piscary and Kisten return for a quick bite. And that the whole thing is filled with humor and nonstop action as t
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
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: z2012
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
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.

kelly {BookCrushin}
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up at Borders today for 40% off Yay, what a steal!
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this series, and this is exactly how I pictured everyone. More writers should 'add the visual' to their stories. It really makes the books come alive.
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoying returning to The Hollows, and experiencing them in color for once! The characters didn't look exactly like I pictured them (obviously) but they fit well, and the artwork was excellent. I really liked how they portrayed Ivy's aura when she's vamping out, as well as the spellwork. I will definitely be reading the other graphic novel.
Chris Petruccio
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've really been getting into this series of books, and I love graphic novels so I tore into this one rather eagerly. Something just seems off about it though. It's like Rachel is a completely different character to how she is in the books. Maybe the following volume will clarify why that feels that way, but all in all I enjoyed it.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay - was SO looking forward to reading the beginning of Ivy's and Rachael's start. And was SO disappointed. Graphic novels are great - but it didn't work for me in this setting. Had nothing to do the the artist or the writing [well some - wanted more of a story]- it just did not work with the rest of the series.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. I think because it has been so long since I read the first Hallows book. This is from Ivy's perspective and is a prequel to the books. Made me want to reread the series again! looking forward to getting the rest of the graphic novels.
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really love this series so having a graphic novel about Ivy and Rachel's beginning is awesome.
Shawn Manning
Having read the entire series of novels, I finally got around to reading the graphic novel. The story itself is a prequel and was very enlightening. I couldn't get into the art however, but that might have just been me. My two big gripes are : no Jenks and that it's a two parter. All in all, it should appeal to long time fans and newbies.
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under The Covers

Blood Work is the first graphic novel in The Hollows series. I know people have mixed feelings about this as it can be frustrating to see your favorite characters not portrayed the way you envisioned them. But I'm usually excited to see them come to life one way or another so when I had the chance to get my hands on this at NY Comic Con I was extremely happy. It's been sitting on my desk now for a few weeks and imagine my surprise when I opened it yester
B. Hale
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Jessica (a GREAT read)
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a graphic novel, and since I've read the entire Hollows series this was just a fun time enjoying the illustrations, which are vibrant and, for the most part, the characters are just how I imagined them.
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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 a variety of projects to see what finds a home first, and when not at her desk, is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, or in the garden.
Kim reaches out to her audience at Facebook https://www.facebook
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Other Books in the Series

The Hollows (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows, #2)
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