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White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, Book 7) Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 24, 2009
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However, and as much of a Fangirl I am to this author and her work (and the main character of the Graphic Novel, Ivy Tamwood), I have to outright admit there are some really serious issues with this Graphic Novel adaptation of the world of the Hollows. The author at least was gracious enough to not just wanting to transcribe her already written work into comic book form (Anita Blake and Harry Dresden, I'm looking at you!), something that seldom works right. Instead, she gifted us with a trip into the mind of Ivy (rather than the books' narrator, Rachel) and tells us just how the main duo of the series came to work together and know each other.
Storywise, this might have worked rather well for a novel, or a noveletta -- but in comic form, the most interesting aspects of the tale were subdued or understated. Ivy's feelings (read love) for Rachel happened incredibly abruptly, and even though Rachel here wasn't as incredibly annoying as Mercy Thompson in the "Homecoming" graphic novel (awful awful AWFUL!), she came across as random, whimsical, and annoyingly moralist. And somehow, Ivy seems to be amazingly grateful to have Rachel's abuse. I love the two characters and I adore Rachel, but I really didn't like her in this GN - in the books she's sassy, self assured and a little bit cheeky. Here? She's got mood swings that take her from cutesy to "RANTING BITCH IN YOUR FACE!".Read more ›
"S-stop," I stammered, head bowed as I struggled to just breathe. Damn it, what was I doing? I never should have taken this case. She was a freaking predator. A to-of-the-line, ancient predator, like an alligator."
Harrison's version of a banshee is more like a succubus or a psychic vampire. They're seen before a person dies, not b/c they're a herald of death, but b/c they're doing the killing. By sucking the life force, or aura, from a person, and after that's gone, the soul. They're dangerous, apex predators, and their ability to feed is strictly monitored by the Inderlander community and strictly policed by other banshees.
Or at least that's the claim. Personally, I don't think the book backed up that idea. I.S. (Inderlander Security) didn't do a damn thing to stop Mia's rampage, and as far as I could tell, the only reason another banshee got involved was b/c she wanted Mia's child (Holly). If there had been no Holly, I'm not convinced they would have gotten involved at all.
Banshee shenanigans aside, LOTS more Big Things are going on.<------it's kind of a trend at this point, yes?
Ford (the maybe human empath) figures out that there's a ghost in the church, and Rachel figures out that she can see the ghost, if they're both standing in a ley line at the same time.
Pretty cool, right?
Until Al shows up and snatches the ghost.Read more ›
That said, while I love the characters of Kim's books, the latest installment of the Hollows series seems to just tread water rather than advance any of the characterizations or plot lines. Yes we find out who killed Kist. Unfortunately it's a stupidly senseless death that seems just to have happened so Rachel could have an excuse to be angsty. This new book lacks a rather critical sense of, for want of better term, soul. With little rhyme or reason, Rachel is not at her best as she mopes through a majority of the book when she isn't agonizing over how long she should respect her dead boyfriend's memory before giving into her desire to knock metaphysical boots with a goodlooking guy witch whose best feature appears to be his convenient accessibility.
Rachel has always had a bit of a bewildering auto "wolf whistle, pant, pant, pant" thought mode when she encounters any and every good looking male who isn't running away from her bad reputation and isn't trying to kill her... Okay scratch that, she "notices" them in that way even if they are trying to kill her. Not that she follows up on it, always, but it grows old after the umpteenth time she notice how hawt this or that guy's tight butt happens to be.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rachel's life is a hot mess, but it is so entertaining. I really enjoyed reading this book. On to the next one!Published 7 days ago by Phillis Clements
This has become one of my favorite series!!! I can't wait to start the next book!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Another book in a long line of great books. Funny, witty, and utterly different. Always a joy to sit down with a cup of coffee and a Hollows book.Published 2 months ago by Idahok
I love love love love this series!!! I can't seem to put the books down!!! The life of Rachael Morgan is so enticing and intriguing I want for more with every page!Published 2 months ago by hollyh