5 shadowed stars My head tells me 3 stars, but my heart says 4 Which makes an average of 3.
5 but you knew that already WOW.
Yes, that is the reaction I had after starting Dead Witch Walking great title by the way I was so surprised while discovering every creature this book contains There are witches, vampires, trolls apparently, fairies, PIXIES PIXIES guys There are PIXIES Plus, one of them is an important character of the story I m talking about this oneOn the left, we have Ivy vampire and on the right wait for it RACHEL witch And, in between, cute little pixie Jenks So, the world building was an A, for me, in the UF genre The Fever series used to be in the lead, on the very very top, for the world building but The Hollows definitely took its position Sorry dear Rachel wasn t the best female lead ever I prefer MacKayla Lane way better than her, but she sure has her charm I just thought she was really acting stupidly and recklessly at some times Like when she transformed herself in a mink and didn t plan a way of turning back immediately if being caught Maybe she just couldn t but it annoyed me still That brings another small issue I had with this book It s slow It was actually my first time, as I remember, reading an UF book that slow The ones I usually read are fast paced or have lots of action, events happening or mysteries to be solved Yeah, I did lose interest when she was a mink BUT, it s the only time I did lose interest, because I just couldn t before with the world building being so amazing I don t really like shape shifters I don t find anything interesting in reading a book with a person transforming herself into an animal Although, that s very personal so maybe it won t be a bother for you as much as it was for me.
I know I criticize this book than I should, but I did like it a lot and I will read the sequels very soon for sure It had few SMALL flaws though Another one of them is it not having many IMPORTANT sexy, hot, charming and irresistible male characters There are some random ones but they don t really last I heard though that this book is actually not the best in the series so I look very forward to seeing how it ll go and especially some development please in Rachel s character The writing was fabulous and just utterly perfect and surprisingly better than I expected I read every book in Kim Harrison s trilogy for YA Madison Avery and it didn t quite work for me I mean, it was interesting the main subject but the characters weren t as much developed and alive as I hoped Also, in the Madison Avery series, slowness was very too much present and this time frustratingly slow I don t recommend that series if you have a big TBR pile Was just OK I do, however, recommend Death Witch Walking with sparkly eyes and a big smile.
Kim Harrison Image from Google In an alternate near past, humans have been much reduced as a result of unanticipated problems with bioengineered tomatoes One result is that non humans, immune to the created virus, have become the dominant culture, witches, werewolves, vampires, the usual gang of idiots The main character here is Rachel, a witch who is contracted with the security organization responsible for policing the magical population Her assignments are called runs In such runs she goes after folks who are breaking laws, whether of the murder or traffic ticket variety Of late, the latter Her true desire is to take down the big crime boss in town Stymied in her job by hostile and incompetent bosses, she seeks to start out on her own With a vampire friend, they begin, renting out an underutilized church for their base Rachel is assisted by Jenks, a four inch pixie It is an entertaining tale, with interesting characters, whose motivations and true purposes are often unclear The book aspires to create an entire reality, and does as good a job as one might expect There is enough suspense to sustain interest and enough charm and warmth to allow one to feel for Rachel and some others I would not place this in the same level as the Harry Potter books It just feels less substantive But it was a fun ride, and as such worthy of recommendation I wound up reading many books in the series EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, other personal , FB, Instagram and Twitter pagesHarrison enjoys using variations of Clint Eastwood Movie names for her titlesOther books I have read in the series 2 The Good, the Bad, and the Undead 3 Every which Way But Dead 4 A Fistful of Charms 5 For A Few Demons More 6 The Outlaw Demon Wails 7 White Witch, Black Curse Every review of this series talks about it being one of the best Urban Fantasies out there, and I have to admit that the world in this one is pretty awesome I liked everything about the world.
So, why the three stars Because I have a little pet peeve with something that I can easily spot for the future of this series And, yes, I have so many book pet peeves that my house smells like a pet peeve litter box, but still I can t resist their cute little faces I know this one doesn t go THAT well, but gosh darn it all, it made me laugh.
Rachel, our heroine, meets up with Mr Baddie, Trent, and he almost kills her and greatly injures her, cages her and allows his assistant to physically abuse her for sadistic pleasure, threatens her, and then tries to have her die by rats, but she is ogling his ass the whole time Plus, maybe, just maybe he is Mr Misunderstood instead of Mr Baddie And, I m like Oh HELL to the NO This is such a set up for him to be a future love interest Now, I admit that bad boys can be pretty cute and irresistible Who s a cute little bad boy You are BUT, the good kind of bad boy has to be the one who treats his woman like a freaking princess, yet is a badass and will do anything to protect her Reformed bad boys are also good Along with reformed rakes The point is Yes, forgiveness is divine, but if Rachel is going to forgive this guy for letting his creepy side kick torture her for kicks and trying to kill her I m NOT on board with that Trent My reaction to you is that of the male octopus to a potential mate Don t let the cover, description, cover reviews, or hell, even the title throw you off on this one It looks like a cheesy paperback Possibly even a twisted romance novel, but believe me it s not.
It takes place in a world where instead of going to the moon, money went into bioengineering Of course something went wrong a virus got out, in tomatoes Like a plague it started wiping out humans, Inlanders however people and beings with mystical abilities, witches, weres, pixies etc were immune Well except for the Elves They went completely extinct It hit them worse than humans By the time the thing was under control the population of regular humans and Inlanders was roughly the same No longer feeling the need to hide, being as they were no longer the minority to be prosecuted, the Inlanders became open about who they were Therefore regular humans and Inlanders live openly together Well for the most part There are prejudices If you think that is a bit complicated, it s only the back drop But don t let that scare you The story is quite entertaining.
Racel Morgan, witch, is a runner for the IS the inlander version of FIB Basically the FBI or Police for naughty or rather evil Inlander s Long story short, she breaks her contract with them and their best runner, Ivy a living vampire with her So there s a death threat out on her head She doesn t have the money to pay it off so she goes for the next best thing She ll crack a case so good they ll have to leave her alone Of course it means going after Cincinnati s best loved, most powerful, and due to his refusal to say whether he s human or Inlander, most neutral political body, Trent It s not long before Rachel Morgan has on her ass than a bunch of angry and magical assassins.
I will grant that the first 20 pages or so of this book are a little bit cheesy Ok a lot a bit But in an amusing, we know it s harsh but it s just to pull you in kind of way For instance she catches a leprechaun using charms that are a yellow moon, green clover, purple heart ha But after I was introduced to the intelligent back story, these quips were easy to forgive And I promise eventually Jenks the nonstop talking pixie becomes less annoying, even to Rachel As for the smutty romance part that the cover of this book in some odd ways seems to impart, forget about it Romance is the last thing on Ms Morgan s mind Between disguises, almost dying, and spending an unruly amount of time as a rodent, she just doesn t have the time The book was action packed, and kept me guessing When I returned to it, it was like returning to a weekly drama I liked it I have only a few small complaints 1 I think the slightly cheesy beginning could throw some people off 2 Sometimes Rachel s inner insecurities don t reflect her outer actions, but perhaps that is the beauty of her character She s so insecure she HAS to look tough 3 A few minor fight moves in the last big fight seem to get pulled off a little too smoothly After keeping it clumsily realistic for 320 pages, I wasn t ready for a perfect toss to trip and down a guy But alas, minor complaint 4 Sometimes the character of Rachel bothers me a bit But just a bit It s actually a good sign that I m taking her seriously as a character So yeah, I guess that s not really a complaint.
Basically this is a first book a decently lengthened series, that I plan to purchase the rest of It is my sinful little delight stacked up there with all my educational and political outlook books and good strong straight fiction Hooray I recommend it The latest book is in Hardback and just came out I can t wait to catch up to it p.
s Harrison doesn t answer all questions, in fact she does a fine job of raising a few at the end, and you know what, I don t mind That s rare, but maybe it s because I know there s another book out there
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99 by Rabid ReadsThe Hollows is another one of the first Urban Fantasy series I ever read The bug had gotten me, but I was still new enough to not really know what was available I think I was just pursuing every lead gave me, and that was back in the 3 for 4 paperbacks days, so I was in the habit of ordering the first four books in any newly discovered series.
Which was a good plan, b c by the time I finished Dead Witch Walking, I was well and truly hooked, and if I had days to wait before I could start the next book, I might have cried.
Rachel Morgan a witch lives in one of my favorite UF worlds the creatures out of the closet world.
The first time I encountered this kind of world, I didn t know what to do with it it was too foreign a concept for me to unquestioningly swallow However, upon closer acquaintance, I realized how much simpler things were if the humans knew there really were things that went bump in the night the hate groups could just be the standard bastard collection of racists and bigots instead of super, secret society types, and the creatures actions weren t limited to what they could do without being, horror of horrors, discovered.
Provided there was a reasonable explanation for why the creatures were out in the open, I soon preferred this set up almost across the board.
Unfortunately, that s where my main issue with The Hollows began.
In Rachel s world, a disease piggybacking off a genetically modified tomato decimated the human population the creatures, or Inderlanders, were mostly immune to the disease so that when the dust settled, for the first time perhaps ever, the humans and the creatures were, numbers wise, largely equal.
The Inderlanders took advantage of the situation and came out of the closet If Harrison had left it at that, I probably would have been okay.
But she didn t.
Nope, she had the silly humans outlaw SCIENCE, b c they were AFRAID Afraid of SCIENCE Afraid of TOMATOES Just pathetically, ridiculously AFRAID Outlaw science What does that even mean you ask.
Well it means that the masses are dying of previously treatable illnesses, b c silly humans destroyed the knowledge and shut down burned down anything resembling a research facility.
So yeah that was a problem.
More realistically, the silly humans also tried to deprive any Inderlanders of their jobs, especially if said job was some form of government employment Newly deprived of gainful employment, the Inderlanders blew their noses at the humans, and started their own government agencies.
Rachel works for one such agency, only she s been getting really crappy assignments or runs for awhile now, and she s just about ready to quit.
Except no one quits I.
S Inderlander Security , the creature version of law enforcement, before their contract is finished.
At least no one quits Dun dun duuunnnnn and survives.
But Rachel thinks she s found the out she s been looking for when she captures her latest target, a tax evading Leprechaun, who offers her 3 wishes in exchange for her freedom.
It seems like the perfect solution.
And it is Until Ivy Tamwood, another I.
S Runner, former training partner, AND living vampire can t forget that part , and Jenks, pixy back up extraordinaire, decide they want in on the action Ivy even proposes they put out a shingle together and start their own private runner service.
What could possibly go wrong Well, for one, Boss Man at I.
S is seriously pissed about Ivy buying out her contract living vamps are loaded , so even though he admits to giving Rachel crap runs for the last two years in an effort to get her to quit, he decides to take his anger over Ivy leaving out on Rachel by using Ivy s generous payout to fund the hits he keeps putting on Rachel s life.
If that wasn t awkward HA Awkward enough, Ivy seems to have a bit of a crush on Rachel.
And that s problem 2.
Roommate situations already have the capacity for awkwardness, but when one of the roommates has secret feelings for the other awkward in the extreme And it has nothing to do with Ivy and Rachel both being female, so calm yourself It d be just as awkward if Ivy was a guy No one wants to be dodging come ons in their own home Especially if the source of the come ons is a vampire who wants to eat you snorts that s not what I meant, and you know it shakes head at gutter minded people BUT, on the whole this book was S T E L L A R The characters are well developed from the start, and if you ignore the ban on medical research, the world building is fantastic too Rachel is pretty kickass, and has limitless growth potential, and the dash of romance is ridiculously cute Action packed, Dead Witch Walking will grab your interest and hold on to it indefinitely Don t let that scare you off though The last book in the series comes out in September, and after that there s no reason you shouldn t be able to return to a productive life Disclaimer Rabid Reads can in no way be held responsible for addictions to really excellent books or the shambles your life may potentially turn into due to your inability to do anything but read My other reviews for this series The Good, the Bad, and the Undead The Hollows 2 Every Which Way But Dead The Hollows 3 A Fistful of Charms The Hollows 4 For a Few Demons More The Hollows 5 The Outlaw Demon Wails The Hollows 6 White Witch, Black Curse The Hollows 7 Black Magic Sanction The Hollows 8 Pale Demon The Hollows 9 The Undead Pool The Hollows 12 Into the Woods Tales from the Hollows and Beyond Book, you have the right to a speedy trial reviewTHE DEFENSELead heroine is funny and engaging, yet also flawed enough to feel real I felt I could relate whenever Rachel Morgan did something stupidplus when book characters screw up, it makes me feel not as bad for doing at least 8,000 stupid things a dayThat s an exaggeration, of course I only do 7,999 stupid things a day topsI also loved the supporting cast Ivy the vampire is moody yet oh so adorable, Keasley never loses his cool, and Jenks the pixie may be the greatest scene stealer since Winona Ryder told the makers of Girl Interrupted,So what if Angeline Jolie is fairly new at this, everyone will just be watching me anywayMagic system is far thought out than in most novels Rachel doesn t just wiggle her nose and make stuff happen, there are very strict procedures she has to adhere to and limitations to her spells Making Rachel powerful but not I can kick your ass with just my earlobepowerful added greatly to the suspense Interesting variation on the theme of vampire seduction Since vampires are usually seen willingly seducing others, it was a nice change of pace to watch Ivy have to fight her natural instincts and try so hard NOT to seduce RachelTHE PROSECUTIONMain story is severely lacking Rachel leaves her job and now her former bosses are trying to kill her annnnnnnd that s pretty much it for the first 200 pages Some of the plot points make no sense when you think about them DENON I ve been trying to get Rachel to quit for the last two years, using my position as her boss to make her job a living hell AIDE Gee, if you want her out so bad, why don t you just fire her DENON bosses can actually FIRE employees Whywhy was that not made clear to me before now Lead villain stumbles into Dr Evil territory at times Now that Rachel is trapped in the form of a mink and I have her locked up in this cage, I ll defeat her by enrolling her in a rat fightyou know, the one that takes place in a wide open area with plenty of opportunities for the combatants to escapewhy are you all just shaking your heads at me, it s a brilliant plan, dammit Way too many unanswered questions at the end Okay, I understand this is only the first book in the series and the author wants to stretch some mysteries out, but it would have been nice if at least ONE of the questions raised in the book had been answered within these 400 pages Exactly what kind of paranormal entity is the lead villain What secrets is Rachel s newest ally hiding Who sent the demon to kill Rachel Your guess is as good as mine even after I read the bookTHE VERDICT 3.
5 Not For Everybody stars I enjoyed the characters enough to overlook the flawed main story and multiple plot holes, but people looking for a cohesive story may find this one frustrating Still, I hear this series only gets better, so I will certainly be revisiting The Hollows in the very near future Buddy read with the MacHalo group in June 2016.
Ooops, I m going to bail on this one, sorry guys Urban fantasy is just not doing it for me these days, and since I ve already read this series and it d be a re read anyway, I don t feel too bad PQuick generic review, though if you like urban fantasies, this is hands down one of the best series in the genre, overall Some books aren t as strong as others, but it only gets better I know that can be annoying, but with this series, I think my favorite book was either book 8 or 9 Pale Demon Some of the best world building I ve ever read Some of the best characters I ve ever loved Seriously It s worth reading.
This one was a little rough I remember struggling through it a bit, but I m glad I pushed through and kept going A 20 something witch is the MC You ve got the vampire partner, demons, elves, pixies, shifters no spoilers, so I won t go into details Wonderful series, though 3