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Ever After

Ever After (The Hollows/Rachel Morgan, #11)
by Kim Harrison

The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse.

While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die.

But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan… (goodreads.com)

Oh, this series, why do you do what you do to me? It’s been such a roller coaster relationship for the last few books and I am starting to think perhaps the series should come to an end soon. That being said I did love the previous two books, even if I wasn’t really sure about books 7 and 8. I don’t know…

This book was Al and Trent-centric and really, I should have been ALL OVER THAT – but I wasn’t. I will be honest with you, I struggled through most of this book and was going to write it off completely until the ending. THAT ENDING! Ooooo!

When I think about what I didn’t like about the story (I think I just found it sort of boring), I realized that this is one of the few books where Rachel isn’t completely inept at something – even if she is still being blamed for something that wasn’t her fault, but if she couldn’t fix it she’d be killed, AGAIN. Rachel was strong and in control in Ever After and I should be jumping for joy about this, but I just couldn’t bring myself to care.

The book wasn’t horrible, but I found it sort of flat in comparison to the rest of the series. I will say this yet again – I miss Ivy. Why is Ivy always AWAY? Is it just me? It’s like Ivy has tiny cameos in the stories now and they can’t afford to hire the actress full time or something. I loved the start of this series with Rachel, Ivy and Jenks against the world. Now? If Ivy has anything to do with the story it’s all about her brooding over being a vampire, getting angry at Rachel for no reason and Rachel trying not to emote and arouse Ivy’s vampire senses…then? Ivy vanishes and it’s all Rachel all the time.

I want my urban fantastical trio back together.

I want Al to not be BFFs with Rachel and be a badass demon once again.

I did get a death in there I had wanted! But one I didn’t want happened, too. It made me sad.

I feel like I am reading this series out of loyalty to the first few books. Yes, there are some gems along the way, but I don’t feel like there is any progression to the characters anymore. I am super curious about how the ending of Ever After will come into play in the next book. If it’s just ignored completely I think I might give up and go on a break from this Rachel Morgan series because I can’t take it anymore. The ending of this book needs to be explored (and ooooo, hotness!)

I’m worried this series is becoming stale, and since it’s a series I have loved for so long, this makes me sad. I hope that there’s more awesome to come, but I also think it might be time to wrap things up sooner than later. What do you guys think?

The Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series

  1. Dead Witch Walking
  2. The Good, The Bad & the Undead
  3. Every Which Way But Dead
  4. A Fistful of Charms
  5. For a Few Demons More
  6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
  7. White Witch, Black Curse
  8. Black Magic Sanction
  9. Pale Demon
  10. A Perfect Blood
  11. Ever After

A Perfect Blood

A Perfect Blood (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #10)
by ? Kim Harrison ?

Yeah, baby! You have no idea how I actually squealed when I opened an email from my Harper Collins rep and she mentioned they’d be getting a few copies of the latest Kim Harrison book and would it be ok if she sent me one. I also laughed at the “would it be ok” part. You see, she was quite aware of my extreme love of all things Kim Harrison and therefore the question she asked me wasn’t really a question.

I am currently in the process of building a lovely shrine to my HC rep and once it is finished I shall post a photo. I had hoped to have it ready for this post but life is busy and I have little free time. Boo!

Since we’re at the 10th book in the Rachel Morgan series (Happy 10th anniversary, Kim Harrison! *throws confetti*) I shall try not to spoil much for those who are still reading, have not yet read, etc. etc. I don’t even post the summaries of these books anymore since just those alone can spoil the behind reader.

I was rather disappointed when I started reading though, since the book didn’t really pick up for me until about a third of the way in. I was actually annoyed with Rachel in this book, more so than usual, but this had more to do with the way she was written. I don’t know if it was just me or if anyone else picked up on this, but by golly! When did Rachel become so bloody sex obsessed? It’s like all of a sudden you couldn’t be a male OR female (human, vamp, were OR PIXIE!) within her line of sight because she’d be getting all hot and bothered and be feeling things in her nether regions. THIS IS NOT THE RACHEL MORGAN THAT I HAVE LOVED FOR 9 BOOKS!

What the hell?! I was almost ready to just toss the book aside and mourn the loss of a series that I have loved since it’s inception. Thankfully all the libido thoughts were quelled once Rachel was kidnapped and tortured. I have never been so thankful for violence in a book. Jeez.

Once the action (of the non-sexual kind) started, I was quite hooked on the story and much more eager to continue reading. The HAPA group was an interesting idea, though I am sort of sad that it took 10 books for this group to be mentioned, as well as the slurs they have for the Inderlanders, which I don’t ever recall hearing before. I feel like this part of the backstory should have come up before now. Oh, well. It’s not the end of the world, because it’s giving us a lot of loose threads to follow in future books. Yay!

My favourite addition to the world in which Rachel Morgan ineptly bumbles around in was Winona. I completely ADORED her, especially after the, er, change. I certainly hope she remains a recurring character in future books. In fact I’d like to see more of her than say, Pierce (whom I cannot stand). Would be nice if she became a nanny for Trent and Ceri.

That being said, I sort of miss the days when the books were just Rachel, Ivy and Jenks against the world. It’s well and nice that they have friends and allies now, but I sort of miss the three of them together. Ivy has been in the background of the stories for too long now. Jenks often gets way more “screen” time than Ivy does and that makes me sad. I have said this for the last few books now, too. We need more Ivy! *waves banners and signs*

I am happy that I was not disappointed by A Perfect Blood in the end. Yay! I hate that I have to wait an entire year for each book, though. Boo! I can’t wait to see where Kim Harrison is taking us with HAPA and Rachel and how suddenly I am a lot more suspicious of people I hadn’t been suspicious of before. Hmm. Can’t wait to get my Hollows fix next year!

The Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series

  1. Dead Witch Walking
  2. The Good, The Bad & the Undead
  3. Every Which Way But Dead
  4. A Fistful of Charms
  5. For a Few Demons More
  6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
  7. White Witch, Black Curse
  8. Black Magic Sanction
  9. Pale Demon
  10. A Perfect Blood
  11. Ever After

Something Deadly This Way Comes

Something Deadly This Way Comes (Madison Avery, #3)
by Kim Harrison

I’m Madison Avery, in charge of heaven’s hit squad . . . and fighting it all the way.

When Madison died the night of her prom, she knew her life would never be the same. Now she has a powerful amulet, a team of rogue angels by her side, and the ability to flash forward into the future to see the shape of destiny. And of course, now she’s finally with Josh—a perfect boyfriend who doesn’t even mind that she’s dead.

But being dead has its disadvantages, too. Madison feels caught between the light and the dark, and between her real life and her timekeeper status. When Madison has the opportunity to get her body back—to bealive again—she faces her most difficult decision yet. If she claims it, she could return to being a normal girl—and have a chance at a real relationship with Josh. But would having the one thing she wants most in the world also mean giving up everything she’s worked so hard for? (goodreads.com)

Release date: May 24, 2011

I want to like this series, I really do. We’re now three books in and I’m still finding it a little “meh”. There is something about the Madison Avery series that just seems lackluster to me. I love Kim Harrison and I love The Hollows series (her adult urban fantasy) but I am not getting the same satisfaction that I get from the adult series in this YA one.

A lot of of my meh about this book was the story. I didn’t care about the Tammy girl and her soul’s fate. I think the way Madison blunders into every “saving” she does is just awkward and unhelpful. Most of the problems that happen are caused by her. Of COURSE she’s going to get the cops called on her and blamed for things – she comes off as a crazy person! A crazy person surrounded by more crazies since Nikita, Barnabas and Josh are normally with her. Hell, I’d call the cops on her, no matter how awesome her hair apparently looks. (Still irked over the lack of hair sync with the cover model.)

I was so excited to receive this book for review and I waited a month and a half before I picked it up so I could read it closer to the release date (which I thought was in June, so happy me, I got to read it this weekend since it’s TUESDAY!). I just wish I could have been as excited as I turned each page.

I love the concept behind the series. I do. The light and dark and timekeeper thing, awesome. I love the battle between Madison and Ron (the light timekeeper). I love how Nikita and Barnabas are evolving. I even love Madison’s relationship with Josh. But the plots of the books aren’t hooking me. They just aren’t. I feel like they are written too fast with not too much thought. I worry that perhaps my literary goddess, Kim Harrison is now doing too much in a year and the stories are suffering. I’d much rather stellar Rachel Morgan books and forgo the YA novels. I am  hoping that the next book will have a story line that interests me a little more.

I didn’t hate the book, I sort of feel apathetic towards it. It’s one of those things where I feel like I should like it but I just didn’t connect very strongly. It’s Kim Harrison! I adore her writing! I just need meatier plots. 😉

Thank you, Harper Collins Canada for this book. It will be a cherished Kim Harrison title on my shelves, even though it won’t be a reread for a long time.

Madison Avery series

  1. Once Dead, Twice Shy
  2. Early to Death, Early to Rise
  3. Something Deadly This Way Comes

In My Mailbox #42 – The Luck O’the Irish Edition

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren … and I end up adding a ton of books to my wish list every week.

All my IMM posts can be found here!

A lucky Irish THANK YOU goes out to Harper Collins Canada for these books. I was so surprised and delighted when I came home from work on Friday to find my one expected book multiplied like bunnies while in the mail to me and turned into FIVE books! *dances*

Books received for review:

(all links go to Goodreads for more information on the titles)

People mentioned:

Erica of The Book Cellar

I don’t get books for review very often but when I do I feel like I have won the lottery! These came at a lovely time when I am unable to buy new books right now. So, yay!

Pale Demon

Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan, #9)
by ? Kim Harrison ?

I honestly cannot believe that we’re already up to the ninth book in the Rachel Morgan series. It feels like only yesterday I had discovered the series. Though the first book published in 2004 I only discovered the books when book 3 was about to come out. In fact the bookstore that I was working in at the time had an ARC in mass market of Every Which Way but Dead and I was in heaven! I also remember when these books came out in mass market only then I guess the series got all popular and the publishers switched to hard cover. I tried very hard to wait the year for the paperback, but it never worked. So what I did was buy the hard cover and then give it away when the paperback came out a year later. I stopped doing that so now I’m trying to build up my library with hard covers. It seems that the first books have all been re-released in hard cover now, so one day, when I am rich I will buy them all.

But enough about book formats, this post is allllll about the ninth Rachel Morgan book and guess what? I loved it. I loved it so much more than the last two which left me sort of…dry. For once Rachel wasn’t written up as a completely incompetent person who gets blamed for everyone else’s mistakes (thank the gods, because that was getting old)! Rachel Morgan was powerful and in control and that made me happy.

Also making me happy? Road trip with Trent. (Not a spoiler as it is in the summary for the book!) I love Trent. I don’t like the male characters in these books all that much, but I love Trent. I can’t stand Pierce and I wish he would just die again and be all dead and not a ghost. Just dead. Because I hate him. Al… well, Al I generally like but I did not like him much in this book. He seemed out of character to me and I didn’t like the character he had become.

I was discussing the book with my husband and it occurred to me I couldn’t pin point exactly why I loved this book so much. I think it just has to do with Rachel not being blamed for everything and how she seemed to be in control of the situations that were thrown at her. Also there’s the interaction between Rachel and Trent that just makes me smile and laugh. Thing is this series has seriously been lacking in something lately and that’s Ivy. She’s pretty much been written out of the stories. Sure she’ll be there, but she doesn’t DO anything, or speak much. It’s sort of sad because the first books what I really loved was Ivy and Rachel and Jenks. Their frienship, banter and how they were a team solving the problems. Now everything is Rachel, normally with Jenks around swearing and offering up snarky commentary and Ivy is absent.

I do hope that Ivy reappears in the next novel and actually has a role because I miss her.

Other than that, I had a great time reading this book and I wasn’t even going to buy it when it came out. I was going to wait until finances were more stable (read: available) and since I hadn’t really been wowed by the last two novels I thought I’d wait, but after losing Annie I needed something familiary

The Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series

  1. Dead Witch Walking
  2. The Good, The Bad & the Undead
  3. Every Which Way But Dead
  4. A Fistful of Charms
  5. For a Few Demons More
  6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
  7. White Witch, Black Curse
  8. Black Magic Sanction
  9. Pale Demon
  10. A Perfect Blood

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