Saturday, February 08, 2020

REVIEW: The Hollows Insider (The Hollows #9.5) by Kim Harrison

The Hollows Insider
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

LOVED IT!!! ❤❤❤

Devin Crossman is a reporter/blogger for The Hollows Gazette who's got an axe to grind with one Rachel Morgan. After one of her spells goes awry on the bus while trying to catch an escaping Were, Mr. Crossman ends up losing all his hair! Hey, it eventually grows back so no harm, no foul, right? But he won't let it die and is determined to bring Rachel down, using all the resources at his disposal to dig up all the dirt he can find on Rachel, Trent, and anyone else in her life!

The book is laid out in a dossier format—with file folders, post-its, and taped in cards and pages—really fun to read! And while it isn't really a story in the true sense of the word, a story is indeed being told through its pages. We discover some little known facts about Rachel and the gang, get some reminders about some of the important points in her life, and even get a map of the Hollows and downtown Cincinnati. We've also got several interoffice notes and memos between Trent and Quen, and Trent and Jonathan, obviously dug up somehow by the reporter, and through this, we also come to understand how or why certain events that took place in the book happened.

I'm really glad I grabbed the print version of this book—hardcover actually—as I'm not sure it would be readable on the Kindle... maybe on a Fire where you could read it in full color and have full-size pages, but don't even think of trying to read it on an e-ink device like the Paperwhite or Voyage... the latter being what I own. But I totally loved it and plan to hang onto it as a keepsake for one of my favorite series of all time!

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Monday, February 03, 2020

REVIEW: A Perfect Blood (The Hollows #10) by Kim Harrison

A Perfect Blood
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

A powerful underground hate group that targets Inderlanders has resurfaced, and you can bet Rachel's on their radar! But they've changed the rules, and now magic is their weapon instead of their enemy. While Rachel has successfully faced off against all manner of Inderland species—vampire, werewolf, banshee, and more—this group of supernatural-hating humans, with their never-ending supply of resources and funding, is proving to be quite tough to handle!

After the events of the previous book, and Trent's elven quest, Rachel and Trent have finally moved past their adversarial relationship and are beginning to trust one another... possibly even become friends, if you can believe it! w00t w00t! And if you read the version of this book with the bonus chapter, you'll even get to read a separate chapter 19 from Trent's POV. It's quite enlightening to say the least.

This was one of my favorites in the series thus far... although I feel like I've been saying that for the last couple of books at least. But seriously, as this series begins to draw to a close (or will it?) things are getting really juicy!


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Sunday, February 02, 2020

REVIEW: Pale Demon (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison

My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

What do you get when a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy go on a cross-country road trip? One rip-roaring hell of a ride, that's for sure! But as a new day-walking demon is unleashed, can Rachel learn to embrace her demon side in order to save those she loves?

While battling some new and usual villains, this particular installment in the series focuses a lot on Rachel's relationships, including the heretofore strained relationship she's always had with Trent... and I totally loved where all this was going! So hard to put this down!

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Monday, January 06, 2020

REVIEW: Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows #8) by Kim Harrison

My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

Rachel is again running for her life, this time from her own kind. The Coven of Moral & Ethical Standards, the powerful force that polices all witches, is convinced Rachel's a black witch and is determined to take her down.

But Rachel's not one to let a public shunning, fairy assassins, or the burning of her church get her down—she comes back kicking ass and taking names!

This pulse-pounding romp through the Hollows is book number 8 in the series, and it's been one of the best and most complex thus far. We not only discover a great deal about the witches' origins, but we finally understand more of what makes Rachel so different. Sooo looking forward to Number 9 !!!

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Sunday, December 08, 2019

REVIEW: White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows #7) by Kim Harrison

My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

The past has come back to haunt Rachel—in more ways than one—and the new banshee in town isn't making things any easier! While doing battle with the emotion and aura-sucking banshee (similar to an energy vampire), Rachel finally starts to remember what happened that fateful night on the Kisten's boat.

So many things going on, making this a nonstop, edge-of-your-seat ride with Rachel & the gang… and Al too! One of the best in the series to date!

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Friday, November 22, 2019

REVIEW: The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows #6) by Kim Harrison

The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Another great read in the Hollows series! The demon Al wants is being summoned out of the ever-after to kill Rachel and as usual, she's thriving on the adrenaline rush! When she willingly takes a trip into the ever-after to save her own ass and those she cares about, little does she know how much of a 360 her life is about to take!

I love reading these books—the action is always nonstop and the characters so well fleshed out! Rachel is so good at kicking ass and taking names—all while being completely human and screwing up along the way!

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Monday, October 14, 2019

REVIEW: For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

For a Few Demons More
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

As usual, Rachel is up to her usual stunts, thriving on chaos. This time around, however, she's starting to wonder if her luck's about to run out! With demons running rampant through her church, Piscary released from prison, and people dropping dead around her, she knows it's only a matter of time until she's next... unless she can get protection from the master vampire that wants her dead!

This is the 5th book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I love this series and coming back to it after some time away has definitely rekindled my love of reading. The characters are always crisp, fresh, and funny. Bunny kiss kiss! <3

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Monday, September 02, 2019

REVIEW: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

My Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.


Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.

I wanted to love it, but unfortunately, it fell a little short for me... Interesting enough to finish, but not so much so that I picked it up every night before bed. Perhaps if I hadn't just finished the Shades of Magic trilogy, I mightn't have had such high standards. This is the author's first novel after all so there's that... But what was it that I did and didn't like?

Well, the premise was good. The Nigerian culture and the underlying message about oppression could've been pretty powerful. The Orïsha, the Maji clans and the deities behind them made for a very interesting magical culture background... but the storyline kind of just puttered along and the characters all blended together after a while. The point-of-view changing from chapter to chapter confused me after a bit too, especially since I'd often find myself forgetting who was narrating that chapter—which goes back to the characters blending together... sometimes they all just sounded the same!

This book is also being made into a movie. I still plan to check that out. After all, once Hollywood gets their hands on it, they may edit out a lot of the drizzle and add a bit more action, aka "Hollywood it". LOL

Book 2? I dunno... perhaps I'll make the time if only to see if the action improves and the character development is sharpened, but at 500+ pages, I'll probably check out a few other reviews first to see if it's worth it.

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