I read Ever After and am currently listening to the audio version. I like both. Having Marguerete Gavin narrate brings all the characters to life. I think I hear her voice in my head when I was reading the story.
Trent and Rachel finally stop talking passed each other and really listen to what the other person has to say. This is totally important given how much they end up having to depend on one another and stop pushing each other's buttons to come up with an aligned plan.
I think Marguerite Gavin has narrated all of the Hollows Series save one, which they really should redo with Marguerite Gavin's narration. Her performance for the series has been incredible, this narration is no exception to what she has done in the past. She is distinct with each character. Great cadence in her narration.
I really would have loved to listed to this book in one sitting but it's a long book (thank goodness). I run while listening and my runs have never gone quicker, not that my running is any faster but listening to this latest Hollows book makes the run seem to go much faster!
Rachel is coming into her own in this new book, she clearly has matured and has a better sense of who she is and much more confidence than when the series began. I'm already looking forward to the next book. I read that Kim Harrison intends for the series to be complete at book 13, not sure if that's accurate. She continues to make each book fresh and exciting.
Absolutely amazing, from start to finish. I think this is my most favorite series, and I think Kim can keep it coming. I can't wait to see where Trent and Rachel go in the next book. I love them together.
Unlike other books with this many installments, Harrison has been able to stay true to her characters and not get sidetracked by arbitrary story lines to keep the readers interested. Book 11 was just as good as book 11. Character development is one of the most important things i cherish in a book series. Harrison makes sure to touch on the lives and the changes in each of the people in her books.
The only thing I don't like about this series is waiting for the next installment to be released. and that's just me being an impatient baby. Oh how I envy the person who is reading this series from book one to the latest for the first time. I remember when I first read "Dead Witch Walking". and how impressed I was. I have to admit I never actually held a paper copy of any of the books in this series, and really don't feel the need, in my mind Marguerite Gavin is Rachel Morgan. It's hard to listen to a great story with a narrator who doen't quite match the characters that he/she are reading about. Heck A great narrator can make even an average book better.
So to sum up this review,(Appluse! Appluse, APPLUSE!!!) I aboslutely recommend not only Kim Harrisons "EVER AFTER" but all 10 books that came before.
It has been a long wait since Perfect Blood. I read it at least four times in print and as an audiobook. When Ever After arrived, showing up simultaneously on my Kindle and in my Audible account the day before yesterday, I was dizzy with excitement. Finally!
Casual readers for whom books are just another way to pass the time will never understand the particular excitement of receiving a long-awaited book. This was a joyous event, a happy day. Finally, the next installment of the Hollows.
The thrill isn't gone, not by a long shot. I had just completed "A Memory of Light," the fourteenth and final book of Robert Jordan's (now Brian Sanderson's) Wheel of Time, so I needed to travel from one magical realm to another. It is a testament to my mental agility that I can slide so swiftly between planes of unreality and nary miss a beat.
I always read the audio version first, then read the book in print. Margeurite Gavin is so much the voice of the Hollows I can't imagine anyone doing a better narration. She was perfect as she has been in previous books.
I want to avoid spoilers since the book was released just two days ago and many fans haven't read it yet. I'll update it later when more people have had a chance to read it. In the meantime, I'm not going to tell you what happens, but I will tell you how I feel about it.
I had been enjoying the book. I was missing Ivy -- though not as much as I thought I would -- until I got to the second part of the book. At that point, I went from enjoying it to being enthralled.
After another chapter or two, Ever After had become so exciting and I was so gripped by the story, I trotted out to the living room and announced: "This book is so good you aren't going to see me again until I'm finished." I believe I babbled a bit more, then went back to my office and back to the world of magical Cincinnati, the saving of the Ever After, the world, and the shaping of Rachel Morgan's future.
Two hours later, the book ended.
I sighed, sitting there, absorbing the silence, unwilling to let go of the magic and bump down to my real world. So I stayed there for a while. Then I turned the computer off. It was late, nearly seven and past dinner time. I turned the oven on -- frozen pizza would have to do -- too late for anything more complicated.
Ever After was the most satisfying reading experience I've had in a long time. It scratched all my literary itches. There was magic passion and battles. There was a blooming of love and hope, the sadness of loss, and powerful demons to vanquish. I mourned the fallen, exalted for the living and dreamed about the what might lie in the future.
If a witch, an elf and a demon can work together to save the world, what other dreams may come?
No. After 11 books, the main character still spends half of her time yelling "It's not fair!". At the end of every book, she shows signs of growing up and having character growth but by the time the next book starts, she's back to almost the same place she was at during the first book. Between the two things, and the by now predictable story line, I just can't even finish this one. What I got through was better than the last book, but it's just not going anywhere.
I would not read another Hollow's book. It's the same plot over and over and over again with little or no character growth and a main character that basically forgets any character growth she had in whatever book came previous.
She's a good reader and I enjoy her.
I found the earlier books just ok earning about 3 stars, enough to keep my interest but not great. The series started frustrated me with the decisions the characters were making. Just enough to keep my interest. As the series has progressed, I have come to enjoy the story line more and more. Rachael’s sarcastic no bullshit rebellious attitude makes her great protagonist. Jenks is just great and his personality is perfect. I have learned to enjoy Al and Trent. This book lets you spend more time with Biz and learn more about gargoyles. Marguerite Gavin has a great voice and her narration is perfect for these stories.
This is a very entertaining book with a complex storyline. But, Harrison handles it well and you never get lost or bored. Rachel is at her best with the help of her friends. There is a lot of action and character development. This is one of the best examples of an urban fantasy series.
WOW what an amazing issue to this series.So many ups & downs.Lives & Loves lost. Harder choices to make & trusting people Rachel had originally thought not to trust.She is not alone though,Jenks & Ivy might be moving on with their lives but Rachel has found new foes with the Elves & the Demons,reconnecting two long time enemies to fight one powerful enemy. Will there be love or heart ache with the new relationship showing itself between Rachel & Trent.I can't wait to find out:)
5 by 5 by 5. Marguerite makes this story come alive as usual.
Kim wrote a great addition.
I am not sure how I got out of order, but I listened to 12 (The undead pool) before this one. 12 Aggravated me to no end for uncommon stupidity. In 11 (Ever After) the bad guys bests bests them through wit and ability. In 12, I really wanted Rachel to just die already so the rest of the characters in the story could move on and have a great series without epic stupidity
(I.E. sure let's trust this guy who has been saying he wanted you dead at every previous encounter. Maybe this time he is nice. Gawd idiotic. )
Anyway, enough about book 12. This one... excellent story line, excellent good guys. excellent bad guys (you really want to hate them all), great twists and turns.
I realize Harrison does not actually read these reviews, but pretending she does... Kim, please, re-re-read this one to see how you should do them and then re-re-read 12 to see how you absolutely should NOT. Rachel is a train wreck but not stupid.
I have never read the print version
Most - Biz finally getting some print time. Least - Nick, just kill the guy and put us all out of our misery
Marguerite has the ability to play so many different characters. It is what keeps this overly long book interesting
When Siri died.
We could save a couple hours of listening by just reducing the number of times Rachel says "I'm Sorry" and "Thank you" Most dramatic reflections (such as "do I trust Trent") are overdone. They are longer than they need to be. Even after that I will continue to listen. I like the characters. Hopefully Kim will not screw things up by significantly changing the three primary characters current living and work storyline.