logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: The-Hollows
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
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.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-05-08 20:43
THE TURN by KIM HARRISON
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death - Kim Harrison

Wonderful book! This is about how Trent's mom and dad got together and everything that happened because of their relationship. All I could think of was poor Trent. Also, I wonder what happens with Orchid. Hopefully there is a second prequel book in this series.

Like Reblog Comment
review 2017-04-01 00:00
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death - Kim Harrison Book: The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death (The Hollows 0.1)
Author: Kim Harrison
Publication Date: 2/7/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 4 Stars


REVIEW

I have loved this entire series. Now mind you I prefer series books to come in order and this is the beginning coming at the end.

We get to find out the actual history of the dreaded tomato.
Virus', Vampires and Elves.

We get Trisk, Rachael and Kal. And although we don't get Jenks we get Orchid a pixie we meet and she is hilarious.

I loved Trisk and Rachael and there were times I wish Kal would take a flying leap. It was great to get back to this series and it saddens me that there will be no more.

I borrowed this book from my local library.
[b:The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death|33252932|The Turn The Hollows Begins with Death|Kim Harrison|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1488714790s/33252932.jpg|49517218]
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-02-16 04:00
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death - Kim Harrison

Trisk sat at her booth hoping to find an employer. She was a geneticists. It had been four months since Trisk had graduated. It was like a reverse job fair post graduates came from all over the country to see if there was a place in their company for the graduates. There wasn’t that many of Trisk’s people left- elves. The population would drop a lot more if they couldn’t halt the ongoing genetic degradation caused by an ancient war. Trisk and her dad had only entertained three employers at their table and they were only interested in her minor in security rather than her major in genetic research. After the fair was over a man from the Conclave told Trisk to put her application in for Global Genetics which was a human ran lab. Trisk would make enough to be free and afford to live and not have to marry. At least she could do what she loved doing at Global Genetics. It had been three years trisk still yawned at noon but no longer fell asleep during lunch as elves were most alert at sunrise and sunset. But Trisk had to follow a human schedule now instead of then naps her body wanted at noon and midnight. Angie was Trisk’s lab assistant. Trisk was helping design tactical biological weapons. Trisk had let Sa’han know of Daniel's research almost eighteen months ago. Trisk had tweaked it and Daniels work could not hurt any paranormals. Then Trisk ran into the new CEO at Global Genetics and he was a vampire but he was not undead but a living vampire. Rick- the CEO told her he was making sure the tweaks she had made on Daniel’s virus wouldn’t hurt vampires. He knew she was an elf and that she worked for Sa’Han and rick told her that was why she and Dr. Pluck were still alive. There was a man who was a witch from the military another who was a vampire with Sa’Han and the were talking to Trisk’s nemesis Kal. Kal was to go to Global genetics and check Trisk’s work. Kal wants to take Trisk’s research and use it as his own as well as get rid of her. I couldn’t get into this in any way I tried a couple times and it just bored me .

Like Reblog Comment
review 2017-02-06 12:22
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death - Kim Harrison

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I really liked this book a lot. I have only read a few of the early books in this series but I knew that I had to read this book as soon as I saw it. I always thought that the history of the world we saw in Dead Witch Walking was extremely interesting. I didn't even know half the story. This book really grabbed my interest right away and held it until the end.

How did a simple tomato kill a large percentage of the human population? We finally find out in this book. Trisk and Kal are both elves and are geneticists at the top of their class. Oh yeah, I should mention that they don't like each other...at all. Trisk ends up working at a human lab working to tweak a virus that is going to be used a weapon so that it cannot harm interlanders. She has also engineered a tomato plant that can survive in almost any condition and is hoped to help solve the world's hunger problem. Kal is asked to also take a look at her work to make sure it is safe before it is released on the world. Let's just say that things go horribly wrong.

The events in this book take place in the 1960's so there aren't too many characters that appear in the series. Every time a character I knew showed up in the story, I found it very exciting. Since I haven't read the whole series, there may have been more well known characters from the series that I just didn't recognize.

The main characters in this story were mostly new to me and I really liked most of them. Trisk was pretty awesome. She works hard and does what is right. When things don't go her way, she makes the best of whatever situation she finds herself in. Daniel is a human working closely with Trisk at the lab. He is actually the man who designed the virus. Daniel became more likable for me the more I read. I absolutely loved him by the end of the book. Orchid is a pixie in a world without a lot of her kind. She's not Jenks but she is pretty awesome. Kal was the kind of character that I love to hate. He is really pretty horrible in just about every way imaginable.

This was a book that I found myself liking more and more as I read. The beginning of the story was interesting but I really got hooked once things started going wrong. I had to know how they were going to deal with what was happening. The characters really proved what kind of person they were during the tragedy. The pacing of the story was well done and once I hit the second half of the book, I had a very hard time putting it down.

I would recommend this book to others. I enjoyed it a lot even though I am nowhere near caught up with this series. I think that it could be read as a stand alone although readers of The Hollows will get a little more from the book. I actually think it is possible we may see more books in this time period. Maybe? I hope so. In the meantime, I will continue to work my way through the original series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I really liked this one a lot. I haven't read all of the books in the Hollows series (I know that I really need to fix this soon) but I have read enough to know how things change in the world. As soon as I saw that this book was about that change, I knew that I would have to read it. It turned out to be a great story.

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?