Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review and Special Contest--THE HOLLOWS INSIDER by Kim Harrison


Okay, I’m a huge fan of the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. No secret there. So I guess you could take it with a grain of salt when I say this is hands-down the best “companion” guide to any series ever. But then you’d miss out on what is hands-down the best “companion” guide to any series ever. Up until now, that honor went to JR Ward’s The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide, and it remains a close second because I love my ghuys, you know? But still. This is awesome if you haven’t read the series and even awesomer (is that a word?) if you have.

Want to win a special copy of The Hollows Insider? Read on to see what's special about it!


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THE OFFICIAL BLURB: New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison has won legions of fans with her sexy supernatural novels featuring bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan. And now comes a unique look inside her beloved Hollows series that no fan should miss. . . . The Hollows Insider. In the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else. To survive among vampires, witches, Weres, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees—to say nothing of demons—humanity needs a guide. And now, written by Kim Harrison herself, here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, secret correspondence from the elusive Trent Kalamack, and much more.

MY THOUGHTS: So, here’s the premise of the book. Back when witch Rachel Morgan was a runner (aka bounty hunter of sorts) for Interlander Security and screwing up all her runs—at the time of the first book, Dead Witch Walking, in other words—she chased a rogue werewolf onto a city bus and hit him with a charm. The charm misfired, causing an innocent bus passenger to lose all his hair. The passenger? A very irate blogger and reporter for the Hollows Gazette, Devin Crossman, who then made it his very life’s mission to prove Rachel’s incompetence and bring embarrassment to the I.S.
            When he began digging into Rachel’s activities over the course of the next few years—collecting all kinds of information and making a lot of research notes—he crossed paths with Trent Kalamack. And for those of us who love the series, we know crossing paths with Trent isn’t always a healthy thing to do.
            The result of this blogger’s investigation makes up the pages of The Hollows Insider, from “secret I.S. dossiers” telling all the secrets of the Hollows citizens, to Rachel’s spells, to instructions on how to summon a demon, and even to Jenks the pixy’s entry into the “12 Days of Christmas” lyric contest...all kinds of stuff. It’s as funny and imaginative—dare I say brilliant—as the series itself.
            And I have to give props to the folks at Harper Voyager for cutting no corners in producing the book. It’s a hardback, of course, but it’s also four-color throughout (for 300 oversized pages) with tons of art and—dig this—the first printing has a glow-in-the-dark dust jacket!
            (Oh, and where did Devin Crossman’s notes and research all end up, and what happened to him? Well, the poor sod did cross paths with Trent Kalamack. Just sayin’.)

THE GIVEAWAY: I have a copy of The Hollows Insider to give away, complete with the glow-in-the-dark dust jacket. You want it. I know you do. (I should add here that if you haven’t read this series, one of the cool things about the Insider is that it should enhance your reading rather that provide a lot of spoilers.) Have you read the series? You know the routine: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet or a share on Facebook!

31 comments:

  1. I love this series! I want this book! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  2. This a great series! Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway! I love that the dust jacket is glow-in-the dark! Too cool! :-)

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  3. OMGosh!! What an awesome giveaway. I love this series.I soooo want this book.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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    http://twitter.com/#!/elaing8/status/126304506278457345

    eaing8[at]netscape[dot]net

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  4. Would love to get my hands on the Hollows Insider.

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  5. Yeah, you're absolutely right: I want this book! :) So many thanks for the chance to win it! :)

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    +1 GCF follower: mikki-mano
    +1 twitter follower: @vojalyn
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    Thanks again,
    mikki-mano@hotmail.com

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  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! One of my TOP 5 series ever.. The Insider´s guide look absolutely fantastic :-)

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    sonkad(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Oh it sounds so good ! I really love the series and I'm very curious about this one. thanks

    +1 for comment,
    +1 for blog follow (Melliane)

    ellana_(at)hotmail(dot)fr

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  8. Suzanne - As you know I am also a big Kim Harrison fan. Have all her books, including the Dawn Cook books. Would like to be her #1 fan except every time I say that I think of Stephen King = Misery!! Will have to settle for being her #2 fan. I have been to two of her book signings for the Madison series in Naperville [Chicago].
    Do not enter me in the contest - I have The Hollows Insider pre-ordered since April. Just seven more days to wait.
    P.S. have pre-ordered Royal Street also. Thanks, Roger

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  9. Oh yes! I want that book :D It sound so great. <3 Thank you for the chance :)

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    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

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  10. I'm enjoying this series,can't wait to read it! tWarner419@aol.com

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  11. i don't know this series, but i want to remedy that ^^
    thanks for the giveaway.

    GFC: Yto
    Twitter: Yto77
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/Yto77/status/126397199885152256

    witchvela at web dot de

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  12. I figured you had preordered, Roger! You are going to be blown away by this book--it's just amazing. HarperCollins didn't spare any cost with it. And thanks for preordering Royal Street! The way I first heard about the Hollows series is someone in my crit group said RS reminded her of the Dead Witch Walking, so I had to rush out and buy it...believe me, it's not in that league. Yet. But I have hopes :-)

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  13. I love love love this series! I would love to have this book!!

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    aliciahall0605(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  14. One of my absolute favorite series!!!!!

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  15. Oh wow I want to read this series!

    +1 follower Kel
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    poisnivyred At gmail.com

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  16. I'd love to play please.

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    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. OMGoodness that is fantabulous. I love Rachel's series and this is such an awesome sounding book. Thank you for the chance!

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    +gfc Teril
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    terilhack at gmail dot com

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  18. This is a great series. I have been waiting on this addition.

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    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

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  19. I've read every book in The Hollows series. Love it! I even got to meet Kim at a signing in TX. She is a wonderful person. I'd love a chance to win this to go with my collection. Thanks
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    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. Yes I've read the series. It's my favorite urban fantasy series!

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    methom@earthlink.net

    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  21. I have read and LOVED this series. Rachel is awesome.

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    ashley.mckinsey(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I actually haven't had a chance to read this series yet, but I do have the first book in my TBR pile somewhere, I just need to get to it, lol... This sounds like a really cool intro to the series with a cool glow in the dark dust jacket to match :)

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    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Awesome giveaway!! This is one of my favorite series. Im still a little torn up even about what happened a couple books ago that I dont want to say and spoil for anyone. But for those of you that have read it Im sure you know what I am talking about.

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    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  24. Great giveaway!!! Would love to win.

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    +1 GFC Follower Lorrie0729


    lorrie.zielinski@yahoo.com

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  25. I've recently started this series and I'm enjoying it! tWarner419@aol.com

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  26. I am a big fan of this series and this book sounds AMAZING!

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    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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  27. I love The Hollows! Oh Kisten! Thanks for the giveaway.
    ferretvamp14[at]live[dot]com

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  28. I have not read this series! Would love to read this!
    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk
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  29. I have wanted to read Kim harrison for over a year now. This would give me the little nudge I need to buy the books.
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    Jennifer K jouv
    kjovus at gmail dot com

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  30. I am sooooo looking forward to this! I've loved Rachel, ivy, Jenks, Trent, & co. since Dead Witch Walking, and I can hardly wait to see all the extra tidbits we get to learn about them! Whether I win here or not, I *WILL* own a copy of my own! (And I've got a birthday coming up... guess what's top-of-the-list!)

    rissatoo
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  31. I love this series.

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    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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