Ever After (Rachel Morgan Series #11)

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The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and it's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to stop it before the fragile balance between Inderlanders and humans falls apart.

Of course, there's also the small fact that Rachel caused the ley line to rip in the first place. And the most powerful demon in the ever-after, the soul-eater Ku'Sox Sha-Ku'ru, has kidnapped her friend and her goddaughter as leverage...

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Overview

The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and it's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to stop it before the fragile balance between Inderlanders and humans falls apart.

Of course, there's also the small fact that Rachel caused the ley line to rip in the first place. And the most powerful demon in the ever-after, the soul-eater Ku'Sox Sha-Ku'ru, has kidnapped her friend and her goddaughter as leverage in his quest for vengeance. If Rachel doesn't give herself up for execution, they will die.

Rachel must team up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack— a partnership fraught with perils of the heart and soul— to rescue those she loves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The 11th installment in the bestselling Hollows series (after A Perfect Blood) sees witch-turned-demon Rachel Morgan once again up to her eyeballs in trouble. The ley line she accidentally created has caused an imbalance between the worlds, causing the demonic realm of the ever-after to gradually shrink. If she can’t fix it, the ever-after will be destroyed and she’ll be killed. Meanwhile, her enemies are drawing her into a complex trap; her ex-boyfriend is working for the wrong side; and she’s sorting through complicated feelings for her old frenemy, elf Trent Kalamack. There’s a soap-operatic feel to this tale with so many plot threads, the exploration of Rachel’s messed-up love life, and a constant undertone of angst. With only two books to go in the series, Harrison is definitely moving pieces into the endgame—and removing some from the board altogether. The result is fast-paced and entertaining, but not exactly friendly to new readers. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates. (Jan.)
Romantic TimesBOOKclub
"Longtime fans will find their emotions running the gamut, as events for many of Harrison’s familiar characters take new and sometimes tragic turns this time around. Rachel’s journey of self-discovery is hard, frightening and definitely life-threatening; it also makes for fantastic entertainment!"
Library Journal
The ever after—the demonic world paralleling that of mere mortals—is in danger of disappearing, and it's witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan's fault. She evidently caused a ley line to rip, and her life is forfeit unless she can mend her mistake. What's worse, the ever after's most powerful, soul-eating demon has the perfect plan for entrapping her: he's kidnapped her best friend and her goddaughter. Enter elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, who will join Rachel to save her loved ones—and the universe. With a one-day laydown on January 22, 250,000-copy first printing, and ten-city tour.
Kirkus Reviews
The 11th volume in Harrison's popular ongoing urban-fantasy series (A Perfect Blood, 2012, etc.) continues to chronicle the adventures of Rachel Morgan, who is both a witch and a detective. In Harrison's alternate universe, set in Cincinnati, the world of magical beings, including vampires, witches, elves, werewolves and demons, has crossed with the world of humans. In partnership with Ivy, a vampire, and Jenks, a pixy, Rachel now works as a freelance investigator. When her friend Quen asks her to watch over Trent, a handsome but stubborn elf who attracts trouble, Rachel bridles at the idea. Then, she discovers that someone is abducting what are known as Rosewood babies, infants stricken with a usually fatal, supernaturally inspired disease. When both Rachel's close friend and goddaughter disappear, Rachel and Trent have no choice but to put aside past differences and join forces in order to find them and set things right. Along the way, the pair discovers they are up against a merciless and powerful demon named Ku'Sox, who forces Rachel to go outside the realm in which she normally dwells into what is known as the Ever After in order to recover her abducted friends. Harrison's fans know every corner of the imaginary and intricate world the author has created, including Rachel's history with Trent, which complicates the path she must take in order to retrieve her friends. Adding to the fanciful characters' drama is a past when a genetic-manipulation cataclysm reduced the human population and changed the balance of how humans and the others interact. The storyline is populated with insider references that will mystify those who haven't already been steeped in the world Harrison has created, but for fans of her work, this lengthy and complicated volume will be a welcome new addition to her universe. There's no denying this tale is skillfully written, but the author's tendency to rely heavily on endless, mundane dialogue can be a turnoff to readers who would rather have their stories short, sweet and to the point.
Fresh Fiction
“The world-building is incomparable”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Longtime fans will find their emotions running the gamut, as events for many of Harrison’s familiar characters take new and sometimes tragic turns this time around. Rachel’s journey of self-discovery is hard, frightening and definitely life-threatening; it also makes for fantastic entertainment!”
Wired's GEEK MOM
“I couldn’t put it down.”
Miami Herald
“Tense and thrilling.”
Tulsa World
“Harrison’s gift has been the emotional growth of her characters. This is no exception.”
Miami Herald on A PERFECT BLOOD
“The pace and tone of A Perfect Blood reflects its protagonist: a little more cautious, reflective and purposeful, and the book is more powerful as a result…Harrison provides the strongest and most self-assured Rachel we’ve seen yet.”
Booklist on A PERFECT BLOOD
“With the end of this popular series coming soon, fans will be savoring the remaining episodes all the more, and those who have delayed entry will begin jumping on board.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061957918
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: Rachel Morgan Series , #11
  • Pages: 435
  • Sales rank: 138,575
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Harrison

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in Michigan and has recently returned there to escape the South Carolina heat. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon; and A Perfect Blood. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery series for young adults, including Once Dead, Twice Shy and Early to Death, Early to Rise.

Biography

Bestselling paranormal fantasy author Kim Harrison went all the way through school with nary a thought of becoming a writer. A biology major in college, she took only the required English courses needed to graduate. So when the writing bug hit her later in life, she found herself at a real disadvantage with grammar, spelling, and other basic weapons in the scribbler's arsenal. However, her love of books was her saving grace. Always a voracious reader, Harrison instinctively recognized the role of plot, pacing, and character development in good storytelling. She set about writing with great enthusiasm and plugged away for the better part of decade, until she was able to bring her skills up to par.

Harrison's debut novel grew out of frustration with a growing pile of rejection notices. In an attempt to get publishers' attention, she set out to craft something deliberately weird and edgy. She conceived a motley cast of vampires, werewolves, pixies, and witches, including a sexy bounty hunter named Rachel Morgan, and threw them together in a short story. Then, her agent introduced her to editor Diana Gill, and together they refined and expanded Harrison's idea into a full length novel.

Published in 2004, Dead Witch Walking became a bestseller, launched a blockbuster series, and catapulted Harrison into a pantheon of paranormal superstars that includes Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Christine Feehan, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. As if to validate her inclusion in these ranks, Harrison's stories have also been included in several bestselling paranormal collections.

Good To Know

  • Harrison claims that her muse exists in music. In our exclusive interview, she explained, "Music moves society more than most people realize. In my opinion, it's a soft manipulator of influence and change. I love the power of the musician who composes and performs. I envy their ability to put a nugget of truth in three minutes of sweat and emotional outpouring, colored entirely from their thoughts. And I'll admit that if I can, I'll steal that nugget of truth, study it, facet it, polish it, and place it in my writing."

  • On her MySpace page, Kim lists the following as her heroes: "My parents. Anyone who pursues their dreams when no one believes they can reach them. Single moms and dads."

  • Rachel Morgan and her otherworldly cohorts exist in and around an alternate version of Cincinnati, Ohio -- a "little big city" Harrison was familiar with from her Midwestern youth. She always tries to incorporate "Cincy" sights into her series novels, so readers are likely to find allusions to Eden Park, the Cincinnati Zoo, and other local neighborhoods and landmarks.

  • As a tribute to one of her favorite actor/directors, Harrison has given some of her Rachel Morgan novels titles that play on well-known Clint Eastwood films: For a Few Demons More, Every Which Way but Dead, The Outlaw Demon Wails, etc.

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    • Posted January 22, 2013

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      Rachel Morgan, with no experience, has created a ley line. This

      Rachel Morgan, with no experience, has created a ley line. This ley line was leaking ever after into the human world very slowly, but something has gone terribly wrong. The line created by Rachel is now sucking away the ever after. If it’s not stopped ever after will no longer exist, demon kind will be destroyed and all magic in the human world will disappear forever. Since it is Rachel’s line, she is tasked with repairing the ley line. The demon kind has been convinced that killing Rachel might fix the line. The magic users of the world will kill her if she removes all magic from the world. Time is running out. With a baby gargoyle Bis (who is totally AWESOME) at her side, Rachel must discover what caused this new problem.

      Ku’Sox, the strongest of all demons and soul sucker, has kidnapped Rachel’s goddaughter, Lucy, and Ceri. Trent Kalamack is beside himself, willing to sacrifice his life to save Ceri and his daughter. Knowing Rachel is his only hope, he leans on her help in this hopeless situation. But is there more to Ku’Sox’s plan than just kidnapping?

      Oh. My. “Goddess”. I loved Ever After. I was sucked in from the first page and didn’t want to put it down when it ended...sitting there wishing there was more!! MORE! I want more. 

      Rachel finds inner strength and grows so much more into the character you knew she could be. You get a deeper understanding into so many of the characters, it was absolutely brilliant writing on Kim Harrison’s part! 

      The ending, what can I say but WOW! The entire book was a sensory overload, action, romance, love, friendship, revelations, and mystery...Ever Aftergives it all. 5 Stars and Favorite Read!

      This ARC copy of Ever After was given to me by Edelweiss and Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date January 22, 2013.

      23 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 24, 2013

      Mind Blowing! Excellent!! Will leave you begging for more!!!!

      I have read this entire series over and over..Pale Demon was and is my favorite but "ever after" is a close second. The creativity and imagination that Kim Harrison has to create these characters and worlds is mind blowing!! I get lost in this world every time I pick up a book in this series. I just hate waiting a whole year to get the next book. I always want more!! I've read hundreds of books and series. I'm a reading addict. Kim Harrisons Hollows series is by far my favorite!! Buy this book and every book in the Hollow series I promise you wont be disappointed!! Start from book 1 "Dead Witch Walking" if this is your first time reading from this series! You wont want to miss anything along the way!

      10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 25, 2013

      *spoiler*

      Please!!!! Why do people have to give everything away when they review a book?! You RUIN the surprise for those of us who want to see if it is worth spending a fair amount of money on buying it. Can't you be a little more considerate? No need to tell us if someone dies, or is the bad guy,etc... We would rather find out what happens on our own.

      8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 23, 2013

      I love this series!  This series is still fresh and so very exci

      I love this series!  This series is still fresh and so very exciting!!!  I love love love the character development in this installment.  
      ( ALOT happened in this book!  And that is putting it mildly.)  
      The adventure and  suspense is truly thrilling...honestly better than EVER!!!!
       I thought the ending of 10 was great...but the ending of this one was WOW...just WOW.
       I literally squealed with delight when I finished it and I haven't done that in a long time.  It definitely set the stage for 12 and now
      12 can't come soon enough.  Kim Harrison is simply a very gifted storyteller!  

      8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 25, 2013

      Amazing!!!

      It was a great book! I definitely had a hard time putting this book down when I had to go to work or sleep.
      I got the feeling that Kim Harrison is closing off loose ends in the series, and it definitely stinks to understand that the series will be coming to an end. I enjoyed the action and romance throughout the book, it was a great read.
      I kept trying to read so fast to see what happened, and I now want to read it again right away, that's a rare thing for me!

      5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 24, 2013

      Finally?

      Great book. However i hated the ending. Why you ask....because it ended! All i have to say is Trent Trent Trent. Can not wait for the next installment.

      5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 2, 2013

      WOW!!!!!

      I am in LOVE with this series. It is one of a few series that I count down the days for a new release. This book was soooo good. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish this installment. I suffered through the following workday sleep deprived and it was worth it. So many things transpired in this book (some good, some sad and some very unexpected). The writing is brilliant. I enjoyed the interactions between Trent and Rachel. I think I fell a little more in love with Trenton. As always, Al and Jenks cracked me up. This book evoked a lot of different emotions from me. I cant wait to visit the Hallows again. HEY KIM, IS THE NEXT BOOK OUT YET????? WRITE FAST!!!

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 29, 2013

      Summary Rachel Morgan is on the hook to save the world again onl

      Summary
      Rachel Morgan is on the hook to save the world again only this time it's the demon world, the Ever After. One time adversary Trent Kalamack is now her partner and potential love interest as she tries to repair the ley lines and vanquish her demon adversary, Ku'Sox. The battles are spectacular and the writing witty, if occasionally drowned out by Rachel's endless self interested chorus of “me, me, me!” This is not a stand alone book so new readers should start at the beginning of the series, Dead Witch Walking. Regular readers will get exactly what they expect in this next installment of The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.

      Fantasy World
      Rachel Morgan's world is amazing as always. A Cincinnati where witches, vampires, and humans live side by side is an entertaining place to visit. The Ever After will make your nose twitch with the smell of burnt amber just by reading about it.

      Tingle Factor
      Rachel admires Trent's figure. Then there is one kiss before they agree there can never be anything between them. Jane Austen would be proud of their actions and good sense. Modern readers may be a little annoyed. Perhaps in another 5 books they'll accidentally trip and fall into bed with each other.

      Romance
      Romance mostly takes a back seat to action although Trent and Rachel do admit to a mutual admiration of one another. Regular readers won't be surprised as this is a fantasy not a romance series.

      Drama
      Curses, kidnappings, and ultimatums keep the tension high while Rachel staggers around trying to save her own ass and the Ever After while still doing “the right thing”.

      Heroine
      As usual Rachel's self interest drives the plot while her inconvenient and highly erratic morals are supposed to persuade us to admire her. Perennial adolescent wobbling on how she feels at any given second impacts her actions often to the detriment of others. Perhaps Rachel will get thrown in jail again in a future book and sentenced to mandatory therapy along with a good dose of Prozac.

      Supporting Cast
      Many beloved and other hated characters from previous books make guest appearances as well as regular companion Jenks. Mostly elf and demon related story lines make progress as vampires are relegated to the background. This puts Trent, Quen, Al, and Newt front and center of this story.

      4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 22, 2013

      Pre ordered this book.  Wish I could actually read it.

      Pre ordered this book.  Wish I could actually read it.

      4 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 25, 2013

      Another great book in the series!  I hate having to wait another

      Another great book in the series!  I hate having to wait another year for the next one to come out!  I was disappointed that they killed of a couple of characters, one of which is a favorite and we didn't even get to see it.  The ending certainly left you wanting more and salivating for the next book to come out.  This year will not go fast enough!

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 27, 2013

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      Review From My Urban Fantasies

      Originally published on my blog, My Urban Fantasies.
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      I have no words to describe the brilliance that is Kim Harrison. I have loved this series since the very beginning. I never though Harrison could top Pale Demon, which was beyond brilliant. I'm happy to announce that I was so very wrong. Ever After is beyond amazing. Saying I LOVED it does not even begin to describe how I feel about this book. I have two words...MY PRECIOUS!

      Ever After takes place a couple of months after A Perfect Blood. Rachel's ley line had been slowly leaking energy from the ever-after. Something has gone terribly wrong. The ley line is now leaking massive amounts of energy and the ever-after is shrinking at an alarming rate. Rachel has only a few days to fix the ley line or the demons are going to kill her.

      Cute Socks, *smiles* I mean Ku'Sox is back with a vengeance. He's the reason why Rachel's ley line is leaking so badly. Ku'Sox is also working with crape for brains, also known as Nick, stealing Rosewood babies. As if things could not get any worse, Ku'Sox has also kidnapped Ceri and Lucy. Saving the world is once again on Rachel's shoulders. And the only chance for her to defeat Ku'Sox is for Rachel and Trent to trust each other like they never have before.

      Ever After is definitely as Al, Rachel and Trent story. Ivy is out of town for most of the book. Jenks does not have the means to fight Ku'sox. Bis has a surprisingly important role to play. And I do not know if I'll ever get over what happened between Rachel and Quen.

      Rachel has grown so much as a character. I think that's the reason why Rachel, Jenks and Ivy are drifting apart. The distance between them is not huge, but it's noticeable especially compared to the earlier novels. Rachel's no longer rushing into situations haphazardly, which is why Jenks no longer has to be a constant companion. Rachel and Ivy are no longer completely dependent upon each other, allowing for healthier relationships between themselves and with other people.

      I did have three tiny problems with this book. Well, not exactly problems more like personal quirks. They are inconsequential compared to the book as a whole, but they annoyed me enough that I thought I would mention them.

      1. That evil wench Ellasbeth is back. A prospect that I am less than thrilled with. Trent deserves so much better....like Rachel. *wink* I'm just saying that's who I want Rachel to have her happily ever after with.

      2. The blue butterflies are back and I still have no idea what they mean. I love Al, the thought of him and blue butterflies is intriguing. *sigh* I do not know why it bugs me so much. I hope it's mentioned somewhere in the last two books.

      3. Where the hell is Wayde?

      My favorite part of Ever After was the last chapter. I promise it will make more sense after you read the book. I'm not going into detail, I would never ruin it for you. I will tell you this; it made me happy, sad, and I am keeping my fingers crossed for the future.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 25, 2013

      I loved this book as with all of The Hollows books.  It is my ve

      I loved this book as with all of The Hollows books.  It is my very favorite series.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 3, 2014

      Keeps getting better

      Recently I've been revisiting some long running series and been dissapointed that the plots and writing have grown stale. Or even worse, that the authors are just phoning it in, or have lot what the series originally was ( a prime example being the Anita Blake series.) This series on the other hand just keeps gettng better. The charcters have grown and changed, but in believable, appreciable ways. The plots are growing and entertwining with old plots. They arent disjointed or recycled. The writing is still clear, well worded, and clever. Kim Harrison has my deep admiration and respect for her continued commitment to and love for her characters and the world they live in, especially now, over a decade after Rachel Morgan scraped through her first independent case by the skin of her teeth. Loved it.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 16, 2013

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      Review: Ever After by Kim Harrison The Hollows Series is easily

      Review: Ever After by Kim Harrison

      The Hollows Series is easily one of my top ten favorites. The characters are compelling, the writing is truly excellent, the action is heart-stopping and the romance is just guh. Gorgeous and swoon worthy, giving you all the feels that good romances should give you. But my absolute favorite part about this series is that although classified as a paranormal romance, unlike most others of its genre, the romance doesn't dominate the books. You're not reading page after page of graphic sex scenes with a splash of plot thrown in. Rather, The Hollows series gives you all the action and character development you could hope for, with just enough romance thrown in to make you fangirl ever time Trent Kalamack shows up. And to be honest, one kiss between Trent and Rachel is hotter than many of the sex scenes I've read in other books. Ever After, the 11th installment of the series, is the best yet.




      Of course my favorite part of the book is all of the Trent and Rachel awkwardness and flirtation. I've been a Trent/Rachel shipper since book one, despite the fact that he's sometimes also Rachel's biggest nemesis. This book was filled with the great romantic tension, and of course denial, that has come to define their interactions in the last few books.




      This installment was also filled with some serious action and heavy-duty development of not just the characters, but the demon's world in the ever after. This book gave some great insight into how the demon's interact with each other, as well as their past and Rachel's slow acceptance of her place among them. The book was filled with Al and Newt scenes, which brought their own special brand of hilarity. They might be the best characters in the series. I loved seeing just how far all the characters have evolved from the first book, whether it was Trent and Rachel working together, rather than against, or Rachel and Quen's almost familial interactions with each other, not to mention Jenks living with a fairy. It's fun seeing all these characters who have worked against each other for so long becoming family to each other, even if they don't realize it themselves. I also enjoyed the lack of Ivy in this book. An unpopular opinion, I know, but she's always been my least favorite character and her absence did not bother me one little bit.




      Things I didn't like about the book: The return of Ellasbeth. Mostly because I know Trent is going to choose his duty to his people and marry her rather than choosing his own happiness and being with Rachel. Even outside of that Ellasbeth is just a really bad person. Also was not amused by two characters coming to their demise off-scene. I felt the readers definitely deserved better than that after growing attached to these characters over multiple books. Also, I really don't understand why Nick isn't dead yet? HOW DOES HE KEEP SURVIVING? It is a mystery, but hopefully he'll die before the end of the series. I can't believe there is only two books left.




      Overall it was just a really fun, roller-coaster ride and I can't wait till next year.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 25, 2013

      Another solid entry in the series. Finished reading this way to

      Another solid entry in the series. Finished reading this way too soon.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 24, 2013

      ?

      OMG

      1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 24, 2013

      double expresso, no foam, with a shot of raspberry with cinnamon

      I could not put this book down. Best of the Hollows I have to say. I love Hallows seris but compared to the others this one is for sure double expresso, no foam, with a shot of raspberry with the cinnamon(with skim milk) and the other were my must need morning coffee. I can not wait for the next book to come out.

      P.S I am running to starbucks now...ENJOY

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 24, 2013

      I loved this book. Kim is amazing once again!. I love this serie

      I loved this book. Kim is amazing once again!. I love this series and this book had a ton of both Trent and Al.. My two favorite characters

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 23, 2013

      Loved it!

      Wow! Did not dissapoint at all! It's all coming to a great conclusion to the series even though i wish she just kept going! Loved the end, cannot wait for the next book!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 23, 2013

      Another AMAZING book!

      Another AMAZING book in this AMAZING series! I do not want it to end!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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