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

by Kim Harrison

4.17 of 5 stars 12 ratings • 7 reviews • 15 shelved
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The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (Hollows, #2)

by Kim Harrison

4.17 of 5 stars 12 ratings • 7 reviews • 15 shelved
The second book in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy-thriller series starring sexy bounty hunter and witch, Rachel Morgan. During the last few months, former bounty-hunter Rachel Morgan has been rather busy. Having escaped relatively unscathed from her corrupt former employers, she's not only acquired a vampiric room-mate called Ivy, faced werewolf assassins and battled shape-shifting demons, but has also found the time to pick up a boyfriend (even if he is only human) and open her very own runner agency. But cohabiting with a vampire, however reformed, has its dangers. Ivy's evil vampire ex-boyfriend has decided that he wants her back, and views Rachel as a tasty side-dish. To make matters worse, Rachel's demon mark is the ultimate vamp-aphrodisiac; one that works both ways. The stakes are high, and if Rachel is to save herself and her room mate she must challenge the master vampire and confront the dark secrets she's kept hidden even from herself.
  • ISBN10 0061567310
  • ISBN13 9780061567315
  • Publish Date 24 June 2008 (first published 25 January 2005)
  • Publish Status Temporarily Withdrawn
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Eos
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 405
  • Language English

Reviews

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Quirky Cat 5 of 5 stars
The Good, The Bad, and The Undead is the second novel in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, and it is a whirlwind adventure. One that throws countless surprises at Rachel and her newly found partners. It’s no wonder that this series has been one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series for years.
Rachel Morgan is a bounty hunter – but not the type you’re probably used to hearing about. Instead, she tracks down all of the supernatural beings in the area that are wanted (for whatever reason).
So it’s safe to say that she’s seen her fair share of crazy things, and come up against some heavy hitters in her time. But nothing has quite prepared her for what life is about to throw her way. Ley line witches are falling all over the city, and it’s thanks to one merciless killer. It’s going to take the combined effort of I.S. and Rachel (plus her loathed magic) in order to track down this killer before the losses become insurmountable.

I should probably mention that I’ve already read The Hollows series (several times), but I recently noticed that I never actually reviewed them. So in preparation for the next Hollows book (so excited!), I’m going to do a reread and review run. I just finished Dead Witch Walking, but I couldn’t resist jumping right on to the next book in the series. I had forgotten how captivating this series can be!

“You cry, you get angry, then you do something about it.”

The Good, The Bad, and The Undead was another dynamic read from Kim Harrison. Her world is so vivid and alive, it almost feels like the characters are jumping right out of the pages. It was perhaps the best decision I’ve made all year to go back and read the entire series again. It has been a blast and a half, and I’ve still got so much of the series left.
The more I see of this world, the more I fall in love with it. There’s such a complex system of magical beings and humans, supernaturals and law enforcement, it’s impossible not to get wrapped up in it all.
Rachel is a fascinating character, and the perfect lead for this series. But I’ve got to admit that she’s not my favorite character (though I do like her). My favorite character tends to shift from book to book, though Jenks will always hold a special place in my heart.
I feel like The Good, The Bad, and The Undead is where the ball really starts rolling in The Hollows series. That is to say, Rachel is officially dealing with some longer running plots, some of which have consequences that lead far into the series (which is obvious now, since I’ve read the whole series).
This plot was an intense one, obviously. The ante has been upped from the first job, all thanks to a crazy killer on the loose. What made this plot so good was that it forced Rachel to take drastic measures – using magic that she would probably have avoided for the rest of her life otherwise. And that’s only the beginning.
The Good, The Bad, and The Undead was everything I remember it to be, and perhaps a little bit more. It was a fun read, even knowing how it was all going to play out in the end. In fact, I’d argue that knowing added to the tension (since there was some heartache involving certain characters).

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Chelsea 4 of 5 stars
This book was much better than the first. I liked the first book but I found it wasn't anything special. In The Good, the Bad, and the Undead we finally get to see the little things that set this series apart from the other urban fantasies. We dive deeper into the different supernatural races and we learn more about this crazy world. I'm actually really looking forward to reading the rest of the series now!

I think Jenks will forever be my favourite character. He's great and adds a little humour into the whole book. I also love that the author incorporates his family in some small scenes which makes them all come to life a little bit more. Rachel is also a great character, though she doesn't think before she does anything. I suppose it makes for a great story but it drives me insane a little. She's finally starting to notice that about herself so hopefully she dials it back from now on. I'm also really interested in the new characters we met in this book! I can't wait to see them more!

The plot was fast paced enough that I didn't want to put the book down. It still could have done with fewer pages because this was a pretty big book. Luckily it's full of action so you don't really need to worry about becoming bored.

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littleread1 4 of 5 stars
I'd read the first 2 books in this series previously. I plan to continue. But I have a buddy read on audio to get to now, so these will have to wait a bit. Enjoyed them!

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Linda 4 of 5 stars
I really, really enjoy reading about Rachel's adventures! Ivy, Nick, Trent, Glenn, Jenks... they're all excellent characters as well.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews

The Good the Bad and the Undead starts in the middle of a run that doesn't go exactly as planned, and it kind of sets the mood for the whole story.

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tellemonstar 4 of 5 stars
Cross-posted at Book Reviews With The Blogmonstar

Poor Rachel. She’s really getting into all sorts of problems in The Good the Bad and the Undead, and they aren’t going to be easy to get out of, that’s for certain.

In The Good the Bad and the Undead, Rachel is asked by the FIB to help them investigate the deaths of several ley-line witches, in an ‘unofficial’ capacity. This itself causes some major issues because Rachel believes that Trent Kalamack is behind the deaths. Turns out she’s a little bit off the mark, although she was correct about him being interested in them – he wanted one to work for him on a particular project. Rachel’s stubbornness is what causes her to find most the the trouble she gets into. It certainly doesn’t help in this case.

I really like the rules Kim Harrison sets for her vampires in the world of the Hollows. They make sense for vampires living in a modern society where those who aren’t magic know that they exist. The difference between the ‘living’ vampires like Ivy and Kist, and the undead vampires like Ivy’s mum (for example) is also really well done. Most importantly, Harrison sticks to these rules, and doesn’t change them just to suit her needs.

The relationships between Rachel and Ivy, and Ivy and Piscary are interesting. Piscary is pretty much the sort of jerk you would expect a ‘Master’ vampire to be, and he has a wonderfully written sense of almost fatherly affection towards Ivy that hides a much nastier side of him very well. Ivy’s emotional state is really well done – as Rachel points out to herself at one point – Ivy really has been emotionally abused by Piscary from a young age, seeing as he wants her to be his scion and act on his behalf.

Rachel starts to learn more about herself in this one, and she certainly learns quite a bit about her father and about Trent. In fact she learns what he is – and uses that information to keep him from blabbing about her past. The relationship between Rachel and Trent is really well done, especially because although neither one particularly likes the other, they can’t help but require one or the other’s help as various times.

For people who have sank their teeth into some of the better vampire series – either television or book – and like their vampires and supernaturals to have personalities and bite, I would definitely recommend this series.

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this book was better then the first, it has the kind of gripping suspense, that won't let you stop reading. Kim Harrison is a wonderful story teller and captures the reader from page one. Her characters come to life on the pages, making you love and hate them with a passion. I can't wait to begin book 3.

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ibeforem 5 of 5 stars
Man oh man, I like this series. I really hated for this one to end! I like Rachel, even if she tends to be bull-headed and downright stupid sometimes. I can relate to some of her indecision and refusal to see what’s right in front of her. The supporting cast of Ivy, Jenks, Nick, and even Trent Kalamack are back in this one, and this is one of the only series I’ve read lately that really has a continuing storyline through the books. There’s a lot of danger and mayhem, and a little more sex in this one than in the last. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Rachel in the next books. The return of Detective Glenn, perhaps? This may not be high quality literature, but it’s fast and furious and fun, and a lot of the time that’s all I need.