Review of The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

Posted November 7th, 2011 in book review / Leave a comment

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

Book #2 of the Hollows Series

by Kim Harrison

Published: HarperTorch – January 2005
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 453 (paperback)

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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

It’s a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.

She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pushing the limits.

Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child’s play—and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.

The Good
Rachel Morgan is trying to make a living as a bounty hunter while her partner Ivy, a living vampire, struggles to not eat Rachel, as well as not jump her bones. Jenks, the pixie assistant, is caught in the middle as he tries to support his large family. And we can’t forget Rachel’s human boyfriend who is still messing with black magic and summoning demons.

In this book, the Federal Inderland Bureau seeks out Rachel’s help in solving a serial killer who is targeting ley-line witches. When Rachel finds out that Trent, a corrupt councilman, is a suspect, she jumps at the opportunity to finally take him down. But Rachel has much more to fear as a powerful creature decides to set its sights on her.

I was relieved to get some answers in this book. We find out who sent the demon after Trent and Rachel, who and what Trent it, we learn more on Rachel’s family, and more on Ivy’s decision to leave the IS and join forces with Rachel.

I am pretty much obsessed with Ivy and Jenks. I think they make this whole series. Jenks is a foul-mouth little thing that you want to squeeze because anything that small is just adorable. And I like that Ivy has way more depth than we first thought. Plus, she plays for both teams if you know what I mean. You don’t? Hmm, how else to put it. She likes P and V. No, um… Okay, I got it. She wouldn’t mind being the middle of a Brad Pitt AND Angelina Jolie sandwich. Yes, that works. Anyways, this aspect really mixes things up and makes Ivy’s friendship with Rachel even more complicated.

The mystery was solid and the fantasy world is still super interesting and ever-expanding. The plot is straight-forward but still has enough twists to keep things interesting. The action was well written and easy to follow.

Oh, and I have to mention that Kist, Ivy’s living vamp friend, really interests me. I think we will be seeing more of him. He’s dangerous and sexy as hell. Of course we are going to see more of him.

The Bad
Harrison has a tendency in over-describing every situation. It’s so much unnecessary info that I get bored. Harrison is not known for her writing. It’s about her story-telling. Her characters. Those are the things people like about this series.

Rachel is not really the heroine I was expecting. She is very impulsive which makes her actions so risky that she simply seems dumb. She reminds me of a petulant child.

Oh, and expect bad editing. Many grammatical errors.

The Snuggly
We get one sex scene. I actually thought it was really cute. No over-share or anything super erotic.

I really did enjoy this book. Can’t say that Rachel is my favorite protagonist of all time, but the other characters make up for it. I like the world Harrison has created and I look forward to the rest of the series.

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