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I think this will have to be the end of the series for me...I just cannot take it. Rachel has outlasted my endurance for stupid. I enjoyed the storyline and the supporting cast of characters, but Rachel is like the talented kid in your family that decides to break the law for a living. At some point you turn away from the wreckage, this book is that point for me. :-(
Good Book Lover
I've really been enjoying this series as a fun, not too deep, summer distraction. Even though the narrator makes the occasional pronunciation mistake in the previous books, I've enjoyed her performance overall. Living in Northern Michigan, however, I have a BIG problem with her narration of this novel. Since a lot of the story takes place on or near Mackinac Island, she really should have learned the correct pronunciation of the name. Mackinac is the French spelling, while Mackinaw is the English spelling, but both are pronounced the same way. Every time she said "Mackinack" instead of the correct pronunciation of "Mackinaw" I winced. And that was many, many times. So, if you're from Michigan, or just know what the correct pronunciation should be, you might want to read this installment instead of listen to it. It might save you some pain.
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
JENKS!! Got to love a pixie that uses Tink (Tinkerbell) as a curse.
Rachel and Jenks hit the road in order to save one of Jenks’ sons. Oh and Nick (Pfft).
The last time Rachel saw Nick he was leaving town and wouldn’t tell her the whole reason he was leaving. Jenks’ son, Jax was living at Nick’s place to take care of his plants while he was out-of-town.
Jenks and the rest of his pixie family left the church that Rachel and Ivy share as their home because of a fight he and Rachel got into during the last book, Every Which Way but Dead. It’s been a long winter without the pixies around and Rachel is sick of Jenks not talking to her. So when they get word from Jax that Nick is missing and Jax needs help they drop their difference and hit the road to save them.
In true Rachel form this is no simple road trip. There are vampires and werewolves involved and Rachel fighting for her life but she has her trusty backup, Jenks. And Jenks is very much front and center in a big way.
We didn’t get to see of Trent this time about but my fingers are crossed that he will show up in the next installment, For a Few More Demons. Which that title has me a little nervous. I’m thinking we may get to see more of Al.
Rachel is a kick ass witch but at the same time she boarders on “too stupid to live” but in a funny and endearing way. With the help of her friends, Rachel learns why she makes some of the dumb choices in her personal life. And knowing is half the battle, right?
Jenks is a cocky and snarky pixie that’s always there for his partners Rachel and Ivy. He would die to save Rachel and his family. And I think he feels the same about Ivy but he hides it.
Ivy has it hard being stuck behind wanting to be Rachel’s friend and partner to wanting more from Rachel. Not to mention she is trying to fight off some personal demons.
Nick… is a turd and Rachel’s human ex-boyfriend.
Kisten is a sexy vamp who is dating Rachel and seems to really care for her. He is also Ivy’s ex and friend.
I’m not sure if it’s Gavin’s narration or Harrison’s writing that keeps me coming back. I think it’s a little of both. I can’t picture myself reading this series now that I’m hooked on Gavin’s voice for the series. She does an amazing job for all the characters. Her voice for Rachel and Jenks is the best.
JENKS!! One of the best secondary characters ever! And he summed up my feelings about Nick in this quote… “No one cares little green turds about you.”
Will I continue the series:
Hell ya! It gets better with each book. I’m really enjoying the snarky humor and the building relationships between the characters.
I am easily amused!
This book is action packed and full of adventure! Rachel Morgan becomes more involved with demons and her relationships with Ivy Tamwood and Nick evolve. The gang actually leave Cincinnati on a rescue mission which causes a unique set of challenges. We get to see Jenks in a whole new light which makes this my favorite in The Hollows series so far.
I listened to this on audio and while I enjoy Marguerite Gavin's narration many sentences were halting and broke the flow of the book. She even made mistakes with character's voices a few times which was terribly distracting. Whoever was in charge of production really dropped the ball but I still loved the book.
I've listened to all the previous books in the series but this was the worst. Too many of the plot lines make no sense. The main character Rachel comes across as childish or downright silly in most of her actions.
I would suggest the author could have considered previous motives in her writing to help describe current motives. The characters don't appear to be growing.
There are major flaws in this plot line.The Nick Plotline. Rachel blames Nick for betraying her trust but the story has Rachael causing pain to Nick by forcing him to be her familiar. When he leaves to get away from the pain, they don't break up, Rachel just has an affair with another vampire because she needs the comfort. When Nick thinks Rachel has been killed by a demon (and Rachel knows this) she doesn't call or contact Nick to let him know she is okay, rather she lets him suffer for months thinking she has died (what a bitch). When Rachel comes to rescue Nick (unasked for) Rachel then steals the totem Nick has been contracted to retrieve then she keeps it from Nick as though she has a right to have it even though it belongs to the Weres. The totem would allow the Weres to organize and become as powerful an influence as the Vampires but Rachel has decided she doesn't want that to happen. None of this plot line makes any sense. Nick actually comes across as the good guy.The Kisten Plotline. This dude is a vampire who is also a mass murderer. He set a bomb that killed 14 people yet Rachel doesn't think it was Kisten's fault because he called in a warning to the owner of the boat that the bomb was set so clearly Kisten didn't mean to hurt anyone. Yeah right. Like that would fly in ANY court of law anywhere.The Trent Plotline. Rachel knows Trent is trying to save the entire race of Elves. Trent needs elf DNA from an older elf. Preferably one that is 2000 years old but any older DNA would help. Rachel conveniently knows of an elf princess named Ceridwen who is 1000 years old. However, Rachel won't tell either elf about what is going on. Why? Who knows!!!! Rachel has simply decided that she knows what is best for Ceridwen and the race of elves. Ceridwen isn't even asked if she would like to help her people! It makes no sense.The Vampire Rape Plotline. This rape/drink blood theme is ridiculous. Rachel does not want vampires to drink her blood and has clearly said no. However, the vampires/rapists who claim to be her ever faithful friends have lusts they apparently cannot control. So when the vampire rapists lose control, it's always Rachel's fault. She dressed wrong, or said something wrong, or flirted wrong or smelled wrong or followed them into a room, or touched them, etc.We are told the vampires want 'trust'. Of course when Rachel does finally trust Ivy, Rachel is almost murdered. Amazingly it ends up being Rachel's fault because she asked Ivy to take affection/sex out of the blood sharing. What???? Finally, Rachel is constantly saying she can take care of herself and others talk about how strong willed Rachel is or how bad-ass she is. But she never comes across as even remotely tough. She always whines and complains and carries a splat gun. She has no will power and never thinks of clever things to do. I can't recommend this book, it's not that good.
dissapointed with the serie
So here is when I am done with this series when I simply found it too stupid to keep listening….
The issue which have gone through the entire series:
”way too sexual frustrated writer”:
Continually use excessively much time on writing the start of a soft porn instead of focusing what would make for a good story creation.
The vampires absurdly sexual mind control ability bs: seriously if they had anything near these abilities they wouldn’t need anything else to control everyone and everything..
It is ridiculously broken and it is just stupid.
It only makes it worse than when everyone knows they got the abilities that they EVER allow them to even get a chance to use their charm abilities, and not instantly killing them when they do so.
Even worse that within the inderlanders that it is tolerated that they constantly allow them to use this charm without it being seen as using a deadly weapon.
(you are essentially allowing them to use permanently mind control that not only breaks your mind, makes you 100% addicted beyond anything, but also removes your free will: no way anyone with half a brain would allow this… the second a charm hit you would pull a uzi with uranium bullets and fill the vamp with them.)
Which brings us to the next problem:
Idiotic main character and cast. The characters and cast got the brains of worms when it is needed. There is SOO many ways to deal with the scenarios 100 times better then what they choose.
Several times, they just make absolutely idiotic decisions, refusing to use the powers they got:
(After book 2, Rachel got the ability to instantly put up a circle, which makes her 100% immune to ANYTHING from outside the circle. But even so she refuse to use it 99% of the time where it would be the PERFECT defence against inderlanders that because she doesn’t use it fucks them up and makes extremely bad situations, which would have been completely avoided easily by 1 word.)
Weaponries. When everything the main can do with magic can be done more effectively with conventional weapons and as good as any magic is useless vs conventional weapons.. even so apparently no one is intelligent to actually just take a gun and win, and the people that use guns apparently got the worst aim in the history of mankind -.-
The continually selfpitty bs which only gets worse and worse -.- the best metaphor for the development of the main is a child hammering nails through its hand then whining that it hurts more and more, when all it needs to do is STOP hammering on the nails…
Extreme inconsistency on different concepts of what magic and different kind of magic can do.. (there is a lot of “Because of PLOT and bad writing” situation. Which just made me so angry).
Overall, I got to 3 hours before book 4 ended before I just wanted to “burn the books”….
The overall idea of them is good, but there is so much idiocy just swarming the books I simply couldn’t keep listening….
The worst thing is that I rather want to hear where the story is going but it is 20% really good and interesting, but 80% bad and annoying…
I truly tried to push through all the bad and annoying. However, at book 4 I just could not stand the idiotic decisions and the whine which followed -.-
The narrator did a good job the entire time :)
Love the series, love the ability to listen while active. What I don't love is the voicing. Ms. Gavin hasn't the vocal range to carry it, and her Jenks is so annoying as to almost put me off the recordings.
I was so looking forward to this book. Although the story starts out ok the entire plot line with Ivy is extremely irritating and non-sensical and unfortunately ends in such a manner that this story line can only continue in future books. Big bummer because I really liked Rachel, Jinks and several other other characters and greatly enjoyed listening to the first two books.
Just not gone there with Ivy. It has nothing to do with homosexuality either. You need to listen to understand, but honestly I don't recommend it.
Her narration is fine.
Most of the middle and end scenes with Ivy.