Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
EVER AFTER is currently my favorite book in The Hollows series. We get a lot of Trent and Al and very little Ivy which was the best part for me. LOL
With EVER AFTER Rachel has to deal with some issues that happened in PALE DEMON and A PERFECT BLOOD. As far as Pale Demon, Rachel has to work her magic to save the ever after because of the ley line she made while she was over there. And try to find a way to take down Ku’Sox (or as Jenks calls him, Cut Socks). So you have plenty of demon hijinks going on, which is always fun.
Then you have to moment that Trent and Rachel shared in A PERFECT BLOOD and Rachel is dealing with personal issues as well. Oh boy is there some personal stuff going on with this one. But I can’t talk about it without spoiling but just know it’s good and can only get better (I hope).
The main focus is saving the ever after and stopping Ku’Sox. Rachel gets help from old friends and new ones. New as in gargoyles, I love these creatures. Kim Harrison is a great writer that I have a clear picture in my head what all of her characters look like and I want a gargoyles on my roof.
Harrison is slowly weaving what will end up being a great ending to the series I can just feel it. She makes sure to keep past issues clear and present with each book. We are slowly getting more answers to old questions while she hooks us with new problems. The issue with the Rosewood Syndrome is back in full force when a group of babies go missing. Another thing I love about Harrison is that she’s not afraid to let characters die. I just wish the next character to go would be Ivy. I’ve not liked her from the beginning and just when I thought we would get an Ivy free book she pops up for a couple of chapters. The Hollows is the only series where I don’t like the vampire race. I hate their politics and their very way of life.
I love that Rachel Morgan is a character that has grown during the series. She’s had some really TSTL moments in earlier books but she’s realizing that she has made of some the same mistakes over and over in the past and is working to correct that behavior.
Marguerite Gavin continues to rock this series! She will forever be Rachel Morgan to me. I’m off to listen to THE UNDEAD POOL.
Todd W. Brown
By far, this was the most edge-of-the seat book in the series (to date). I was actually concerned for the well-being of key characters; especially after a couple (no spoilers) of heavy duty supporting characters come to a gruesome end. For the first time, I wondered if Rachel and Co. would escape this one intact.
My ONLY negative here (and the reason for 4 stars instead of 5) is the Rachel/Trent relationship tango. Enough already. Either they are or they are not, but you can drag things on a bit too long/too far, and I believe that is the case here.
Harrison's strength is adding depth to even the minor characters that populate her world. It is one of the reasons that she has set a benchmark for the genre.
Keep your mind active.
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.
Rachel has finally come to grips with her ancestry and is willing to work with it not against it. She also discovers that she might be in love.
I haven't read a lot of urban fantasy and am new to the genre, I picked this up after reading the Sookie series, and was not disappointed. In fact, I think these characters are a little more developed than the Southern Murders.
The narrator is fantastic as always. She does well with the character voices and provides much needed emotion in the dialog.
I always have giggle moments reading this series. There are more than enough sad parts too.
Ever After is a pivotal story in the Hollows Series so it is frustrating knowing that Kim is allowing the story to be shaped by poor decision making and violating the magic system rules of the series. I’m convinced that the author does not know how to write this story without breaking her own rules, and making the Rachael, Trent, and other important characters out to be idiotic.
I am so annoyed with the story line that I had to write this review half way through the book.
Ever After would have been better if it had stop being so formulaic. As has been happening over and over and over for the last several books, Rachel (the main character) is forced into a situation she doesn’t want to be in; everyone tells her that she can’t do it whatever it is she has to do and that she is stupid for this or that reason, she argues (REPEATEDLY) with everyone that she HAS to do whatever it is she has to do, then there is an awkward side story that makes little sense with Ivy, (roommate, ex-lover, and sometimes partner). Eventually she goes out and does what she said she had to do, while everyone told her she couldn't do it and things are right in the world until the next book comes out . . . . .and she is again forced into situations she doesn't want to be in, told she cannot do what she says she needs to do, and argues that she has no other choice.
I have gotten to the point that I listen with frustration in the desperate hope that THIS BOOK will be different, that THIS BOOK will revive the series that I was originally drawn to. I’ve listened in frustration to the last four of five books with this empty hope that the formula will change, partially because I loved the series in the beginning and partly because I have literary OCD and it bothers me to fail to finish a series when I start it.
But this book was the last coffin nail. The endless arguing and complaining and second guessing feels like filler. The books would be half as long if you were to cut out all the, ". . . .You can't do it RACHEL!!! YES I CAN, I DON'T HAVE A CHOICE!!!"
I can't listen to this series anymore, because my dentist says I have to stop grinding my teeth and the last 4 or 5 books in this series is the main cause of my dental issues.
Possibly, if it were a new series and she didn't slip into this repetitive formula
In this book? Nothing pops to mind. It is a blur of b----ing. Possibly the seeming growing romantic relationship between Rachel and Trent, but then his fiancee comes back and adds to the B----iness.
The ridiculous struggles Ivy has to deal with is so annoying that I would almost say her. If not "Annoying Ivy" then Trent's fiance.
Two things:1) Marguerite Gavin is an INCREDIBLE narrator. She is absolutely one of the best!! If I had the option in this review, I would give her 10 stars.
2) The last book I think I can remember enjoying in this series is "For a Few Demons More." That was the beginning of when the "formula" started to become a little noticeable, but it was still ok. There were bits and pieces of Outlaw, White Witch, Black Magic, and Pale Demon that I liked, but the formula started to become more apparent, then annoying, then frustrating. Ever After just caused me to reach the point where I gave up. It will be easier to deal with the OCD of not finishing the series, than it will be to endure another frustrating book in this series that started so promising.
My sincere apologies to Kim Harrison, I enjoyed her earlier work. I just can't do these anymore.