“Overall - 3.5/5 stars
The Bespelled - 3/5
Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel - 4/5 stars when I first read it a couple years ago. I did not want to reread so it may be a 3 star story.
Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil - 3/5
Dirty Magic - 3/5
The Bridges of Eden Park - 4/5
Ley Line Drifter - 3/5
Million Dollar Baby - 3.5/5 - I liked Trent's POV and this story. His voice sounds a bit like Rachel though. The outer dialogue is fine. It's just his thinking to himself is not distinct.
Pet Shop Boys - 2.5/5
Temson Estates - 2/5
Spider Silk - 3/5
Grace - 4.5/5 - I enjoyed this story and would like to read more of this character and world.
“Collection of short stories set in & around the Hallows. Fills in many background pieces & questions from her books. ”Celtic_Witch wrote this review Wednesday, February 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I had read most of these before, but Million Dollar Baby was new. I really liked getting more into Trent's brain, and I think he and Jenks work we'll together. ”Anjeanett Grant wrote this review Sunday, January 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“some of the stories are great some not doing with the hollows I could've done with out”TikTok wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Four Stars: An anthology of all The Hollows short stories packed into one informative and riveting read.
I am a big fan of The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison, but I know I am not up to date on all the novellas and short stories so I was thrilled to see them all bundled into one book. At last, I could piece together all the missing story lines and have a better understanding of my favorite characters. Best of all, this book has a double dose of Jenks and I loved both of his stories. Of course, it is always hard to review an anthology as there are always stories you like better than others, but I can say that I was entertained by all the tales. I love that I got more back story on Ivy and Trent and I finally learned how Rachel met Pierce. I think my favorite story was Million Dollar Baby that tells how Jenks and Trent managed to steal his baby. I admit in the beginning I was not a fan of Trent, but as the series progressed, I found myself liking him more and more, and now dare I say I hope that he and Rachel will get together? It was nice to get into his head and see how he felt about Rachel. Sure, he is still a bit pompous and he certainly has a thing or two to learn about pixies, as he didn't fully realize what an asset Jenks was at first, but by the end of his adventure he knows that Jenks is a valuable and indispensable partner. Besides, without Jenks what would a Hollows book be without all of the pixie curses? Needless to say, I love Jenks and Trent more than ever after reading this. It was nice to get more on Kisten as well, even though it made me miss him all the more. I also liked the stories featuring the deadly banshee. What can I say? They were all fun and unique and I was so happy to be immersed back into The Hollows with all of my old friends.
Ms. Harrison also includes several stories outside of The Hollows that were all completely divergent from her beloved series. I particularly liked the last story, Grace. These additional tales gave me some insight into what we might see from Ms. Harrison once she finishes The Hollows...(no)! These stories showed me what a talented and diverse writer Ms. Harrison is.
My only complaints for this book was that I found myself missing Rachel. She is only in two of the stories and for some reason, I just felt like the stories without her presence were lacking. I also wished that there was more of Al. He is always fascinating and I would love to know more about him.
If you have not delved into Ms. Harrison's series, you need to check it out. She presents a fascinating paranormal world with all kinds of supernatural entities from witches, vampires, pixies, elves, demons, banshees, gargoyles and more. I love this series and I cannot wait for the next release. This anthology was a nice way to tide me over until Ever After releases in January 2013.
"He was an artist, and destroying her as he made her into what he wanted, would be his finest masterpiece."
"They say when you're ten, you think your parents know everything. At sixteen, you're convinced they know nothing at all. By thirty, if you haven't figured out they really did know what they were doing, then you're still sixteen."
"You can live above your fate," she mocked. "You can be who you want to be."
"I'm all right," she said, squinting from the morning sun. "I like who I am today."
"She shouldn't be here this soon, but the memory of his love was like the scent of flowers, begging to be inhaled and irresistible."
"You look like a sorority sister in hell week with that discount sheet around you! What is that, a one-fifty thread count? My three-year-old can weave better than that."
A huge thanks to Harper Voyager for the ARC copy of this book. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review and all opinions are my own.
Posted@ Rainy Day Ramblings.”
“I found I had red most of these stories before in other works. It is nice to have them all in one book.”Yodamom wrote this review Sunday, December 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I found that I had read over half the stories already, so skimming happened a lot. Liked the story of Al and Ceri. Liked Trent's and Jinks story of how he got Lucy. Pet Shop Boys was interesting, but skipped the rest of the book. So glad this was a library book and not one I spent $$ on!”Tami H wrote this review Sunday, November 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved having all the Hollows short stories in one place. I wanted more though and less of Harrison's non Hollows works.”Linsey wrote this review Saturday, November 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Some of the stories I'd read but at least 1/3 were new to me. Loved the Million Dollar Baby which ties in nicely with Pale Demon”Libra wrote this review Monday, February 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No