The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison

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February 25, 2014
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.

Review –
As I have said before, I am a huge Kim Harrison fan, but I must say this book was confusing for me.
There were so many factions to contend with, such Inderlanders, which are non-human races. These include Elves,Demons,Witches, Pixies and others not dealt with in this book. There are Vampires, living and undead. Living vampires are normal humans who have been infected by the vampire virus. The undead Vampires were born already infected by the virus and are the superior of the two. Another group are the Weres, which are lycanthropes.  In this book all of these factions or groups were being influenced by some wild magic and not in a good way.  I was hard for me to keep everything straight so I finally gave up and just concentrated on the growing relationship between Rachel Morgan and Trent Kalamack.
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Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan-The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison

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February 22, 2011

“I wouldn’t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.”—Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels

New York Times bestselling urban fantasy superstar Kim Harrison is back with Pale Demon—her ninth electrifying adventure featuring contemporary witch Rachel Morgan. This time Rachel’s leaving the Hollows, on a cross-country road trip with a pixy, an elf, and a vampire, as she races to clear her blackened name at a California witches’ convention in order to avoid an eternity of torment at the claws of a soul-devouring demon. Pale Demon is Kim Harrison at her gothic best—combining mystery, action, intrigue, paranormal romance, and breathtaking dark fantasy in a delicious witches’ brew that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Stephenie Meyer, and Jim Butcher simply will not be able to resist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review –

I was looking for book 12 in The Hollow Series when I ran across this one, which is number 9 and believe it or not I hadn’t read it.  I don’t know how it slipped by me but I checked it out at the local library and quickly devoured it.

I love the character of Rachel Morgan.  She can be tough when she needs to be but also she always seems a bit off-balance all the time.

I always hope that she a Trent will be paired up because Rachel deserves a love life if anyone does, but so far the author hasn’t come through for me.

In this installment Rachel and Trent, plus Ivy and Jenks travel across country by car which took two or three days and the tension between them became comical at times and at other times I held my breath thinking Trent might make a move on Rachel, but it didn’t happen,

I am now ready for book 12 and will still keep my fingers crossed by a love life for Rachel.

 

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Into The Woods: Tales From The Hollows And Beyond by Kim Harrison

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Release date: October 9, 2012 | Series: Hollows Story Collection

A true queen of urban fantasy—the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan—the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories.

Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, and an unholy host of vampires, demons, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other assorted supernatural beings, friends and foes.

Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison’s previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time. No true Hollows aficionado will want to pass this up—and readers of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher; fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novels and of paranormal romance superstars Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, will be likewise enchanted.

 

Review:

I’m a great fan of author, Kim Harrison, and this collection of short stories about the Hollows and the characters I love was a very pleasant read.  Since they are short stories, some much longer than others, you don’t have to feel guilty about sitting in a comfy chair and spending a couple of hours when housework is calling.

It answered some questions that were left hanging in the series and made the stories make sense and the characters have more dept.

This book is a keeper.

 

Ever After(The Hollows #11) by Kim Harrison

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Release date: January 22, 2013 | Series: Hollows (Book 11)

Witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan needs to save the demonic realm of the Ever After in the eleventh entry in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series from supernatural adventure master Kim Harrison.

Forced by circumstance, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack—a partnership fraught with dangers of the heart as well as betrayal of the soul—to return to the ever-after and rescue those she loves. One world teeters on the brink of interspecies war, the other on the brink of its very demise—and it’s up to Rachel to keep them both from being destroyed.

When Rachel sets off a chain of events that could lead to the end of the world—demonic and human—she must use her gifts to save those closest to her while preventing an apocalypse.

Satisfying and sexy, a visit to the Hollows will take readers on a wild journey that will capture their imagination. Fans of Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer won’t be able to resist Kim Harrison’s alternative universe—urban fantasy Cincinnati complete with vampires, witches, and other enchanting creatures—where spine-tingling adventures and fast-paced action are the norm.

 

Review –
This book was fantastic, fast paced,full of adventure,interaction between favorite characters and a tense hint a romance.  I could not put it down.
That being said, I wish just once Rachel could find happiness in the arms of a man or paranormal man, namely Trent Kalamack.  I know he has feelings for her too but he just will not commit.  I held my breath for a few pages hoping that it would work out in this book, but alas, it did not.  There were kisses,good kisses but he walks away AS A FRIEND.  Can you believe it?   Please, please, I beg of you Ms. Harrison, give us a great romantic story line with Rachel and Trent.
Pretty please with sugar on top.

A Perfect Blood(The Hollows, Book 10) by Kim Harrison

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Publication Date: February 21, 2012 | Series: The Hollows (Book 10)

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the Hollows with the electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed Pale Demon!

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood.

She’s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

Review –
I’ve read all the books in The Hollows series and this ranks as one of the best for a number of reasons.  First, I found it very hard to put down, second, Rachel’s character, though obnoxious in the beginning  grows to maturity by the end(leading up to something special in the next installment, I hope.) and third Kim Harrison’s book are always entertaining and each plot gets better and better.  If you are looking for a new series to start, I HIGHLY recommend you start The Hollows.

Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

From Publishers Weekly

The eighth bewitching but overly dense Hollows adventure (after 2009’s White Witch, Black Curse) updates the travails of Rachel Morgan, delectable magical jack of all trades. Having recently learned that Rachel is a witch-born demon whose children would be demons, a white magic coven is shunning her and accusing her of black magic. They offer her a terrible choice: sterilization or imprisonment in Alcatraz. Trent Kalamack, drug lord and elf in hiding, offers to get the coven off her back, but her double-crossing ex-rat ex-boyfriend, Nick, shows up and lands her in more hot water. As Rachel battles those she thought were on her side, her survival depends on a paranormal cornucopia of elves, demons, vampires, gargoyles, pixies, and even a leprechaun. This thrill ride celebrates the can-do spirit of one of urban fantasy’s most charming witches. (Mar.)
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Review-
This turned out to be  one of my favorites from this series.  So much happened and many things were cleared up while new actions became unclear.  I am so looking forward to the next one.  Kim Harrison, write faster!!

White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

From Booklist

Hell hath no fury like witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan when it comes to avenging her lover’s murder. Her quest for justice holds some significant realizations for her, too, such as the strength in her bond with vamp partner Ivy, who helps her withstand the waves of power coursing through her body in one of the book’s most emotionally gripping scenes. Through a welter of vampires, demons, pixies, and witches, Harrison conducts readers on a suspenseful, satisfying journey of payback, personal growth, and empowerment while setting the scene for Rachel’s new romance, which will probably commence in the next of this spellbinding series. –Whitney Scott
Review-
This book, number seven in The Hollows series was a bit challenging to keep up with. The chapter involving the Carew Tower on New Year’s Eve was way too wordy and I got lost a time or two and even skipped a couple of pages.   The introduction of the banshee characters was not  a plus in my opinion but in the end it worked out and now I’m on to #8 and I hope it’s not as  complex.

For A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

From Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Harrison’s fifth demon-kicking extravaganza to feature Rachel Morgan, the first in hardcover (after 2006’s A Fistful of Charms), the Cincinnati-based bounty hunter and spell caster still possesses “the focus,” a 5,000-year-old demon-crafted Were artifact. With the help of her pixie partner Jenks and Detective Glenn, Rachel must deal with demons, the elf Trent Kalamack and master vampire Piscary, who along with angry Weres, struggle for possession of the artifact. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and Rachel’s alpha werewolf pal, David Hue, becomes the prime suspect of the FIB (aka the human-run Federal Inderland Bureau). Action-packed and full of Rachel’s persistent erotic ruminations, this titillating tale includes a shocking finale that will leave fans panting for the next installment in the Hollows series.
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Review-
For a white magic witch Rachel is sure getting a smutty soul( by doing demon magic, which is black magic).  It always starts out so innocently like “Well, just one demon curse won’t hurt me.” but they do because the blackness that comes from them darkens the soul and one day you have to pay for all that blackness.
As always, I loved this book and have already started the next one.  Can’t wait.

A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison

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The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her—not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses—savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and rule. And suddenly more than Rachel’s soul is at stake.

Review– This is one of the first series that I started that included Faeries and it also includes Pixies, Vampires and WereAnimals. I enjoy these books because along with the murders, kidnappings,thefts, and trying to find a blood balance with her room mate Rachel’s personality adds humor to her surroundings even if it’s not supposed to.  As hard as she tries to remain a good White witch she always finds herself on the edge of doing demon magic, whick is black and will taint the soul black. and in this book she goes over the edge and does Black magic, BUT for a good reason.

My library doesn’t have this particular series so I’m at the mercy of Ebay and I’m waiting on the next installment now. Can’t wait!

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

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The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the “Inderlanders” reveal themselves, changing everything.

Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland’s best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate.

Review –

 

Looks like I found another great series to read.  This book was fast paced and a great read when all you want to do it step away from the real world for  awhile.