Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

Thanks to everyone who shared your Valentine's Day with us all yesterday! I'm pleased to see several of you had more VD than me (hmm....that sounds kinda bad, huh?) and others were in the same boat of excitement with me.

Today, though, we have GOOD STUFF. I came slowly to Kim Harrison's Hollows series, and in fact started the first one, Dead Witch Walking, three times before I got to the part (spoiler alert if you haven't read book one, although shame on you) where Rachel turns herself into a minx so she can spy on the devious Trent Kalamack, who catches her, keeps her in a cage, and sends her into the rat-fighting ring. Well, that made me put the book down so I could laugh--and I'm a goner once that happens. I devoured the whole series, which was on number five at the time.

So, next Tuesday we'll see the launch of the ninth book in the series, Pale Demon. Whenever a series gets to this stage, I start kind of dreading the new releases, wondering if and how the author can keep it fresh and interesting.

You won't be disappointed, because this one is fresh and funny and un-put-downable. The title refers to a new demon on the scene, Ku'Sox, and all I'll say about him--because I really don't do spoilers--is that he can walk in the daylight, outside the Ever-After. Of course, he and Rachel have some dealings.

But he's not Rachel's only problem. She needs to leave Cincinnati and head to San Francisco for the meeting of the Coven. She's been told that if she confesses to doing black magic for good purposes and promises to be a good girl, she'll be pardoned and her shunning as a black witch will be lifted. Ah, sounds so simple, doesn't it? And that's before the demons Al and Newt get involved.

But Rachel isn't allowed to get on a plane, so she, Ivy and Jenks hop in her mom's blue Buick and start a cross-country road trip--with Trent Kalamack, who has his own mysterious agenda that requires him to get to the West Coast in a hurry. So here's a question for you: What happens when a sorta-black witch, a pixy, a living vampire, a corporeal ghost/demon familiar, and an elf walk into Margaritaville in Vegas for lunch? And a day-walking demon shows up? And don't even talk about what happened in St. Louis at the arch.

Yep, it's as funny as it sounds. This series is a perfect example of blending humor and drama--because there's plenty of that, too--and even heartbreak. (I won't even mention what happened to You-Know-Who a few books back.) Kim Harrison also treats us to a couple of interesting new twists for Rachel and her gang this time out, which gives me great hope that the Hollows series will be around for a good long time without losing steam.

Want a copy of Pale Demon? I have a hardback to give away to a commenter. You don't even have to tell me that Trent Kalamack is your favorite elf! Just tell me your favorite character from the series. If you haven't read the series and would like to win a copy of the first book, Dead Witch Walking, instead--just let me know--and make sure I have your email. As always +1 entry for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Go to it!

25 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this series. I'm woefully behind, but I started reading them when they first came out. We made it a recommended read at the bookstore I was working at!

    My favorite character is definitely Jenks. I love him!

    (I'm a blog follower)

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  2. I've read the 1st 2 books & have 3-5 in my to be read pile. From where I am in the series my favorite characters are Rachael & Nick, I really like them together despite Nick's growing problem with that demon. Hoping to get started on Every Which Way but Dead soon.

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  3. I haven't gotten to this series yet. I know, I'm so woefully behind! So if I win, I would like a copy of Dead Witch Walking.

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  4. This looks like a very cool series which I need to get busy and read! I'd love to win a copy of Dead Witch Walking. Going now to add it to my Goodreads TBR list!

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  5. I adore the action-comedy style of the Hollows series. I turned my husband onto the series, and he seems to enjoy it as well.

    It's hard to pick a favorite, but I will go with Algaliarept. I enjoy his sense of humor on occasion, and the fact that Ceri seems to have a soft-spot for him lends a feeling of possibility to his character.

    Runners-up would be Ford, Jenks, Ivy, Ceri, and Bis. It's kind of hard to pick one. D:

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  6. I love, love, LOVE this series! (Well, except for that one thing that happened...so sad, still...) My favorite character is Jenks. (Doesn't he cuss the best? "Tink's Panties!" makes me truly LOL.) And I love his family, too. :)

    Thanks for another fabulous review & giveaway!

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  7. I love this series. It rates a close second behind Karen Moning's Fever series, and I'm always excited when the new books are released. My favorite character is Al.

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  8. well my favorite character was "you know who" but as the books continue I find myself drawn to the old demon himself, AL ;) I think there's more to him. I love her series and it is a roller coaster. I've laughed and have cried my eyes out. Thanks for another great giveaway.
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  9. Okay, I'm a big bad girl, I didn't know this series and I haven't read it! Sigh...lots of shame on me.

    SO I'd like to have a chance to win the first book :)sounds like something I'd enjoy.

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  10. My favorite character in this series is Jenks because he is the funniest pixy that you will ever read about. I started reading this series maybe a year and a half ago, and I loved it from the very beginning.

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  11. This is my favorite adult series by far! I even painted a shirt for the KH book signing in Atlanta, and got my picture with her! My favorite character is Kisten with Jenks running a close second. I can't wait to get my hands on Pale Demon! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  12. The Hollows is my favorite series, and I just love Ivy. Jenks is a very close second.

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  13. I haven't managed to get to read any of the series as yet so I would love to get the first book.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Carol T

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  14. I haven't read any books from Kim..so i guess i need to start with the first book ? or the books are stand alone ?

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  15. I've had this on my to read list for so long.. and haven't got it only because of money.
    I keep hearing amazing reviews and comments about the series and please, enter me to win the 1st in the series (if still possible).

    As always, your reviews and blogs never disappoint, thank you so much!

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  16. Oh! Anddd
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    Sorry, I forgot to put it on!

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  17. My favourite character is Jenks. You have to love that pixie! I so need Pale Demon ... The wait has been too long!

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  18. I have not yet read this series but I would love to! If chosen I would love the first book! Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

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  19. Love, love this series. I'm all caught up with this series, just waiting for this one!

    My favorite character is Rachel herself, although Al is a very close second.

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    Thank you for the amazing giveaway.

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  20. My favorite character is Jenks!

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  21. I want to read the book... the review is great, thanks for having this contest ;) I just wonder till when is this contest?

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  22. I'm a bit behind on this series. I love Jenks but I really miss Kistin.

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  23. I have so got to get caught up on this series.

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  24. I haven't read the first book yet so I would like to win a copy of the first book.
    clarissa.bulatao at yahoo.com

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    Thanks!

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