Friday, September 30, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - DEAD WITCH WALKING by KIM HARRISON - RACHEL MORGAN # 1

By: Kim Harrison
Published By: Harper Voyager
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library , 416 Pages

RATING : 3.75 TROUBLESOME TRENT STARS!!

Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the "Inderlanders" reveal themselves, changing everything.


Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate.



BOOK REVIEW:



I’ve been on an Urban Fantasy craze for a few weeks now, reading Richelle Mead, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, Chloe Neill, Jeaniene Frost, to name some. I have added Kim Harrison to the mix.


To be really honest this first book in the series didn’t really start to grab me until well over half way through. I know there is a lot of setting up of characters, but sometimes I found myself wandering off thinking about other things going on in my life. Urban Fantasy shouldn’t do that to me, as a rule it doesn’t. I would have to shake myself and go back and reread where I started going flakey.


When Trent entered the book, my eyes became a bit more fused to the pages. There is something about Trent, for all the bad vibes Kim is giving off with Trent, I can’t help thinking he isn’t all that bad. Are we the reader being led to believe this?


Oh dear lord I hated the book cover of the paperback I was reading with vengeance, the girl is so wrong, black sunken eyes, looks too old and not really attractive. I cringed every time I looked at the cover. Sorry , just a personal opinion.


I love ‘Jenks’, he brought a smile to my face with his dialogue. Kim has a lot of fun with Jenks. ‘Jax’, Jenks’ son is a cute little fellow. I love how Jenks is such a family man and his reason for taking one of Rachel’s wishes, ha!


Ivy’s character I was a little confused with at first, then , light bulb went off and I got what was going on with Ivy and her girl thing she has going on. Ivy is quite a scary character when she wants to be.


Rachel Morgan is a character I want to know more about and get the right ‘feel’ of her as the girl that is going to take this series as far as it has. Kim certainly gives Rachel a beating when necessitates.


I don’t know yet how I am feeling about Nick. I don’t feel a Team for me yet. I want to be Team Trent for some reason, but his behaviour is worrying me, yet I feel like I am being led up a garden path with him and the vibe given off......hmmm...books will tell.


I do like the old fellow Keasley, who lives across the road, I think of Morgan Freeman as his character. He is a pretty cool character. Bit of a mystery about him.


I know this series is going to get better. I have on order 3 more books from the library. I originally had them, but library only gave me book #1 last week and my time was up on all the others I had sitting around waiting for book #1 to get to me. So I have re-reserved them.


Kim is very good with detail and the visual picture you get in your mind of the people and places. I love that Rachel and Ivy live in a church, this is very cool. She does have you guessing what is going on and it will no doubt take more books to get the full gist of some of these characters as the story unfolds more.


I would put book #1 down to the book that sets characters up, no romance as such, which I did kind of miss, but, I am sure that will unfold more as the books progress. It’s the book that has everybody Inderland out to knock her off. She doesn’t really get to move 5 paces without somebody having spelled something to kill her.


I am looking forward to, ‘The Good , The Bad, and the Undead’, my curiosity is stirred. I want to know more about Trent Kalamack and the little bit creepy Jonathan.






Michelle

2 comments:

  1. I just borrowed this last week and I can't get through the first chapter!

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  2. Hi Braine,

    Keep going with it as I am halfway through book # 2 and it's worth it. It does get better. I have heard book 3 is really awesome but you will need to understand characters. Just keep reading , if I flaked out I would go back and reread what I was away with the pixies. Jenks is just a gorgeous fun character. Trent ...I have found out more about him...it's worth slogging through the tad unexciting first half to get to know characters etc.

    See how you go:D

    Michelle

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