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review 2017-09-05 00:00
Every Which Way But Dead
Every Which Way But Dead - Kim Harrison 3.5 stars ~ review to come
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review 2017-09-04 00:00
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead - Kim Harrison 4.5 stars ~ review to come
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review 2017-08-05 00:00
Dead Witch Walking
Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison This review first appeared on A Weebish Book Blog

August has been all about clearing the TBR shelves for me, and DEAD WITCH WALKING by Kim Harrison was one that had me buying even more books. Whoops. The book has been collecting dust for years and nowThe Hollows series has become an eagerly anticipated adventure. I have since purchased the next two books in the series.

After years of dead-end assignments and feeling underappreciated, Rachel Morgan breaks her contract as an IS runner and decides to start her own independent runner service. Furious that Rachel took Ivy, his best runner, her former boss puts a hit out on the witch. Determined to shake her death mark, Rachel sets out to uncover evidence of councilman Trent Kalamack’s suspected drug operation.

The first novel in The Hollows series introduces readers to an entertaining cast of characters:

~ Rachel Morgan, kick-ass earth witch and bounty hunter. She’s smart, sexy, and—as IS soon discovers—rather difficult to kill. She solves a complex case while dodging assassination attempts at every turn.
~ Ivy Tamwood is the last of her family’s living vampire bloodline and Rachel’s new wealthy business partner. She has an air of mystery about her, but so far I’ve learned she has a massive crush on Rachel, she’s been fasting from blood for three years, and she’s having a rough time adjusting to living with a human.
~ Jenk’s is Rachel’s pixie backup and crime solving partner. The overly blunt honey addict is probably my favorite character of the bunch. He’s a tough as nails warrior, and takes his job as protector seriously. If I were on the run for my life and had to depend on one person, I’d choose Jenks.
Not only were the characters on point, so was the world building. The world of DEAD WITCH WALKING is one of alternate history and an urban fantasy masterpiece. The scientific community cracked the genetic code, replacing the space race of the ’60s with bioweaponry. The Cold War unleashed a virus which killed a fourth of the human population and outed the Inderland species—vampires, weres, pixies, etc. About any paranormal creature you can think of is a thing of reality.

DEAD WITCH WALKING takes place forty years after the Turn, where humans and Inderland creatures reside side-by-side and the government monitors them all. I loved the complexity of this world and how it all plays a part in Rachel’s rush to solve the mystery and save her life.

There is a minute romance between Rachel and Nick, ex-librarian and full human male she wound up rescuing on her adventures. I’m excited to see how their relationship plays out in the rest of the series.

DEAD WITCH WALKING was a riveting urban fantasy full of mystery and mystical intrigue. It left me craving more paranormal adventures with Rachel, Jenks, and Ivy. I cannot wait to what’s in store for the crew in THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UNDEAD.
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text 2017-07-05 08:08
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead - Kim Harrison

While this one wasn't as much of a push through read as book one, I still didn't flow into it easily. I'm starting to think that short stories are the authors best medium. Too many conflicting/overlapping/annoying threads to the story and one really irritating loose end. What the hell happened to the professor? I'll try book three just to see if that question is answered, but I'm losing faith that a full novel is worth it.

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review 2017-06-13 11:45
Review: The Turn
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death - Kim Harrison

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

Since The Hollows is one of my favourite urban fantasy series, and probably one the series that got me hooked on urban fantasy in the first place, a prequel to the Hollows was a must have. I put in a Netgalley request as soon as I saw it. (Even though I’m only up to book 7 in the series).

 

Though after reading it, I can’t honestly say I liked it all that much. It was okay, somewhere between a two and a three star read for me. The first half of the book was full of science stuff that I found incredibly boring and a slog to get through. I’ve never DNFed a Kim Harrison book before, so series and author love made me determined to finish it.

 

 I found it quite confusing, it didn’t help also that I could have sworn there was a Trent Kalamak in the Rachel Morgan series. It was only when I was reading reviews on Goodreads and saw the questions about this book section that someone else had asked the same thing that was puzzling me. Not the same character, two different characters (though there was a ding! moment towards the end of the book that made me go aaaah, that’s why).

 

One or two familiar characters also popped up, demon Algaliarept (who’s name I can’t pronounce to save my life) was his usual delightfully obnoxious (and somewhat amusing in a snarky way) self and Quen.  One of the vampires makes an appearance towards the end as well.

 

This is all about two dark elf scientists who are fighting it out for funding, Trent and Trisk, both of whom hate each other, Trisk’s created a genetically engineered tomato that will supposedly end third world hunger. Forced to work together each have their own separate agendas. As I said, the first half was all very technical and the two of them playing off each other to get to their own goals. (I had to keep reminding myself this was set in the 60s as well). Favourite classic songs are on the radio as new music.

 

But of course, jealousy rears its ugly head and one thing leads to another, something goes hideously wrong. This resulting in a wide spread disease that nearly wipes out the human race, bringing out the fear and repercussions of a bunch of vampires, witches and other species trying their best to get head of it and survive as well.  While at the same time Trisk and a companion, the Dr who created the virus in the first place, there’s links to her genetic tomato, and Trent trying to keep on top of things.

 

The second half was much more exciting as things went from bad to worse and Trisk and her friends try to fix the problem. There’s something – satisfying is not the word I’d use – but there’s definitely a so that’s how it all happened feeling about now knowing how The Hollows all started, but it’s certainly not a favourite novel. Though I am glad I read it, and would certainly recommend to Hollows fans.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for approving my request to view the title.

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