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

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows #2)

  • By Kim Harrison
  • Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback
  • Published: January 25th 2005 by HarperTorch
  • Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
  • Source: own copy
  • In a Flutter: Amazeballs!
  • rating-system5

    Rachel Morgan, sexy witch, independent bounty hunter, prowls the downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night. She can handle leather-clad vamps and a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is an ancient, implacable evil that threatens her very soul.
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    Yes, it has taken me forever and a day to FINALLY read this baby. I know, I’m ashamed of myself. But I did FINALLY get to it, so hurrah, right?

    If you’ve read the first novel in the Hollows series, Dead Witch Walking, you know what the world of the series has to offer. In short, everything you could hope for: paranormal / fantasy elements { witches, warlocks, pixies, vampires (dead AND undead), werewolves, demons, even some trolls, elves (I know!!!) and the likes}, kind of Apocalyptic past diseases (the Turn), quirky fears (tomatoes… *shrugs* to each their own).
    Add to that the fact the story comes with urban fantasy kickass action, paranormal romance, quite the bit of dramatic situations and revelations so looooots of FEELS, conspiracies, crimes & crime-solving…I’m telling you, whatever your reading need, chances are it’s part of the Hollows. Maybe except kinky sex, though there are some very, very promising instances where you’ll think “Goddamn, I’m gonna get that too!” But no, the author is a tease, lol, will get into that later. I mean the tease thing, not the author, lol!! Awkward moment, moving on 😀

    What I really, really love about the Hollows series so far are the characters. Rachel Morgan is kickass, independent, maybe a bit indecisive or confused about some things (the Ivy tangent so made me flashback to J.R.Ward’s Lover Unbound, where the Vishous / Jane relationship felt like a major cop-out, and the real couple, to me, was Vishous / Butch). I mean, I get that Rachel has Nick and everything, but as the token boyfriend points out himself, the chick does seem pretty determined to live with Ivy, spar with her and admire her outfit *rolls eyes*, and seems hung up on not wanting the whole shebang because she’s terrified of the desire more than the prospect, if you ask me. Extra cookies for Big Al for a line he uses to that effect in book #3. Yes, so sucky of me to tease like that, I know, I know :p

    Anyway, as the story progressed, I started becoming more and more annoyed with this “I’m confused but taking full advantage of everyone involved” attitude Rachel went with, and some of her actions and reactions were irritating (like how she keeps disregarding what detectives tell her, because she just has to know shmit, risking contaminating scenes and fubbing up evidence and etc). She came off as immature and annoying in places, which I’ll admit added to her charm because I’m kind of sick of these perfect heroines, selfless, steady on their high moral ground, saving the freaking world time after time and keeping their perfect hair and perfect outfits all… well, perfect. Rachel doesn’t always do the obviously right thing, she just does what she can and keeps herself safe by whatever means available, she cares for others too but not to the point of self-flagellation I’d say, and despite acting out a bit kiddish at times, throwing a bit of a temper tantrum or stomping off in a bit of o hissy fit, she tends to defend those she thinks are wronged, does do her best to do what she thinks is best at the time. She does it all like a real person, with authentic motivation and following her interests – like real people do.

    And all other characters are just as authentic, at times annoying, most of the time funny, charismatic (Ivy) to downright irresistible (Jenks for the win!!!). Kim Harrison builds strong, complex, authentic characters, and it makes everything so freaking exciting and emotional and intense, when you hate or love what these characters are doing. That, to me, means real character building. They’re not supposed to cater to all of my fantasies and desires, though it wouldn’t hurt if they did that more often, haha. xD
    There’s this ambiguity, almost fluidity about the good and bad, the right and the wrong, and I freaking love it to bits, because blurred lines are the most fun areas to explore, by far the most succulent. Like I’m not sure how I feel about Ivy right now, if I hate her guts or not, but I’m sure I want to read about her like whoa! Know what I mean?

    The first person narrative, past tense, Rachel’s POV is spectacular, I adore her voice, her sense of humor. I’m positive by now all the books in the series are real page-turners, and I fully recommend them if you’re into kickass, authentic heroines, paranormal and fantasy elements, action, romance, a bit of crime-solving… hell, if you’re into entertainment of any kind, just read this if you haven’t already! I went straight into the next one as soon as I finished this 😀


    9 thoughts on “The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

      1. Livia Post author

        Yeah, I’m way behind on the series too, quite a few of them out already. They are quite long, too, which I adore 😀 Nothing better than big books in a series you love, haha.
        Definitely picking back up though, imo

    1. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

      LIVIA! If you’re loving the series this much already, I cannot wait for you to get the what I consider to be the REALLY good installments: books 5 – 9. And yes . . . Rachel’s imperfections are what make me love/want to throttle her too 😉 Fabulous review!

      1. Livia Post author

        Yeeey!! Haha, so I’m not the only one wanting to throttle her here and there 😀 And yet we can’t help but love her to bits, right? I’m so looking forward to the 5 – 9 part, am on #4 right now 😀


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