Jen’s Favorites of 2017

For me, 2017 meant a lot of writing, moving (again!), and some new responsibilities at work. When you put all of that together, it equals less reading time for me than ever before. I came across a few stinkers (which I had to mark DNF despite my best efforts,) but I also added a few awesome books to my keeper-shelf.

Every year, Ilona Andrews tops my list. Part of me is embarrassed that I must be so predictable by now, but it’s not my fault. I swear if she ever writes something I don’t love, I’ll tell you the truth. In this case, it’s a two-fer in her Hidden Legacy series. White Hot and Wildfire came out really close together and that was a huge win for fans who had to wait an age after Burn For Me. These books feature such fantastic world building, awesome characters, and an exciting enemies-to-lovers romance that hit all my happy buttons. If you’re a Kate Daniels fan or heck, if you like UF/PNR at all… jump into this series with both feet. I promise you won’t regret it. [Read more…]

Review: The Turn by Kim Harrison

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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…]

Review: The Operator by Kim Harrison

Reviewed by Jen

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…]

Jen’s Favorite Books of 2015

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…]

Review: The Drafter by Kim Harrison

drafterReviewed by Jen

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…]

Jen’s Favorite Books of 2014

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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…]

Review: The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison

witch with no nameReviewed by Jen

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…]

Review: The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

undead poolReviewed by Jen

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…]

Giveaway: Ever After

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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…]

Review: Ever After

Reviewed by Jen

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.

Rating: A

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Ever After
by Kim Harrison
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins