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Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison

 

Every Which Way But Dead

Author: Kim Harrison

Pages [paperback]: 501

The Hollows #3
Book 1: Dead Witch Walking
Book 2: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

Memorable Quote:
Join us next time for Days of the Undead when Rachel learns her long lost brother is really a crown prince from outer space.

Favorite Characters: Jenks & Ceri

Summary:

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, 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.

Review:

I’ve quickly fallen in love with the Hollows series, and am already trying to get my hands on book four. Every Which Way But Dead picks up a few months after book two ended, with Rachel stuck as a demon’s familiar and a new, powerful threat in town ready to take over while Piscary’s in jail.

A few new characters were introduced in this book, both allies and enemies, and they were all as equally brilliant as the returning faces I was happy to see. And, a few people who mildly annoyed me from before had the good sense to stay out of the plot, making it even better. I finished the book in a few days, because each chapter flowed seamlessly into the next, and kept me rooting for Rachel and wanting to know where the plot would twist next. Because everything I didn’t expect seemed to happen.

I like it when a book can take me by surprise, still make sense, and really stick with me. Some books I read, the characters’ names slip out of my head as soon as I set it down. Not so for this series, and I don’t see it happening anytime soon. I don’t want to anticipate too much and disappoint myself, but I think I’ll definitely read these books through to the end. Which I hope is a long time coming.

SUPERNATURALLY THRILLING. 5/5 stars

4 stars · Fantasy · fiction · series

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Dead Witch Walking

Author: Kim Harrison

Pages [paperback]: 416

Book 1 in the Hollows series

Memorable Quote: Most of the upper management of I.S. were undead. I always thought it was because the job was easier if you didn’t have a soul.

Favorite Characters: Jenks & Nick

Summary:

The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the “Inderlanders” reveal themselves, changing everything.

Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland’s best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate.

Review:

Rachel Morgan is one tough witch, and she’s really got me wanting to continue this series. I actually already have book two sitting beside me… The faster this review is done, the faster I can get to reading! (:

Dead Witch Walking is set in a sort of parallel universe where during a time called the Turn, several decades before the book is set, a great majority of humanity’s population was wiped out as a result of a great virus, originating in . . . tomatoes. Although it might be an odd way to have a disease introduced, this does lead to several funny scenes involving tomatoes. Anyway, the non-human species-witches, vampires, pixies, etc.-all decided to reveal their presence in the world, because, being immune to the virus, their numbers were near equal to the humans. What better time would they have to make sure the humans wouldn’t be able to freak out and kill all of them?

Ever since then, both humans and creatures have been working to subdue some of the nastier creatures. That’s where Rachel comes in. She’s been working to help with this for a while, but has decided to quit. And the organization doesn’t exactly let people out of their contracts. Now that she has assassins coming for her, life isn’t looking too well.

The plot in this book is so quick, it had me hooked immediately. Some parts had me wincing, wondering what could possibly happen next. Others had me laughing aloud. I loved the versatility, pulled off smoothly and effortlessly. I fell in love with all of the characters-and can’t wait to see more of the bad guys. This is one series I’ll be following for a while. There’re about a dozen books out so far, I think. That’s enough to keep me happy.

BEWITCHINGLY FANTASTIC. 4/5 stars