Review: The Good, the Bad and the Undead (The Hollows #2) – Kim Harrison

Posted 29 July, 2013 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Good, the Bad and the Undead (The Hollows #2) – Kim HarrisonThe Good, the Bad and the Undead by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #2
Published by Harper Collins on 13 October 2009
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 464
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Purchase
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4 Stars

Rachel and Ivy continue to fight against both their personal demons, and those of the city of Cincy in this installment. Rachel has her runs, where she usually goes in blind, plays it by the seat of her pants and thinks all will be OK because she has Jenks as backup. When witches are being killed off, Rachel knows she has to step up her game, and does she ever! Fighting on two different fronts, and never sure who her allies might be - apart from Ivy and Jenks - Rachel needs to make sure she's in great shape to stay alive.

The Good the Bad and the Undead starts in the middle of a run that doesn’t go exactly as planned, and it kind of sets the mood for the whole story. Rachel isn’t exactly a planner anyway, but the things she tries to plan do not happen accordingly. She meets Piscary for the the first time, and is amazed that this is the infamous vampire who rules Cincy along with Kalamack and some other shady men of the underground. While having dinner there, Glenn realizes he has an acquired taste for tomatoes, and the ensuing smuggling of ketchup and other things made of the fruit is hilarious.

As several ley-line witches go missing or are killed, Rachel is certain Trent is behind the murders, and she soon finds some common links between all the witches. The last one to disappear might just be found alive, and Rachel is able to persuade the FIB to get a warrant for Trent’s office and home in order to look for the missing witch. At the same time, Edden signs her up for ley-line classes at the university with none other than the teacher who already failed her in that class before. Edden has his own suspect, and things are quite complicated until Rachel makes a chilling discovery while searching the grounds of Trent’s estate with the FIB.

Nick and Rachel have become an item in The Good, the Bad and the Undead, and they seem quite content together, even if Nick is always reluctant to meet Rachel’s friends from the FIB. He always has great ideas as to how to enter places they have no business being, though, and he really comes through for Rachel more than once.

The humor is really great, I love how Rachel ends up with a fish she was supposed to steal back from someone, only to realize it wasn’t the right fish so she keeps it in Ivy’s bathtub for a while. The easy back-and-forth between Nick and Rachel is great, and I love Ivy’s dry humor that is one of the few ways she has to show her emotions at all. Kist is a lot more present too, and I kind of like him, the way he teases Rachel, and his stupid British accent. I’m pretty sure it’s a good idea to stay far away from him, though, he’s just too tempting! And because he’s very close to Piscary, Rachel needs to be careful – and Ivy should be too!

The friendships are shown as growing stronger, and I truly love Jenks, Matalina and their 54 children. Rachel and her mom aren’t seeing a lot of each other, but I hope to get to know Mrs. Morgan better as well. The overall plot is intricate, and I can see a few things being set up for further books that I really look forward to read. Especially the ending makes for a lot of more stories, and I can’t wait to see how Rachel will deal with some of what will happen next.

“Men,” she said, rolling her eyes as she sat before her screen again. “Don’t they realize that if we wanted to rule the world, we could?” I gave her a noncommittal nod and squirted a tiny amount of water into the next plant. I kinda thought we already did.

His-I-should-care-what-you-think-because? attitude remained, though.

Of course, the spell rack by the register was empty, so I ended up with conventional makeup. Covergirl? Don’t you believe it.

“I’m a consultant,” I said, ignoring how his liquid voice had pulled my breath tight. I had forgotten his voice, all amber and honey – if color and taste could describe a sound – resonant and deep, each syllable clear and precise yet blending into the next like liquid. It was mesmerizing in a way that only ancient vampires could match. And it bothered me that I liked it.

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0 responses to “Review: The Good, the Bad and the Undead (The Hollows #2) – Kim Harrison

    • YAY I hope you’ll enjoy this series as well. I have several reviews all lined up – but I had to hurry up and write some other reviews as well, so that it won’t be only the Hollows reviews every single day for over a week πŸ˜€

    • YUM, yes, that elevator scene is pretty awesome! Love it πŸ™‚

      And Jenks is the best backup ever πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by Carmen.

  1. Wonderful review, Lexxie! I’d forgotten about the fish…love that part! I’d even forgotten there was so much humor in this one. πŸ˜‰ I do love how the relationships grow stronger in each successive book. It’s one of the best things in this series. I am ever so glad you’re enjoying The Hollows, Lexxie. πŸ™‚

    Bookworm Brandee recently posted: **New Releases from Diane Rinella**
    • LOL, yes the fish! I love how some things seem so random, then they end up not being all that random in the end. I love the humor in this series, Brandee, and I’m so glad you told me about it – so much fun, intrigue and mystery.

      Thanks for stopping by Brandee, have a great day!

  2. You have really powered through this series! I’ve read the first two. The part with Glenn stealing the tomato products was so funny! I loved that. The whole Nick relationship stressed me out beyond belief. Any time he had an idea I yelled at Rachel to run away. But did she listen to me? Nooooo. Kist is dreamy in the hottest most terrible way. Yum. This one hit on some dark, serious stuff. I needed a supernatural break after. Great review, Lexxie. I had fun reading it!

    • Oh my, I agree about Nick. And Rachel never ever listens, now, does she? Glenn and the tomato products truly had me howling with laughter.
      Kist is yum on legs!
      Thanks for stopping by Robyn! Have a great day.

  3. Ley-lines sounds like such an intriguing concept. I’ve only read one book about that topic, and I didn’t really like it, but I think that was more the writing and the way it was executed more than anything, and maybe I should try it again πŸ˜€ I’m really happy the humor was great, because getting a laugh is always so fun!

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Lexxie!

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain*** recently posted: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
    • The Hollows series is a lot of fun, Eileen, just think about a witch, a vampire and a pixie living and working together in a church:)
      Rachel is learning to use the ley-lines for her magic, but it isn’t the most important thing that happens in the books.

      Thanks for stopping by Eileen πŸ™‚

    • Naomi, I had held off on this series for a very long time, and now, I just read and read, I love it so much! You should definitely try it, there are 11 books already released (plus some novellas).

      Thanks for stopping by Naomi! Have a great day.

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