When you are away from a beloved series for a while, it’s easy to forget just how much you loved it. And boy, do I love The Hollows. I was so sad to see it end, but Kim Harrison did such an amazing and satisfying job it was hard to argue with the results. She ended it so well, in fact, that I questioned whether I wanted to give this book a try. What if it didn’t measure up? How could it measure up? I am so very happy to report that it absolutely measures up. And it has left me hungry to return to this world again and again. [Read more…]
It feels like it’s been a long wait since I finished the first book in the series. But it was worth the wait. I do think people who have not read The Drafter would I have a hard time jumping in with this second installment, though. It builds heavily on the events of book one which was very dense and full of twists and turns. [Read more…]
It’s hard to believe we’re leaving another great year of reading behind us. In 2015, I found it more difficult to find books that suit my taste. I don’t care to read about billionaire bachelors, rock stars, step-brothers, biker gangs, or BDSM. Take a minute and think about how many titles fell into those categories last year. I did a lot of backlist reading to fill in the gaps.
There were some really good new releases that I did enjoy; they were just more scarce. Here’s a look at some of the 2015 releases that really satisfied. [Read more…]
If you’re a fan of the Hollows and you’re debating whether to pick up this very different kind of book from Kim Harrison, let me make it easy for you: do it. Of course, this recommendation isn’t only for fans of Rachel Morgan, but I have to admit that after loving those books so much, for so long, I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy Harrison making such a big departure from Urban Fantasy. Instead of disappointment, this book left me feeling excited about the next installment and finally broke me free of an ongoing reading slump. [Read more…]
Another great year of reading is drawing to a close and looking back on some of the awesome titles, I am tempted to go back and read some of them again. Now that I have put this list together, I realize that just about every one is part of a series. Some of them can stand alone. Others are better read after enjoying earlier installments. But either way, for me, they are the cream of the crop from the year 2014. [Read more…]
I can’t believe this series is over. For years, I have laughed, cried, and raged at this series. I have swooned, cheered, and cried some more. Kim Harrison has done a skillful and amazing job leading us to this point. And she took the series out in grand style.
Was I satisfied? Yes. Did I enjoy the read? Absolutely. Did I love it like, say, Pale Demon, Ever After, or The Undead Pool? Not quite. And there are a couple of reasons why. [Read more…]
With the notable exception of A Perfect Blood, the Hollows has been steadily gaining momentum in the past few years. Each book is better than the one before. Each book has reminded me why I love this series so damn much. And once again, with this new installment, I have a new favorite. And frankly, I don’t know how Kim Harrison is going to top this one. In fact, part of me wants to just stop reading right here, so she can’t sucker-punch me at the end of the series. [Read more…]
Guys, The Undead Pool is only three months away and I am ready to split at the seams from my excitement. If you’re not quite up to date on The Hollows series, here is your chance. Ever After was one of my favorite books of last year, and you can win a copy. Just enter through the Rafflecopter form below. US Only. [Read more…]
This is my absolute favorite installment of the Hollows series to date. The best book I have read in months. I loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. It’s as though Kim Harrison made this book to order, handpicking all of my favorite elements of the series and letting them shine. Tons of Trent. Al. Jenks. And, of course, the ever after. It’s light on Ivy, the vampire culture, witches and werewolves. And we actually see real growth in Rachel. It’s like Christmas and my birthday all at once.
The story feels more like a follow up to Pale Demon than A Perfect Blood. We’re experiencing a lot of repercussions from that book. The ley line Rachel accidentally made is leaking –and slowly destroying the ever after. Of course, she is blamed, but it’s really Ku’Sox who is setting her up. He exacerbated the problems with the lines to put Rachel in the crosshairs –and he’ll only fix the problem if she takes the curse off of him that keeps him away from her reality.
Ku’Sox is also gunning for Trent. He’s been kidnapping Rosewood babies and he wants Trent to manipulate their genes to make more day-walking demons like Rachel. Ku’Sox wants control of the babies to boost his power among the demons. Trent won’t budge, so Ku’Sox takes desperate action. Trent and Rachel must work together to best Ku’Sox, as the demon endangers those near and dear to both of their hearts… and all of demonkind.
There is a ton of action in this book. I was pulled in from the very beginning and I did not want to put it down until the last page. It is unpredictable. Remember the kind of shockers Kim Harrison delivered in some of the earlier books in the series? Oh yeah, those are back. At right about the halfway mark, she kicked me in the gut –hard. No punches are pulled. No easy roads are taken. It had me by the seat of my pants the whole time.
One of the things I love about these books is the continuity. Harrison never tries to ignore past events. Instead, she weaves them into current stories, reminding us of those things that built the characters into who they are. From the rat fights to the doctor Trent killed –from Rachel’s failed romances to Denon’s death and the boat explosion. It’s all there and then some… all kinds of little Easter Eggs for longtime fans.
We continue to learn more about the demons –and their history. We meet more gargoyles. Learn more about the ever after. Plot Ellsbeth’s death (wait… maybe that last part was just me.) And we get movement on the whole Rachel and Trent will-they or won’t-they dance. I won’t spoil it. But it’s a pretty big story thread, or at least, a major current throughout the book.
I am forcing myself to stop gushing now, before I tell you everything that happened. Just know that if you were on the fence about continuing this series after A Perfect Blood, please take my advice and read this book. If it doesn’t make you fall in love with The Hollows again, I don’t know what will.
*ARC Provided by Harper Collins
Ever Afterby Kim HarrisonRelease Date: January 22, 2013Publisher: Harper Collins
It’s never too early to start keeping up with the amazing books of the New Year! I am sticking with the tradition I started last year of running “Best of” post, so no great book slips through the cracks.
Guys. This is the best installment in the Hollows series to date. It’s not a book for new readers to jump into Rachel Morgan’s world. But for established fans, it’s like hitting the jackpot. The story is more of a continuation of Pale Demon than A Perfect Blood was. It follows Rachel as she tries to repair the damage her ley line made in the ever after a couple of books back. Ku’Sox is trying to get her killed. Ivy is out of town!! It’s heavy on Trent and Al –and delivers the emotional kick to the gut that this series should be known for. Sexy, funny, heartbreaking, and action packed… this one is a can’t miss read.
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by JC Daniels
Click to purchase: Night Blade
This is the most unique feeling Urban Fantasy book I have read in ages. The tone is so dark. The monsters aren’t just sexy humans with super-powers… they are beasts. They are killers. And humans are little more than a food source. The heroine, Meg, is woman of beautiful spirit. She shows the “others” the best of what it means to be human. With her simple kindness and goodwill, she begins to change how they view her kind. I loved how Bishop portrays the supernaturals in this world; how they are so alien and she doesn’t try to humanize them. I picked this book up and was glued to the pages until I was done. Very cool.
You may have noticed that historicals don’t feature on my favorites lists quite as often as some other genres. But I really, really enjoyed this third installment in the School of Gallantry series. (Don’t worry; it works great as a standalone.) This book has one of my favorite romance tropes: a tortured hero who thinks he is not good enough for his heroine. Caldwell and Caroline have been friends since she was only 13, but now she is all grown up. Despite his best intentions, Caldwell can’t help the attraction he feels for her, but he doesn’t want to ruin the one good relationship he has ever had by bringing sex into the picture. There is great sexual tension; characters I felt I knew and I loved; and a romance that I could really root for. Plus, a delicious dollop of angst. Good stuff.
Click to purchase: Lady of Pleasure
Touch & Geaux
by Abigail Roux
Just when I think I can’t get any more emotionally invested in Ty and Zane, Abigail Roux writes another book and I only fall deeper. I should have known that this book would take me through the wringer. After all, the last installment ended with everyone so happy. I was feeling so good, I should have known it couldn’t last. This book takes our men to New Orleans to hook up with Ty’s Sidewinder team. There is big trouble with an old nemesis of Grady’s and it leads to danger and… Who am I kidding? The heart of this book is the giant wedge that slams down the center of our beloved couple. It’s dirty and painful and I was a sniveling mass of raw nerves when it was over. And the ending. Killed me. If you are not reading this series, you should be. One of my favorite romance series of any subgenre.
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It’s so rare for a book to live up to the hype. But this one did and then some. For a year, Psy Changeling fans made their best guesses and predictions about who this book would be about and whether we would finally discover the identity of the elusive Ghost. It turns out that this is Kaleb’s story –and he is everything we wanted in a hero and more. It’s a book full of passion and deep emotion, with amazingly hot sex and a romance that grabs onto your heart and doesn’t let go. It was absolutely worth the wait and satisfying in every way. Fans of the series won’t want to miss this one. –And if you’ve never read the series, you could still enjoy it, though you are better off starting the series from the beginning.
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By Ilona Andrews
There has yet to be an installment in this series that I didn’t enjoy, so I hesitate to call this a “comeback” book. But I can say that this book really reinvigorated my devotion to this series. Kate and Curran are as engaging as ever, maybe even more so, as the future of their relationship is put on the line. What’s so awesome about it, is that I really had no idea how the conflict would be resolved –or if it even could be. That’s a tall order for a series with such an established couple. The book is a road trip for the gang, but most of the core characters are still there. And it continues to advance the overall arc concerning Kate and her father. I am so excited to see where the series goes from here.
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Rise of the Gryphon
by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
I know these books don’t have the same kind of following as Sherrilyn Keyon’s other series. They are not PNR. But this series is really good Urban Fantasy. It may not be for everybody. It’s complicated and you have to pay attention to the wide palate of characters, races, alliances, and feuds. It’s totally worth it, though. This fourth installment is easily the best in the series to date. Our heroine, Evalle, is finally learning the truth about what she is. She is moving forward in her fragile relationship with Storm. The plot moves fast. There is great action and ass kicking. There is emotional resonance… good sex… and huge arc advancement. I was riveted from beginning to end. Evalle is growing so much. And the ending left me begging for book 5. Really good!
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This book left me feeling so emotional. It was the perfect ending to the Guardian series. The romance is exceptional. Michael’s worship of Taylor is so lovely. Meanwhile, her wariness and fear slowly morph into a tentative love, and it’s such an amazing journey to watch. This story broke my heart and made it whole again, while keeping me on the edge of my seat with action and a fabulous master plan. I loved it.
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by Nalini Singh
This book got me excited for the Guild Hunter series all over again. Raphael and Elena still have so much fire. But what I really loved about this book is the great pacing. The story just builds and builds until it explodes all over the page.
Click to purchase: Archangel’s Legion
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How Beauty Loved the Beast by Jax Garren (steampunk? sci-fi? romance)
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