Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review: Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison

Title: Every Which Way But Dead
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: Book Three in the Hollows Series
Published By: Harper (June 28, 2005)
Source: Purchased
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars


Book Description:
There's no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who's already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.

Between "runs," she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor.

Rachel must also take a stand in the war that's raging in the city's underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin - and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation.

And now her dark "master" is coming to collect his due.











I have a confession to make, I didn't love the first book in this series, in fact, I forced myself to finish it. And months later, decided to give the second a chance because some many people loved it.

And while I did like the second book, I still wasn't blown away by it and was still wondering, what all the fuss was about.

You see, it wasn't until book three, this book, that I finally got it. That something clicked and I understood what all the fuss was about. 

Can I just say, I love Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks so very much? I mean, truly, I get it now, I really do.

This book was so much fun and I ended up reading late into the night to finish it and knew without hesitation, that I had to buy all the others. Thank goodness this series is over because now I get the privilege of being able to binge read the whole thing and it's summer so lots of late night readings for me!

So yeah, this series has everything I like in a good urban fantasy. Witches, demons, fairies, pixies, vamps, weres...the list could go on. Add in romance, action, adventure, danger, and Harrison truly did write something funtastic.  I'm so excited to jump into book four. 



38 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you pushed yourself! A lot of people have that same issues with the first book. You're so lucky to get to read them all together though. I think I'm going to re-read the series next year.

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    1. It is nice having all the books out for sure. I think honestly, this is the way to read series, once they are all released!

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  2. It's odd that it took you three books - you're a better gal than I am for sticking through it for that time! Glad it paid off

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    1. Thanks, I'm really glad it did as well. ;)

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  3. I love it when a series can surprise me like that. I'll dislike the first book then the rest of the books wind up working better for me. This is a series I've heard lots about, but I've never tried them. They look like they are a lot of fun though. :)
    Lovely review, Ali!

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  4. Sounds intriguing. I often push through books even if I didn't like the first book in the series. I don't know why but at least it paid off, and you really enjoyed this one!

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    1. Thanks Jazmen, I try to do the same because I rarely love a first book. ;)

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  5. I love this series, though I'm behind still. I'm so glad you pushed through to book three where it all "clicked" because the cast in these books are so easy to get close to - all the ups and downs. And with Rachel - there's tons of emotion & kick-ass moments. Gah, I ned to get back to this series and binge read them like you mentioned! : )

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    1. Do it! We can read them together! :P

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  6. *sigh* I want to love this series Ali, I do. But it has one of my biggest deal breakers and I just couldn't keep going after book 4 even though the later reviews have been outstanding! I'll be interested to see what you think of the next one!!!!

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    1. Oh no! You have me nervous about your deal breaker!

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  7. Wow you are so good to stick with series and glad it paid off for you !! This sounds like a fun one - Great review!

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  8. Oh I want to read this series too Ali, Great review!

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    1. Thanks Debbie, I hope you end up liking it as well!

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  9. Oh wow you really stuck with it. I'm not usually that persistent. Glad it turned out to be a good one for ya! I've still not started these though I've picked them up. I'll remember what you said and push through if it gives me any trouble :)

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    1. Definitely do! It will be worth it. ;)

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  10. It's nice when they get better and surprise you like that, right? And how about that cover? Hmm... I could do with a pair of boots like that :)) Great review!

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  11. Okay, I'm SO glad you kept with the series! I love, love, LOVE this series! I love them so much I haven't finished the series because I don't want them to be over. This review makes me happy!

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    1. I really am glad that I did as well!

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  12. I am glad that your sticktoitiveness payed off. I haven't read a Kim Harrison book, but I have a couple on my TBR. It is good to know going in that I may have to stick to it. I can deal with that. These things are usually all about timing for me.

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    1. I think the first two might have been for me as well. ;)

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  13. That happens with a lot of people for the Kate Daniels series too so I totally understand. Happy you stuck with it.

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    1. I didn't love the first two of these either LOL but I love the series now!

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  14. So glad this series has improved for you! I usually don't have the patience to try to keep going.

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    1. I'm so glad I did though, it was definitely worth it!

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  15. I am so glad you stuck with this series. I love these characters.

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  16. I am so glad you stuck with this series. I love these characters.

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  17. One of my friends's adores this series which is why I decided to give book 1 a shot but I never quite made it through .-. But given it also took you three books to get into the hang of things, I may pick it up again!

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    1. I hope you do, I so didn't love the first book either. For some reason I just thought it dragged in too many places.

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  18. I think I gave up after Book 2. I might have to give it another try!

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  19. i'm glad you have the patience and the generosity to give these books one more chance. I haven't read anything by this author, sadly. Though I've always wanted to. Sigh.

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    1. I know how you feel, so many books, not enough hours in the day!

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