Jun 18, 2014

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The Hollows by Kim Harrison Read-a-Long – For a Few Demons More

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This week’s book –

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For A Few Demons More – Book five

From Goodreads –

Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble…until now.

A fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnati – human, inhuman, or undead – is safe.

An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderer – a mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among the vast and varied local supernatural races.

Rachel’s been lucky so far.
But even she can’t hide from catastrophe forever.

My thoughts on this book
4 stars

I was frightened and worried the whole time I read this book. Rachel was pushing the envelope with Ivy and Kisten. She had huge problems between the focus and Piscary. Yet she had no decent planning or improving her skills; it seemed like she took it all by the seat of her pants. I felt a little irritated by how she has great friends and partners but doesn’t really work with them too much to learn skills or make decisions. So did I say I was still very worried?

I was happy Nick was not here. I was SO worried about Piscary the whole book. I was unhappy with Trent in this book.

Here were my questions from book 4

• Will Rachel get into a romance?
Nick leaves and she starts seeing Kisten. I like Kisten. I don’t like what she’s doing with Ivy.
• 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.
Well I am glad Rachel introduced Ceri to Trent. She was right not to trust him but Ceri can stand on her own and she has Rachel’s back.
• How will Ivy hold up with being scion and not wanting to be scion?
Well, Ivy shut down when she went to Piscary but that problem is over now.
• Who or what is Takata? There’s some reason he keeps turning up.
• Will Trent really marry Ellasbeth?
Doesn’t look like it. Haha. Glad to see his plans foiled.
• Will Rachel be more understanding of Trent with having to make her own difficult ethical decisions these days?
Not when he murders people for information they don’t have.
• And what does Sa’han mean anyway?
I’m thinking this won’t ever be explained but that is an honorific title.
• Will Nick show up again? I really hoped he was gone for good after the third book.
• What will happen with Skimmer and Piscary?
Well it wasn’t good when Piscary got out. But now they’re both gone. Piscary’s dead and Skimmer’s incarcerated.

And some of your questions:

• What would Rachel have to do to get rid of her Demon Mark?
• How is Rachel going to get rid of the Focus?
• Will Rachel and Ivy try again?
• When will Nick show up again?

And now my ongoing questions:

• Will Rachel get into a romance?
Nick leaves and she starts seeing Kisten. I liked Kisten. I don’t like what she’s doing with Ivy.
• 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?
• Who or what is Takata? There’s some reason he keeps turning up.
• What happened to Rachel’s brother?
• Will Lee be out for revenge?
• What was Newt really looking for?
• Will Matalina survive much longer?
• Who will handle things with Piscary gone?

Games

Who said: “I’ve got your back. Nothing alive will ever hurt you if I have breath in me. And nothing dead will hurt you if I don’t.”

Some great quotes from Book 4 you shared with me:

“Tagged by a whiny little vamp. Rache, take this sword and stick it in me. Just go and stick it in me. I’m a back-drafted, crumpled-winged, dust-caked, dew-assed excuse of a backup. Worthless as a pixy condom. Taken down by my own partner. Just tape my ass shut and let me fart out my mouth.” ~ Jenks

“Good God,” I whispered, sitting on the van’s cot and looking at my legs, horrified. They were hairy—not wolf hairy, but an I-couldn’t-find-my-razor-the-last-six-months hairy. Utterly grossed out, I took a peek at my armpit, jerking away. Oh, that’s just…nasty.” ~ Rachel

“God, I love caramel! It takes forever to lick off.” ~ Jenks

“That’s because pixies are ever-after. We’re magic, baby. Just ask Matalina.” ~ Jenks
anything out of Jenk’s mouth with Tink in it ~ Jenks

“One person can’t hold anything, but two can have the world”, ~ Rachel

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, and you can kiss your ass good-bye .” ~ Rachel

I pulled myself closer, gently holding his shattered body to me. “The sun is shining,” I said, eyes clinching shut as memories of my dad flooded back. “Just like you wanted. Can you feel it? It won’t be long. I’ll be here.”

“Thank you,” he said, the words terrifyingly liquid. “Thank you for trying to turn the lights on. That makes me feel as if I was worth saving.”

My throat closed. “You are worth saving,” I said, tears spilling over as I rocked him gently.

Schedule and wrap up

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 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 after this month; one is the final prize giveaway for the whole event.

And on to Book 6 – The Outlaw Demon Wails. Happy Reading!

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  1. Charlotte says:

    Another long one – –

    Rachel’s life continues to become more and more complicated as well as richer. In this book there is the continuation, complication and resolution of the Piscary problem, as well as the Focus problem (which may not be completely resolved). Al and Newt as well as other demons intertwine more and more into Rachel’s life and not in a good way. Trent continues to push himself into Rachel’s life as well, with some comic relief but for the most part he continues to be the bad guy with some flashes of goodness. Quen, as always, is efficient, complex and honorable.

    The situation with Ivy is simplified somewhat by the removal of Skimmer and Piscary. Rachel and she continue to fumble through finding some sort of workable solution to their situation. Ivy finds strength where she was previously weak, although her vampire instincts still dictate much of her behavior.

    We are treated to further insights into Jenks’ family life which is an interesting blend of pixie tradition and Jenks independence.

    Another threat emerges in the guise of Tom, a skilled witch working for the Arcane Division of the IS, who practices black magic without compunction.

    Ceri proves invaluable to Rachel, teaching her about her newly discovered abilities. Much to Rachel’s chagrin they all seem to be demonic in character, forcing Rachel to examine what her true nature is and how far that nature dictates what she does and how she acts. And, of course, she continues to struggle with her long-standing shoot from the hip style. Her standards and choices are tested as she deals with some truly horrific events.

    Some questions:
    Vampires are from humans, werewolves are from humans with both cultures dependent on a strong leader. Is this a human trait that manifests itself in vampires and weres or peculiar just to them?

    Ceri refuses to accept the honorific Mal Sa’han from Trent. What is the difference between Mal Sa’han and Sa’han? Is it gender, rank or some other basis? Obviously it is a term of respect because she does accept the term from Quen who she finds honorable.

    Still wondering what the aura is really. It seems to be integral to and integrated with the soul and self (are they different?). What roles do the body and mind have?

    Favorite quotes:
    You’re the most caring person I know, consistently risking your life for those who can’t fight on their own. I see this in the people you love. Ivy, who is afraid she can’t fight her battle alone anymore. Kisten, who struggles to stand in a system where he knows he’s too weak. Jenks, who has the courage but not the strength to make a difference in a world that doesn’t even see him.

    I know demons very well. And that’s what they do. They offer you something that *looks* out of your reach in exchange for something they want that *is* out of theirs. They’re called businessmen here. You’re very good.

    Humanity had steadfastly kept control of the mail system, and even Piscary would think twice about leaning on an overworked employee who might snap and go postal. There were some things even a vampire wouldn’t mess with.

    But as my breath left me in a gentle sigh and I fell, I could swear that the drops of warmth upon my face were those of tears, that the shivering arms holding me from the cruel coldness of the tile had the luscious scent of vampire. And someone…was singing about blood and daisies.

  2. “Do you hurt uncle Kisten’, he asked.(…) but Kisten beat me to it. “Only my heart, Audric,” he said. “Ms. Rachel is like the sun. See her sparkling there with the wind in her hair and fire in her eyes? You can’t catch the sun. You can only feel its touch on your face. And if you get too much of it, it burns you.”

    “I am black,” she said, and a shudder rippled through me. “I am foul with a thousand years of demon curses. Don’t cross me or I will bring you and your house down. Rachel is the only clean thing I have, and you won’t sully her to further your high ideas.”

    SO. As you probably already know, I’ve taken a bit of a break from my reread–I plan to get back to it VERY soon–and since it’s been YEARS since I last read this book, I had to skim a few reviews on Goodreads to make sure what I thought happened in this book actually happened . . . b/c it would SUCK if I spoiled that . . . but no, I was right about what I thought happened, and so it just sucks in general 🙁

    A LOT of people quit the book at this point b/c they were so upset. I was sad. I probably even cried a little bit. BUT, I’m pretty sure I already said that I knew this relationship was DOOMED from the beginning, and 99% of the time when an author creates a love interest that readers really like, but who cannot ultimately live with the MC HEA . . . they kill them.

    So sad, yes, but not entirely surprised. How did you handle it Anne?

  3. Janice A. says:

    Another great read.
    I know a lot of people were upset with this book, but since I’m not a vampire fan, I wasn’t. I liked Kisten, but didn’t see him as Rachel HEA. Especially when he just accepted his fate of being a blood gift.

    I think it bothered me more that Brett died, and Trent had a hand in it. Even if the Trent said they committed suicide. I have the same thoughts as Rachel, that Trent should be better than he is.
    And even though Rachel keeps trying to tag Trent, he seems to help her in obscure ways. Always offering her a job when she needs money. Making her home secure, by selling it to Jenks. I know Trent benifited by Jenks stealing the police file, but I’m sure Quen could have done that by himself.
    I loved the scene were Rachel breaks up the wedding.
    It has one of my favorite lines.
    “You have the right to remain silent, but I doubt you will. You have the right to an attorney, which I imagine Quen will be calling soon. If you can’t afford one, hell has frozen over and I’m the princess of Oz, but in that case, one will be appointed to you. You understand your rights that the entire congregation of Cincy’s finest has heard me recite?”

    Questions:
    Will Ceri and Trent become a couple?
    With Piscary being gone, Will Ivy’s life be better?

  4. I can already tell that’s gonna be super helpful.

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