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Rachel Morgan, sexy witch, independent bounty hunter, prowls the downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night. She can handle leather-clad vamps and a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is an ancient, implacable evil that threatens her very soul....

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The Good, the Bad, and the Undead Reviews

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-01-26 19:58

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars.Well well well, would you look at that?! It seems the Freaking MacHalo TBR Cleaning Challenge of Doom and Destruction (FMTCCoDaD™) isn't ALL about reading crap, after all! Who would have thought?! Not only did I NOT feel like killing this book with fire, but I actually enjoyed reading it *gasps* Despite its Disaster Waiting to Happen Ingredients (DWtHI™)! Wow. Imagine that!Flabbergastation is me (view spoiler)[yes, flabbergastation is a word. Just in case you were wondering. You're welcome. (hide spoiler)] I mean, I'm so used to reading UF rubbish these days, any Non-Crappy UF Object (NCUO™) I manage to get my hands on comes as a shock. Hence the dramatic fainting and stuff.What? You want me to cut the crap and get right down do the DWtHI™? Why? You don't think what I've been saying so far is absolutely, totally and completely fascinating? Okay, you know what, don't answer that one, I have a feeling I won't like what you have to say. But anyway. So you want do get down and dirty with no foreplay, huh? Sigh. You bunch of silly arthropods don't know what you are missing, but hey, it's your lives, so suit your little selves. Express Crap Cutting (ECC™), here we go.So. Had I been my normal, healthy, balanced, sensible self when I read this story, I probably would have either rated it 2 stars or DNFed the shrimp out of it. Oh yes. Why? What do you mean "why?" Because of the DWtHI™, of course! Please do try to follow, my Little Barnacles, it would make my life a whole lot easier. Especially on days like this one, when you expect me to cut the freaking crap. So please shut the shrimp up, and let me try and to do this as quickly and painlessly as possible. There are two major DWtHI™ in this book:① Rachel Morgan is quite the aspiring TSTL heroine sometimes. ② Rachel Morgan has the most boring boyfriend in the history of boring boyfriends. That's it? Yep, that's it. What? You think these two little things alone are not reason enough to DNF the shrimp out of a book? Don't you know me at all? I've DNFed books with less than one freaking DWtHI™ in the past, so believe me, my Lovely Arthropods, nothing is impossible in Kill it with Fire Land (KiwFL™).So YES, our dear Rachel has TSTL tendencies, but I like her anyway. And yes, she has a Supremely Uninteresting, Slightly Annoying Boyfriend (SUSAB™), but I'm fairly confident he will be appropriately disposed of in the next instalment, so all is well in the world. Or will be. Hopefully. Because if she Rachel doesn't ditch the guy soon, I shall gladly take care of it for her. Which loosely translates to mean: I'll chop him into tiny little pieces and feed him to the murderous crustaceans for the end of summer banquet. Ooooooh, I think my babies would definitely like that. Yum yum yum and stuff.Anyway, the answer to the question you didn't ask is yes, by the way. YES, I will continue with this series. Because it's pretty cool and fun and entertaining, despite the DWtHI™. Because the story arc is pretty intriguing and stuff. And because Yummy Trent Kamalack is Yummy (YTKiY™). And because Jenks is the hottest pixy ever. And I usually hate these suckers. Because pixies make me think of fairies and Fairies are Silly Sissies (FaSS™). But Jenks is Jenks. So fatal attraction and all that crap. Oh, and one more reason why YES, I shall continue with this series: because demons are yummy. But you already knew that. And even if you didn't, just pretend you did. Good Little Barnacles. Daddy is so proud of you right now.» And the moral of this Express Crap Cutting Non Review (ECCNR™) is: contrary to popular belief, I can be reasonable sometimes, and choose to overlook stuff I choose to overlook. Because if I didn't choose to overlook stuff I choose to overlook, I'd probably end up DNFing 99.99% of the books I DNF try to read. Ha.✎ Book 1: Dead Witch Walking ★★★★✎ Book 3: Every Which Way But Dead ★★["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-01-31 22:38

    2/7/18 - ON SALE for $3.99:http://amzn.to/2E6K3VDReviewed by: Rabid ReadsIf I still had any doubts about The Hollows when I finished the Dead Witch Walking, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead laid them to rest.Book 2 begins with Rachel and Jenks in the middle of a run. Several months has passed since the first book ended, and without a death threat hanging over her head, Rachel is free to pursue her new career as an independent runner. Nick is now officially Rachel's boyfriend, and the roommate situation with Ivy seems to have calmed down now that Rachel knows what Ivy's triggers are and not to pull them.And things just keep swimming merrily along. (<-----did you see what I did there? *snickers*)Riiiiiight . . .Even if (for some strange reason) you were hoping things would calm down for our new favorite witch, when Glenn shows up as Rachel and Jenks' ride after the run (instead of Ivy), and insists on taking a detour to the FIB (Federal Inderland Bureau---the human version of police enforcement), it seems HIGHLY unlikely.Even MORE unlikely when you learn the reason for the detour is that Sarah Jane (Trent's new secretary) is there being questioned after reporting her missing boyfriend.A serial killer is on the loose in Cincinnati, you see. And serial killers have VERY particular tastes. This one has been viciously murdering ley line witches . . . and guess what Sarah Jane's boyfriend happens to be . . .SO many things happen in this book.Rachel shows an uncommon aptitude for ley line witchcraft. This is distressing for her, b/c as she has stated (on numerous occasions) she is strictly an earth witch. Ley line magic isn't as black and white as earth magic, and Rachel has seen too many friends slide down that slippery slope from white, to gray, to black b/c POWER lurks in ley line magic. POWER that tempts and overwhelms, and Rachel wants no part of it.We find out what Trent is. Not telling. READ IT. *poke*Rachel discovers links between her father and the Kalamacks. Not telling that either. *pokes again*And not lastly (not by a long shot, but if I were to list all of the Big Deal things that happened in this book, we'd be here all day, AND I'd probably get smacked from all the poking), Rachel makes a deal with a demon that sets up for book 3 rather nicely. And by "nicely" I mean "holycraphowisshegoingtogetoutofthatone?!"In addition to SO many things happening in this book, SO many characters are further developed and/or introduced.We meet Rachel's wacky mother (who accidentally alludes to a HUGE secret that gets revealed later on), and Piscary (hey, I just noticed "scary" is in his name . . . wonder if that was on purpose . . . hmmm . . . ), the scary master vamp. We also meet the several times mentioned, but never actually seen Quen (one of my favorite secondaries). Trent is shown in a less diabolical light that makes him a much more complicated individual, and Nick . . . well, Nick's moral code is revealed to be even more nebulous than previously suspected, but due to certain other events, I can't help but feel a bit sorry for him. That whole situation is just a MESS.And again MORE. Too much to cover all of it, but believe me when I say that it was very well done.There wasn't much on the world-building front, but then it wasn't really necessary. Pretty  much everything you need to know was covered in the first book. I still find it slightly ridiculous every time Rachel goes out of her way to hide evidence of tomato consumption from the humans, but what are you going to do?Tomato ridiculousness aside, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead brilliantly avoided the book 2 slump that so many series fall prey to. It was another artful combination of humor, action, danger, and flirtation, and BONUS all of this took place within a well-developed and identifiable plot! I know! It so rarely happens that I don't know what to do either!That's not true, I know exactly what to do---read the next book. *wink*My other reviews for this series:Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1)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

  • Robin Wiley
    2019-01-22 21:04

    I've read most of the majors in this genre: Stoker, Rice, Harrison, Harris, King, Hamilton, Meyer, Newman, and Kostova. I've seen Blade, Underworld, Buffy, Angel, Van Helsing, 30 Days of Night, Moonlight and Dark Shadows (not saying they are all good, mind you). So, I think I've consumed enough of the vampire genre to have some opinions.My theory about Twilight. People with little to no experience with the vampire genre LOVE this series. Most readers who have consumed their fair amount of vampire genre - not so much. Somebody do a poll, quick, and prove me right.So why is Harrison great?Rachel Morgan is a sassy, sarcastic, kick-ass witch. Forget pointy hats, brooms and wands. Think leather pants, sexy boots and charms cooked up in a modern day kitchen. When charms don't work, a throat punch or round house kick will do. She's a bounty hunter who hunts down the bad guys - who are mostly non-human.Because of a genetically engineered tomato gone bad - half the world population died of food poisoning (basically). That's when the witches, werewolves, and vampires came out of the closet. Laws were formed to accomodate the different populations. Our girl s with the police for non-humans against human crimes, then she leaves because things go terribly and horribly wrong.It reads very Joss Whedon. Sarcastic banter. Kick ass fight scenes. The vampire "rules" are good - they make sense for modern day vamps in a modern society. What's to love?ACTION - great!MAGIC - good, different, makes sense, solid (I liked Harry Potter, but I like non-wand magic alot more)HUMOR - if you like Joss Whedon - you have to read this.CREATURES - there's more species than the three I've named. 'Nuf said.What's not so fun?That you're not already reading it!

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2019-01-31 23:00

    Rachel Mariana Morgan, you are the character in the movie that I yell at. That I scream at “Don’t go into that empty warehouse! Don’t practice spells you know nothing about! Never talk with Demons!!!” But does she listen NOOOO….No wonder she is always in some sort of crisis.Rachel isn’t my favorite heroine and normally that would be enough to steer me away from a series but I really enjoy all the other parts of the series. There is enough humor, mystery and other interesting characters to keep me engaged even when I want to scream at Rachel. A few things in this book I really enjoyed were her developing relationship with Nick, which let’s face it now is probably doomed and not just because he is a human and Rachel’s mom loves him…“I like you. Marry Rachel and have lots of kids.”“Mom!” I exclaimed. Nick grinned, enjoying it.“But not right away,” she continued. “Enjoy your freedom together for a while. You don’t want children until you’re ready. You are practicing safe sex, yes?”“Mother!” I shouted. “Shut up!” God, help me get through this night.She turned, one hand on her hip, the other holding the dripping spoon. “Rachel, if you didn’t want me to bring it up, you should have spelled your hickey.”But also because of a little/big thing Rtachel did in this book and a demon. Still I enjoyed their time on page together and their continueing relationship will be interesting if nothing else.The backstory development was really good too. We find out what Trent is, what his connection to Rachel is and a little bit of what her father was into. And then there is Ivy and that whole situation. It seems that everyone seems to see Ivy’s motives aren’t entirely pure except Rachel.“She wants something,” he said. “And every time she looks at you, I see guilt. Whether she means to or not, she’s going to hurt you, and she knows it.”I now have a little better understanding of Ivy’s plans for Rachel and while I’m not on board with them I could see the draw.There are exactly 2 reasons I’m going to continue this series. Trent and Big AlFinding out what Trent is and part of his connection to Rachel was just a taste. I’m sure and I really want to find out even more about this guy who seems to be a little bit good, a little bit bad and smoldering hot. Big Al on the other hand is probably all bad but in the best way, blame it on the Demon thing if you must. He is tricky and he has gotten the best of Rachel two times now, I have no idea how she will get out of this mess.The storyline of the serial killer of Ley Line witches was interesting and wrapped up pretty well, but overall I’m more interesting in the overlapping plot arcs that will go on throughout the series, especially those centering on Rachel’s Dad and Big Al.

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    2019-02-11 23:55

    The second book in the Hollows series is written much better than the haphazard style of Dead Witch Walking. I'm glad I stuck with the series because it's a really unique and interesting one. Firstly, it seems like the author has done with some good editing and slowly interweaves the world building with what is happening at the time, instead of having huge info dumps at random intervals. Rachel Morgan slowly learns to stand on her own and develop her powers further in this book. As an FIB consultant, she's assisting in a murder investigation using her strong intuition and witchy powers. The host of side characters such as Ivy, Nick, and Jenks are developed further and they are complex characters so it's interesting to follow.There's some interesting developments to follow in this book, and I especially find entertaining how tomatoes are feared by all humans due to them containing a virus that wiped out 1/4 of humanity. This book is multi-layered and has complex characters and developments, and it is easily enjoyable. I recommend The Hollows series to anyone who hasn't started it yet, and keen to start on the next one.Check out Happy Indulgence for more reviews!

  • Emma
    2019-01-26 22:48

    Hmmm. This is definitely better than the first. There’s something quite compelling about this series. This confuses me though as there are some annoyances too. I found the plot a little convoluted and I don’t like Nick much. Also the main character Rachel is pretty annoying a lot of the time. Still. I’ve given better books a lower rating on occasion. Go figure!

  • Jonetta
    2019-02-15 22:04

    I got so bogged down by the world building of the first book I put the series on hiatus. This time I switched to the audio format and it turned out to be a brilliant move as the narrator, Marguerite Gavin, gives an inspired performance. There are many lingering questions from Dead Witch Walking that are resolved in this story (what is Trent, who unleashed the demon on Rachel, who is Ivy really, etc.). And, some I had that are still outstanding but we get more info on, enough to whet the appetite. Ivy bugged me, a lot, in the first story and she got under my skin again in this one. However, by the end, I understand her more fully and why Rachel is so committed to the relationship. And, Nick...don't get me started on him. Still don't trust him and think there's quite a bit more to him than he lets on. Trent, well, he's the enigma that keeps on giving. There's a lot that works about this story, enough that I've dusted off the series and restored it to front row status. I'm grateful to friends who strongly urged me to keep going. It's a complex world with interesting characters and enough political intrigue to keep you completely off balance.

  • Laz
    2019-02-11 20:54

    I'll say it again. If you're fan of a good read with amazing characters with snarky retorts and sassy attitudes and you love yourself some action-packed urban fantasy then don't hesitate, do read this. I am most pleased by how this book turned out. It was a nice surprise that it kept getting better than the first novel and I actually liked it even more. Since I gave the first book 5 stars it's only fair that I give this 5 stars as well.There is a little bit more romance in this one. If you remember Nick from the first book, well, he's Rachel's boyfriend and their relationship is kind of cute to read and I kind of like them together but to be honest I wouldn't mind if they seperated. There is a witch hunter on the loose. More like a ley-witch hunter and Rachel, Jenks & Ivy (from time to time) help the FIB, along with Glenn (Edden's son) to find out and apprehend the killer. Not surprisingly all eyes turn to Trent and Rachel tries to incriminate him for the killings and watch him going down.There are twists, many of them. There is tention between our characters & lots of unpredictability, which I liked a lot. Our characters aren't simple, they're complicated and they have problems and they're trying to work through them. I'm glad that this book changed my opinion about Rachel, which I grew to love in this one. In the first book I liked her but didn't quite find her as fascinating as I thought she would be. Ivy is still one hell of a vamp and I adore her and I hate how she's struggling and faces everything on her own. I want her friends to stand up for her, finally!This book was so fun, fun, fun. There is drama but all the fun drowns out the drama and I had a great time reading it, laughing and snorting. There is so much action, there's always action and it'll come right when you didn't expect it. Can't wait to dive into the next book and devour it like I did this one.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2019-02-08 15:39

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.This was such a fun audiobook! Years ago, I read the first several books in this series but never went any further for some reason. I meant to but I guess I got distracted by other shiny books or something. Since I knew I need a refresher before moving on with the series, I thought that a re-read would be a perfect choice. I am almost positive that I liked it even better this time around.This book starts with a bang. Rachel and Jenks are in the middle of a run....and things don't go as smoothly as they would have hoped. One thing leads to another and before you know it Rachel is in the middle of a much bigger case and has a new human sidekick to go with the gig. This book really has a lot packed into it with a pretty compelling mystery at the heart of the story. There are a lot of side plots that also keep the story moving.I love the characters. Rachel is just all kinds of awesome. I like she handles herself in really difficult situations. She keeps an even head and can think about things from different points of view. She also tries hard to do what is right. Jenks is nearly perfect. He is tough and always seems to add a lot to every scene he is a part of. Ivy is still a bit of a mystery but I like the tension she adds to story.Marguerite Gavin is the perfect choice for narrator with this series. She is somehow able to capture each of the different characters in this book flawlessly. Each character's voice was unique and fit their personality. I was able to stay completely focused on the story and had a hard time setting it aside to do anything else. I think that her narration really made the story come alive.I would highly recommend this series to fans of urban fiction. I do think that this is a series that really should be read in order since some of the story builds on previous books. I can't wait to move on to the next book in the series.

  • La Mala ✌
    2019-02-13 17:37

    ACLARACIÓN: Aunque esta reseña tiene marcado 'spoilers' después de cada ítem, no suelo spoilear nada. Es decir, no escribo nada que arruine la trama principal. (En caso de hacerlo, lo advierto previamente con una nueva marca de spoiler>!! O sea, te encajo un spoiler adentro del spoiler, porque estoy muy jugada, y soy re heavy y re jodida.)TÍTULO: The Good, The Bad and the Undead (libro N°2 en la serie "The Hollows")Género: Fantasía Urbana.¿De qué trata?: Rachel Morgan (the good?) , se mete en problemas... una vez más. Esta vez investigando crímenes de un posible asesino serial. La historia en cuestión, ¿se adapta correctamente a su género? (view spoiler)[ Totalmente. Mucha "magia", intriga a lo Buffy, amistades a lo Buffy, intereses románticos a lo Buffy, y todo Buffy Buffy Buffy... y lo escribo como un halago, un punto a favor de la serie. (hide spoiler)] Punto de vista: (view spoiler)[ Primera persona, Rachel Mariana Morgan, mucha onda; algún que otro chiste medio malo pero jamás aburrida. Entretenimiento puro. (hide spoiler)]¿Es parte de una serie? (view spoiler)[Sí. (hide spoiler)]En caso de serlo, ¿es necesario leer los libros que lo preceden?(view spoiler)[ Obvio que sí. (hide spoiler)]¿Hay romance? (view spoiler)[ Apenas. (hide spoiler)]En caso de haberlo, ¿entorpece la trama?: (view spoiler)[ Para nada. (hide spoiler)]Personajes: ¿Están bien desarrollados? ¿Son creíbles? (view spoiler)[ Todavía es temprano para opinar sobre eso con firmeza pero, por el momento, y siendo este el segundo libro recién, creo que, por un lado, Ivy es increíble: tiene toda la carga dramática y el misterio encima sin ser la protagonista . Por otro lado, el desarrollo (o la falta de el) del personaje de Nick es bastante decepcionante. Por momentos, parece que estuviera en la trama sólo como una excusa para que Rachel haga o diga cosas. (hide spoiler)]Personalidades: (view spoiler)[ Rachel, la protagonista escéptica y entrometida...a veces fastidiosamente irresponsable e intrépida.-Nick, el novio nerd (?)-Ivy, la anti heroína torturada, la enamorada no correspondida cuyo defecto la nombra. Medio gruñona, a veces ermitaña que sufre por un presente/futuro que, piensa, no puede cambiar.-Trent, el "villano" misterioso que podría no ser lo que parece.-Jenks, el personaje ¿cómico? - Kisten: Eric Northam, recargado (hide spoiler)]Personaje favorito: (view spoiler)[ Ivy. Personaje complejo, necesario en este mundo onda Buffy...funciona casi una mezcla de Angel y Spike. La adoro, (hide spoiler)]Personaje a jubilar:(view spoiler)[ Jenks. Me hace acordar un poco a la IKO de Marissa Meyer. Por supuesto, lo prefiero mil veces a esa otra cosa pero, aún así, un poco fastidioso. (hide spoiler)]Narración: ¿Está mal escrito? (view spoiler)[ Está bien escrito. Perfecto para una fantasía urbana. Buenas descripciones, nada complicado. (hide spoiler)]¿Presenta situaciones realistas? (view spoiler)[ Lo de siempre: Bitch, please. No obstante, hubo cierta escena entre Rachel y Ivy que me pareció muy realista en su contenido dramático.(hide spoiler)]¿Clichés?: (view spoiler)[-Heroína tiene debilidad por los "chicos malos". -Heroína que está demasiado convencida de algo, comete varios errores enceguecida por su convencimiento.-Los villanos son elegantes.-La tentación tiene pinta de vampiro.-Los villanos tienen acento inglés. (hide spoiler)]Nivel de Originalidad (view spoiler)[ 8/10 (hide spoiler)]Puede causar gracia (sin intención del autor/a) (view spoiler)[ Creo que nada. (hide spoiler)]Urban Fantasy¿Qué podemos esperar? (view spoiler)[Acción, aventuras, trama detectivesca con mucha fantasía,witty banters, mucho diálogo, hechizos por aquí, hechizos por allá, secretos familiares y demás... (obvio) (hide spoiler)]¿Escenas hot? (view spoiler)[ Sí. Nivel 6/10 (nivel Kelley Armstrong, explícito pero no tanto. (hide spoiler)]Posibles bajones (puede variar según el lector) (view spoiler)[ Más conflictos que resoluciones. Pero nada que irrite mucho, y por suerte, la serie ya está terminada, así que cualquier cliffhanger, se resuelve rápido buscando el libro que sigue. (hide spoiler)]Credibilidad del world-building: Del 1 al 10 (view spoiler)[9 Y la creación de un universo original es muy importante en este género. A pesar de que alguna que otra parte de la historia me hizo acordar a los libros de Sookie Stackhouse, creo que la trama del TURN (lean si quieren saber a qué me refiero) y los tejes y manejes entre vampiros, weres, brujas, pixies (ETC.) y humanos tiene mucho potencial. (Sobre todo si se le suman las nuevas informaciones que Rachel va desentrañando poco a poco) (hide spoiler)]¿Ofensas? (Discriminación de cualquier tipo) ( Ya sea el autor, quien narra la historia, o desde comentarios de personajes secundarios…) (view spoiler)[Que yo recuerde, ninguna.(hide spoiler)]¿Me gustó?: (view spoiler)[ SI! Muchísimo. Me sacó la fanática de Buffy de adentro. Me hizo acordar buenas épocas. (hide spoiler)]¿Hay cosas peores? (view spoiler)[ Sí, ver que alguien que se cree intelectual comparte frases de Paulo Cohello (nunca sé como se escribe) en su muro y después critica a los que leen romances. (hide spoiler)]¿Libros peores (view spoiler)[ Muchos. (hide spoiler)]¿Libros mejores? (view spoiler)[ En el género, creo que esta serie es de las mejores. Pero eso depende del lector (hide spoiler)]Lo recomendaría a quienes les gusto.. .. A cualquier fan de Buffy, de Kelley Armstrong, Stacia Kane, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, etc. O sino a quienes prefieren leer urban fantasy que no tenga mucho romance de por medio.Puntaje final: 4.5 -----------------------------------------------Pre-reseña:4.5Me like this series mucho mucho mucho.Yesterday estar the whole night (casi noche entera) leyending y like very mucho.No sé why I´m escribiending así. Ahora estar very stooopid. Sleep poco. 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  • valee
    2019-02-19 21:58

    WOW! Just WOW.This book was so different from the first one. I loved it, I would have given 5 stars to it if it wasn't for that very, VERY slow beginning. I mean, the first half of the book I wanted to burn up the book because nothing really happened. It took me 4 days to read the first half and 1 to read the next.About that second half, I enjoyed it so much I couldn't stop reading it, even though I was full with work for college.What I loved the most about this book was that you see Rachel turn into a more powerful witch and a more grown up person. I really didn't like to see her bitten and so badly hurt in the first book. But in this one she totally kicked asses, LOL.About Nick, I really wish he just get killed or something, I seriously can't stand him.He's not good for Rachel at all. I adore Trent! He's my top fave for her, but Kilt isn't bad either. I wish she ends up with one of them. What about Glenn? What is he supposed to be to Rachel, I mean she just sees him as a friend but at one moment it looked like he wanted much more. So many boys to choose from. (Please let something bad happened to Nick,LOL, I'm sorry for those who like him, but I really, really don't)Now I can't wait to read the next, not after such an ending. If it keeps as good it could end as a new fave. Now I have really high expectations for the next, I hope it does not disappoint.

  • Obsidian
    2019-01-30 21:59

    This is my buddy read of the Hollows series with Moonlight Reader. As it stands I only like two characters at this point, and one of them is a murderer. The other characters are not smart, keep doing increasing dumb things, and are just awful. Besides the characters, the world building at this point makes no sense. We have another mythical creature coming out to play, and it makes no sense in the larger context of the world that Rachel lives in right now. Maybe if I cared enough I would have re-read some passages. However, there comes a point when you just want to be done with a book. I hit that point around 12:30 a.m. Told in the first person by Rachel Morgan, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, still has Rachel reeling from the events in the first book. Now working alongside vampire Ivy as an independent agency, she is still focused on bringing down businessman Trent Kalamack. When some witch murders start popping up in Cincinnati, Rachel thinks this is her chance to tie the murders to Trent, and bring him to justice. The plot should have been fairly simple, but there were all these other plots (B, C, and I think a D in there as well) that were supposed to be part of the larger plot, but ended up making everything hang together badly. We have Rachel investigating a missing case, that then ties into some witch murders, which leads to a revelation about a demon, which is kind of linked to why Ivy keeps hulking out on Rachel, which turns to Rachel finding out about a friendship her father had with someone she hates, which is the house that jack built. I am being facetious here, but seriously, it was a long winding road to the end. It always sucks when you don't like the main character in the book you're reading. I really don't like Rachel at this point. Maybe it's because she's not that smart, and keeps apologizing to the wrong people when situations arise either of her own making or the other persons. And I can't stand to keep reading these books if every time Rachel gets out of sorts, it sets off Ivy, and then Ivy tries to feed on her by force and Rachel manages to save herself or someone else comes along and saves her. Long story short we have Rachel once again apologizing to Ivy once she vamps out and tries to force/kill Rachel. If it wasn't for Rachel's boyfriend Nick riding to the rescue, Rachel would be toast. And how does Rachel repay him?Are you sure you're all right? he asked, his hand buried deep in my hair as he held me.I pulled away to look at him. Yes. Thanks. Where's Ivy?He didn't say anything, and my face went slack in alarm. She didn't hurt you, did she?His hand dropped from my hair. She's on the floor where I left her.Nick! I protested, pushing myself away from him so I could sit straight.How could you just leave her there?If Rachel was a real life person and I knew her, I would probably be arrested for shaking the life out of her. Seriously? You don't have a problem that for the third time in three months your roommate has tried to force you to accept her enough so she can bite you? Bah to you.And I honestly don't know what Ms. Harrison was going for her in the longer context of this novel. Rachel is like a 2 year old that can be distracted by a bright shiny thing. Every few seconds I felt like she was feeling drawn to someone else and she was in a relationship. The ending with her having some sort of revelation about what happened to some mythical creatures just made me roll my eyes. Even broken clocks are right twice a day. I am sure that is going to be followed up in some subsequent book. Jenks and family were the only bright spots in this book. Can we get a spin-off with them? Maybe there is one. I will investigate. Jenks has more heart, more intelligence, than either Rachel or Ivy. And I love hearing about how pixies and fairies have been warring for centuries. I am way more interested in them, then the witches, vampires, and demons running around in this book.Nick who I was rooting for initially, is just as dumb as Rachel. (Spoilers for book one) In the last book Rachel found out that brainiac was summoning a demon. Because of this they both have demon marks on them due to Nick using the demon to save Rachel and the marks are seen as debts until repaid. Well we find out that Nick is still trying to learn from the demon and get it to do what he wants. And Rachel who has the common sense God gave a gnat knows this is a bad idea but you know, just kind of sits back and let's Nick do what he wants. Because of a mess-up because neither of these two are intelligent, there is a change to Nick and Rachel's relationship. The book leaves things up in the air, however, I don't care enough to see if they work it out.Trent from the last book is the only other character besides Jenks that I liked. Readers know (spoilers for book one) that Trent was behind a death in the last book. However, he's not an idiot and we find out what has actually been going on and it links back to the goings on in book one.The world building got a bit clunkier in this book. I think the problem was there were too many creatures to keep track of and what their triggers were. We had weres, vampires, pixies, demons, witches, etc. We also had some explanations of ley lines, and familiars. After a while I felt like I was being force fed an instruction book on witchcraft and got bored. The flow from chapter to chapter was a bit off in places too, and I think that things would have been better if there had only been that one plot that may have led to some revelations, but not everything that was thrown at us in this book. I have no further urge to read what happens in the Hollows. I am sure that somehow Rachel will get bitten by Ivy. Rachel will apologize for it. Rachel is probably going to end up with someone totally unsuited for her. And she will almost die like a million times.

  • Exina
    2019-02-09 22:00

    DNF at 20%

  • Robyn
    2019-01-25 19:52

    This one was super satisfying - so many mysteries solved AND opened. Kinda wanted to go immediately to the next one....

  • Kristy
    2019-02-11 18:49

    Okay this book was a better than the first but it really took me a lot longer than is typical for me to get through the first half of the book. I don't know what Kim Harrison is trying to do in her writing but the first half of her books are really tedious and boring. You make it through it and the second half is interesting, exciting, full of suspence. I wish she'd put as much effort in the first half of her books as she does in the second.Rachel seems to be a more rounded character in this book although she can still be annoying at times. Her supporting characters are taking shape better and I'm enjoying having some mysteries solved. There is no point in not having at least one or two problems solved in a book series. I always feel led on like a soap opera if there isn't some closure in a book.I'm interested enough in picking up a couple more books to see how this story goes. I have a feeling I'll be wading through the first half of the next book to get to the real story again but I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

  • KatieV
    2019-01-31 17:39

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. In the first book, I was impressed that Rachel was not too perfect. She made some stupid decisions and was way too impulsive, but it made her relatable. In this book it just went too far. Seriously?! How many stupid decisions can you make in one chapter? Why can't she listen to one thing someone says?Anyway, it is still interesting and I love Jenks. I am surprised that the author was able to create a pixie character that was fun and interesting without being cheesy.I've read spoilers, so I know where the romantic interests lead. He is not as bad in this book, but still not seeing how he is redeemable. Then again it seems like Rachel's karma isn't going to be all that squeaky clean either.

  • Krissy
    2019-01-31 23:43

    Jenks is still my boy!! I can't get enough of him <3

  • Wendi
    2019-01-20 18:01

    Re-read Feb 2015

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-02-03 16:50

    Heroine’s recklessness and mistakes get her into trouble which is too close to stupidity for me.If you like to lose yourself in an urban fantasy world, this is a good one. But I want stories where character and plot are the main draws. Here not much happens to support the plot. The setting has a wide variety of paranormals: witches, vampires, pixies, elves, werewolves, and demons. I like the way they live, work, and interact with each other and humans in current day.My biggest problem is that I don’t enjoy Rachel. She is reckless, impulsive, jumps to wrong conclusions, and makes mistakes. Those character traits are the source of her troubles and conflicts throughout the book. Some of it is stupid. In one scene she tells Trent she doesn’t like him because he is a thief (and other things). Well, Rachel is a thief in this book which bothered me. A thinks B stole a fish. Rachel is hired to steal it back which she does. Then she finds out A was mistaken and B did not steal the fish. So I think Rachel should return the fish to B. She does not. She keeps the fish for herself. Yes ornery characters can be fun. In fact I love some of them in other books, but this didn’t work for me. I couldn’t like her, and therefore I could not enjoy her escapades.Other Rachel examples:A wants to take one of Rachel’s books. Rachel says “Let him have it.” After A leaves, B tells Rachel now she cannot do the spell she needs because it was in that book. Rachel says “Oh.”Rachel is in a dangerous situation and needs to do a chant. She gets distracted in the middle of the chant and says “Oh my God,” then she forgets the last word of the chant, but she has already interrupted the chant, then several moments later she remembers the last word.Another problem:In every crisis, someone else comes along to save Rachel - at least in the first two books. She may do something weird trying to save herself, but it doesn’t finish the scene. It reminds me of “deus ex machina” (a god comes in to move the story forward when the writer can’t think of another way out).The narrator Marguerite Gavin was ok.THE HOLLOWS (RACHEL MORGAN) SERIES:As of 2013 there are 11 books in the series. Sadly it’s not for me, but I gave it a try. The three I read are:3 stars. Dead Witch Walking, Book 12 stars. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Book 21 star. Pale Demon, Book 9DATA:Narrative mode: 1st person Rachel. Unabridged audiobook length: 14 hrs and 22 mins. Swearing language: moderate but rarely used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: one briefly referred to. Setting: time similar to current day Cincinnati, Ohio. Book copyright: 2005. Genre: urban fantasy.

  • Meagan
    2019-01-27 18:59

    I don't know what exactly it is that Harrison is doing right, but let's exaime. First off I really like the world/universe/dimension (how ever you want to look at it) that she has created. It seems completely plausible in its own way. Plus it mixes in a bit of science with it's fantasy, which is nice. 2. I really enjoy the charecters. They're beleivable and described so well. THe "hero" Rachel Morgan, is that blessed kind that is easy to get addicted to. She has power and connections way beyond her own understanding. She is able to pull out of almost anything through basic instinct. She dives head long into things she only things she understands fully. Not unlike the beloved Harry Potter. These kinds of charecters are easy to follow because they don't understand. So when things are explained or they work it out, you feelinge you're doing it with htem and and not like a narrator is being forced to explain it to you.Now dont take the harry potter thing too literal. I just mean strictly what I said about. Inless an 8th book comes out where harry becomes a female version of a legal bounty hunter...Anway. This book was an excelent follow up to the first. I am still foudn wanting more. Not only are the charecters just as strong, just as exciting, but there are still new things to discover about them and the world were Inderlaners and humans live together. I give her a thumbs up also for putting a notch down on the cheesy. She replaced that notch witha notch up on the sexy. It is done very "classy" for lack of a better word and is important to the plot and understanding of the situation. Neat. I finsihed this installment as I did the first, simply wanting more.

  • Chandra
    2019-02-18 17:03

    Story Rating 4.5 StarsCharacter Rating 4.5 Stars Romance Rating 1.5 StarsHeat Level 1 StarsOverall Rating 3 StarsSo…I tried to read this one a few different times, and I could never get myself to finish the sample on my Kindle. Well, I finally broke down because I wanted a good paranormal/fantasy read, and I’m super glad I did.Was the beginning incredibly slow? Yes.Was the rest of the book worth the horrible beginning? Heck yeah!First, what I didn’t like…The first 10% of the book.It was sooooo boring.I really did try getting through it about 3 different times before I broke down and bought it out of desperation. I also don’t like Ivy.I don’t trust her and I don’t really understand their friendship.I would be ok with less of her.So, she can go away.What I did like...Trent!!I want more Trent.He’s the best. I’d love to read something from his POV, but I doubt I’ll ever get that.And Kisten…I loooove him too.They’re my favorite. I pay extra special attention when they’re around.Anyway!, I’m very happy I decided to read the whole book. I’m excited about the next one…which I’ve already download.Here’s my casting for both Trent and Kisten, because I can…Kisten…

  • Sarah
    2019-01-28 19:59

    I read the first few books in this series years ago but it was only when I started my reread recently that I remembered how much I enjoyed this world. Rachel isn't perfect but she's a great character because she's so flawed. She makes stupid mistakes and she's far too trusting but she's learning and I'm hoping she won't keep repeating the same errors over and over again. I'm enjoying seeing her learn more about the magic she is capable of, she came across as a fairly mediocre witch in the beginning but it looks like  she has more power than she realised. We learn a bit more about her background and a connection between her family and Trent's which I think is extremely interesting. Trent's character definitely has me intrigued, he has a bad side but I'm starting to wonder if he's not quite as evil as first suspected.I think my main pet peeve in this book was her boyfriend Nick who, lets face it, is a bit of a wet blanket and I have absolutely zero idea what Rachel sees in him - especially considering all the lies and secrets he's keeping. The other thing that gets on my last nerve is her relationship with vampire Ivy. The two are supposed to be friends and business partners but their relationship presses all my buttons in the completely wrong way. I get that the author is trying to show that vampires are dangerous but Ivy crosses so many lines that it's just not funny. Their relationship feels abusive to me, there are many times Ivy either can't or won't take no for an answer and Rachel is constantly making excuses for her. What's even worse is that Rachel then blames herself for doing things that triggered Ivy's "vampire instincts" and that really rubs me up the wrong way. If you had a male character who acted the way Ivy does then I think a lot of people would be really angry about the way the situation was handled and it's probably the main thing that makes me reticent to continue the series.Having said that there is a lot to love about these books so I'm going to push through and hope Ivy  either has a serious attitude adjustment or that someone stakes her and puts me out of my misery! Jenks and his family are brilliant, I already mentioned my love for Rachel and curiosity about Trent and I'm also kind of curious about Big Al too. He's got the better of Rachel every time they've met so far and she's in a whole heap of trouble because of that but I can't help wanting to see how she gets herself out of it.

  • Lauren
    2019-02-01 19:01

    The Good, the Bad, and the Undead3 StarsThe first book in the series was entertaining enough to continue on to the second, but Rachel and Ivy’s creepy relationship had me putting the book on the back burner halfway through. Nevertheless, a buddy read pulled me back into the story about a year later and I’m grateful to my buddies as the book improved a great deal in the second half.Harrison’s world building is very engaging. The dichotomy between humans and supernaturals and the distinctions between the various species makes for interesting reading and raises intriguing questions for future installments. The plot revolving around Rachel’s investigation into the disappearance and apparent deaths of several ley line witches develops slowly as new characters are introduced and the suspect pool expands. That said, the action heats up at the halfway mark and the climax and resolution are ultimately exciting and satisfying. Rachel is an intelligent and resourceful heroine, but her relationship with Ivy is seriously disturbing. Although Rachel’s sympathy and loyalty toward Ivy is understandable, Ivy is constantly overstepping the boundaries ostensibly out of a desire to help, but its seems more like an attempt at seduction. Moreover, Ivy’s aggression and Rachel’s feelings of guilt and remorse reek of abuse and a form of battered wife syndrome. All of this has a rather distasteful feel to it and puts a damper on an otherwise compelling story. Nick and Rachel’s romance is another problematic issue. Nick definitely has his own suspicious agenda and the developments in his characterization in this book do not bode well for the future nor do they endear him to me one iota. Hopefully, he is on his way out. On a more positive note, the mystery of Trent and Rachel’s connection, as warped as it seems at the moment, is the most captivating aspect of this book (and the first). Trent is a fascinating character. The more I learn about his enigmatic identity and morally ambiguous business dealings, the more I want to know. Thus, getting to the roots of his contentious relationship with Rachel and discovering what lies ahead for them both is what keeps me interested in continuing with the series. All in all, not a bad read despite its problems and the unanswered questions have me eager to read the next one.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-02-02 19:06

    Posted on Under the CoversRachel Morgan can’t catch a break. Even as she is happily dating a human, Nick and things seem to be going fairly well with her new roomies, Jenks and Ivy. Rachel gets sucked into a witch murderer case. Several witches have been found dead and Rachel has this gut feeling that Trent Kalamack is behind this. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time Trent had tried something mischievous and manipulative to get what he wants.As Rachel gets to work with Detective Glen, readers come to see a much more passionate side to Rachel. Flipping through the evidence files, the blood and gore is too much for even a witch like her. I loved this part because it not only showed readers a compassionate side to Rachel, but also displayed nicely that she isn’t above all this. I enjoyed seeing her determination and her eager need to take Trent down. It isn’t simply to take revenge on what he did to her in the last book.Kim Harrison weaves an intricate plot in THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UNDEAD. Though Trent infuriates me sometimes, there’s also something very magnetic about him. Readers can’t help but wanting to know more about him. Who he really is is still up in the air and I love the way that Harrison plays this out. Each book in the series reveals just enough to keep readers entertained without giving too much away. Nick still makes me nervous. I like him, but there’s something about him that causes me to question everything he says. I’m eager to find out what happens with the human.The Hollows has become a world that I have been wholly invested in. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

  • Kribu
    2019-01-31 17:52

    Three stars, but a much stronger three stars than what I gave the first book. There was a little too much vamp-desire going on, and a few too many word choice issues ("a complimentary desert", "the woman is like a cacti", "then" where it should have been "than", etc) that made me stop and raise an eyebrow, to push this into the "really liked it" territory for me yet, but I did enjoy it a great deal - if after the first book I wasn't entirely sure whether I'd want to continue the series or not, then after this one I know for certain that I do.There was a lot I did like here, too, especially the part of the plot that has to do with Trent Kalamack and Rachel's heritage as well as really wanting to know where the demon thing will go next, and it was also very readable and well-paced, making it hard for me to put my Kindle down even when I had to stop for the day.

  • MichelleG
    2019-01-29 18:50

    I like the concept of this book, but I'm finding it difficult to relate or even sympathise with a Main Character who just willingly and stupidly throws herself in the worse of situations to the detriment of just about everyone around her.

  • CRO
    2019-02-18 18:52

    I'm giving this book 3 1/4 stars - but it didn't start at that level - I had to drag myself through the first third of this book that I definitely consider 2 - 2 1/2 star reading. It's only because I liked the first Hollows book so much that I had the faith to push through so that I could get to the last 2/3 of the book - the last part more than made up for the first.What I didn't like: Oh God - I hate and deplore the titles of this series - ick - spoofs of movie titles. What is with urban fantasy authors? Kim Harrison is not the only author in this genre doing this - The Good, the Bad, and the Undead isn't even the only vampire novel with this exact same title. Please - urban fantasy authors - don't make me embarrassed to buy your books or check them out from the library. Really, I completely understand having a sense of humor about your work - but ugh - titles derived from movies is just stupid and unimaginative - and - at least in the case of Kim Harrison - the books are neither.Also - I'm getting tired of vampires - titillating as they are with their sex, pain, tortured souls, dominance/submission issues, and stupid vampire/ high school politics. I actually started this series to take a breather from vampires (I'd just been on a Charlaine Harris/ Laurel K. Hamilton/ Stephenie Meyers binge). What I liked about the first book in this series was that it focused on the witchcraft; the vampires were secondary. Vampire crap is more center stage in this installment - I was really hoping that the undead in the title was referring to zombies - seriously. It bothers me that sex and intimacy are so often depicted as power struggles(in popular lit in general not just in this book) - not that it's not fun - believe me I can trip on the Laurel K. Hamilton as much as the next girl - but whatever happened to harmless, sexual romps where nobody's soul was in peril? Yes, I know, I should stay away from urban fantasy if that's what I want. Somewhere along the line it was as if political correctness dissolved the human bad boy in pop lit - we (women and girls) are supposed to only be attracted to sensitive boys now - but getting rid of the human bad boy/girl only brought him/her back stronger and more violent - now disguised as vampires and werewolfs.OK - I digressed and I'm ready to get off my soapbox and finish talking about this book. The strange - sort of sexual - sort of not - dangerous relationship between Ivy the vampire and the book's protagonist (a witch), Rachel is getting old. Rachel says she doesn't want Ivy to bite her and make her a vampire play thing - but why does the character do so many things (training and sparring) that bring her into such close physical proximity to Ivy? Sometimes it even feels as if the author is conflicted about which way she wants her character to sway. Rachel is depicted as clearly knowing her mind about her sexual preferences (male) and her feelings about vampire relationships ("friendship" but nothing more) but why are the scenes between Ivy and Rachel as Ivy wrestles her vampiric urges to seduce and bite Rachel the most sexual and emotionally intense? The actual sex scene between Rachel and her very lame, human boyfriend, Nick fizzle in comparison.What I liked about this book: All the magic stuff - cool very cool. All of the scenes with Big Al the demon. All of these things keep the last 2/3 of the novel zipping along with a lot of excitement and intrigue. And of course there is Jenks, the pixie. At the start of the first book I thought I was going to find him trite and annoying, but Harrison has done a remarkable job of fleshing out this character and fantasy species in an original way. In Harrison's world, pixies are not at all what you think they should be. And truth be told, Jenks has become my favorite character.And then there is the matter of Rachel. The main character is just - well - stupid. As clever a witch as she is, she is just empirically and without question - stupid - both in her ill-planned actions and poorly thought out conclusions. You might think that this would be a draw back in a main character - not really. It's refreshing to have a character that is not perfect - she's not by a long shot the biggest bad ass in the room - in any room for that matter (and those of you who read the Anita Blake series will know what I'm talking about). She's not super smart, super talented, super strong (well she is a little she has been working out with a vamp), super cocky or- the gods save us - super good (like our morally superior, holier than thou Bella Swann who can make loosing your soul to become a vampire seem like an ascent into angel-hood). Rachel Morgan is deeply flawed - just like the rest of us. To me, that just makes her more accessible and more interesting. Also, her stupidity leads to some interesting hijinks and some interesting situations where she is able to prove herself. I don't need my heroines to always make the right moves and say and do exactly the right things - I like that Rachel Morgan can trip and bungle her way through danger but somehow turn her graceless fall into a super cool ninja roll halfway to the floor.Will definitely be reading the next one:)

  • Meels
    2019-01-22 18:36

    Miles better than DWW! I enjoyed it very much.I still don't like Nick, there's something off there.I WANT to like Kalamack...Al is hilarious.Jenx is still my favorite.Ivy, oh Ivy...

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-02-03 19:02

    Second in The Hollows paranormal/urban fantasy series focused on Rachel Morgan and her partners, Ivy Tamwood, a living vampire, and Jenks, a sword-carrying pixie, in an alternate Cincinnati.My TakeOne of the things I so enjoy about The Hollows is that the action never stops. Never. Harrison keeps so much going on at all times between the action, the relationships, and the cultures she has created. Each character is complex, and many times, contradictory. Top-notch with great detailing and characters.Kist and Quen both act against their employers. Piscary is both overt and underhanded. Surprisingly, the only "person" who is straight up is the demon, Algaliarept. Even Ivy, it turns out, has been rather underhanded with both Piscary and Rachel.Then the bad guys get just a little too cocky…with a little help, surprisingly, from Algaliarept, and Rachel solves the mystery enabling the FIB to arrest the guilty party. There is a cost involved, but it is one that enables Rachel to save herself.One bright note: Rachel discovers what Trent and his cohorts are, which gives her quite a bit of power over Kalamack.It's a tidy little ending with Rachel getting her own back on a recalcitrant client and riding off into the sunset with a hot, red convertible.The StoryIt's a bounty hunt when Rachel and Jenks "retrieve" the Howlers' fish mascot from Mr. Ray of a rival Were pack. A retrieval that ends in Rachel and Jenks' rescue when Captain Edden needs Rachel's insight as a witch when someone starts killing leyline witches.It's undercover for Rachel, as Edden insists she register for a class taught by the person he suspects is the murderer. A class which leads to all sorts of complications for everyone.Of course, Rachel makes an unexpected — for everyone else — connection between Trent Kalamack and the victims with Rachel wild to pin it on Trent. Another connection involving Trent, and she becomes even more passionate to take Trent down.Until Rachel's personal life gets in the way when Piscary makes some dire demands — and Nick has been getting into some serious trouble.The CharactersRachel Morgan is a witch with a propensity for trouble while Ivy Tamwood was a rising star at the Inderland Bureau. Jenks, a pixy assigned as Rachel's partner, also chose to go with Rachel instead of staying with the Bureau. The three of them now live in an old church with a lovely graveyard and garden brimming with the herbs Rachel uses in her witchcraft.Nick is a rat, oops, I meant human, Rachel met in the fighting rings in Dead Witch Walking, 1, and the two of them hit it off.The Federal Inderland Bureau (FIB)……is human law enforcement that replaces "local and federal authorities after the Turn" in an attempt to prevent Inderlanders from entering law enforcement — they handle non-supernatural matters. Rachel first worked with Captain Edden of the FIB in Dead Witch Walking. Detective Glenn is Edden's son and very allergic to pixie dust.The Inderland Services (I.S.) handles……all law enforcement for supernaturals — and provides jobs for those Inderlanders out of work due to human fears of the supernats. Naturally, each service is as cooperative with each other as our own local and federal authorities.Trenton Kalamack is the richest "man" in Cincinnati and has a real hard on for enticing Rachel into working for him. There's a bit of a mystery about him and his two "henchmen", Quentin and Jonathon, as to their actual species. They're not human but, they're not witches either… Sarah Jane Gradenko is Trent Kalamack's secretary, and she's lost her boyfriend.Mr. Ray is a Were alpha and runs a limousine service, which does well enough that he owns the Howlers, a Cincinnati baseball team. Dr. Anders is a witch professor who hates Rachel.Piscary is one scary master vampire. Kist is one of his living vampires.Algaliarept is a demon who wants to acquire Rachel.The Cover and TitleThe cover is definitely a sexy, low-cut, minimal, minidress on Rachel with her fishnet stocking-clad legs in heels as she faces away from us inside a pentagram, a smoky candle lit in the foreground. Harrison's titles crack me up and it certainly shows in her writing.The title, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, is such a mish-mash description of the main characters as all of them are good and bad with the undead mixed in amongst.

  • Celine
    2019-02-10 15:56

    Review of third readI rarely truly binge. I am often a restless person, someone who gets up after reading for an hour, someone who will watch ten TV shows halfway through the season, rarely finishing any of them. Even when I love a series, or a book, or whatever, the odds are slim of me following it up in any consistent way.Which I why I find it fascinating that I read two Hollows books right after each other without a second of unrest or boredom. No need to pick up another novel in between. Kim Harrison writes so wonderfully smoothly - her scenes flow into the other, her character's banter fueling the pace in moments where plot takes a back seat. Most of the characters are flawed, well-rounded, and fully themselves. The triad at the core of the series, witch Rachel, pixie Jenks, and vampire Ivy, balance each other in interesting ways. Their family bond (though they don't see it yet as one) is what makes me return to these books. It scratches an itch that TV shows such as Friends and Gilmore Girls do as well - a group of people that care for each other, not romantically involved, and who always stand up for each other at the end of the day.Finally, I think Ms Harrison has done a great job on Trent. Reckless businessman, mobster, and all-round mysterious, he is the character I find most intriguing. His collected manner is a fantastic foil to Rachel's fiery temper, and he is deliciously evil yet vulnerable. I never read the last few books of this series, and I am now looking forward to see more of his layers peeled away.Review of second readIn honour of the release of Pale Demon, the ninth book in the Hollows series, on the 22rd this month I'm rereading the whole series.When I first read these book I didn't even know the "urban fantasy" was a genre and I devoured these books, enjoying every bit of them. They introduced me to this wonderful world where humans, vampires, werewolves and witches all live together in a contemporary world. Every detail about this world was new for me, never having read anything like it.And even though my innocent fascination is gone after reading my share of urban fantasy, this series is in my opinion one of the best out there. It has the right mix of fast-paced action, suspense, true friendships, drama, character development and even some romance to keep the story interesting.In this book the FIB (the investigation bureau for non-Inderlanders, also known as those boring human beings) contracts white earth witch Rachel to help find something or someone that's killing ley line witches one after the other. The trail leads to extremely rich and attractive young bachelor Trent Kalamack, that also runs most of Cincinatti's underground. But as always, nothing is what it seems...Rachel is flawed, but that makes her so much easier to relate to. She doesn't always make the right decisions and is extremely stubborn at times which makes me love her even more. She cares about her family and her close friends/business partners and she tries to make the best out of everything. Throughout the series we see her struggling with her morals. What is the line between good and bad? In this book she starts to realise not everything is black and white. Even though she has sworn never to deal with demons (as people who are stupid enough to do that usually end up dead or worse) the smut on her soul is only increasing. And what to do about that demon-summoning boyfriend?These books are quite long (about 450 pages in paperback) you read through them at an incredible speed. I like reading about how Rachel deals with her blood-craving living vampire roommate, her delicate relation with the FIB, the investigation part of the story. Kim Harrison's writing is clear and adds to the story, describing the witch spells and other magic in detail.I would also like to give Ms. Harrison credit of her incredible cast of secondary characters. They all have their distinct personalities, and I love them all for that. Especially the mysterious Trent is awesome, and the tongue-in-cheek pixy Jenks is hilarious.Even if you've already know where the story is going these books are extremely engrossing. I would recommend them to everyone interested in paranormal stories. Even if the books take some time to get into at the start, they are totally worth it.