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February 20, 2011

Review: Pale Demon (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison


No need to mention that I love The Hollows series, right? I think I drove everyone crazy with it by now - my roommates had it worst, believe me. So let's skip the fan-girl-jumping-up&down-because-the-9th-book-is-coming-out-in-2days-and-The-Book-Depo-already-shipped-it-to-me-and-finally-I-don't-have-to-wait-weeks-to-get-my-book moment. :)) I already read the E-ARC, but that is not going to change anything, I'm still dying to hold the hardcover in my hands (and hide it under the bad so my roommates won't smack me in the head with it). Ok, I'm a bit melodramatic here.:)) So... moving on to 'business'. I tried to keep my review as spoiler-free and squee!-free as possible. ;)


Blurb (Goodreads):
Condemned to death for black magic and shunned, Rachel Morgan has three days to somehow get to the annual witches convention in San Francisco and clear her name. If she fails, the only way she can escape death is to live in the demonic ever after . . . for ever after.
Banned from the flight lists, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, headed for the West Coast for his own mysterious business. But Rachel isn’t the only passanger along for the ride. Can a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car survive for over 2,300 miles? And that’s not counting the assassin on their tail.
A fearsome demon walks the sunlight, freed after centuries of torment to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate prey is Rachel Morgan. While the powerful witch with nerves of steel will do whatever it takes to stay alive, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.
My thoughts*:

First off, I need to say that I finally understand why people say this book is THE BOOK of the series and why it is everyone's favorite - it's mine too. It has it all: great humor, non-stop action, nail-bitting suspense, strong, like-able characters, and just a touch of romance, enough to make your heart beat loudly in your chest.  I love, love, love it!

It could be because all my favorite characters are brought together on a hell of a road-trip and they all showed the best in them. I was smiling throughout the whole book - if I wasn’ t laughing out loud or staring open-mouthed at the page, that is. If in other books of the series sometimes I felt like slapping Rachel because of her decisions, in this one she has me completely on her side. She proves just how strong she is, how much she cares about her friends and she even starts to accept her past actions and who she really is. It's like she finally grows up.

Ivy was there in the right place in the right time, as always, but I would have liked to see more of her characterI think Jenks had some better moments in the previous books, but he’ s still the most adorable and fun character and a reliable addition to the team. Oh, and I still don’ t like Pierce – actually, at some point I was wondering why didn’ t someone just kill him right then, right there.  And Trent… well…*inserts dreamy sigh here* he is quite a piece of work! I was glad because I could finally get him better, he was a constant (infuriating and delicious) presence in this book. As I was reading, I even wanted to hug him or to slap him silly or just to jump him!:)) I don't want to spoil the book for you, but there are some pretty nice teasing moments that will make any Trent fan swoon.

There were also some touchy moments that I really liked, because they gave me the chance to feel more connected to the characters and to understand them better. I missed this kind of scenes in the last couple of books.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable read and the ending was very satisfying – it wasn’ t a cliff hanger to make me pull my hair out in frustration until the next book came out, but it was still open, with a lot of unanswered questions and possibilities, so I can't wait to see what happens next!
Fun, fast-paced and with a lot of twists and turns to keep you entertained, Pale Demon is indeed the book of the series. Kim Harrison is a fabulous writer and a great storyteller, who made me close the door to reality completely and devour every page of her book - and always eager to read more of her work!

*I received this free E-ARC from NetGalley courtesy to publisher HarperCollins, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!!!

The Book Depository

The Hollows series @ Goodreads 
Kim Harrison' s official website


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  2. Great review!!! I completely agree when you say: "it wasn’ t a cliff hanger to make me pull my hair out in frustration until the next book came out, but it was still open, with a lot of unanswered questions and possibilities, so I can't wait to see what happens next!"

    I felt the SAME way! =D

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    @Larissa I know, right? And now we have to wait one year to see what happens next, ugh... I can't wait to see where certain things can go!:):D


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