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The Hollows Reading Challenge – Month 2

April 23, 2014 Challenges, Fun Stuff 1

Welcome to Month 2 of The Hollows Reading Challenge!

If you’re already signed up, then you’re ready to begin reading!

If you haven’t signed up yet, or want more information about what this challenge is all about, click the challenge button at the top of this post.

Month 1 Winners: 

  • Sarah @ The Bibliophile’s Diary is the winner of a signed hardcover of The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, along with a bus token from the Hollows.
  • Ann Buckhame @ Readster Quilt’s is the winner of Kindle editions of Dates from Hell and Holidays are from Hell, along with a bus token from the Hollows.

Month 2

April 17 – May 16

The goal for this month is to read Every Which Way but Dead and A Fistful of Charms.


There’s no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who’s already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.

Between “runs,” she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor.

Rachel must also take a stand in the war that’s raging in the city’s underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin – and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation.

And now her dark “master” is coming to collect his due.


The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her—not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses—savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and rule. And suddenly more than Rachel’s soul is at stake.


The Details:

1. You have all month to read these two books.

2. You have until May 16th to post a review or simply your thoughts about the books to be entered into this month’s giveaway.

3. Be sure to come back to this post to leave a link to your post, wherever it is (Goodreads, your blog, Twitter, etc.). You must leave a link to be entered into the giveaways. The link must point to a post written during the dates of each challenge month.

Month 2 Giveaway

One winner will receive Kindle editions of Dates from Hell and Holidays are from Hell, along with a bus token from the Hollows, a burning bunny pin, and Rachel’s Coat Check Tag from Carew Tower.

Don’t forget about the extra credit reads!

If you read any of the shorts/novellas on the extra credit list, you can post your reviews any time during the challenge. Each of those links will give you an extra entry into the final giveaway and an extra entry into that month’s giveaway! Just remember – create separate links for each book/novella you read that month.

ALSO! It’s okay if you don’t finish the books in the scheduled month. You won’t be eligible for the giveaways that month, but you’ll still be reading an amazing series.

Leave your links below for posts created between April 17 and May 16, 2014.  The linky will remain open through May 17.


Waiting on Wednesday 4.16.14

April 16, 2014 Fun Stuff 0


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

thelongestrideTitle: The Longest Ride
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Release Date: May 8, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Summary: In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.

Ira Levinson is in trouble. Ninety-one years old and stranded and injured after a car crash, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

I’m not always a big fan of Nicholas Sparks books (but the movies are a whole different story). But this one sounds like a book I’d really enjoy.


Waiting on Wednesday 4.9.14

April 9, 2014 Fun Stuff 14


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

thetreatmentTitle: The Treatment (The Program #2)
Author: Suzanne Young
Release Date: April 28, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse


Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

I finally read The Program last week, and I really liked it! I’m dying to find out what happens to Sloane and James, and really hope they end up getting their happily ever after.


Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (The Hollows #1)

April 7, 2014 Challenges, Fun Stuff 1

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (The Hollows #1)

I recently finished re-reading the first book in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. I was struck by how young all of the characters seemed! I had forgotten how Rachel and Ivy struggled with each other in the beginning. I had forgotten that Jenks hadn’t always been a part of Rachel’s team. I had forgotten Rachel met Nick at the rat fights. And most of all, I had forgotten how mean Trent was!

It all felt as if it were a lifetime ago.

Dead Witch Walking sets up the series. We’re introduced to a lot of characters. Rachel and Ivy both leave their jobs at the I.S. and start their own agency. It’s this agency that is the foundation for the whole series. This book also sets up the world that Rachel lives in: 40 years after the angel virus mutated through genetically modified tomatoes and wiped out a third of humanity, supernaturals (Inderlanders) are no longer hiding. The world wouldn’t have been able to function and regrow if they hadn’t stepped forward.

Rachel gets into a lot of trouble, not only because the I.S. has a contract on her head for leaving, but because she’s just… Rachel. Getting into trouble is what she does. And she does it very well.

It felt kind of surreal re-reading this one not long after reading the most recent release The Undead Pool. The characters have grown and developed SO MUCH over the years.

I definitely enjoyed going back to the beginning


If you’re participating in The Hollows Reading Challenge, don’t forget to add links to your posts on the Month 1 Linky.

If you haven’t signed up yet, make sure you do! Not only is this series a must-read series for all Urban Fantasy fans, but there are TONS of great prizes!


Dawn’s in trouble, must be Tuesday 03.18.14

March 18, 2014 Fun Stuff 0

“Dawn’s in trouble, must be Tuesday” is a weekly event where I feature favorite quotes from books, movies, or television shows that I’ve loved and need to share.

“Man, that girl. She just… I think I’d be madly in love with her if she didn’t scare me so much. But maybe that’s why I like her. Not like I like like her.” ~From Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg