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Released: February 22, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Hollows #9
Published by Harper Voyager
Whew! I’m so excited about this book, there are no words to express it! It is my new favorite in the series!!!!! I did struggle just a bit with the last book, and this one took all the loose ends and made sense of everything!
It was action packed, so much happened, so much changed, and then changed again, and again! We got to see a new side to some of our favorite characters and were able to really understand others.
It also has plenty of romance, considering Rachel’s love life is such a complicated mess. I’m personally a Trent/Rachel fan myself from book 1, but I’ll admit this book has something in store for you no matter who you want Rachel to end up with: Al, Trent, Pierce or Ivy. But lets face it… who can resist the sexy, bad-ass, arrogant elf?
Rachel is really growing into her powers, and after all the twists this story has and the possibilities of where she can go from here, at the end, I hope she chooses to continue on and explore her powers!!!! We’ll have to wait and see.
The actual trip across to the West Coast was a riot! Can you imagine Trent, Ivy, Pierce, Rachel and Jenks in a car driving across the country and running into trouble? However, I did hit a slump in my reading excitement once we were stuck in the Ever After. I don’t really know why, because everything that happened there was interesting, I may have to go back and re-read that part again! Maybe that would be among other parts I’d like to re-read 😉 hehe (view spoiler)
*Cue fan girl squee here for moments I was most excited about*
The kiss!!!!!! Especially when Rachel got into it and pushed him against the refrigerator!!!!
Of course, Trent naked coming out of the shower was pretty memorable! And then when he was getting dressed to go on his elf quest, with Rachel lusting after him, and he notices her looking and teases her!!!
I don’t want to give too much away from the story, so I’ll address the characters individually.
Rachel: I was happy to find her back to her usual self, without the constant complaining about whether she’s a white witch, or a black witch, and she took care of her own destiny! She was confident, she stood her ground with all the characters and situations.
“You need a new hobby, Rachel. Something other than nasty little men with visions of world domination.”
Trent: We get to see a completely new side of him, or is it just that there’s a playful elf underneath all that serious businessman, drug-lord façade? I’ve always said that he had some growing up to do, and that he slowly had to come to terms with some things, and he’s showing us he can definitely do it! I’m so excited about what the next book can bring us with him. And he gives us a surprise that was completely out of left field for me, it just left me with my mouth hanging open!!! What?!?!? Enough said! It was too sweet!!!!!
“Just so you know, I’ve trusted you since camp.”
Jenks: I LOVE Jenks. Every moment, every comment! He’s the funniest little pixie around. (view spoiler) I think it’s really cute how there’s a moment to express his crush for TinkerBell and he actually goes to her exhibit at Disneyland…. LMAO He has gone through so much after loosing Madelina and I feel that he’s adapting well in this book.
“Tink’s a Disney whore!“
Ivy: I was happy to find a little bit of closure to the constant Ivy/Rachel thing, although I’ve heard it may not be a permanent thing. Don’t get me wrong, I think she’s cool, and we got to see an emotional side to her, I agree she has to move on!
Bis: I wish we would’ve seen more of him!!!!
Pierce: I wanted to kill him most of the book. I don’t know why I just don’t like him, never have, probably never will.
Newt: She’s actually really funny!
And last but not least, AL: He is as funny as always, I liked him a little better in this book. I wish we knew what he really looks like! We also see another side of him in this book and I enjoyed that!
“Growing up is hard, love. Otherwise everyone would do it.”
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