Aug 20, 2014

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The Hollow by Kim Harrison Read-a-Long – Ever After

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This Week’s Book –


Ever After – book 11

From Goodreads –

The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse.

While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die.

But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan…

My rating

4 stars

My observations and questions (I went out of town so I’m catching up a bit in this post)

WHY isn’t Nick dead yet? And will Trent just man up and tell Ellasbeth to go to hell? She is just NO.
OK, mini rant over. The latest crisis continues and the only ones who will support Rachel are her longtime friends and the elves – Trent and Quen. So Rachel does spend more time with Trent but it’s not as romantic as I want. It’s all about saving the world. Ku’Sox has stolen the Rosewood babies, then kidnapped Lucy and Ceri, and then he has Trent. I really enjoyed Newt this time.
I am seriously unhappy that what happened to Ceri and Pierce was off page. That is just not right. And I’m not happy about it anyway.
Rachel also spends some time with gargoyles and I love how she stands up to Etude about Bis. It might be my favorite part of this book. And I’m thrilled to learn more about the gargoyles with more story about them.
We delve further into elven magic. I can see it allowing Rachel to be closer to Trent since he is practicing this magic. She also works with Al and it allows them to be closer. It might also continue to make her sort of the multi-species magician and liason. All these supernaturals have more in common than they want to admit. They are more alike than different.

Here were my questions from book 10

• Will Rachel get into a real romance?
She is quick with everyone but Trent. Grrr.
• I still want to know more about Trent’s father and Rachel’s father and their relationship.
And what about their mothers? Since Alice is the only one still alive, what does she know?
• What will happen to Ceri?
Ooooo, nooooooooo.
• What was Newt really looking for?
• Will Nick turn up again? (hell no, maybe he could turn up dead)
Again with Nick? Isn’t he dead yet? Why not?
• Will the fairies help Ceri and Rachel as they learn about Trent?
The fairies have not played as much a part as I expected. Other than Belle.
• Will Rachel finally have time to learn some skills from Al and traveling the ley lines from Bis?
Circumstances have forced her to learn more and work more with both of them.
• What will happen with the men who don’t belong? Are they in favor of only a human world or a harmonious all-species world?
• Will Trent and Rachel spend more time together and somehow work together more, either because they like each other or because they have a common goal for/against the men who don’t belong? Well the latest crisis kept them apart mostly but they did really work together well for the time they had. But then there’s Ellasbeth – just no.

And some of your questions from books

• 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?
• Who and/or where is Trent’s mother? (Excellent question!!!!)
It looks like Trent’s mother died when he was young, before his father. She seems to have been a warrior of sorts, also a magic practioner perhaps.
• What will Rachel learn from Al?
Well, Al was able to add war strategy and curses to their arsenal.
• What will hatch from Al’s blue chrysalis? And is Pierce’s lullaby that includes a reference to blue butterflies related?
• What potential does Ivy (and the other vamps) see in Rachel that leads her to believe Rachel can save her soul? How did she find out whatever it is?
• Since Rachel’s father worked so closely with Trent’s parents, was Rachel’s mother a part of what they were attempting to accomplish?
• Where’s the smut from Trent’s black magic? Is this something Rachel might be able to take advantage of also? Does Rachel’s gold and black aura reflect having both sun and shadow?
• When first contacting Al why did Trent pull line energy through Rachel – it was supposed to be protective but how?

And now my ongoing questions

• Will Rachel get into a real romance?
I still want to know more about Trent’s father and Rachel’s father and their relationship. And what about their mothers? Since Alice is the only one still alive, what does she know?
• Will Nick turn up again? (hell no, maybe he could turn up dead)
• What will happen with the men who don’t belong? Are they in favor of only a human world or a harmonious all-species world?
• Will Trent and Rachel spend more time together and somehow work together more, either because they like each other or because they have a common goal for/against the men who don’t belong?
• Can’t we get rid of Ellasbeth?
• How will Al and Trent get along now?


Who said: “… The old ways are ending. Embrace the new. Elves and demons living together. ” He blinked. . “ Oh God. We’re all going to die.”

Some great quotes from Book 10 you shared with me

The undead did not love, but they remembered love with a savage loyalty. – Rachel

The heat of the charm lay in his eyes, the promise of what could be – what might be if I could trust another with my heart again. And it hurt me knowing it wasn’t mine. – Rachel

“Why?” I said, taking the paper from him as Al smiled. “If it’s not what I agreed to, I will burn Al’s gonads off the first chance I get.… “Ah, hold on a tick,” Al said – Rachel

The demands of the music sort of suck everything out of a person unless he or she is tapped into something bigger. – Wayde, concerning music on the road but also pertinent to magic

You want me to let him in or go out swear at him? – Jenks

I meant Nick would’ve told you to summon a demon to solve your problem. Marshall would’ve told you not to go at all. Pierce would probably have demanded to go with you, then got in the way and screwed it up. Trent, though, gave you a weapon. One you might use. – Ivy
“There’s always option three” ~ Rachel

“why are you always angry with me?” ~ Trent

“He’s in the dog house, literally” ~Trent

“She needed to know what she would lose before she would ever accept its cost,” ~ Trent

“She will have the sun and shadow both.” ~ Trent

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):

August 27 – The Undead Pool, book 12

September 9 – release day for the final book, TheWitch 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 only 1 book remaining … on to Book 12 – The Undead Pool. Happy Reading!

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  1. SERIOUSLY?! Why is Nick not DEAD yet, LOL. And I’m rather partial to this quote:

    “You cannot thrash the person who makes you coffee. It’s a rule somewhere.”

    I can’t believe there are only 2 books left!!

  2. Charlotte says:

    On a personal note I’d like to thank Anne and Julie. I was lucky enough to win a copy of “The Hollows Insider” which I happily retrieved immediately. I can’t wait to take a look. Thank you very much.

    The Hollows books have previously focused on Rachel accepting that she’s more than she think she is. This book continues as Rachel struggles with the line between gray and black as well as the fear that she might unknowingly accept another’s line. However this book also starts exploring beings who know they are more than others think they are, but don’t know how to be that more – Al and Trent in particular. Of course trust issues abound as well.

    Ever After brings us both heartache and hope. I’ve read this book several times and I still grieve over the loss of Ceri, especially since it seemed so senseless. On the other hand Pierce’s death seemed almost inevitable, considering his mindset. I think also in the back of my mind is always a possibility that his is not permanent. If so, I hope this is true for Ceri also. You can’t help but feel for Rachel, Trent and Al as theyI all see what they want but know it cannot be theirs. Rachel’s betrayal of trust by Quen was unexpected and will, I suspect, have far-reaching emotional fallout. And, as always, the hurt when you let go of something that might have been as Rachel sees more and more slip away from her.

    The causes for hope are certainly here also. Trent and Rachel committing to working together. Al and Trent working together through Rachel – hopefully being that closely linked will lead to a better understanding between demons and elves. Jenks and Belle finding a way to living together (possibly even figuratively as well as literally). Trent’s understanding that what he needs is just as important as what others need from him. Even the demons seeing and reconnecting with what they once were.

    As usual, the character development is fascinating. I see more and more parallels between Al and Trent – their loneliness, their overt confidence but shyness when offering true friendship are most prevalent. You have to wonder where this will go. Nick continues to pop up. Is his continued harkening back to “what we had” to soften Rachel up or does he truly regret the loss of her regard? Will he (as I’m optimistically stupid enough to hope) honor the fact that he cares/cared for Rachel or continue to be the rat he has been in the past? Ivy, Rachel and Jenks are still a major influence in each other’s lives, but you see Ivy and Rachel following Jenks’ lead and start walking toward something rather than running from something. This makes them all stronger, but I miss their closer interdependence. Ray is content and sure – much like her biological parents, just as Lucy is extroverted and somewhat demanding – very much like *her* parents.

    I was highly amused to finally realize when reading the scene at the stable that Red = Rachel and Managed Detail = Trent. The names are perfect and it certainly parallels Rachel and Trent’s relationship and how they have been handled and perceived. Whether Trent is aware of this, I’m not sure. Rachel surely isn’t. I do hope we get to see Red and Managed Detail again.

    With Pierce presumably dead, who will take his place in the coven?

    In Al’s dream he says “I broke it. They can’t leave until I fix him.” What did Al break, who does he need to fix and who’s going to die if they stay?

    Did Al work with Trent’s father or some other elf?

    Where did Trent’s mother get the book copied by Ceri and willed to Ellasbeth’s mother?

    Close to the end of the book, Rachel is told that Trent can get through her bubble because he and she have energies that “resonate as one” which triggers her thought that she might be able to save Ivy. What is her line of thought?

    Will the old ley lines in Arizona be able to save magic if the Ever After disappears?

    Quen loved her back with all the fierceness of someone who never expected to find anything beautiful in the world. – Rachel

    Al had told me his old bedchamber was absolutely foolproof, but apparently it wasn’t crazy-proof. – Rachel concerning Newt popping an ailing Al into his bedroom

    “With Ivy gone, you needed someone to ground you, Rache, and I’m not big enough to slap you.” – Jenks

    Kisten could forgive anything, since he’d done terrible things himself. I thought about that, wondering if only those who did horrible things would ever be able to forgive me. – Rachel

    “I want one pure thing in my life,” he said loudly, his voice ringing in the red-tinted air. “I want one thing I can point to and say, ‘that is good, and it’s a part of me.'” – Trent concerning Rachel

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