Just in case any of you missed my Facebook post, I will be attending the signing tonight at Books A Million for The Witch With No Name! If any of you plan to be there as well, don’t be a stranger! I’ll be rocking The Undead Pool Tour-T and TWO books. One for me, and one for one of you!
So this is it! This is where we say goodbye to The Hollows! And I have given away a copy of every new book since I started this blog so why in the heck would I stop now? You know I loves to spread the Hollows loves and feels! Don’t forget to check out my review and Kim’s exclusive Your Urban Fantasy Q&A! Also make sure you’ve voted on my poll to choose your favorite Hollows book!
How to Enter (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY): My giveaways are only open to followers of Your Urban Fantasy who are 18 years of age or older. In order to enter YOU MUST COMMENT ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT POST AND INDICATE YOU HAVE DONE SO ON THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET! If you’re a new member, sign up on the right panel to follow my blog via email. (Make sure to check your email to confirm your subscription. You should receive a notification immediately, so check your spam folder if you don’t see it right away). Current followers can just say so in their post. The next four opportunities are for bonus entries. Overall, there are up to 5 chances to enter:
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The more entries the better your chance to win! Good luck! And don’t forget to tell me what you’re going to miss about The Hollows series!
The giveaway will run from 9/9/14 – 9/21/14. Good luck!
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Synopsis: It’s Rachel Morgan’s ultimate adventure . . . and anything can happen in this final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series.
Rachel Morgan has come a long way from her early days as an inexperienced bounty hunter. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has unexpectedly become something much more.
But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. Rachel has known that this day would come—and now it is here.
To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything. . . .
Review: New Hollows Day is probably as good as Christmas Day for many of us. Not to mention this one has come much sooner than expected! But if I’m being honest, this is probably my toughest review yet. It’s taken me so long to get it together because I just keep drawing a blank. Part of it is because this is the end of my favorite series ever. But I have accepted that this must happen to all good things, or else they could risk not being so good anymore.
Kim Harrison brought this novel back around to be about the vamps. She made good on her promise compared to other recent books where they sat more on the back burner. It appears to be for good reason though because vampires are the key to changing everything. There were some revelations that truly surprised me and the unpredictable twists kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time.
I was happy to see the demons and elves get a healthy dose of focus as well. Over the years I have grown very attached to their story lines and was happy to see they wouldn’t have too many loose ends.
Rachel and Trent. Yeah, if you’re a fan I don’t see why that would stop now! They display great teamwork and definitely turn up the heat as they’re settling into their relationship together. It’s satisfying to see but still hard to believe it’s happened considering the long road they took to find one another. Of course it still isn’t easy for them. They have very complicated lives, but their determination to make it work just gives a girl all the feels in the world.
Rachel takes her relationships seriously and her friends and family are as strong as ever. We get the answer to the question of whether she is able to save Ivy’s soul. That alone is worth the price of admission if you’ve stuck it out with this series for as long as I have.
The thing is, I was expecting to have the waterworks ready after finishing this final book. I mean, I was expecting this
9 years is the longest I’ve stuck it out with a series. But I finished it feeling satisfied and believing that the characters would be okay. Kim has done her characters justice and she should pat herself on the back for being able to give them what they deserve. And it truly feels deserved with a very fitting ending. They’ve worked hard and sacrificed so much.
I enjoyed every page from beginning to end in this last installment. We received a lot of answers and many things were wrapped up, but at the same time it also feels like a new beginning so I still want more! I just don’t know what I am going to do without my favorite witch, demon, elf, pixy, and vampire team to look forward to once a year.
And now I’m gonna lay the sap on extra thick. Honestly, reading for me won’t be the same again, at least for a while. This is the first series to really introduce me to the adult urban fantasy genre and it’s set the bar so high that nothing else can scratch that itch quite like The Hollows can. Everything else fights for second. This is the first series I have followed for so long so it will always carry a special place for me for that reason alone. Of course I’m looking forward to what’s next, but it’s always hard to say goodbye to history, especially as I’ve gone through the ups and downs with the characters year after year and made quite a few friends in my life along the way, including Ms. Harrison herself. So goodbye Hollows! Thanks for the ride! Thanks for the memories! Thank you, Kim Harrison! I’ll be first in line for your next book! In the meantime…
*ARC provided by the publisher.
*Review also posted to Goodreads and Amazon.
So in the spirit of Hollows Day I thought I’d share yet another goodie! I’ve already reviewed the new book and I’ve started a GIVEAWAY for a signed copy to be awarded to one special member of this blog, but Kim Harrison was kind enough to spare a few moments for a Q&A with Your Urban Fantasy! Hope you enjoy! And thanks again to Ms. Harrison!
1) The Hollows is your longest running series to date. All good things must come to an end, but it’s also a great opportunity for new beginnings. What are some of the challenges you run into as an author when you want to wrap up one series while developing another one?
I know the temptation to drop the current series to focus on the new must seem irresistible, but for me, not so much. I like my endings as much as I do my beginnings, and I will admit that it’s hard to say good-bye to Rachel and the world I’ve painstakingly developed. She’s been my focus for over a decade, and when faced with the end, I will admit I panicked, finding myself unable to actually write the last book until I took a summer to write out an entirely new manuscript that was not Hollows related. It was as if I had to prove to myself again that I could write something else. I had so much fun with it that I wrote another, proving to myself at least that yes, I am not a one-trick/genre writer. And with that confidence, I dove into the last Hollows book with a new excitement, determined to give Rachel the most solid, resounding, happy/sad ending I could. As a writer, it feels satisfying, but the readers will tell me if I hit the mark or not.
2) A number of long running series stagnate or drop in quality toward the end, but that hasn’t been the case with The Hollows. Your latest books happen to be the best rated. Why do you think that is?
Thank you! I really appreciate that. I think a lot of the excitement associated with the books is coming from the readers who have invested themselves in the story lines as much as I have. And again, I’m still excited to sit down every day and write in Rachel’s voice–especially now that she’s such a force of action in her world. She’s making a difference, and it’s almost a relief to see the last three years of her life evolving to where she is now: confident, positive, and willing to make a sacrifice for those she loves.
3) We’re all really looking forward to Peri. You are one of the best authors out there when it comes to world building. I’ve never been to Cincy and yet I feel like I know it very well. Can we look forward to more of that with Peri? Will it be an all new city?
Ahh, you know where my heart lies now, with Peri. I like Peri because she picks up where Rachel leaves off in regards to confidence and good decisions. It’s Peri’s history that trips her up, and I am itching to write the next page. Her story will not be centered out of Cincinnati. No, I have found a city that mirrors her, a proud, stubborn city that knows what sacrifice is and how it can lead to both dizzying heights and crushing lows–that taking a hit makes you stronger if you have the grit to look them in they eye as you wipe the blood from your mouth. That’s my girl, and that’s the city she lives in.
4) As you look back on a successful run with the Hollows, what one (or two) things did you learn that were most helpful to you as a writer – either because it went well or because it failed?
This is a really difficult question, but what sticks out most with me is that working so long in one world was a double-edged sword. As a writer, I had the luxury of time to develop characters and situations with a slow, sultry dance, perfecting the art of the long-running romance and how to maintain the thread of interest that kept readers coming back to find out more. I learned a lot. But even as my skills developed, I was confined to one voice, one point of view. It’s the itch of learning a new way to write that pulls me out of the Hollows, not a disinterest in the characters. I want to stretch other writing muscles that the Hollows wasn’t able to touch. It was why I scripted the graphic novels and why the Hollows world book is more akin to an extravagant, four-color coffee table, tour-guide book than a bland list of character descriptions and spells.
But what was the most helpful to me as a writer? Probably that there’s no sure way to write a book. I have a method of putting my thoughts down on paper that I’ve been tweaking for as long as I’ve been writing, but it shifts from book to book, and I’ve learned to let go of techniques that worked well for me in the past in order to develop new ones. It’s all about putting new tools in your writers’ toolbox. Nothing is ever wasted, and a technique you abandon today might be the one you reach for tomorrow. Keep trying stuff until you find what works for you, then keep your eyes open for something better.
5) What are your thoughts on the ease of access between readers and writers with the advent of social media. Do you see it as a good thing or more of a hindrance.
Good thing or hindrance? I imagine that would depend on the writer. I’m in the fortunate place of having a lot of spousal support which enables me to let go of a lot of the day-to-day stuff and free me to be more accessible. I’m also a compulsive organizer, meaning I religiously devote 1-2 hours a day to social media, and then the rest of the day is to write in. Keeping all reader contact in public forum such as blogs, FB and such rather than personal emails was the biggest help in finding a balance that worked for me.
Being accessible was a conscious decision I made almost ten years ago before blog was even a name and Yahoo! groups were the new thing. I had a young family, and I knew I wasn’t going to get to the cons and signings, so I began to “court” the readers online. It’s habit now, and even though I’ve been cutting back due to increased pressure on my time, I don’t think I will ever stop talking to the readers on a M-F basis. I have the best readers, and it’s been gratifying to find that they all, almost to an individual, respect my privacy if they know I am available in a regular, expected format. It’s a good feeling knowing your readers respect you, and in turn, I try to give them a ride they will never forget.
So we have only 4 days left until we say goodbye to The Hollows for good…for a while anyway. And yes, I’m making a this face:
But to countdown to that day (where you know I’ll have a giveaway goodie), I’ll be posting something everyday until the big day, including a little Q&A I did with Kim. But in the meantime, over this weekend I want you all to think about your favorite moments. And most importantly your favorite book. I’ve attached a poll here and I want to hear what you guys love about it and what you’ll miss about it. And what you’re looking forward to next from Kim Harrison.
Attention all edelweiss reviewers! It appears that the ARC for The Witch with No Name (Hollows #13) is now available for request and download! I’m just not ready for it to end!! I *was* reading the Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 2 comic (it’s an alternate universe Batman/Superman-centric one with surprising twists in relationship dynamics!) but that will obviously have to be put on hold. I’ll have that review ready around release time. But in the meantime, you can submit your requests here: http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/ProductDetailPage.aspx?sequence=1&group=search&keywords=witch+with+no+name&searchContext=&searchOrgID=&searchCatalogID=&searchMailingID=&sku=006195795X
Reminding you again, this is not for individuals who are not bloggers and reviewers and there is no guarantee you will be accepted. But if you are accepted, enjoy! And remember NO SPOILERS!!
Yes that is a man in a suit. And yes, that man is Trent! Overall I really like this cover! It’s hard to go wrong with gold! But even more importantly, Kim Harrison promised 2 chapters with 5,000 “want to read” adds on Goodreads for this book. We delivered! So in turn she delivered! The first two chapters are now available:
We’ll get a chapter 3 in May. I debated about reading it these for a little a while, but then I decided to do it anyway. I am happy with the decision to read it and Kim’s decision of the direction. She is clearly NOT wasting time which is a good sign of things to come. It’s still a little surreal to think that this is the final Hollows book…
So Kim Harrison has been piece-mealing the cover reveal for the final Hollows book, The Witch With No Name. So far I think it will be one of my favorites. I love the color scheme. Even better, the final book passed the 3,000 mark on Goodreads for “want to read” adds so she’ll deliver as promised with the cover reveal next week! There’s still time to get it past 5,000 so get the adding if you haven’t had the chance yet! Also, don’t forget to check out my poll and share your feelings about the series coming to an end.
Along with the final title, Kim Harrison has also confirmed the release date! Not only THAT, but it looks like us Goodreaders need to do our part and add The Witch With No Name to our “to-read” shelf. Don’t worry, I did it a while ago. But what’s the incentive? Well, the cover for the book will be revealed on the 28th. If book gets 3,000 adds before the 28th she’ll release chapter 1! If she gets 5,000 adds she’ll release chapter 2! If you’re on Goodreads and haven’t added it yet, you have to do so! Just click the green “Want to Read” button on the left (and feel free to check out my preview review while you’re at it. It’s Gif-i-licious:
If you’re not on Goodreads, please join up and add it! Just think of it as you doing your civic duty for The Hollows community. So get to work, bug some friends, do what you gotta do, THIS IS THE END!!!
How am I feeling about all this? Normally I’d be clamoring for an ARC as soon as I could get my hands on one. But this is just so soon! I was kind of hoping to let the final book set in for a bit. Now it feels like it’s being thrust upon me. I never would have imagined I’d be the least bit ambivalent about a Hollows release. But of course as soon as I get it I’ll gobble it up!
Though Kim Harrison hasn’t blogged it herself (she usually takes weekends off), according to Goodreads that is the title of the FINAL Hollows book! We even get a synopsis!
At long last… The final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series by Kim Harrison!
Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.
But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.
To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.
ARCs don’t fail me now! I can’t WAIT to see how it all ends! Now that we have a title, how do you guys feel about The Hollows coming to a close?
Yep! That made the whole trip worth it!
New York certainly was a wonderful time! I’m not a local, but this signing was the closest one to me (or at least it was equidistant to Raleigh) and I decided to attend it. Why? Because it’s NEW YORK! And transportation was cheaper as well :-). Taking a bus vs. driving my car and gassing it up and putting miles on it was a no brainer. The costs for entertainment and food probably evened things out, but at least I made better use of it. I decided to come in a day early and meet up with a few local friends. I also caught the Aladdin musical! I HIGHLY recommend you attend this show if you get the chance. It was a-maz-ing!
This was me before, but I think I had the same face afterward! The costumes, the music, the choreography, the singing, the sets…just everything was FANTASTIC! I’m not even going to spoil it with any surprises but their number for “A Whole New World” is one for the ages!
So yeah, the signing went very well. Kim came out with a tiara and a magic fairy wand and was having some fun with it. She also had glitter all over her, haha. She said it was from a previous interview she did. But then she went into the Q&A. I don’t think we learned anything new if you’ve been following any of her interviews but it’s good that certain things are reinforced all the same. She tends to get asked the same questions. I did manage to ask a couple of questions that you guys so kindly provided me with here. I posted answers in the comment replies.
But yeah we got in line and Kim squealed when she saw me. “ERIKA!! GUY COME OVER HERE!!” It was so funny, especially when she yelled for guy to come over to snap a pic. Luckily one of my Goodreads friends, Regina, caught her giving me a big hug! Thanks a bunch, Regina! Kim still jokes about our San Diego Comic Con meeting when I was all blue (scroll down ~_^).
One of the reasons I love attending these signings is that I get a chance to hob nob with fellow Hollows fans. This year didn’t disappoint! I ended up bumping into other Goodreaders too! We talked with Guy for a while and he’s always awesome. He had some hilarious stories for us about past events. Let’s just say that I hope their experience at this year’s RT is just as memorable as last time!
Harper Collins is based on New York City so a lot of the team was there as well. It was great meeting a few faces who I’ve emailed in the past about ARCs and feedback and whatnot. They’re a great group! I’m sure they are all thrilled that The Undead Pool will debut at #1 on the NYT Best Seller’s List (Hardcover) so congrats to them all! It’s long overdue for this series IMO. Her last #1 was for Blood Work but that was on the graphic novel/comic list and that’s not really a main Hollows book. I have a feeling that Book 13 can keep that momentum going and do the same! The Hollows deserves to end on a high note.
I came to this event to see Kim, fellow fans, and to get my stuff signed! And it all worked out great! I got my second Kindle signed as well as my books! We also got the Free Vampires pins and bus tokens and Regina and I both won Hollows posters in their mini contest. Kim signed those for us too. Regina won it for traveling the farthest (Los Angeles) and I won it because I was able to name the Craig Ferguson TV spot.
Kim was wonderful, but you definitely get the vibe that she is excited to end The Hollows on a high note and bring on something new. I’ll miss the Hollows but her enthusiasm for her next series is really making me look forward to what’s next! So I’ve posted a few pics below from the event! You can click any of them to access the gallery. If any of you ever have a chance to attend a signing I encourage you to do so! She’s still got a few dates left so I hope she’ll be close by to some of you soon!
2014 – The Undead Pool Tour in NYC – Kim gave me a big hug when she first spotted me!
Into the Woods – My acknowledgment page is in this one.
Current Tour Book. Current EPIC Book!!
:-D This says it all!
I think she’s the only author who I’ll let sign my kindle :P…and Ilona Andrews too. I’d let them do it.
Kim and I.
Kim signing my acknowledgment page! It happened, people!
Regina and I with our posters!
Me and Regina from Goodreads!
Right before the signing while we were waiting
Aladdin! Amazing show!
Hi guys! So on Monday I’ll be attending the Kim Harrison Q&A in NYC! If any of you are going just let me know! I love meeting you guys at these things! But yeah, I need to figure out questions to ask her. I read so much of what she says and other questions that she’s answered that I can’t really think anything up at the moment. So if you won’t be able to attend or have attended and forgot to ask her something, please comment below and I’ll see what I can do! And if any of you’ve read The Undead Pool by now I’d love to hear your thoughts!
She has a signing tonight in Pittsburgh that will be streamed live starting now!
Hi everyone! I know your evening may have been more exciting than Christmas for some of you, lol. I figured plenty of you will stay up until midnight so that you can read through the night! Anyone finished yet? As you all know, I posted my review back in January. If you missed it, then I’m the queen of England. But if I actually AM the queen of England, you can read it here.
Please vote it helpful on Amazon! I’d really appreciate it ~_^:
And please also “like” it on Goodreads if you wish:
But if you’re also waiting to see if you won my giveaway then I’ll be happy to let you know that I have indeed randomly selected the winners! This book is so good that I will definitely consider a giveaway of paperback copies later this year! And the winners are:
Autographed Copy – Kathy Ritchie
Ebook – Babs
Please check your emails so that I can get your emailing/mailing info. You all have been amazing with your responses! Over 850 entries made my eyes bug out! You really proved to me how much you love your Hollows!! If you didn’t win and can’t wait, it’s worth every penny! I really look forward to hearing how you all enjoyed it and how many times you’ll read it! Don’t stay up too late, kids!
So many of you probably entered the multi-blog giveaway I did with my fellow bloggers! Well we now have winners! They are not announcing them but I will be sending my contribution to:
Ms. Adrean Garcia
So if you’re reading this keep an eye out for your book!
And last but not least, I feel like one big winner myself because just the other day my Facebook page passed
A party commenced
So guys, if you didn’t already know, Chapter 5 of The Undead Pool is available to read. Remember I told you it was better than chapter 4! What do you think?
There’s also a Hollows Dating Quiz! I got David first, then got Trent and Al after answering things in a way that would get them, lol. David honestly doesn’t really do much for me in the books, but I guess in real life he’d make the most sense (minus the man-whoring of course):
I’ve been so consumed by the Olympics that I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like, but the madness will all be over soon! I used to be a huge fan of figure skating. It’s waned over the last few years since I haven’t really found favorite skaters to keep in interested, but things might just change with these games! Loving Hanyu Yuzuru and Julia Lipnitskaya a lot! I’m also super excited for Ice Dance tonight. It’s not my favorite discipline but I can’t help but root for the USA to make a little history! They’ve always been exciting to watch.
T minus 8 days until new Hollows!
Scribd, aka, the Netflix for books has posted Chapter 4 of The Undead Pool (Hollows #12)! We’re about 21 days out from the book’s release! Are you guys going to wait to read it? Or do you want to gobble it down now? If you ask me, chapter 4 is all well and good, but chapter 5…yeah there is no going back after that one. It’s probably my second or third favorite after chapter 22 . You guys are going to go nuts!! And no, I ain’t tellin’! This is the best you’ll get from me. Status updates are below that review ~_^.
As for the actual chapter 4, just click here and enjoy!
Hi all! If you haven’t entered my giveaway for The Undead Pool yet, make sure to do so! There’s still plenty of time, but you don’t want it to get away from you! Also if you’re on Twitter you can enter everyday for bonus entries. Today I’m bringing you a giveaway that does NOT have a lot of time. In fact, it ends at 6pm EST today. Harper Voyer is giving away copies of Into the Woods AND The Hollows Insider, both fantastic companion books to the series. Heck, though I have both I’m entering myself. Since Kim oh-so-kindly included me in the Into the Woods acknowledgments, the more copies I have the better! So sign up soon, peeps!
Those of you waiting ever so patiently for Hollows Chapter 2, wait no further! On top of Chapter 2 Harper Voyager has also released Chapter 3!! Cool stuff, right? You can read everything thus far over at their site:
Soooo, is it shaping up to be as awesome as you hope? We are not 4 weeks out from its official release. The book is indeed Amazeballs. And of course there’s still plenty of time to throw your name in the hat for my The Undead Pool Giveaway raffle!
Also, those of you who still want to read Trouble on Reserve, part 4 is now up on Wattpad:
Soooo what are YOU most looking forward to in this new entry? I am SUPER excited about this one! I’ve been eager to announce this since I finished the book! And even more eager since I posted my review! You know I loves to spread the Hollows loves and feels! And you will have many with this one, the BEST Hollows entry to date. So this time I plan to giveaway TWO copies, not one, but TWO! One of them will be an autographed edition! The other, an ebook!
How to Enter (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY): My giveaways are only open to followers of Your Urban Fantasy who are 18 years of age or older. In order to enter YOU MUST COMMENT ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT POST AND INDICATE YOU HAVE DONE SO ON THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET! If you’re a new member, sign up on the right panel to follow my blog via email. (Make sure to check your email to confirm your subscription. You should receive a notification immediately, so check your spam folder if you don’t see it right away). Current followers can just say so in their post. The next three opportunities are for bonus entries. Overall, there are up to 4 chances to enter:
- Follow this blog via email (THIS IS REQUIRED)
- Follow me on Twitter (bonus entry)
- Tweet about the giveaway (bonus entry – you can do this daily for more entries)
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The more entries the better your chance to win! Good luck! And don’t forget to tell me what you’re most looking forward to in this book!
The giveaway will run from 1/20/14 – 2/24/14. Yes, I am shamelessly milking the anticipation for all it’s worth. Let’s get this road on the show!
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There are quite a few updates for Hollows and Cat & Bones fans! And that’s not all!
Live Chat with Kim Harrison and Jeaniene Frost
Mark your calendars for a live phone chat with these two authors on February 13 at 7 pm EST. They’ll be discussing both of their series and answering fan questions over at Booktalk Nation. You can sign up and submit a question (after you’ve entered your sign up info) on their site
Sign up for the chat!
Signed Copy of The Undead Pool
There’s a silver lining for the many fans who will be unable to attend one of Kim Harrison’s book signings for The Undead Pool starting next month! If you haven’t yet pre-ordered The Undead Pool or you’re willing to cancel your current one, you can pre-order signed copies of the book at B&N.com for the name price as an unsigned hardcover. Sounds like a good deal to me!
The Undead Pool (Signed Edition)
In the meantime, if you missed it and you follow this blog, pigs have flown, but on that off-chance here is my review of the upcoming novel. And if you haven’t ordered it, there’s always a chance you can win one from yours truly! A Giveaway is imminent!
Trouble on Reserve
That ever so elusive Trent and Rachel story (which began as an iOS Sony Reading App Store exclusive) will now be available for the masses! Kim Harrison is revealing the story a little at a time on Wattpad as a lead up to The Undead Pool’s release! You can start reading it now or hold out until everything’s been posted!
Wrap Up for this Week
You chose and I obliged! I read the Night Broken ARC (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs this week. I actually knocked it out in a couple of days which was pretty good. I then moved right onto Dirty Magic ARC (Prospero’s War #1) by Jaye Wells. I’m almost finished with that one. I hope to have a review done before release day which is fast approaching! A Touch of Darkness (Healer #3), I didn’t get around to it this week, but I’ll read it next week AFTER I knock out the Hollows re-read of Pale Demon! Can’t WAIT to start that one! What a pivotal read! In the meantime you can check out my progress for both Night Broken and Dirty Magic on goodreads, gifs and all:
Night Broken Progress – just about done updating. 2 more left!
Dirty Magic Progress – I’m further along than this update suggests, but it’s hilarious and super quotable! Like Kate Daniels kind of quotable!
So what are you guys most excited about? This time I was nice and made it multiple choice
The new year wouldn’t feel quite right without posting my review of my favorite series first! I’ve been sitting on this since October.
Let’s kick this off with a few of my favorite quotes!
“And the kiss…A tingle raced through me. Slowly my smile faded. Ellasbeth didn’t know what she had.”
“You’ve had that elf as your familiar for over a year, and he’s not put the sparkle in your scrying mirror even once?”
“Trent leaned back, eyeing us over his scribbled legal pad. ‘You have amazing friends.’
‘I need them to stay alive through my amazing life,’ I said, and Ivy became almost sultry as she pulled herself together in her chair and smiled at Trent.”
So this is the book! It’s the moment of truth for quite a few readers. Do I really need to explain why at this point? Okay, I’ll tell you a story about a witch and an elf…
With pressure building for literally a decade now, that’s a LOT for a book to live up to. With 11 books under its belt, Rachel Morgan has gone through quite a bit. Her ties to the Ever After and its never-ending problems in her life continue. In Ever After she had to save the parallel universe from shrinking due to her faulty ley line. Now her home town has to deal with dangerous magic causing routine spells to backfire, leading to countless accidents, injuries, and pure chaos all over the city. With magic in shambles, the race relations among all species–human and Inderlander alike–soon follow.
Undead vampires are down but not quite out, so Rachel has to figure out what’s wrong with the magic in order for them to restore balance before this madness leads to a point of no return. To do this will require her to tap into wild elven magic. It’s as unpredictable as it is ancient, so I think it’s safe to say our favorite itchy witch has her work cut out for her (the story of her life). Thankfully she has her friends and her favorite elf, Trent Kalamack, who will do all they can to help her.
So how is it? Well, it isn’t just epic, it really is
I’m sure readers will finish this book with lots of feels. I pretty much went through the emotional wringer with this one, but I found myself satisfied with the outcome of the book even though things aren’t perfect. That’s the beauty of The Hollows. Rachel and her friends have to earn everything and it’s a constant fight to keep it together. We’d be in for a truly boring journey if things were too easy. Trent is not featured on the cover of this book for the hell of it. If you like him you can look forward to seeing a lot of him and his life. If you don’t…you’ll still see a lot of him and his life. Either way, we get a sense of how Rachel can and can’t quite fit into it and he into hers. Since they are both adrenaline junkies in their own right the results are fairly interesting, but any long-term prospects will lead to a few roadblocks.
Obstacle #1: Ellasbeth, ooh Ellasbeth. Talk about baby mama drama! Kim Harrison knows how to make this character grate on a reader’s nerves, THIS reader in particular.
Her cute little nickname from Trent doesn’t help matters. Though even I will admit that reading about Ellasbeth isn’t all bad. For someone with so much dignity (supposedly), even she gets pretty desperate and her subtle attempts to one-up Rachel expose her own glaring insecurities. At the heart of it, all I could think to myself is that Trent’s been there, done that and bought the t-shirt, so why does she still try so hard? There are times when you really want to try to like her for the sake of the children, but she does not make it easy. She is here until the end of the series though, so be ready.
Obstacles #2 and #3: The demons and the elves. Elves and demons don’t have the best history and our favorite demon, Big Al, loves to remind Rachel of this. On the other side of the lines, Trent’s elven community is less than thrilled as well. I honestly feel for Al quite a bit here. He is not featured as heavily in this book as he was in Ever After (sorry Al fans, I love him too), but his scenes were really profound and important, further driving home the suffering demons have endured partly due to their past with the elves. I have a feeling this is necessary to help tie up loose ends in the big picture.
But even with those obstacles and that star-crossed lovers element, the chemistry between Rachel and Trent is as strong as ever and it’s high time for a definitive move one way or the other. Rachel still tries to fight it with good reason, but she’s not the only one. Trent understands his responsibilities too, which should be elsewhere. But as the great Phoebe Buffay once said:
There’s real movement here in the overall plot and the potential future of The Hollows and Inderlanders in general. Elves are starting to make their move, for better or worse. Vampires seem to be taking a stand against their undead masters, the I.S. and the F.I.B. both have to get their heads out of their rear ends to work together, and even the werewolves get some time to shine. Fans of David will enjoy his involvement with the storyline, though I found it somewhat bittersweet. Either way, change is on the horizon for the Inderlander community and it all goes back to Rachel in one way or another. I love how it all ties in together.
If you thought we learned enough about the world of The Hollows, think again. The use of the magic here was really interesting and the results turn everything on its head. Wild magic is really its own beast and it is a little refreshing to see Rachel try to manage something other than earth and ley line magic. It’s less tangible making the possibilities feel pretty endless. In this book the state of The Hollows in reality is not far removed from the Ever After with the fabric of civilization crumbling. It’s quite a good character study to see how people react in desperate times.
More layers of characters we thought we knew very well are pulled back, proving once again that Harrison is a master at what she does. You don’t come to the Hollows for cookie-cutter one-note characters. The world and its characters are complicated and ever-evolving. It’s one of the reasons I can’t quite get enough.
Jenks is in top form here. I don’t think he’s been this quotable since the earlier books before Matalina’s passing. Clearly time heals all wounds even for pixies because he provides some of the best laugh out loud dialogue that I’ve read in a quite while from him. Of course he’s not only a source of comic relief. He lives up to the pixy name by being a good judge of character and the all around voice of reason, especially when it comes to Trent and Rachel’s beating around the bush with each other. He says what we’re all thinking. There’s more of the Trent/Jenks bromance that readers of Million Dollar Baby will enjoy too.
So all in all for me this book was indeed epic. I continue to be impressed with its high quality going into the home stretch. There are some truly amazing moments and chapters in this book that will be talked about for a long long time ESPECIALLY a certain chapter that I’m not going to mention here…
chapter 22. Anyway, practically every new book is my favorite since Pale Demon and this one is the BEST yet for sure! Normally I like to dog-ear certain parts to re-read again, but I literally wanted to do that for the whole book. I am grateful for my kindle and it’s lovely highlighting and bookmarking features, or else my tree version of this book would be a mess!
With just one book to go before The Hollows closes up shop I cannot WAIT to see how this all ends now!! I just know that I am so so happy that this is my favorite series. Kim Harrison hasn’t let me down at all and though I’m going to miss this dearly when it’s done, I am 100% confident she will give this series the ending it deserves.
So, uh, should I tell you how I really feel?
*ARC Provided by the Publisher.
So I recently completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2013! If you also participated in the challenge feel free to share! It was touch and go there as to whether or not I’d actually finish it, but I managed to get it done! I’m on vacation until the new year so I will likely not be reading any new books (heck I still need to review a few), but I’ve definitely got enough material for my Best of 2013 wrap up. Here are my top 10 favorites of 2013! Some books are probably rated better than others but I pretty much ranked these based on how much I enjoyed them and how much I am anticipating their sequels.
The Night Prince Series by Jeaniene Frost
While I like Cat & Bones, I LOVE Vlad! He is my favorite character of the Night Huntress universe (yes, even over Bones) and I have been enjoying Frost treating him to his own series. I look forward to how she wraps up his trilogy. My reviews in case you missed them:
The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson
I plan to review this trilogy all together so that’s why I haven’t provided a review for this particular book yet. While there is a lot of world building, overall I really enjoyed the story. I loved the magic and I will absolutely read the sequels in January. I’ve only heard they get even better.
The Immortal Circus by A. R. Kahler
This remains my favorite Amazon Prime freebie of the year! The circus theme and the magic totally rocked. I didn’t enjoy the sequel quite as much, but it was still a good read. My reviews:
The Immortal Circus
The Immortal Circus: Act Two
Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter #6) by Nalini Singh
This is my favorite angel series and it all started with Raphael and Elena, so I was glad to see this book return to their storyline. Here’s hoping my favorites, Venom and Ilium, can get their own books soon! My review:
Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter #6)
Origins (Lux #4) and Obsession (Arum Novel) by Jennifer Armentrout
I lumped these together because they are from the same series. Obsession is not surprisingly an adult spinoff while Lux is filed under YA. These are my favorite novels of the series! My reviews:
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
This was probably my favorite debut novel of the year! I enjoyed it from beginning to the end (well, almost), but all in all I am definitely hooked and plan to be back for more. And there WILL be more! My review:
The School for Good and Evil
Unchained by J. Lynn (Jennifer Armentrout)
After finishing this book I realized I am clearly just a fan of Jennifer Armentrout’s writing. I think she chose a pen name because this was an earlier work and it kind of showed, but I was still invested from beginning to end. Making my top 10 with 2 series (three if you want to get technical) is definitely a clear sign if I ever needed one. I have decided to read all of her paranormal novels. That is not a guarantee for every author I enjoy, including some of my favorite authors, so I think she’s pretty special. My review:
Unchained (Nephilim Rising #1)
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews
This was a true game changer for the series and it is probably my favorite Kate Daniels book to date. I so love it when authors make their series STRONGER as the books go on. And better yet, there’s clearly a LOT more story to tell and I plan to be there for them to tell it! My review:
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6)
Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
If someone told me a year ago that I’d finish the Vampire Academy books and it’d be its spinoff that would end up being my favorite YA/NA series…yeah I’d have called the loony bin for said person. But here we are! Richelle Mead’s writing tends to polarize people and that’s why I’ve stayed away because I felt like I’d be more likely to side with the disgruntled bunch, but damn it if she doesn’t have me by the balls on this one! I adore the series and can’t wait to read Books 5 and 6. My reviews:
The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4)
The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison
SHOCKER!!! Yeah, I’m j/k. If you’re a follower of this blog this series needs no introduction or my continued fangirling…but I’m going to do it anyway :P. The two books here really are the pièce de résistance of the series and I am so happy that this is my favorite of favorites! Next year I’ll likely place The Undead Pool and Hollows #13 in this slot for the last time and that makes me a little sad, but hey, it’ll go out on top! Below is my review for Ever After. I’m working up one for The Undead Pool so I’ll post my link to the teasers and quotes. I plan to re-read it this week to finalize my review and I will update this link:
The Undead Pool Teasers
Hi everyone! The Hollows re-read is in full force and if you haven’t joined in yet the group is on book 6, The Outlaw Demon Wails, and it’s still available for $1.99 on ebook through December 18th. I just finished it tonight. This was one of my favorites at the time. It still is though it’s considerably lower on the list compared to the latest books. I’m having a great time with this trip down memory lane! The clues are sooo obvious now that I know what they mean.
If you didn’t know, Kim Harrison has announced all of her tour stops for The Undead Pool tour. Though she’s hitting the east coast pretty hard, I will have to travel the farthest to meet her this time (San Diego Comic Con doesn’t count, lol). I suppose I can’t complain considering how she won’t be visiting the west coast at all! And of ALL books, this is NOT the one where I wouldn’t regret missing this signing. They are just so much fun and I look forward to going every year. So it’ll be a road trip yet again for me. It looks like New York, New York will be the place, the place. Raleigh, NC is also a possibility (though less likely). They are equidistant from me. Is Kim coming to a city near you? If you’re planning to attend either the NYC or Raleigh, NC signings as well, let me know!
Hey guys! So it looks like Ever After has advanced to the semifinals for the 2013 Goodreads awards! If you haven’t voted yet, make sure you do in order to get it to the finals! Let’s try to make this the first win of the series! My fingers are crossed. It was absolutely my favorite read this year (shocker!), but there’s definitely got some stiff competition which I genuinely enjoyed as well so we’ll see! Bloodlines has also advanced. Don’t read any further until you’ve voted. Priorities :P.
After you’ve voted, read on!
Not too long ago I stumbled upon this awesome render art of Trent on Deviantart. Pretty good, huh? It’s one of the ways I envision him.
What do you guys think about it?
Oh yeah and while live action casting’s been on the brain and I recently saw Thor 2 this weekend (it was PHENOMENAL!!) and over on goodreads we are discussing Hollows casting. Some mentioned Chris Hemsworth as a good Trent, but I feel like he’s a little too burly (not that I don’t love him). And then someone mentioned Tom Hiddleston as a good Al! I can say I’ve thought of Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr., and Michael Fassbender as good picks, but I think Hiddleston can certainly join that pool! I’m also loving Jo Newman as a potential Rachel and perhaps Olivia Munn for Ivy. Olivia’s a little on the shorter side (I should know since she took a selfie with me and my bestie this summer as San Diego Comic Con, but in terms of features I could buy it!
Kim will be starting a Fistful of Charms this week. Tomorrow it will be on sale for $1.99 at most ebook retail outlets so keep an eye out! This one wasn’t really a favorite of mine (though I loved Big Jenks, who doesn’t?) and I’m really close to catching up to my goodreads reading challenge goal, so I might skip this one with the except of a few key chapters and pick up again with Book 5, one of my favorites.
Nalini Singh shared this today on Facebook and it got me thinking that there are quite a few to have done this to me this year. Have any of you guys read good books lately that make you feel this way? The Hollows is pretty much a given for me, but it wasn’t the only one. Here’s my list in reverse order of how I read them
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison (it kinda counts because I keep re-reading it :P)
Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh
Origin by Jennifer Armentrout
Unchained by J. Lynn (Jennifer Armentrout)
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
The Immortal Circus by A. R. Kahler
Indigo Spell by Richelle Meade
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Ever After by Kim Harrison
Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost