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There's no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who's already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.Between "runs," she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, anThere's no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who's already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.Between "runs," she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor.Rachel must also take a stand in the war that's raging in the city's underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin - and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation.And now her dark "master" is coming to collect his due....

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Every Which Way But Dead Reviews

  • Luffy
    2019-01-26 23:49

    This is a paranormal urban fantasy that I can like. It wasn't always apparent. I have been reading this series because it has an end. That kept me going in this particular book. Then things got marginally, then noticeably better.The thing is that I don't know how to review a book from this subgenre. I didn't gasp in rapture at the sex scenes and I didn't take sides in Nick vs Kisten. I read the books for the story and the dialog, sometimes.The ending was like a cozy mystery; family and friends together in a celebration. But what I also liked was the revelations that the author has been giving us in small doses. It looks like everything has been told to us, but I wouldn't bet on it. New characters will always bring in new secrets. What a potent story in store for us!

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2019-02-10 15:37

    Welcome to our What Kind of Heroine are you Quiz. Please select the option that best describes what you would do in the following situations:You have recently started a business with a friend. Should youA. Work as a team and solve mysteries and crimetogether playing off each other’s strengths.B. Go off on your own rarely telling yourpartner what you are working on and where youare going, with no indication on when you willreturn.C Hedge your bets and have a few other people/beings you are working with on the side for thesame goal as your partner. Clearly the answer is B I can dothis all on my own I don’t need and help. I meanwhat could possibly go wrong and if I do get in abind I guess I could still call someone to comerescue me later.Your boyfriend/significant other leaves town to get a handle on things after something extremely traumatic happens. The first thing you do is?A. Accept a date with a guy you kissed recentlywhile you still had said boyfriend/significant other.B. Accept responsibility for part of the situationthat the two of you are in He did have a seizureand almost die because of you and give him thetime and space he needs to work it out.C. Go kick some bad guy ass and trust that thingswill work out. You don’t need a man to be validatedand you are perfectly capable of entertaining yourselfin the meantime. Well B sounds good but if Nick really lovedme like he said he did he wouldn’t have left town andKistin is pretty hot. I’m sure Ivy won’t mind if Igo out with her Ex at all I mean it isn’t like they aretogether anymore…right? So I think A While out on a ‘Plutonic’ Date *bullshit* no such thing *bullshit* and meeting a handsome stranger in your date’s absence….your gut instinct would tell you that….A. Some stranger has just come to talk to you while you have been singled out. Warnings aboutwhat that person might want and who he really isjump through your head.B. Wow…he is so nice and he has a Demon scar too. I’m so glad I’m not the only one. I should flirt withhim and see if he wants to get me number and♪♫♪Call me maybe♫♫.C. I wonder if he knows anything about this place?I should covertly pump him for information find outwho all the main players in the room are. Huh…he is cute and look we have so much incommon all ready. B because my mom would probably love it if I brought a witch home for dinner. You have just defeated your nemesis in a battle during which he told a loved one you are as good as dead and can never be pulled back from where he is taking you. The first thing you do is….A. Drink some coffee and hope your head feelsbetter soon because you have a big job that night andneed to get a little rest before then.B. Call said person to let them know you are okay andthat you have escaped a fate worse than death, theydon’t need to find a way to save you.C. Hang out with some people and wait for your lovedone to find you since as soon as he knew you were in trouble nothing could keep him from tracking you down. This is easy….A coffee of course. Ican’t do anything until I get rid of this headache.Besides my semi-loved one left town so I bet a demontelling him I’m dead isn’t going to matter much and Ido have a big job to do tonight.You know that using a certain power or magic will be dangerous and could alert your enemies to your location and compromise you. When in trouble do you….A. Do everything in your power to never use that magic/power so that you can’t be found by your enemies,unless it can be masked by other power around you.B. Jump the gun and use that power to intimidate yourenemies and convince them you aren’t worth the trouble.C. Forget in the heat of the moment at every possible instance and use that power accidentally. B Damn it….it only happened twice, whotold you. I was trying not to use it but really myroomie can get a little handsy sometimes it reallywasn’t my fault. Anyone could have made the same mistake. The man you are thinking of starting an intimate relationship with confesses to you that he has killed multiple people and will try not to do it again but really won’t make any promises. Your reasoning for why you can still be together is????A. Is he Jericho Barrons? Because reallyif he is Jericho Fucking Barrons I’m totally okaywith that. He is the best Anti-Hero EVER.B. I’m sure that every time he has killed anyone it isfor the good of his family. He would never do anythinglike that without a reason and for protection of everyonehe loves including me.C. Well it’s not like he wants to kill people and heisn’t a scion right now so the chances of him killingme on purpose aren’t that big. Kistin is really hot…and he is here. Nick sureisn’t here right now. Sure he wants to be a scion againto the guy that wants me dead but he is soooo hot and hemakes my scar tingle. That totally makes it okay I think.Definitely CWould you say that your relationship with your father was…A. Really Good, my dad is the best.B. A Bit Complicated, My dad pushes me to be the best.C. Somewhat neglected…He missed a lot since he wasn’taround. Well I’m sure that my dad would have beenthere for me if he could have been. It’s not like hewanted to die or anything and really he was a good Dad. Sure the answer is C but that is only because our time was cut short since he was involved with something big.I’m gonna find out what really happened to my father.Based on your responses we have accessed you to be Rachel Marianna Morgan - You often fly off on your own without thinking about the others around you who care for you. You rarely take personal responsibility for things that are your fault, but often take responsibility for things that really had nothing to do with you. You make horrible decisions, even knowing at the time they are really the worst possible decisions you could make. In relationships you either choose the wrong guy or completely forget to communicate with your partner in any way letting them know what is going on in your life. You are very prone to hasty and rash decisions that usually leave you off worse than where you started.The other possible solutions to the quiz were Kate Daniels or Makala Lane both more likable and savvy than you in this writer’s opinion. Our suggestion is that you slow down, quit fawning over every cute guy you run across. Stop making deals with demons.seriously though we thought this one was obvious. Maybe sever one relationship before starting another. Quit keeping secrets from your business partners and lovers. Decide what kind of witch you really are and then learn something so you quit making stupid mistakes because you didn’t have any information.That said the world in this is what I’m sticking with the series for right now. I have been told it gets better by book 5 and I’m counting on that. The world building and secondary characters are the main draw for me at this time. The final battle was interesting and almost made me like Rachel again until she did that stupid thing so she is now in more trouble than she was before. Ceri was actually my favorite character in this book and I hope to see her again in future books. Holding on until book 5 to make final judgements.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-02-04 20:53

    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsYou know how "they" say the things you hate in others are the things you like least about yourself?When I was 21, after an extreme bout of poor decision-making, I decided to take a sabbatical from dating. In quick succession, I had dated a slightly-younger-than-me guy, a guy who was my age, and a more-than-slightly-older-than-me guy, and they were ALL great, big lamewads. 19 y.o. Mark, the 6'7'' college basketball player and DRAMA QUEEN liked to wake up, drink milk, and then try to kiss me . . . I tried (really hard) to come up with a collection of letters that could accurately describe how completely disgusting that was, but failed utterly. Then there was 22 y.o. Ryan, who onlywantedonething. Then there was 29 y.o. Luke, who hated his job and was under-appreciated in his work. Even though he wasted many a morning shooting emails back and forth with me instead of, oh, I don't know, working.I made it nearly a year, and it was fabulous. I would have made it longer, but I started working at the front desk of a local gym, and well . . . I'm only human. *wink*Then right before I met my husband (who is, of course, perfect *snorts*), there was Ivan the hipster musician, who . . . played his own music in his car on our one and only date.Oh yes. He did. Come on, guys, I can't make stuff like this up.All of them had great, big WARNING signs flashing over their heads, and I chose to ignore every, single one of them. Then when things didn't work out, I (being the ridiculous female I was) wailed and lamented, "What's wrong with me? How did I manage to scare him off this time? Oh, what a world!"*rolls eyes*At the time, it didn't matter that these guys were all HEP-big losers . . . I liked them, damnit!And all of that is why I (in equal parts) am completely exasperated with, love, and relate to Rachel Morgan.Let's talk about Rachel's love interests thus far.Fair warning: this is more of a commentary on Rachel's love life so far than a review. But come on . . . it's book 3. Either you've read it and know what I'm talking about, or, if this was a normal review, you'd be afraid I'd spoil you, so this is a new thing I'm trying. No spoilers this way, AND a chance to vent.First up, we have Nick. Nick, whom she met in the ring of an illegal rat fight, b/c he had been turned into . . . well, a rat . . . in retribution for his sticky fingers. And not just any old case of sticky fingers either, nope, Nick got sticky-fingered with the belongings of a MASTER friggin' VAMPIRE.So Nick has a loose moral code, AND is either too stupid to realize how stupid and dangerous it is to steal from a master vampire, or is so cocky he thought he could get away with it. Or both. Could definitely be both. But he did save Rachel's life, and he's awfully geek-sexy, and well, humans apparently have a bit more going on down there than male witches . . . He took a demon mark for her! Come on . . . doesn't he deserve a chance?NO. No, he does not.Then there's Kisten . . . ye gods . . . So many road blocks that should never have been ignored.All you lovers-of-Kisten, CALM DOWN. I love him too. As a character. But as a potential boyfriend for Rachel . . . well, let's look at this rationally:1. He's a VAMPIRE. Rachel refuses to ever be food for a vampire. IT'S A PROBLEM. Even if you want to argue that Kisten is a living vampire, and therefore technically doesn't need blood yet . . . YET. Kisten WILL die, and when that happens, Kisten will lose his SOUL, and he will NEED blood. Even if Rachel really does like Kisten-the-living-vampire, she will want absolutely nothing to do with Kisten-the-true-undead, and Rachel's not interested in casual that I can tell.This relationship was DOOMED before it even got started.2. Their very first "date" was a SHAM. That Kist would blindside her that way does NOT bode well. And then she gets all goo goo-eyed b/c he saved her . . . *grinds teeth* . . . if he hadn't asked her out under false pretenses, her life never would have been endangered in the first place<------ALL of that would be in caps if I wasn't worried about annoying the hell out of you. But know that I am screaming in my head.And Lee . . . Lee is more of a flirtation than a real romantic interest, but he is also a perfect example of Rachel's stupidity with men. Almost immediately after she lays eyes on him for the first time, she sees that he has a DEMON MARK, but still, after he teaches her how to gamble, she's disappointed that he leaves without asking her for her number.I know I'm not the only one driven crazy by this kind of behavior, but I also know that I'm not the only one who feels this way due to flashbacks of "I am become that which I hate."But relationship choices aside, EVERY WHICH WAY BUT DEAD continued the steady improvement of the THE HOLLOWS. More action, more new characters to love, more to love about old characters . . . and all of that is in addition to yet another definitive and unique plot with side-plots weaving through all the while, paving the way for new adventures. Seriously people . . . come and watch Rachel grow and learn from her mistakes with me. This is not a series to be missed.My other reviews for this series:Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1)The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows #2)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

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-01-28 23:51

    ☠ DNF at 61%. Go me and stuff.Why the murderous crustaceans are DNFing this PoC™ thing and won't bother continuing with this series:① All relationship/romance/dating BS/crap and NO plot/story whatsoever. Rachel, Ivy, Nick, Kisten, Skimmer (view spoiler)[the murderous crustaceans shall very graciously refrain from commenting on this slightly pathetic name (hide spoiler)]…Reading this book feels like watching a bloody shrimping culebrón. Which might explain why much eyerolling and facepalmingpincing occurred while the crustaceans were skimming through immersed in this fantastically enjoyable masterpiece. ② Rachel Mariana Shrimping Morgan's TSTL tendencies poor decision making skills are slightly rampage-inducing exasperating. Also: she is bloody shrimping shallow. She whines. She is delusional. She is the worst friend/partner/whatever ever. She is fickle. She acts like an immature, spoiled brat. What's not to love? ③ Ivy is an irritatingly aggravating and aggravatingly irritating drama queen. Also, she acts like a spoiled brat. Ha. Must be contagious or something. No wonder she likes Rachel Mariana Shrimping Morgan so much. These two are a match made in heaven. ④ Kisten is one of the most unlikable, manipulative asses in the history of unlikable, manipulative asses. And no, he is NOT hot. He is, just, you know, pathetic and stuff. Also, he is a vamp. Ergo, he is a total wimp. You are quite welcome.⑤ Nick is a lame coward who deserves to die get his pathetic ass slightly kicked and stuff.⑥ Ridiculously pooooooooor writing.⑦ Total snooze fest.⑧ And the icing shrimp on the cake paella: NO means bloody shrimping NO. In one scene, Rachel Mariana Shrimping Morgan repeatedly tells Manipulative Ass Kisten to "let her go" and to "stop it." Does he listen? Don't be silly now. He is a manly piece of shit man, you see. He knows exactly what she needs, you see. He knows how bad she wants it, you see. So of course Rachel Mariana Shrimping Morgan gives in. Because that's what stupid girls do when faced with Overbearing, Bullying Bastards Males Who Know What's Best for Them (OBBMWKWBfT™). Fish. This. Shit. This is exactly the kind of revolting crap that condones demeaning behavior towards women and is at the very root of rape culture. No, Kim Harrison. JUST NO. » And the moral of this Ding Dong this Witch is Off the Crustaceans' TBR Shelf Crappy Non Review (DDtWiOfCTBRSCNR™) is: Jenks dear, wherever you are, we love thee. Too bad your colleagues are all pathetic idiots/selfish, overindulged nitwits/exasperating asses/infuriating jerks/whatever. We murderous crustaceans feel your pain. Our home subaquatic kingdom is your home subaquatic kingdom, so feel free to immigrate with your family whenever. We are quite positive you would all love it here, as slightly abhorrent cast of characters are not tolerated in our Most Wondrous Undersea Domain (MWUD™). Also, free massages and stuff.✎ Book 1: Dead Witch Walking ★★★★✎ Book 2: The Good, The Bad and The Undead ★★★★★["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"]>

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-01-19 22:35

    It's been a while since I last read a Hollows book, but it was good to be back. I like this world that Kim Harrison created. I like the mix of different species, and how complex their relationships are. I really like Rachel. She's down to earth, and flawed enough to be relatable. I like that she's self-conscious about her appearance, freckles and frizzy hair, and boyish figure. She seems like she'd be a nice person to know in real life. Although Rachel slips up in her inter-personal relationships with the people in her life, she is a good person who really does care about others, and that always shines through. I feel bad for her having been hurt by people she should be able to trust. It makes her gun-shy about committing to the new people who come into her life. Completely relatable. This aspect adds a realism to this urban fantasy novel that resonates with me.I did have a big complaint: too much vampire storyline. The whole vamp pheromones and allure aspect gives me indigestion. In a way, it's pretty interesting. I really hate how these vamps try to control humans and others with their allure. It gets my goat. After all, there are plenty of willing victims, but they seem to prey on those who aren't interested, namely Rachel. I wish Ivy would get over her fixation with Rachel and being able to bite her and take her blood. She's way too predatory about Rachel. It gives me the creeps. It's not even mainly sexual. It's like it's killing her that Rachel won't share her blood. It's really too much for me. I'm not sure how I feel about Ivy. Sometimes I like her, sometimes I don't. She's not a comfortable character at all. But, I do give Ms. Harrison props for creating such a complex female character. Let me just say this...I do not want Rachel and Ivy being a couple. That would not work for me. There are some heavy sexual tension vibes between them, all tied up with the vampire bloodlust, and a deeper affection. It's just messy. I think they'd be a lousy couple. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the story doesn't go in that direction. A friend on here who's a big fan of this series told me the vamp storyline stops dominating. I hope so. This world is so intriguing with the mixes of fae and other species with witches, that I feel a lot more interesting plotlines could come to pass beyond the vamp thing. But that's just me.I didn't like the 'resolution' with Nick. It seems like it sort of just faded away. I would prefer that they had it out and it was clear that it was over. Part of me thinks that this was done on purpose. Sometimes relationships ends like that. I guess I'm in the minority, but I liked Nick, although I don't like how he 'dumped' Rachel. I wanted to see what happened with his dabbling in black magic. That was a huge worry of mine. I've stayed mostly spoiler free, so I don't know if he will come back or not. If he does, I hope he doesn't end up turning bad. I'd rather he just be a jerky ex-boyfriend.The whole Kisten storyline ended up winning me over. I didn't like him. He seemed sort of like a wannabe and a pretender. He still kind of has that aspect, but I see him deeper after this book. I started thawing at the scene in the dance club. I definitely started seeing his appeal, and he dances!!! I think that he was there for Rachel when she needed him, and they have good chemistry, so I think I'm okay with them being together. Kisten is okay--a nice beta with appeal that I ended up appreciating. I love Ceri. I was so glad that Rachel was able to save her. She's very interesting, and I'm a sucker for fae/elvish storylines. I hope to see more of her. For some reason, when she was crying and Jenks' pixy daughters were trying to comfort her and were braiding her hair, I got all teary. Aww! It must be the faery fanatic in me. I perk up whenever that is a big part of a scene. Which leads me into another thing that makes this series stand out over a lot of other urban fantasy:I love Jenks and his family. The pixies are such a rich aspect of this story. I want pixy roommates!!!! I'd happily allow them to plait my hair, and spread pixie dust all over the house. But, I guess I like my cold environment a little too much for them. I hope that Jenks gets over his anger at Rachel. I missed him and his family when he moved out.The demon storyline...very twisted. Poor Rachel can't seem to stay out of trouble with those demons. Things got better, but possibly worse, since she owes two demons now. The images of the ever-after reminded me of the movie Constantine, when John would cross over to Hell, and it looked like Los Angeles, but much worse. Vivid, disturbing imagery there. Whenever the demons come around in this story, it gives me the shivers. But the Christian in me really feels uneasy with Rachel making deals with demons. It feels very wrong to me. However, it is fiction, so I leave it at that.The bad guy and the story resolution. Ms. Harrison threw me for a loop here. I started getting this idea toward the end about who would end up being the Big Bad, and there you go. I liked how Rachel turned things around on him. Good for her. Rachel is interesting in her arrogance about her rep as a tracker, yet seems to doubt her confidence as a witch. I think she will come to realize how truly powerful she is as this series progresses.Trent--I get this vibe that he has a thing for Rachel. That should be interesting. Rachel mostly hates him, but some part of her doesn't. As she said herself, she tends to go for the guys who tend to be bad. So who knows? He has an intriguing anti-hero vibe that appeals to me. What can I say? Maybe I'm like Rachel when it comes to characters???To sum up my rambling: I liked this story, a lot. The progression toward the climax seemed to go kind of slowly, and I felt like it would take forever to get there. But it ended picking up. Some things I love about this book, some things, no so much. But, I'm in this series for the duration. It's too good to stop reading. Overall rating: 4.25/5.0. The vamp aspects are like eating a really rich, spicy meal and getting a stomach ache, so it detracted from my enjoyment, and it was a bit slow in parts. Otherwise, solid entertainment.

  • Laz
    2019-01-22 20:29

    I'm glad this hasn't reached a low point. And I sure as hell hope it won't because so far I'm loving every second of reading this series. It's fast-paced, the action is abundant and there are so many characters I just can't help but love.As you must have assumed, Rachel finds herself in an impossible situation once again. As the shit hit the fan and everything goes to hell. Rachel must find a way to get herself out of the deal with Algaliarept without getting herself or her friends killed in the process.In each book, it's apparent how much she grows to love her friends, Jenks & Ivy and that's admirable. In this book we don't see much of Jenks, which was the result of Rachel keeping things from him. I love Ivy, she's so badass and at the same time so sensitive and so emotional and she has a heart of gold, even if she's a vampire. She wants Rachel's blood and that's her nature and I understand it wholeheartedly and I love how she respects Rachel's decision and doesn't act upon her instincts. Rachel & Nick grow apart. Instead, there's a new love interest for Rachel, I'm sure you all know who that is. I'm talking of course about (view spoiler)[Kisten (hide spoiler)], he's total badass and while he's a complete diffrent person than Nick, he can be just as sweet but I'll say, yes, more hot. He & Rachel have some pretty steamy, hot and heavy, moments where they undress each other with their eyes.This book introduces a new character which I'm sure we'll see more of. I grew to love Trent who I simply found interesting in the previous books. He's amazing and I want more of him in the next books, he's a fucking genious and not as much of a villain as I thought he was.The key word about this series is action. There's lots of it. There's action in the most unexpected moments, and it'll come right when you thought things would get boring and everything gets interesting. It's refreshing. Mrs. Harrison does a good job of keeping her readers on the edge.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2019-02-08 16:55

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.I liked this audiobook but it was bit of a disappointment after absolutely loving the first two books in the series. This was a re-read for me but I actually didn't remember anything about it from my initial read years ago. I am actually pretty sure that this is the book that I stopped on when I started the series the first time. It was a good book but it wasn't anywhere near as entertaining as the first two in the series were for me.This book started out really strong with Rachel having to deal with Big Al. Things looked pretty bad for her and I had no idea how she was going to outsmart him. She ends up getting a bit of help from his familiar and a werewolf insurance agent. It was a close call for Rachel and while she is trying to recover a secret slips out and Jenks ends up mad...and leaves. I missed Jenks constant presence in this book.This book really seemed a bit more focused on the character relationships. I can't say that I really liked all of the developments in this installment. Nick can't handle being near Rachel so he leaves town. Rachel starts dating Kisten and while they have chemistry it seemed to happen way too fast. Ivy is having her own struggles with Piscary and staying in control. Jenks needs some time away to cool down. This felt like more of a transitional book that may be laying the framework for future books.I did enjoy the narration in this audiobook. Marguerite Gavin is really the perfect narrator for this series. She is Rachel in my mind but she also performs all of the different voices very well. I never have any trouble understanding who is speaking and her delivery really keeps my focus on the story.I would recommend this book to others. This is the third book in the series and I really do think that this series needs to be read in order since everything builds from the earlier books. Readers who try to read this as a stand alone will most likely be quite lost. I am looking forward to starting the next audiobook in this series very soon!Initial ThoughtsI liked this one but not as much as I did the previous one in the series. It felt like more of a transitional book in some ways.

  • Jonetta
    2019-01-28 15:42

    Even though there's a lot going on in this story, there seemed to be quite a few lulls. Fortunately, the many revelations kept it moving. One of the things I like about Rachel is her ability to think her way through situations, especially when she's figuring out how to balance her magic skills with what she knows about the rules of her world. She's pressed to her limits in this story and learns so much about herself and her gifts. I've not liked or trusted Nick Sparagmos and he doesn't do anything to change my opinion. Rachel's relationships expand and/or change significantly with some familiar names and some new ones. The jury's still out on some of them but they're infusing life in the series and are intriguing. There's a moment with Trent that provides insight about the past as it relates to Rachel's father. With each story we seem to be learning more about Rachel's past and the implications on the present, which I find fascinating. Marguerite Gavin continues her superb narration and it makes all the difference for me in staying in the story. Her characters are distinctive and her pacing is off the charts. I'll never go back to the eBook format.I enjoyed the story and the action, though at times I thought they were unnecessarily drawn out. My most favorite scenes are where Rachel and Algaliarept (Al) match wits. You can't ever predict who'll end up on top. I'm very much enjoying the series.

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-02-15 23:54

    I have to deduct stars from this for several reasons. All three books so far have suffered from a shit-poor editing job and my inner editor constantly screams while reading them.Then there's the fact that Rachel Morgan is just unbelievably stupid. Painfully stupid. So stupid that she shouldn't be allowed to live. So stupid that I don't understand why she IS alive. I WILL read the next book because there're a number of things that intrigue me. However, if the next book isn't markedly better then I doubt my curiosity will be able to maintain another sojourn into Harrison's literature.

  • Emma
    2019-02-03 16:52

    This one was excellent! A series that started well, got better in the second and has hit its stride in the third. I really enjoy the large cast. It reminds me of the Dresden files in that way, where each builds on the one before and the side characters develop along with the main protagonist and broaden the whole picture of the world created.Recommended series. Book 4 here I come!

  • John
    2019-02-03 22:42

    This, third, book ofKim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series has the weakest plot so far. On the other hand, the character driven scenes kept me reading, and when the plot finally got rolling in the last 30% of the book, I was frothing.The book starts out with two problems presented to Rachel: A demon that she owes favors to has come to collect, and a new crime boss in town is making life difficult for everyone. After that, we get a lot of character development and the plot fades away, showing up now and again to remind the reader it exists. When it returns for good, it was intense, and I stayed up late into the night turning pages.From about the 10% to the 70% mark the book is mostly character driven. As a guy, it edged on getting a bit too soap operaish and girlish. However, even the one scene that should of had me nodding off, a date scene with lots of clothes talk, was so well written I kept right on going. Without spoiling anything, I will say Rachel's love life gets a lot more complicated in this book.I do like a strong plot, and I can a problem with this protagonist. She's throws herself into situations without a plan, and reacts. So unless the antagonist is in her face, scene after scene, she looses focus, and Harrison fills up the pages with side issues. I like a little of that, it makes it feel more real, but I'm hoping for stronger plots in the rest of the series.One theme that this book addresses is "Who are the Monsters?" Trent, the very evil antagonist from the first book is back, but is he really on the side of darkness? And what about what Rachel and Ivy are doing for a living? Are they crossing over to the dark side? Many shades of grey in this book.Anyway, a fun read, with a bit too much soap opera in the middle. I would not recommend this as a stand alone book, you'll want to start withDead Which Walking.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2019-02-01 17:55

    I have a confession to make, I didn't love the first book in this series, in fact, I forced myself to finish it. And months later, decided to give the second a chance because some many people loved it.And while I did like the second book, I still wasn't blown away by it and was still wondering, what all the fuss was about.You see, it wasn't until book three, this book, that I finally got it. That something clicked and I understood what all the fuss was about. Can I just say, I love Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks so very much? I mean, truly, I get it now, I really do.This book was so much fun and I ended up reading late into the night to finish it and knew without hesitation, that I had to buy all the others. Thank goodness this series is over because now I get the privilege of being able to binge read the whole thing and it's summer so lots of late night readings for me!So yeah, this series has everything I like in a good urban fantasy. Witches, demons, fairies, pixies, vamps, weres...the list could go on. Add in romance, action, adventure, danger, and Harrison truly did write something funtastic. I'm so excited to jump into book four.

  • La Mala ✌
    2019-01-20 15:30

    ¿Alguien más que extrañe a Buffy tanto como yo?Bien, no os preocupeís más........porque Buffy vive en casi todas las novelas de fantasía urbana y THE HOLLOWS no es una excepción (por suerte)Y si no hay ganas de leer, Buffy está en Netflix ;)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.) ¿De qué trata?: Rachel Morgan, la bruja que se queja de todo y todos, tiene un nuevo del tema del cual quejarse y situaciones riegosas en dónde perder el tiempo quejándose. ¿De quién se quejará en conjunto en esta nueva entrega?Género: Fantasía Urbana (a.k.a Fantasía influenciada por Anne Rice y/o Joss Whedon)La historia en cuestión, ¿Se adapta correctamente a su género ? (view spoiler)[ Si, la ambientación es perfecta, el contexto político (político hasta ahí nomás, me refiero a políticas entre especies) ideal y, la trama de fondo, muy interesante. Lástima que esta tercera entrega promete más que cumple. Empieza a pura acción fantástica y va decayendo rápidamente a un fastidioso ¿Lo quiero o no lo quiero? perdiendo tiempo en temas innecesarios en vez de profundizar otras ramas de la historia (view spoiler)[ la asunción de Ivy como scion de Piscary, la llegada de Ceri (misterio!), los negocios de Trent, el pasado de Rachel (hide spoiler)] etc etc etc . Tanto potencial desperdiciado en si Rachel (view spoiler)[quiere o no estar con Kisten. (hide spoiler)] Ugh (se me descontrolan los ojos de tanto ponerlos en blanco) (hide spoiler)] Punto de vista: (view spoiler)[ Primera persona, Rachel Morgan; a pesar de mis problemas con ella en este libro, voy a admitir que está más graciosa que antes y que incluso me sacó varias carcajadas en un par de escenas. Podría copiar y pegar, pero es más cómico si vienen siguiendo la trama. (hide spoiler)]¿Es parte de una serie? (view spoiler)[DUH. (hide spoiler)]En caso de serlo, ¿es necesario leer los libros que lo preceden?(view spoiler)[ Claro, mamerta, pa' qué preguntás.Y, no sé, soy sólo una mujer que escribe reseñas cuando un libro le gusta mucho o nada. (hide spoiler)]¿Hay romance? (view spoiler)[No sé si se le puede llamar romance pero sí, hay. No el romance romántico (la redundancia te valga), sino algo más relacionado con tensión sexual y almas torturadas en busca de ternura. (hide spoiler)]En caso de haberlo, ¿entorpece la trama?: (view spoiler)[ Bastante, Ese fue mi gran problema con esta tercera parte. Ya lo escribí previamente pero....ARGHHHHH...Sinceramente, la historia pasada de (view spoiler)[Kisten (el vampiro, la tentación constante que entorpece la vida de Rachel,(hide spoiler)] no se merecía tanto espacio. Así como tampoco el perder tiempo con Nick, y si Rachel (view spoiler)[lo extraña o no, si se aman o no, bla bla blaaa. Creo que la autora no sabe escribir química plausible entre sus personajes.(hide spoiler)]Bueno, en realidad sí sabe (view spoiler)[(Rachel & Ivy 4EVA)(hide spoiler)] pero, por el momento, decide perder el tiempo en fórmulas gastadas y clichés ... algo que entiende, considerando que este libro es de hace casi diez años. Aún así , fastidia. (hide spoiler)]Personajes: ¿Están bien desarrollados? ¿Son creíbles? (view spoiler)[ Si Y SÍ. Kisten sigue siendo un cliché y Nick una nada, pero el resto de los personajes crecen cada vez más. (hide spoiler)]Personaje favorito: (view spoiler)[-Ivy, siempre Ivy.-Trent. Las mejores escenas del libro pasaron en su mundo.(hide spoiler)]Personaje a jubilar: (view spoiler)[ Kisten. Cero onda con él. (hide spoiler)]Narración: ¿Está mal escrito? (view spoiler)[ Sigue bien, correcta. Me encantó la escena en (view spoiler)[ el ever-after ,(hide spoiler)]buena acción, buen suspenso, las emociones a flor de piel. Genial(hide spoiler)]¿Presenta situaciones realistas? (view spoiler)[ Lo de siempre, Sin embargo, y repito lo que escribí en la reseña anterior, las emociones son muy reales, la amistad entre Ivy y Rachel (view spoiler)[ el amor no correspondido de la primera, y la imposibilidad de corresponder de la segunda, mezclada con la reticencia absoluta de Rachel a abandonar esa amistad, dado el amor que las une por un lado, y las separa por el otro (hide spoiler)], siendo el mayor logro de la autora. (hide spoiler)]Clichés: (view spoiler)[ Figuritas repetidas...- Heroína tiene debilidad por los "chicos malos". -Heroína no sabe (view spoiler)[ si elegir entre el good boy o el bad boy, se decide por lo inmediato. (hide spoiler)]-Heroína que está demasiado convencida de algo, comete varios errores, enceguecida por su convencimiento.-Heroína hace algo extremo para no lastimar a un ser querido, termina lastimándolo/la el triple. (hide spoiler)]Nivel de Originalidad (view spoiler)[ 6/10 Las escenas con el interés romántico le restaron mucho. (hide spoiler)]Puede causar gracia (sin intención del autor/a) (view spoiler)[ Hubo una escena con Kisten (view spoiler)[ bailando (hide spoiler)] que me pareció un poco tonta. (hide spoiler)]Urban Fantasy¿Qué podemos esperar? (view spoiler)[Un nuevo personaje cada diez capítulos, muchos hechizos, muchas frases en latín, villanos malos malos, muchas especies nuevas, secretos sin desentrañar, misterios sin resolver, etc. (hide spoiler)]¿Escenas hot? (view spoiler)[ Sí. Nivel 7/10 (nivel Kelley Armstrong, explícito pero no tanto. (hide spoiler)]Posibles bajones (puede variar según el lector) (view spoiler)[Mucho tiempo preciado perdido en la relación (view spoiler)[Kisten-Rachel (hide spoiler)]. (hide spoiler)]Credibilidad del world-building: Del 1 al 10 (view spoiler)[10(hide spoiler)]¿Ofensas? ( Ya sea el autor, quien narra la historia, o desde comentarios de personajes secundarios…)(view spoiler)[ Que yo recuerde, ninguna.(hide spoiler)]¿Me gustó? Sí. Más allá de las decepciones. El mundo de los Inderlanders sigue siendo atrapante. Cuando la autora se vuelca de lleno el la aventura, es insuperable.¿Hay cosas peores? (view spoiler)[ Mañana tengo que trabajar.(hide spoiler)]¿Libros peores? (view spoiler)[ Pff, si. Eso va a gusto del consumidor (hide spoiler)]¿Libros mejores? En el género, supongo que sí. (¿Kate Daniels? No soy seguidora de esa serie, pero reconozco que es superior)TL;DR: Si se bancan el cliché de (view spoiler)[chica políticamente correcta se enreda con hombre sexualmente atractivo con un pasado de reputación dudosa que en realidad tendría que estar en la cárcel pero no lo está porque el mundo es fantasía, pero que en el fondo es en realidad un chico torturado que sólo quiere compañía (hide spoiler)] *toma aire*, si dejan de lado eso (que, desafortunadamente, en esta ocasión ocupa más espacio del que debería) la serie vale la pena, las escenas de acción y la trama de The Hollows (mucha bruja y mucho demonio, intrigas de drug-lords y los mundos del más allá-más acá) son interesantes y muy entretenidas.Lo recomendaría a quienes les gusta..A cualquiera que le guste la fantasía urbana y lea a Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, etc.Puntaje final: 3.5 ["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"]>["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"]>["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"]>

  • Sara Kate
    2019-02-03 22:54

    I loved this one, starting to really get into this series. Also.... I mean can we talk about Kisten?!?! I am so up for Rachel and Kisten as a couple. I feel kinda bad for Ivy though and her strong feelings toward Rachel and her not knowing what to do with them. I hope Ivy will find someone.

  • Kribu
    2019-02-11 23:57

    Hmm. I felt this one was a little weaker, overall, than the second book - possibly because there was a little less emphasis on plot and a little more on Rachel finding more or less every single guy hot.It didn't really bother me - for which I need to give the author some props, because it so easily could have, and should have - but really, it was getting ever so slightly ridiculous how Rachel was basically drooling over every man she met. Kisten's hot. Trent's hot. David's hot. Lee's hot. Nick .. who? I have to admit, I was more intrigued by the guys Rachel didn't drool over but described in appreciative ways anyway, though - Quen, Takata and, well, yeah, Algaliarept. Can't help that. (Also, the other ones all just sound far too young for my taste.)I do hope there's a little ... well, maybe she could just settle for drooling over no more than two guys a book, hmm? Although I don't really foresee that happen. Ah well.I do hope the next books will eventually be, well, edited, though. So many things in this one made me wince - not just misspellings but there was one lengthy part in the middle of the book in particular where there was a horrid over-abundance of epithets. The distasteful man. The older elf. The overly tall man. The shorter but well-proportioned man. All for people whose names we (and Rachel) knew. Grgh. (Sorry, it's one of my pet peeves as far as writing goes.)Anyway, all that aside, and in spite of the abundance of things I don't normally care for, there's something undeniably appealing about the series. I've warmed to Rachel enough and find both the general plot and the recurring characters intriguing enough to want to continue for certain.

  • Maria_Love_For_Books
    2019-01-31 19:30

    Really, why I haven’t read this series earlier? What an amazing read! Exactly what a good urban fantasy must be! With a very well structured world-building and many great characters that in every book have very interesting development, this book was definitely one of my best reads this year. It seems that this series is getting better with each book, another good reason to read The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.Rachel has too many things on her plate right now. Her boyfriend can’t get far enough from her, a demon wants her soul, the criminals of Cincinnati are in a kind of war and she becomes a target for too many times, she has to help someone she has mixed feelings for, and she has to deal with vampires and werewolves. On top of that, her relationship with one of her partners is in a serious trouble. Well, but all of that is just a typical day in her life!It’s easy to see that Rachel is changing in the series. She’s not the uptight woman she was at the beginning. Also, her power is growing and she starts learning some secrets from the past that change her. Rachel is a woman who was lonely and now learns how to trust more than one person. It was easy to see her loneliness through her relationship with Nick. She just needed someone to hold her and feel safe and when he betrayed her (because that’s how I understand his behavior, as a betrayal to her) she was very sad. The fact that she’s trying for a relationship with Kisten is definitely a sign that her mind now is more open to different. But I have to be honest, I am not sure if Kisten is the best choice for her. I have another man on my mind for her! I have to admit that I like all the secondary characters in this series and that’s a huge success! Ivy, Kisten, David, Trent, Ceci and all the others are very well-written characters and they have a lot to give in the series. But my personal favorite is Jenks!! I absolutely love him!! I think that for the first time in my life, I prefer a pixy and not one of the hot guys! But what can I do? I believe that Jenks is irresistible!!!So, if you haven’t start this series you should definitely give it a try! I recommend it to all the fans of the genre!

  • La La
    2019-01-25 20:41

    I'm currently on book three and I really don't know what to say. This series doesn't really do it for me but I feel deeply compelled to continue on hoping that it gets better. So far I find Rachel to be judgemental, a bit of a victim, and too stupid to live, yet she's suppose to be the baddest b^%$!. I don't see it. She's constantly getting her butt kicked and getting lucky in the end with the help of others. She can't stand Trent for his business dealings, drugs and biomedical research, which is illegal. Even after he finally confesses to her the reason behind his activity she feels no sympathy for his plight. Yet she forgives Kisten, her vampire lover, for "accidently" killing 16 people on a rivals boat. His excuse "I warned my enemy and I thought he would get the people off the boat". That would not be a good enough excuse for me. That's like saying "Yeah, I pulled the trigger but they were suppose to get out the way. I wasn't aiming for them." I figured as an ex I.S. agent she would feel compelled to turn him in considering the right and wrong of the situation, but no. She decides it wasn't his fault because his rival should have gotten the people off the boat. WHAT? What keeps me coming back are the supportive character, Trent, Jenks and fam, Glenn & Edden, and even Ivy, when she not creeping me out. This series has so many flaws I'm constantly reading in disbelief but I will definitely finish the series because even a bad book can in someway's be good. It's like reading a Jackie Collins book, you know it stupid but you just can't stop.

  • valee
    2019-02-13 15:48

    I loved this one!So much better than the first 2 books. I enjoyed every page of this book, although it took me much more time to read it.Rachel is becoming stronger, which I love, I really want her to become even more powerful than she already is.Nick didn't make an appearance after the first half of the book, which IMHO was the reason for why I adored this book much more than the first 2. He is a boring and irrelevant character and (even if I know it is a terrible thing to say) I wish he could just dye, but a good read's friend told me he will keep coming in all the books.Kisten is super hot. I love him. And I really like the relationship that is settling between him and Rachel.Although my fave character is Trent! And I kinda believe that he and Rachel would end up together at the end. I mean don't get me wrong, I love Kist, but Trent is the best and he will win at the very end.This series is getting better and better with every new book I read. I can't wait to read the next one. If it is as good as this one, both are going to my faves shelf.

  • Charlie
    2019-02-11 22:33

    Not quite as good as book two but definitely still great. So far my series re-read is a success.

  • Kimberley doruyter
    2019-02-09 20:56

    still enjoyable but it's starting to slip.

  • ★ʜɑʋɘɳ★
    2019-01-20 17:29

    Srsly, this series could be so bloody amazing if Rachel weren't such a bloody idiot.

  • Mark
    2019-01-29 18:52

    These just keep the high standards since the first book. Good character maturity.

  • Carly
    2019-01-20 20:35

    Book Reaction (not a full review)In the third installment of Rachel Morgan's adventures, she's mostly dealing with the fallout of some of the events of the previous book. Sadly, this means that the book has a heavy focus on vampires and demons, and in Harrison's world, that means that the book is all about seduction, temptation, and weird rapey vibes. An amusing side adventure involves Rachel acting as body guard for Trent because--wait for it--they believe that she can handle vampiric vibes better than, say, someone who wasn't bitten by one.I continue to be not remotely okay with the vampire stuff. In this book, Ivy mostly gives up on flat-out trying to rape Rachel; instead, she explains that she's hovering around because she believes that given enough time, pressure, and guilt, Rachel will cave. She tells her that giving blood isn't sex, and that it's a sign of love, and that if Rachel *really* loved her, then she'd submit. In other words, Ivy is a manipulative bitch as well as being the female equivalent of a Nice Guy (TM). Kisten (what a name... so much bad pun potential) is hanging around, and even though he's a predatory sleaze, he looks almost good when compared against the batshit-crazy jealous unreasonable selfishness that is Ivy.Also adding to the rapey vibes--and in this case it's overt--is Al the Happy Demon. I thought the demon's familiar bit was an interesting twist, and I'm a little sorry to see its consequences minimized. I did like the neat way one of the lingering issues of the last book was resolved, however.Speaking of which, a lot of folks told me that this was UF, not PNR. To my mind, three serious love interests in as many books (two of which she's slept with, and that's not mentioning Ivy's rapey weirdness), plus a plot that tends to revolve around Rachel's romances, puts this firmly in PNR territory.I still think a lot of my enjoyment has to do with the narrator, Marguerite Gavin. Even this pleasure, however, is no longer unqualified. Harrison introduced a character named "Ceridwen," and Gavin pronounces it as "Siridwen." (Wince.) Gavin's pronunciation of her nickname left me with an unfortunately apt mental portrait of "Ceri":It's always interesting to consider the writing style of a book I listened to rather than read. It still feels engaging to me, but given the number of odd phrasings and word choices I stumbled over, I think most of that comes from Gavin's narration.Overall, I think I'm rapidly becoming a bit disenchanted with the series. This book really isn't any worse than the previous two, and it has a lot of the same selling points: interesting worldbuilding, large cast of characters, and plenty of action. However, it hasn't developed into anything more. I think I'll stick it out for one more book and then give the series a rest.

  • VampireNovelFan
    2019-01-21 23:39

    This book is the best thus far in the series. You can tell it's starting the hit its stride. The characters are becoming more established and the lines between protagonists and antagonists are thinning a bit. Rachel strikes a deal with Algaliarept, a demon, to testify against Piscary. To do it she'll have to become his familiar. From there she meets his old familiar, Ceri, who happens to be an elf. She turns out to be a very mysterious, interesting, and powerful character. Does Rachel want to make her existence known to Trent Kalamack? Her relationship with Nick is strained from the second installment after she makes him her familiar. In the meantime, there's Kisten. Their chemistry from the end of the second book certainly doesn't go ignored here. All I have to say there is WOWZA!! Her scenes with Nick were pretty boring (he's human, what can he do?), so adding the vamp was a welcome change. She ends up going to an event with Trent Kalamack, elf tycoon and brimstone dealer. No, they aren't chummy. Quen, Trent's head of security, cannot accompany him due to his vulnerability to his vamp scar, so he begs Rachel to go in his place. This gives the elves a bit more development and we learn more about Rachel's past and her father. While there's definitely some heat with Kisten, there is surprisingly a good deal of chemistry between her and the elf, too. He's got a few surprises of his own, but I found their adventure together quite fun. Man, I can't help but like the bad boys!If that's your thing, you'll want to read this series. *Review also posted to Amazon

  • Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
    2019-02-02 18:36

    "Tink's panties" this is the best one so far! Rachel Morgan is back, stirring up some more trouble in the Hollows! I couldn't ask for anything more: non-stop action, danger, more of my favorite characters [Trent, Kisten and Takata], some great new additions [Ceri, David and Erica] and finally some overdue romance!! I had Trent and Kisten listed as potential suitors for Rachel in my head after the second book, but Kisten has definitely won me over! Rachel's character started out a "diamond in the rough" who is now evolving and this maturity is apparent in Every Which Way But Dead. I really missed Jenks and his great one-liners in the second half of the book...can't wait for him to come back! I am usually frustrated with some things when I read this series but I was drawn in by this one and did not want to put it down, it was a bittersweet ending. I am anxiously anticipating the next one!

  • Deea (Andreea)
    2019-02-11 20:54

    [Re-read November 2014]Memorable moments in this one as well. *happy sigh* I'm pretty sure from the earliest books, this one had some of my most favorite scenes with Trent - and here I started jumping head-first on Team Trent. (Then there's the wedding part mwahaha.:D)Rachel is already showing signs of her personal growth and self discovery. And everyone is so badass! I'm so in love with Kisten at this point... Debating if I should or should not go through that part of the series again or just skipping ahead...

  • Shandra
    2019-01-29 18:57

    Actual rating: 4 starsIt's official...I truly love this series. The world is amazing, and our main characters are just as awesome!! This book would've been five stars, but the typos were ridiculous. It was to the point where the story was affected because often the typos made me have to stop and figure out what the author was saying. It sort of hampered my reading experience. But Kisten made up for it...oh how I love him!!!!

  • Anna Kander
    2019-02-19 21:29

    Ah, Kisten. Still Rachel's best boyfriend ever.

  • Tara Day
    2019-01-20 15:46

    Hello fellow reviewers! Minor spoilers ahead. In this installment of the Hollows series, we meet lots of new characters, say interesting goodbyes and even better hellos, and we go in deep with new plots. You may have noticed my four star rating and that may confuse you considering this is my favorite series. That being said, I enjoyed this book but it's not one of my favorites. I'll explain later. I always start with my good feelings on it.Soooo, I love the budding new alliance between Trent and Rachel. I've always loved Trent - even in the first one because I thought he was such a manipulative, evil genius. (view spoiler)[ The fact that he's an elf really helps because I have very strong feelings towards elves.(hide spoiler)] I enjoy the complicated feelings Rachel has between Quen and the continued hate she has toward Jonathan. I also like that we get a little insight to what kind of magic they're all capable of. Mmm, Trent. Also, I can't wait for them and Ceri to meet because HA. And Ellasbeth, I want to punch you in the face because I know what you do to Trent later. I don't like that Jenks left and I curse Rachel for not sharing the secret with him even though I understand why. He does lighten up the books with his humor and his ego. Besides, I love the way she describes the pixies and all their dust and high-pitched giggling. I loved it when he got all choked up about his daughter being the first one to leave the church and how he got Ivy that Bite Me doll.And well, now there's Kisten. We all know it was going to happen, she's been hinting at it from book two. They had a moment in the elevator and now they had a bigger moment on Ivy's couch - which I find hilarious. Though Kisten has never been my favorite boyfriend, I do love the way he makes Rachel feel. Confident and sexy and professional. I love that he takes her out on dates and plays the gentleman, even when he's slightly manipulating her. I do love that he's just a big teddy bear vampire around some people and a lethal killer around those who deserve it. But I just love Nick more, which is why I'm so keen to start the fourth one. Oh, Nick. What trouble you'll bring us. I like that even though Nick is human, he still strives to make his magic work and he has all these wonderful little secrets and habits that seem to stress everyone but him out. So now the reason why I rated this four stars. It's not the writing because I love her writing. Kim Harrison is a very talented world builder and introduces characters that are very multi-faceted and personable. But I feel like we met too many people in this one while dealing with the rest of the plot. We literally meet - David, Erica, Lee, Takata, Ellasbeth, Ceri, Newt, Skimmer, and a handful of minor characters... it was just too much for me strung in with all the rest of what was going on. Information overload. Like this was the book where all the important people for the plots eight books later all came in to play. And I don't like Algaliarept in this book. Granted, he's a villain. But I love me some villains and he's just not one I enjoy. I feel like this one had a Supernatural curse where the same things tend to happen - Al shows up and Rachel gets her ass kicked and then something happens and Al has to vanish or be banished. I kind of felt his plot was an endless loop even with the ending. She still owes him and we all know he's coming back, regardless of who he chose to keep as his familiar. And now there's Newt, so there's another demon she owes. The back and forth "I'll owe you a favor" gets kind of old and I wish Rachel would find a way just to kill demons already. But I still enjoyed this book. It's just not my favorite in the series and I wasn't very happy with Rachel through most of it. I know, however, that the fourth one kind of introduces a very exciting premise for me and so I'm ready to get reading. Recommended for fans of urban fantasy and kick-ass heroines.

  • Lauren
    2019-02-10 21:37

    Every Which Way But Dead4 StarsThere is a lot going on in Rachel’s life as she deals with becoming Algaliarept’s familiar, Nick’s aloofness, Ivy’s possessiveness, Kisten’s advances, Jenks’s hurt feelings as well as a possible Were stalker, a dangerous extortionist and last but not least, Trent Kalamack’s mysterious machinations. With all this, its amazing that she hasn’t lost her mind yet … or has she?The majority of the book revolves around introducing new characters and developing existing ones. The actual storyline only puts in an appearance in the last few chapters, which is disappointing as I am more of a plot than a character driven reader. Nevertheless, the updates on Rachel’s past and her interactions with the different people and beings in her life makes for entertaining reading overall.There is a great deal of focus on the men in Rachel’s life in this installment. The developments with regard to Nick are positive and I, for one, would be glad to (view spoiler)[see the back of him for good (hide spoiler)]. While not exactly hero material, Kisten is growing on me, and his actions and motivations, although morally questionable, appear to be more straightforward than Nick’s (at least on the surface). More information is provided on Trent and his agenda that sheds light on his past actions and makes them more understandable if not completely acceptable. While he still isn’t trustworthy, he is starting to redeem himself a bit.The two new additions, Lee and David, are both very intriguing. Lee is (view spoiler)[little more than pond scum and it was good to see him get his just desserts although something tells me that we haven’t seen the last of him (hide spoiler)]. There is also more to David than meets the eye and it will be interesting to see where Harrison takes his unusual alliance with Rachel. Ivy and Rachel’s relationship is as creepy as ever mainly due to the fact that Ivy is unwilling or unable to accept that Rachel only wants to be friends not blood buddies. Nevertheless, the angst is toned down somewhat so I’m willing to put up with her. On a final note, Marguerite Gavin's narration is superb as always and she does an excellent job making each and every character come to life. Looking forward to the next chapter of Rachel’s adventures in the Hollows.