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!
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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!
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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!
POLL: Hollows Stuff! Ever After Advances in the Goodreads Awards! New Trent Fanart! Casting Thoughts and More!
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)
I did include some quotes for my re-read and you can check them out with my original review here (just scroll to the status updates):
Thar be spoilers ahead! I finished my re-read of book 3 yesterday! As I mentioned before, this book was an early favorite that held all the way up until Pale Demon. The excellent doses of Kisten and Trent certainly worked in its favor, but knowing what we know now about Rachel and the course of the series has been making the little clues all the more fun to read. It looks like Al realized what she is here. I would have loved to have known what he was thinking at that time. His character definitely still gave me the willies at this point, but he never ceased to be interesting. We also meet Newt and I’m amazed at how consistent she’s been though of course she’s grown a little as well. With Takata’s introduction I found myself reading every scene from him as her father and it adds a whole new layer to the mix. It all makes so much sense now, like the lyrics of red ribbons.
One thing I never realized was that after the boat explosion, Rachel and Kisten never had an on-screen discussion about it which I found very odd. People did die because of what he did and she was almost among them. Considering her attitude about that kind of thing back then I would have thought it’d be more of a sore spot for her but she just kind of lets it roll off. And yet at this point she’s still rationalizing to herself that Trent’s a “drug lord, murder, bad man” after he saves her life and they’re eating waffles. Which by the way was one of my favorite scenes of the entire series (does anybody miss Maggie as much as I do?) including the events that led up to it when she first arrived at the compound all the way up until when she does a little manipulating of her own to get more information out of him about her father.
Lots of awesome things come out of this book, especially that waffle recipe that I now use to make my own waffles.
I could only really vote in the paranormal fantasy and ya paranormal fantasy categories :P. No shocker, I voted for Ever After (though I enjoyed a number of books in that category) and then The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3). I am chomping at the bit for The Fiery Heart! We’re down to days!!
So what did you guys vote for in general?
I’m not sure how many of you have been able to participate, but I am darn happy I’ve been able to carve out time to do so. It has actually helped my motivation to read lately and I have been gaining on my Goodreads goal. I should definitely surpass it now which is a relief. I’d been really falling behind before this.
While I love the Hollows I admit that I’ve not read most of the books in their entirety more than once. Now that I get ARCs for the later books I will read the ARC, but I also read the finished version to compare significant changes, if any. Before that I used to go back and read passages, sure, but I’m finding this read along to be extremely enriching, especially considering where the series is now. What makes it even better has been Kim’s insights. Did you guys see when she said Trent was almost a Dragon? A DRAGON! After all this time I honestly couldn’t fathom it. Not that I have anything against dragons, but I think she made the better decision in making him an elf. I feel like it fits the world a bit better.
I have definitely been quoting up a storm for the first two. You can check it out here:
And next up to the plate is an early favorite of mine, Every Which Way But Dead! It held that spot until Pale Demon (though For a Few Demons More (Book 5) and The Outlaw Demon Wails (Book 6) were very close). You can purchase it for $1.99 for the next couple of weeks while we’re reading it in the US for most major ebook outlets. Did you guys see Kim’s photo for it? I spy with my little eye The Undead Pool ARC on Kim’s shelf! . That actually looks very similar to my shelf though I have mostly hardcovers ~_^. Is anyone else participating? Share your favorite moments so far.
The Undead Pool Chapter 2 is available with the latest copy of The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (Hollows #2) for $1.99
If any of you have been participating in The Hollows re-read-along with Kim Harrison, they are offering revolving sales for the ebooks as we approach them. A few weeks ago Dead With Walking was $1.99. Now that we’re reading The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (GBU), it is priced at $1.99 until it’s time to start my early favorite once upon a time, Every Which Way but Dead, at the very end of the month. But as an added bonus, at the end of the GBU they include Chapter 2 of The Undead Pool! The whole book isn’t due out until February 25, 2014, but if you want to tease yourself, have at and read it! And if you already have, that last line probably blew your mind!
Hi everyone! I apologize for my late post, but Breaking Bad consumed my free time for the past few weeks and I wanted to finish watching it before I was spoiled on the ending. I am happy to announce that I remained spoiler free! What an amazing series. It gets my high recommend, especially in the later seasons.
But now that that’s out of the way, I have even better news. If you’re a fellow reviewer, blogger or librarian you can now request the advanced reading copy of The Undead Pool on Edelweiss! Approval is not guaranteed and there is a waiting period, but you can surely try. I’ve read it and it was absolutely phenomenal. While I won’t post my full review until closer to the release date next year, if you’d like to see a few of my favorite non-spoilery quotes you can check it out on Goodreads:
Are they a tease? Yup :P. But I don’t think it’s much more than something you’d get out of Kim for instance. I have my share of quotes that are outright spoilers too (because so much of this book is damned re-readable), but of course I’ll keep those to myself until the book’s out. *sigh*
Hollow’s Re-read-along with Kim Harrison
I was initially planning to do my own personal series re-read, knocking out a book a month starting in January as a final countdown to the final Hollows book. But I guess Harper and Kim had other plans so I’ve decided to jump on board with it. Dead Witch Walking has come and gone, but The Good, The Bad, and The Undead is coming up next week. I recommend you participate if you can carve out some time. Kim has started a Goodreads group dedicate to it and is interacting with us there as well as on her blog:
Giveaways and Sales
Harper and Kim are also offering giveaways in conjunction with the read-along. Currently up for grabs is a chance to win the first 5 books signed by Kim. Sign up with you’re interested! Kim also holds her own separate giveaways:
The ebooks are also on a revolving sale. Dead Witch Walking is currently $1.99 until October 14th. Then the next book will be on sale for its read-along time frame and so on and so forth.
As for me, I’ve been reading quite frequently lately, but not reviewing, so I’ve got a stack to catch up on. I’ll try to get them up as soon as possible in the coming weeks as well as post my own giveaway very soon!