May 14, 2014

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The Hollows by Kim Harrison Read-a-Long – Dead Witch Walking

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Before we begin, just a reminder that this post and its comments will include spoilers for the first book in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. This read-a-long is for those who have read the books previous to now and also for those who are new to the series so please, no spoilers for books beyond the one featured in the discussion this week. Thanks!

This week’s book –



Dead Witch Walking – Book 1

From Goodreads –

All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party … and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining — and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead … or undead.

Since I posted my review for this book a while back, I won’t post it again.  But you are welcome to read it here if you have not had the chance yet.   I gave it 4 stars. 

My observations and questions

To recap, I liked Rachel and her friends. I think Jenks is funny. I just don’t know about Trent. A first in series book is often hard for me, with trying to figure out all the world-building. The action and adventure here was good. It’s obviously well-written or I wouldn’t like it since there is not much in the way of romance and only a bit of humor.
Here were my questions:
• What is Trent?
• What is Nick’s deal?
• Why did Ivy leave the I.S. really?
• Who did call the demons?
• Will Rachel and her friends be working with the FIB now?
• Will Rachel get into a romance?

If you have any guesses, you can share them in the comment section below.  I am dying to know what you think!


Who said :
“Bug? You sack of sweat stink. I’ve got farts that smell sweeter than you. Think you’re better than me? Poop ice cream cones, do you? Call me a bug! Rachel, let me do him now.”

Schedule and wrap up

We are doing roughly one book a week, posting on Wednesday. I can’t commit to doing a review every week, but as a minimum, I will ask questions I want to know after reading the book. I will also make some observations. And I have some ideas for some fun and games as we go along!

Here’s our planned schedule (updated):

May 21 – The Good, the Bad and the Undead, book 2
May 28 – Every Which Way but Dead, book 3- Guest review by Jennifer, The Book Nympho

June 4 – none just because
June 11 – A Fistful of Charms, book 4
June 18 – For a Few Demons More, book 5
June 25 – The Outlaw Demon Wails, book 6

July 2 – week off due to holiday
July 9 – White Witch, Black Curse, book 7
July 16 – none because of “special visitor”
July 23 – Black Magic Sanction, book 8
July 30 – Pale Demon, book 9 – Guest review by Jessica, Rabid Reads

August 6 – A Perfect Blood, book 10 – Guest review by Tabitha, Not Yet Read
August 13 – none because we’re on vacation
August 20 – Ever After, book 11
August 27 – The Undead Pool, book 12

September 9 – release day for the final book, A Witch with No Name, book 13.

So – Post a comment for me so I know you’re reading. If you haven’t read the books before, tell me some of the QUESTIONS you have now, after Dead Witch Walking. The questions can be the same as what I posted earlier (because I’m sure we’re all wondering some of the same things).  If you’ve read the books already, please don’t be a spoiler to the rest of us!

In the rafflecopter giveaways, there is a place to answer the Who Said game and also a place to enter a quote from the book. One giveaway ends after this week; one is the final prize giveaway for the whole event. For the final prize giveaway, the widget will be in each post so you can go “answer” the Who Said game for each book, and also to enter which book is your favorite of the series at the end. So I’m saying you won’t be able to do every item on the list until all the posts happen and you have read all the books.

Make sense?  Don’t hesitate to contact me or comment with any questions you may have.

And now on to Book 2 – The Good, The Bad and the Undead. Happy Reading and see you all next week, May 21st!

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  1. No spoilers! I know, I promised! But I’m dying to tell you EXACTLY what I think about Nick, and if I could come up with a way to do it without giving anything away, I would . . . but I can’t . . . so just know that he elicits VERY strong feelings.

  2. Janice A. says:

    I love this series. I guess at this point, my question was what would Rachel have to do to get rid of her Demon Mark.
    Also, is Nick really trustworthy, he seems to “borrow” books too easily and he’s not comfortable around the FIB.

    One of my favorite lines is the letter from Trent.
    “‘ Congratulations on your newfound independence. When you see it for the illusion it is, I’ll show you true freedom.’ ”

  3. I read this book a while ago but I still remember most of it. I donated it to a charity so I don’t have it anymore.
    I want to know more about Ivy.

  4. I remember when I first read this, that even if Trent was a “bad boy” =) I did feel he had something good. Not the keeping her in the cage, or chasing her out of the garden, but the looks they shared in his office. Or, it could be my wishful thinking =D
    Great with a series focusing on a capable, kick@ss heroine, even if she does have a lot of bad luck.
    Need to re-read, absolutely.

  5. Jessica – Thanks for participating and I loved the quote you shared. I’ll share it with everyone else in next week’s post.

    Janice – yes, those are good questions. Thanks for the quote.

    Bonnie – I got the first 2 books as used paperbacks on a 3 week trip before I had my Kindle. The others I am getting through the library so far. I’m sure I will buy some, but I often read from the library first.

    Linda – yes you could re-read with us! Thanks for stopping by. I think Rachel is great. I am happy to see her growing and learning. And she her heart is in the right place even though she sometimes doesn’t know everything. But who can know everything.

  6. I read the first book last month and its hard not to cloud my judgement with the later books. But I remember that I really liked Nick in this book. I didn’t really like the way they handled the reason for the demon mark. It seemed like a silly reason to be indebted to a demon. And Trent will always get my vote.

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