May 28, 2014

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The Hollows by Kim Harrison Read-a-Long – Every Which Way But Dead

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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 –


Every Which Way but Dead Book 3

From Goodreads –

There’s no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who’s already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.

Between “runs,” she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor.

Rachel must also take a stand in the war that’s raging in the city’s underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin – and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation.

And now her dark “master” is coming to collect his due.

Guest review by Jennifer, the Book Nympho

Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, Kisten, Al and Trent are all back in Every Which Way But Dead.

Rachel is a mess and I love every minute of it. Let’s see, when we last saw her, she had received a couple of demon marks from Al and she promised to be his familiar if he would help her bring Piscary to justice. So naturally Rachel’s been trying to avoid Al by not going into the Ever After. Oh and she made her boyfriend, Nick her familiar by mistake.

After Rachel scares the crap out of Nick, by using him as her familiar, he’s been distant which has left Rachel feeling lonely and hurt. But have no fear, there’s always other (better IMO) guys around that are both sexy and bad boys. Namely a sexy blonde vamp named Kisten and an elven business man, Trent.

Don’t worry. Rachel Morgan is no Anita Blake. She doesn’t juggle multiple men in her bed. She’s just a witch that’s good at her job as a runner (paranormal bounty hunter) but sucks (no pun intended) in the personal life department.

Rachel works a case and makes her life even more complicated. Will she never learn? If you like your heroines on the witchy side and just a little clueless (in a good way) then check out The Hollows series.It has a bit of everything from witches, pixies, vampires, weres, demons and fae.

Rating: B


My thoughts on this book

I’m so glad Rachel was able to save Ceri. It will be interesting over time to continue to learn about elves through her and through Trent. I like Ceri and I hope she continues to be part of Rachel’s team.
It was nice to meet and learn a bit more about Ivy’s family and background. Erica makes me laugh.

I like Kisten. I didn’t like that he took her to the boat for their “date” though. I still don’t know about Trent but I want to know more. Yeah, smart, hot and bad boys are good for me! I don’t know why, but Nick didn’t work for me. Good riddance.

The demon issue is big and bad. If Rachel is going to be up against demons and undead and all, she needs to learn more skills, including more about ley line magic. Rachel does the best she can and manages to turn things to her advantage a bit in getting rid of an enemy and pleasing the demon at the same time. I love how Rachel is growing and learning in this book. And she adds to her retinue, Ceri and David.

Jenks has only been gone maybe half a book and it seems like FOREVER.
Interesting that the big bad in this book is a problem for Trent and Kisten, so Rachel ends up fighting him and protecting both of them, as well as innocent people. For a strange time, she is allied with Trent.

Ellasbeth, I hate Ellasbeth. Doesn’t everyone? And I loved the dinner Rachel had with Trent where they got to know each other a bit better.

There’s something about Takata. It’s a puzzle about why he keeps coming up.

We still know very little about the FIB and almost nothing about the IS.

Here were my questions from book 2

• Why did Ivy leave the I.S. really?
She is “hunting” Rachel but it’s more complicated than that
• Will Rachel get into a romance?
Nick leaves and she starts seeing Kisten. I like Kisten.
• How will Rachel get out from the demon?
Well, she has made some progress and learned more but she’s still got some work there.
• I want to know all about Trent’s father and Rachel’s father, their relationship and how they died.
I learned a little about how they died.
• How will Ivy hold up with being scion and not wanting to be scion?
For now, Kisten is doing most of the work.
• Why did Quan help Rachel?
Because he was supposed to be there instead of her father and felt he owes her for losing her father.
And some of your questions:
• 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.
Well, he doesn’t seem to be all that interested in Rachel in this book.
(These aren’t really answered yet in this book) And here are your new ones:
• Will Rachel have to go to the Ever After as Al’s familiar?
• What is the connection with Trent’s and Rachel’s fathers?
• Why did Piscary want to know if Rachel has helped Trent?
• And how did Rachel’s cure affect her?

And now my ongoing questions

• Will Rachel get into a romance?
Nick leaves and she starts seeing Kisten. I like Kisten.
• How will Rachel get out from the demon?
• I want to know all about Trent’s father and Rachel’s father, their relationship and how they died.
• What will happen to Ceri? Will she be for or against Trent? I know Rachel doesn’t trust Trent but he is going to know more about elves than she does.
• How will Ivy hold up with being scion and not wanting to be scion?
• Who or what is Takata? There’s some reason he keeps turning up.
• Will Trent really marry Ellasbeth?
• And what does Sa’han mean anyway?
• When will we get Jenks back?
• What will happen with Skimmer and Piscary?


Who said:
“You should be dead,” he said, his voice full of wonder. “How is it that you’re still alive?”

Some great quotes from Book 2 you shared with me:
“Flay me and slay me. Spun candy and nectar.” ~ Al

“Such a pretty pair you make, like matched horses in my stables.” ~Al

“You had another thought. You are such fun, Ms. Morgan. Watching you is like watching a five-year-old.” ~ Trent
“You are so full of yourself, Trent,” I said, wishing I could shift the car into reverse and drive over his foot.
His smile widened.
“What?” I demanded.
“You called me by my first name. I like that.”

Schedule and wrap up

The winner of the Week 2 giveaway is Jessica!

We’re doing roughly one book a week, with a posting on Wednesday, most weeks. I can’t commit to doing a review every week, but as a minimum, I will make some observations and ask a few questions I want to know after reading the book. I have some ideas for some fun and games as we go along. Here’s our planned schedule (updated):

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 with 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 no blog posts as Julie is 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. Include a quote from the book (hopefully not the same as others). If you haven’t read the books before, tell me some of the questions you have now. If you’ve read the books already, 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 with the next post in two weeks; one is the final prize giveaway for the whole event.

We get more time before the next book needs to be finished , two weeks. So tell all your friends to join in and everyone can get caught up. On to Book 4 – A Fistful of Charms. Happy Reading!

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  1. Still having LOTS of fun with this 😉 Here’s my quote:

    “Hey, ah, does anyone want a cookie or something? Oh yeah. A cookie. That would make everything better. Dunked in a shot of tequila , maybe? Or better yet, just the bottle? Yeah, that ought to do it.”

  2. Janice A. says:

    I’ve read this book a few times and always end up wanting waffles and strawberries. I enjoyed Rachel’s and Trent’s dinner and found another character (Ellasbeth) to dislike. There was a lot going on in this book with Lee and Al, it definitly kept my interest.

    Some favorite quotes:
    “You push the lever in her back, and fake blood squirts out. Isn’t it great!”

    “I think best when I’m having hysterics. Just shut up and let me have them!”

    And then there are the rare ones who know love, who understand it. Who freely give of themselves, demanding only a return of that love, that trust.” His faultless blue eyes never blinked, and I held my breath. “It can be beautiful, Rachel, when there is trust and love. No one is bound. No one loses his or her will. No one becomes less. Both become more than they can be alone. But it is so rare, so beautiful when it happens.”

  3. Charlotte says:

    I do so love this series! I did enjoy the previous books in the series–getting to know characters that one can care for (and some to dislike), knowing their strengths and struggles. Most of which come down to understanding and accepting your true self. One of Rachel’s strengths is her ability to recognize and honor others, even when they can’t recognize and honor themselves.

    This book, however, seems even more important to me–a turning point that starts Rachel’s journey to understanding who *she* is and her true potential. She has an interesting life ahead of her.

    My favorite quote is one Janice has noted from Kisten. Love and trust–very powerful and such a gift when given.

    I do have one question: Since Rachel appears to have a very deep and personal sense of morality, why is she bothered by the fact she’s alive because of illegal genetic manipulation?

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