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You can’t tell the story of how it all began for supernatural cops Ivy Tamwood and Rachel Morgan without telling how it all nearly ended. The fiery living vampire and erstwhile earth witch never asked to be paired up in the first place. And having to work Inderland Security’s crummiest beat—busting two-bit paranormal street punks—sure didn’t sweeten the deal. But when it c You can’t tell the story of how it all began for supernatural cops Ivy Tamwood and Rachel Morgan without telling how it all nearly ended. The fiery living vampire and erstwhile earth witch never asked to be paired up in the first place. And having to work Inderland Security’s crummiest beat—busting two-bit paranormal street punks—sure didn’t sweeten the deal. But when it counts, Ivy and Rachel always have each other’s backs. They’d better—because someone just hung targets on both of them.   It doesn’t take a hotshot homicide detective to know that nearly getting flattened by a falling gargoyle or impaled by a lead pipe aren’t on-the-job accidents. But it doesn’t seem possible that the class of crooks Ivy and Rachel routinely collar could kill anything but brain cells. So who put Cincinnati’s tough and tender twosome on their “to do in” list? Is Ivy’s vampire master, the powerful and seductive Piscary, jealous of her growing bloodlust (and just plain lust) for Rachel? Or have forces unknown—living or undead—made the partners prey in a deadly witch (and vampire) hunt?   Before this case is cracked, Ivy and Rachel will face down vicious dogs, speeding locomotives, rogue bloodsuckers, and their own dark desires; spells will be cast and blood will be spilled; and Kim Harrison’s hair-raising, heart-racing, dark urban world of magic and monsters will leap howling from the pages of her second electrifying, full-color graphic novel.


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You can’t tell the story of how it all began for supernatural cops Ivy Tamwood and Rachel Morgan without telling how it all nearly ended. The fiery living vampire and erstwhile earth witch never asked to be paired up in the first place. And having to work Inderland Security’s crummiest beat—busting two-bit paranormal street punks—sure didn’t sweeten the deal. But when it c You can’t tell the story of how it all began for supernatural cops Ivy Tamwood and Rachel Morgan without telling how it all nearly ended. The fiery living vampire and erstwhile earth witch never asked to be paired up in the first place. And having to work Inderland Security’s crummiest beat—busting two-bit paranormal street punks—sure didn’t sweeten the deal. But when it counts, Ivy and Rachel always have each other’s backs. They’d better—because someone just hung targets on both of them.   It doesn’t take a hotshot homicide detective to know that nearly getting flattened by a falling gargoyle or impaled by a lead pipe aren’t on-the-job accidents. But it doesn’t seem possible that the class of crooks Ivy and Rachel routinely collar could kill anything but brain cells. So who put Cincinnati’s tough and tender twosome on their “to do in” list? Is Ivy’s vampire master, the powerful and seductive Piscary, jealous of her growing bloodlust (and just plain lust) for Rachel? Or have forces unknown—living or undead—made the partners prey in a deadly witch (and vampire) hunt?   Before this case is cracked, Ivy and Rachel will face down vicious dogs, speeding locomotives, rogue bloodsuckers, and their own dark desires; spells will be cast and blood will be spilled; and Kim Harrison’s hair-raising, heart-racing, dark urban world of magic and monsters will leap howling from the pages of her second electrifying, full-color graphic novel.

30 review for Blood Crime

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nyssa

    This novel was a much better experience than Blood Work. The story is more comprehensive and comprehensible. The artwork is crisper, stronger, more vibrant. I also felt a connection between this prequel and the first primary novel of the series, Dead Witch Walking, that was missing from the previous entry. While I was ready to pass on further graphic novels after the first one, I would now consider buying another, especially if Gemma Mango is the artist. I wonder if Harrison has additional graphic This novel was a much better experience than Blood Work. The story is more comprehensive and comprehensible. The artwork is crisper, stronger, more vibrant. I also felt a connection between this prequel and the first primary novel of the series, Dead Witch Walking, that was missing from the previous entry. While I was ready to pass on further graphic novels after the first one, I would now consider buying another, especially if Gemma Mango is the artist. I wonder if Harrison has additional graphic novels in the works.

  2. 5 out of 5

    VampireNovelFan

    Felt Like Familiar Territory I.S. cops Ivy Tamwood and Rachel Morgan were having a pretty good week, working their beat, busting brimstone street dealers left and right. That is until they realize someone may be gunning for them directly. That'll put a damper on anyone's week. Fortunately dodging risky attempts on their lives, it's up to Ivy to figure out whose targeting them and why. Could it be Piscary? Does he want to eliminate Rachel to get Ivy back in his clutches faster? Or could it be a new big b Felt Like Familiar Territory I.S. cops Ivy Tamwood and Rachel Morgan were having a pretty good week, working their beat, busting brimstone street dealers left and right. That is until they realize someone may be gunning for them directly. That'll put a damper on anyone's week. Fortunately dodging risky attempts on their lives, it's up to Ivy to figure out whose targeting them and why. Could it be Piscary? Does he want to eliminate Rachel to get Ivy back in his clutches faster? Or could it be a new big bad with something else in mind entirely? My favorite format of The Hollows will forever be in written novel form, but I'll take it any way I can get it. Ivy fans will enjoy this book as much as the last, Blood Work. It's told from her POV even though Rachel maintains a consistent presence. It's not a requirement, but it will help to have read the short story told from Ivy's POV, Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil, because certain characters and events become relevant again. Considering that this is a graphic novel, I'll start with the graphic part. The cover is actually a bit disappointing. The cover of Blood Work was one of my favorite parts about the novel. The colors and badassness really made it pop. This one? Not so much. It's dark and vaguely mysterious, but it's not interesting. I feel like the model should be wearing a more sinister expression. It's no secret that I'm not particularly fond of the artwork. Even though there's a new illustrator, they implemented the original artwork so the overall style is unchanged. After reading this one, I'm still not a fan but it is definitely improved over the first one in a few areas. For one, the coloring is more professional. It's more vibrant and saturated, giving it an all around better look. Interestingly enough, I think Ivy looks better in this one than in Blood Work. But on the other hand, I thought Rachel looked prettier in Blood Work than she does here. Piscary looked pretty spot on to how I envisioned him in my head, and a new character, Celeste, actually had a pretty cool design. The artist definitely does better work with her own original creations. The story itself was pretty good, if a bit short. It's natural to feel that way when a usual Hollows entry is over 400 pages. Though I'm pleased with the direction the later books have taken, I do miss the old I.S. runner days when they had to solve mysteries and tag bad guys. This book brings a little bit of that back. I liked how it continued the plot lines from Ivy's short story because it expands the vampire world just a bit more when it comes to their politics, connections, and the domino effect that comes with certain actions. There's a lot of inner turmoil with Ivy, fighting her attraction to Rachel, fighting her vampiric nature, fighting Piscary's mind games. That's pretty much all the poor girl does! Not to mention actually physically fighting the bad guys. Piscary was pretty scary at times, especially when pulling auras. He's certainly one you love to hate. Kisten's role is even smaller here than in Blood Work, but we do see enough to know how strong of a bond he and Ivy shared. Rachel wasn't quite as funny as she was in the first novel, but she still felt like Rachel, kicking butt, taking names. And seeing her cherry red splat gun in action again was pretty cool too. All in all, I don't think these are the best that The Hollows has to offer, but it is worth a read and fans will appreciate the story. *Review copy provided by the publisher *Review also posted to Amazon.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Clay

    I've read seven of "The Hollows" books and I was lost many times as I read this prequel to the series. Several important plot points had no explanation, either in the text or in the art. This is especially annoying when a short caption or a couple of extra panels on the page could have made things so much clearer. For example, Ivy and Rachel are checking out a warehouse. On the page, in panel 1 is Rachel chastising Ivy, panel 2 is Ivy looking chastened, panel 3 is Rachel throwing Ivy I've read seven of "The Hollows" books and I was lost many times as I read this prequel to the series. Several important plot points had no explanation, either in the text or in the art. This is especially annoying when a short caption or a couple of extra panels on the page could have made things so much clearer. For example, Ivy and Rachel are checking out a warehouse. On the page, in panel 1 is Rachel chastising Ivy, panel 2 is Ivy looking chastened, panel 3 is Rachel throwing Ivy to the ground and shooting her splat gun at some (we assume) threat, and panel 4 is Ivy hitting the ground. What was the threat? Who was the threat? Was it really all that threatening? The reader is clued in three pages later that someone threw a metal rod at our intrepid duo. In the page I described above (with original page script included in the back pages), how hard would it have been to have three small inset panels of a hand reaching for a metal pipe, a shadowy foot on the stairs, and then a figure getting ready to throw the pipe like a spear? A threat to our heroes isn't all that threatening to the reader if we don't see it coming or even know what the threat is. The whole ending to the main plot about someone trying to kill Ivy and Rachel was also quite anti-climactic. I assume it was going for an emotional edge to explain some of the initial relationships within the book series, but after a whole host of other narrative lapses (that could have easily been overcome), I just wasn't in the mood to understand what Harrison was trying to illustrate.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    This was an improvement over the previous graphic novel adaptation of The Hollows, but just barely. The story is a bit more fleshed out and polished for this edition, yet it still comes across as stilted and wooden. This edition once again is told from Ivy's perspective in the early days of working with Rachel. Someone is trying to kill Rachel or Ivy, or maybe both. Ivy suspects Piscary is involved, so that main emphasis for the story is the dynamic between Piscary and Ivy. Once again This was an improvement over the previous graphic novel adaptation of The Hollows, but just barely. The story is a bit more fleshed out and polished for this edition, yet it still comes across as stilted and wooden. This edition once again is told from Ivy's perspective in the early days of working with Rachel. Someone is trying to kill Rachel or Ivy, or maybe both. Ivy suspects Piscary is involved, so that main emphasis for the story is the dynamic between Piscary and Ivy. Once again, the novels from this series more than covered this topic, so it just feels a little unnecessary. The artwork, while vibrantly drawn, is still lackluster in facial expression and capturing the spirit of the characters. The final product is just disappointing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Rachel, Ivy. Piscary, and Kisten all looked so ugly. The faces drawn so rough with ugly features. Where was Jenks ? How is it possible that Jenks would miss any of this ? This aaas a failure for me as a huge fan of the series. It was the art that was wrong, it took me out of the story and into some world that I didn't relate to.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mauoijenn

    Crime fighting vampire and witch duo. Pretty good story line.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Nobles

    I like the graphic novels but I want more of the story. I really liked the back section where she explained the process of writing a graphic novel. I thought that was very interesting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    T.J. Day

    The second graphic novel in this series features a lot more of the Hollows lead vampire - Ivy. Though Rachel is still involved and still her feisty partner, she's not as frequent in this one as she is in the first, which is sad because her humor would have really uplifted the dark vibes of this one. The plot is more about Ivy and her relationship with Piscary, but I did enjoy the fact that Art came back and the foreshadowing of his involvement later in the series (White Witch, Black Curse especi The second graphic novel in this series features a lot more of the Hollows lead vampire - Ivy. Though Rachel is still involved and still her feisty partner, she's not as frequent in this one as she is in the first, which is sad because her humor would have really uplifted the dark vibes of this one. The plot is more about Ivy and her relationship with Piscary, but I did enjoy the fact that Art came back and the foreshadowing of his involvement later in the series (White Witch, Black Curse especially) and that we get to see how well Rachel picks things up. She's smart and although she's unorthodox, Ivy loves her for it so it makes for an interesting partnership. The artwork is a bit different because the artists changed up a bit. I think Ivy is a little sexier in this one and that helps my mental image of her. Fun stuff and an easy read. Recommended for fans of graphic novels and the Hollows series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides

    I wasn't impressed with Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel but enh ... Rachel and Ivy. Who knows, I might be in the mood at some point.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    Piscary seems to be nuts. I wonder if Ivy will figure out that Piscary had tried to have Rachel killed. Will Ivy go back to being a detective?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Great graphic novella, showing you more of the dynamics between Ivy, Piscary & Rachel. Love seeing more from the Hollows!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lady Entropy

    Look, I love me some Kim Harrison and some Hollows, but her graphic novels fail me in two ways: - Ms. Harrison is not a skilled comic book writer. It shows because she has little knowledge of the medium pacing and design, although the second GN is better than the first. So the story is boring in one spot dragging like crazy, then it rushes in others. New characters have barely any characterization and let's not even talk about the motivation of the main villain. - While I didn't Look, I love me some Kim Harrison and some Hollows, but her graphic novels fail me in two ways: - Ms. Harrison is not a skilled comic book writer. It shows because she has little knowledge of the medium pacing and design, although the second GN is better than the first. So the story is boring in one spot dragging like crazy, then it rushes in others. New characters have barely any characterization and let's not even talk about the motivation of the main villain. - While I didn't notice that in Ivy's short stories, the GNs are obcessed with Rachel. It's as if the author can't tell stories where Rachel isn't the center of attention; and even with the story being firmly centered on Ivy and her issues, it's ALWAYS about Rachel. It becomes wearisome after a while. The only reason why I'm giving this a 2 star and not a 3 star (it was better than the previous one) it's because goodreads doesn't allow me a 2.5 star rating. This story is ... okay. The art is slightly better but the style ahd character design (and Ivy's ponytail) still hurts to look at sometimes. I suspect that the current artist is far better than the original one, and I wish she had been allowed to draw in her own style. Other than that, this could have been a great short story (or book) but lost a bit in the process of being translated to comic book format. I do think Ivy is a far more interesting character than rachel and I wish we could have a book with her.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Skye

    I finished off Blood Work feeling really tense. Although I know that Ivy and Rachel must have a good, ongoing relationship after this first case, I still was seriously concerned for Rachel’s health. Blood Crime helped to continue on this origin story where you understand a little more of Ivy’s obsession and dark past. It also highlighted the strength of Rachel and the potential fun and sass of future cases. The vivid imagery throughout this graphic novel completely swept me away. As d I finished off Blood Work feeling really tense. Although I know that Ivy and Rachel must have a good, ongoing relationship after this first case, I still was seriously concerned for Rachel’s health. Blood Crime helped to continue on this origin story where you understand a little more of Ivy’s obsession and dark past. It also highlighted the strength of Rachel and the potential fun and sass of future cases. The vivid imagery throughout this graphic novel completely swept me away. As did the total darkness of the storyline. Obsessive love is constantly featured. Actually I wouldn’t even really call it love. Just obsession. An obsession that is all consuming and seriously not healthy. I expected it from Piscray. I didn’t expect Ivy to mimic and mirror many of these emotions. Alright, Ivy’s thoughts and feelings came from a much nicer place, but they’re still totally not okay, and kind of seriously creepy. The crime story throughout this is kind of interesting. But the part that I loved most about this was the darkness. The revealing of the damaging relationships between vampires and the ways in which there is constant abuse. It was completely blood curdling. Yet when I started reading Dead Witch Walking, I was ten times more committed to the characters within the first page.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen Grikitis

    I'm not a fan of vampires and witches but I love graphic novels. I found this novel in a search of book shops at Hay on Wye during this year's Hay Festival. The story is not my cup of tea at all, but the drawings are fabulous. The book is worth buying and savouring for those alone. Gemma Magno - I'm a fan!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    DOESN'T HAVE the feel of the series and the graphics aren't great

  16. 5 out of 5

    Duncan

    The story is excellent - very nearly enough to forgive the amateurish art. Gemma Magno needs to study anatomy, and learn to let her imagination, not her measuring tools and crash art course, soar.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    3.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joe Jungers

    Its nice having some visuals to go with stories.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danyelle

    even better then the 1st one wish there was more

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    Kim Harrison and Gemma Magno come together again in the second Hollows Graphic Novel, Blood Crime! So continues the tale of Ivy and Rachel while they were still working for the I.S. This is definitely one of my favorite graphic novel series as I loooove the Hollows! Seeing Rachel and Ivy and other characters, like Kisten...sigh...all colorful on the page is astounding!! I am hoping this graphic novel series continues, but there isn't any available info for a continuance! I keep hoping Kim Harrison and Gemma Magno come together again in the second Hollows Graphic Novel, Blood Crime! So continues the tale of Ivy and Rachel while they were still working for the I.S. This is definitely one of my favorite graphic novel series as I loooove the Hollows! Seeing Rachel and Ivy and other characters, like Kisten...sigh...all colorful on the page is astounding!! I am hoping this graphic novel series continues, but there isn't any available info for a continuance! I keep hoping we see how/when Jenks gets onto the scene for he's still not apart of the team. In this one we more of an idea of the uber scary relationship Piscary and Ivy have. Piscary is really one scary vamp. The hold he has over Ivy is astounding. Yet, she still tries to fight him every chance she gets. It was weird seeing Ivy and Kisten as a sort of couple in this one. True, I know it's too early for Rachel and Kisten to be together. But I guess I keep expecting to see him flirt with her. But they haven't even met yet technically and since he's with Ivy at this time, it's a moot point. I find it hard to describe the storyline of this one. Basically someone is after Rachel, trying to kill her. Ivy will do everything possible to prevent that. I find that this graphic novel series centers around Ivy more so than Rachel. And of course, we're in her mind and point of view, so yeah that pretty much cements it. This series is definitely one that lets you get inside Ivy's mind and see what's she thinking and all that before we make it to the Hollows series scene! I highly recommend the current two graphic novels out to other Hollows fans! It's an enjoyable and fast read and the illustrations are gorgeous! Kudos to Gemma! And naturally, Kim's writing shines through as always! Overall Rating 5/5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    This review was posted at Under the Covers If you had the chance to read the first graphic novel for The Hollows, BLOOD WORK, you will know that these glimpses into the series are told from Ivy’s POV. Also an important point is that they are telling of their early days as partners working for the IS. I find that I can just eat these up! They are full of an emotional and conflicted side of Ivy, when she wasn’t as in control and comfortable with herself. In BLOOD CRIME she is still ve This review was posted at Under the Covers If you had the chance to read the first graphic novel for The Hollows, BLOOD WORK, you will know that these glimpses into the series are told from Ivy’s POV. Also an important point is that they are telling of their early days as partners working for the IS. I find that I can just eat these up! They are full of an emotional and conflicted side of Ivy, when she wasn’t as in control and comfortable with herself. In BLOOD CRIME she is still very much under Piscary’s thumb while she’s trying to not respond to Rachel the way she is. She wants Rachel’s blood, she also wants her body. She is fighting that attraction every day while now trying to find the one responsible for trying to kill Rachel, and just keeping the accident prone witch out of trouble. This was also Rachel showing a stronger side, starting to make her own potions and going after the bad guys. It’s so nice to revisit these days when it wasn’t all about dark auras, dark magic and trips to the ever after. When things were simpler, even if still dangerous. Again, kuddos for the illustration. I feel that it captures the essence of the characters and I love seeing the sleek sex appeal for Ivy and the bubbly bombshell for Rachel. I can’t wait to see Jenks in one of these!!! Please!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    IbNancy

    I won this book from a book bloggers site, and I think I was more excited to win the autographed book from Kim Harrison than anything else! Of course with Canada Post being what it is it took over 7 weeks to get here from the time I won it to actually getting to read it! Blood Crime is a graphic novel, which is basically a short story of characters we know from the series of books, done with graphics like a hard covered comic book. While some of the art was fantastic some of it for me I won this book from a book bloggers site, and I think I was more excited to win the autographed book from Kim Harrison than anything else! Of course with Canada Post being what it is it took over 7 weeks to get here from the time I won it to actually getting to read it! Blood Crime is a graphic novel, which is basically a short story of characters we know from the series of books, done with graphics like a hard covered comic book. While some of the art was fantastic some of it for me wasn't what I expected the character to look like from the descriptions in the other books by Ms. Harrison. Basically it's a short story on Rachel and Ivy becoming partners as runners for the underworld cops, and how their friendship grew from there. It also includes how Piscary the old evil vampire that has control of Ivy as he did her mother and grandmother before her and how he manipulates her and tortures her mind. From this we can see how important Rachel is to Ivy and how without her even knowing it she saves Ivy from Piscary by being her partner, roommate and friend. Anyway, a very quick read, if it takes you an hour I'm surprised! But again great background info on Ivy and Rachel that furthers your knowledge of them in the other books in the series. (view spoiler)[ Only thing they both don't know for awhile in the books is that, as shown in this book, he actually buys and renovates the church they live in for the rest of the novels (so far)(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I think the timing is just bad, I'm kind of irritated with Harrison and her tendency to write self-hating want-to-be lovers for Rachel. If I hadn't just finished Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond I would have been looking at this with fresh eyes and it wouldn't have bothered me as much, but seeing it as a part of the whole story arc of the series, it just bugged me more. I can see why so many self-haters would be drawn to a woman who likes herself so much, but the theme is getting old I think the timing is just bad, I'm kind of irritated with Harrison and her tendency to write self-hating want-to-be lovers for Rachel. If I hadn't just finished Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond I would have been looking at this with fresh eyes and it wouldn't have bothered me as much, but seeing it as a part of the whole story arc of the series, it just bugged me more. I can see why so many self-haters would be drawn to a woman who likes herself so much, but the theme is getting old by later on in the book. (Nick, Ivy, now Trent) I was a fan of Ivy's and even Trent's at different points but maybe I'm just too old or something at this point, but it's just too much angst for me now, at least for them being grown-ups. If Ivy was the original then Harrison should have just stuck with her and let her be the role completely. Having so many others play the same notes is just becoming a mess. What's the story going to be. Ivy loves you,but she couldn't change to be with you. Trent loves you, but he can change, just doesn't choose to because he thinks what he's doing is important. Deal with it or don't. Happily ever after! Rachel deserves better. Plus again, as in the short story featuring Ivy, it's weird to me that her voice is so distant and passionless when she's supposed to be so intense and despairing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    I enjoyed the previous Hollow's graphic novel Blood Work, if only for the pretty artwork and the enjoyment of seeing the novel characters come to life on the page. Blood Crime however flopped. My first criticism is the lack of true 'story-telling.' As narrator Ivy essentially just tells us everything thats going on both with the action, and with her emotions (telling, rather than showing is surely even more of a literary crime in graphic novels.) Ivy flip-flops throughout the story, r I enjoyed the previous Hollow's graphic novel Blood Work, if only for the pretty artwork and the enjoyment of seeing the novel characters come to life on the page. Blood Crime however flopped. My first criticism is the lack of true 'story-telling.' As narrator Ivy essentially just tells us everything thats going on both with the action, and with her emotions (telling, rather than showing is surely even more of a literary crime in graphic novels.) Ivy flip-flops throughout the story, rather than presenting as a deep character with layers she comes across as a child, which does not sit well with the Ivy of the novels at all. It seems an attempt to reveal Ivy's vulnerability but instead is inconsistent. Second flaw: the artwork is basic at best and awkward at worst. Many of the scenes felt like movie story boards - technically depicting action just fine, but lacking any artistry or flair. I also found that many of the character's facial expressions off-putting, even on the odd occasion not being sure what they were supposed to be feeling. I suspect that Harrison is suffering from Prequelitis in writing the story for these graphic novels, and doesn't dare have anything too compelling lest it marr the canon story of the Hollow's novels. In short, not an entirely unwelcome distraction, but also not worth seeking out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marianna

    I suppose I should have known I would not be the biggest fan of the graphic novels of this series. Being that it is Ivy's POV I should have known. Basically, I see Ivy as a little one note. It is always the same thing with her. She struggles to maintain but gains no insight or real strength by doing that. She NEEDS Rachel, blah blah, and WANTS her. I found that tiring in the books. It was endless and always seemed to be the same problem. I have no issue with the author having the two ladies hook I suppose I should have known I would not be the biggest fan of the graphic novels of this series. Being that it is Ivy's POV I should have known. Basically, I see Ivy as a little one note. It is always the same thing with her. She struggles to maintain but gains no insight or real strength by doing that. She NEEDS Rachel, blah blah, and WANTS her. I found that tiring in the books. It was endless and always seemed to be the same problem. I have no issue with the author having the two ladies hook-up, maybe she is just testing the waters and getting the readers used to the idea that the HEA couple will be Rachel and Ivy. I do not see that as the natural progression, but my opinion does not change anything. The portrayal of Rachel isn't to my taste. She seems ditsy and oblivious, more so in this than the book series. I WAS hoping I would see some of Trent, being that he is my favorite character of the series. But he was absent. I think I have come to the conclusion that I do not love this graphic novel because it is too much about Ivy. I like some balance when it comes to story, plot and character, etc etc. And Ivy dominates with her never ending struggle. :-/

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Another prequel/graphic novel in the Hollows series. This book gives us further insight into the thoughts of living and dead vampires; how their twisted minds really work. I appreciated the opportunity to explore Ivy's desires and temptations from her POV, and watch her growing realization of how Piscary's been manipulating her all this time. Got my first glimpse of my most DETESTED Hollows character as well. I really wish Ivy would had finished him completely, not just put him in jail, the bast Another prequel/graphic novel in the Hollows series. This book gives us further insight into the thoughts of living and dead vampires; how their twisted minds really work. I appreciated the opportunity to explore Ivy's desires and temptations from her POV, and watch her growing realization of how Piscary's been manipulating her all this time. Got my first glimpse of my most DETESTED Hollows character as well. I really wish Ivy would had finished him completely, not just put him in jail, the bastard! This graphic novel had a different illustrator, and the characters looked slightly "cuter" in this one. As always, the pulling of auras looked neat, and I enjoyed seeing the difference in dead vampire auras vs. living vampire auras. Piscary's was especially disturbing, but was really well made. The vampire auras illustrated perfectly how Ivy was repelled, yet drawn to Piscary against her will. As far as I understand, this is the last graphic novel, which is a shame. It would have been neat to see Jenks and learn the story of how he came to join forces with Ivy and Rachel at work.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I think I would have enjoyed this more had there not been such a huge gap inbetween my reading this and the previous book. Or even if there had been a quick refresher on what had happened and who was who in book one. While Rachel, Ivy, Kisten and the like don't need backstories if you're a Hollows fan some of the other characters like Art (?) I had no memory of who they were and why they were importany. Not bad on the whole, art was acceptable (I'm really picky about art involving characters tha I think I would have enjoyed this more had there not been such a huge gap inbetween my reading this and the previous book. Or even if there had been a quick refresher on what had happened and who was who in book one. While Rachel, Ivy, Kisten and the like don't need backstories if you're a Hollows fan some of the other characters like Art (?) I had no memory of who they were and why they were importany. Not bad on the whole, art was acceptable (I'm really picky about art involving characters that weren't birthed in the comic universe) and its a good addition to the shelf of Hollows fans - I just didn't set myself up to enjoy it at a premium.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Carass

    I loved this novel from start to finish. The story gave a more depth look at Ivy and how she felt about Rachel who is completely ablivious to Ivy's affections. I loved the art work and thought Gemma Magno had got Ivy and Rachel just right but Ivy's hair was longer than all the books but maybe she had long hair. As usual Rachel was her quirky self with Ivy been her usual shut of self who is trying to break away from Piscary. My only issue was there was no Jenks in this novel and I I loved this novel from start to finish. The story gave a more depth look at Ivy and how she felt about Rachel who is completely ablivious to Ivy's affections. I loved the art work and thought Gemma Magno had got Ivy and Rachel just right but Ivy's hair was longer than all the books but maybe she had long hair. As usual Rachel was her quirky self with Ivy been her usual shut of self who is trying to break away from Piscary. My only issue was there was no Jenks in this novel and I would have loved that. All in all I loved this book and the insight it gave into Ivy's world. Needed to be a little bit longer!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Reggie

    A must read for any Hollows fan. This is the second prequel to the Hollows series telling the story of Rachel and Ivy as partners in the I.S. (before Jinks). The point of view is from Ivy, which gives a nice insight into her that's not as clear in the novels. The story is well presented and ties into the novels quite nicely. The art work is good, although I expect this is where Hollows fans will complain. Everyone has their own idea of what the characters in the novels should look like so n A must read for any Hollows fan. This is the second prequel to the Hollows series telling the story of Rachel and Ivy as partners in the I.S. (before Jinks). The point of view is from Ivy, which gives a nice insight into her that's not as clear in the novels. The story is well presented and ties into the novels quite nicely. The art work is good, although I expect this is where Hollows fans will complain. Everyone has their own idea of what the characters in the novels should look like so not everyone will like how they are drawn in this book. In my opinion, I think they're very close to how they are described in the novels.

  30. 5 out of 5

    CupcakeBlonde

    I love seeing Ivy and Rachel's back story come to life in drawings. This is such a rich way to see how their relationship was formed before Rachel's books started. We get more of a foundation about Ivy with Piscary too which is important to understanding what happens to Ivy throughout the Hollows' books and how what unfolds is so important to who Ivy becomes. Another great installment and great drawings, the hunger shadows were more belivable and scary in this one, I can't wait for the next enst I love seeing Ivy and Rachel's back story come to life in drawings. This is such a rich way to see how their relationship was formed before Rachel's books started. We get more of a foundation about Ivy with Piscary too which is important to understanding what happens to Ivy throughout the Hollows' books and how what unfolds is so important to who Ivy becomes. Another great installment and great drawings, the hunger shadows were more belivable and scary in this one, I can't wait for the next enstallment!

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