2 star rating
White Witch, Black Curse
The Hollows, Book #7
By Him Harrison
ISBN# 9780061138010
Author’s Website:  http://www.kimharrison.net/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

white-witch-black-curse-the-hollows-kim-harrisonRachel and Ivy are still struggling from the loss of Kisten.  The duo are more determined than ever to discover who his killer was and bring him to justice (or at least some wicked revenge), putting even more pressure on Rachel to recover her lost memories of that dreadful night.

Meanwhile, Edden has pulled Rachel in on a case; to figure out who beat up Glenn and left him for dead.  Little did she know that it would lead her straight to a banshee.  If only Rachel can figure out how to bring her in without losing her soul in the process.

Oh and did I mention that there is a ghost taking up resident at the church along with Rachel, Ivy and Jenks?  It turns out it was a ghost that Rachel conjured when she was a teenager.  When Al takes him into the ever-after with him, Rachel makes it her mission to save him and talk sense into the goat-eyed demon. As if that’s possible!

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Hollows book and I felt a little lost when I first started reading this one as I completely forgot who Ford was and then when Pierce was mentioned I thought he was somebody I forgot as well.  But thankfully he wasn’t and his importance in Rachel’s life was explained.

I really wanted to settle into a fast-paced action packed book, but this was just not that kind of story.  This one was a pretty slow read for me and I had a hard time muddling through it.  But from News Year’s on it was pretty good.

This story did introduce us to Rachel’s brother, Robbie, and I have to say that I really enjoyed him and the sibling banter that came along with him.  The two of them made me crack a smile a couple of times, reliving their youth.  Robbie is a character that I hope to see more of in the future even though it would have to be in a limited capacity given his role.

I did miss David in this one though.  I’ve always thought he was a decent character, but I never thought I would have really missed him, but there was definitely a void with him being out of town that I hadn’t expected.

I was also bummed that Trent was so cold to Rachel in this one.  I’m sure it’s temporary as the two of them always seem to find themselves forced together for some reason or other and ever since Kisten’s death I feel that Trent is supposed to be the man she ends up with.

It was heartbreaking when Rachel regained her memories of Kisten’s death.  It was so sad to see the love that he had for her and to see him sacrifice it all for her safety.  It made me think how different and interesting the story could have been with Kisten as an undead vampire for a while.  There is still a part of me that hopes Kisten will come back later in the series.  But with the introduction of another possible love interest, it’s looking doubtful.

The ending of this book from Rachel’s memories on really was the saving grace of this book; unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to overcome the slow and boring start.  Hopefully, now that Rachel has achieved some kind of closure over Kisten’s death she can move on to some more riveting storylines and maybe we can even get a little romance as well!