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It was as if a part of me had died, accepting that I couldn’t be who I wanted, so I had to work at making who I was, someone I could live with.
Rachel is going to have to accept demons are going to ruin her life. Every time she turns around, a demon seems to be crossing the lines to pester her. Of course, it doesn’t help that she’s learning how to spin curses from Ceri. But if a curse doesn’t hurt someone, it isn’t evil right? As Rachel tries to help the FIB solve a case of suicidal weres, she’ll have to fend off the demons that come knocking. She’ll also have to live through Trent Kalamack’s wedding, and true to Rachel’s style she’ll cause quite the commotion.
If you’ve been following along with my reread of The Hollows, then you know how much I love the series. So why did I take away a star? I will fully admit it’s because this book was slower than the previous novels and felt a bit disjointed. There’s a lot less action and a lot more drama.
Kim will go into detail on the differences between ley line magic and demon curses. You’ll also learn more about the demons to set the foundation for future novels. There’s not going to be a lot of action as far as runs go. There are quite a few subplots in the story, and I don’t think there was space left over for a run.
There’s a lot of moving from place to place. Rachel has a lot on her plate this time, and I just didn’t feel the adrenaline filled character I’d come to know. The FIB calling her in to help investigate was a break from the norm. Even Rachel says she isn’t an investigator. She’s more of a tag them and bag them person.
But, this is an important book in the series, so make sure you stick with it. Rachel is slowly becoming a person who is sure of themselves and realizes the world can't be painted in black and white.
That being said, this was one of the first books to make me bawl my eyes out. I even wrote to Kim years ago telling her she wrote it beautifully, and she broke my heart in the process. She sent me a memorandum of who we'd lost as a fan base, and to this day I treasure it.
Buckle up and give it a try. I feel like every series has at least one book that doesn’t quite sit well, but that doesn’t mean the journey isn’t worth it.
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