Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Length: 18 hrs 53 mins
Series: The Hollows #14
Published by Ace on June 16, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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RACHEL MORGAN IS BACK--AND THE HOLLOWS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
What happens after you've saved the world? Well, if you're Rachel Mariana Morgan, witch-born demon, you quickly discover that something might have gone just a little bit wrong. That the very same acts you and your friends took to forge new powers may have released something bound by the old. With a rash of zombies, some strange new murders, and an exceedingly mysterious new demon in town, it will take everything Rachel has to counter this new threat to the world--and it may demand the sacrifice of what she holds most dear.
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The Hollows series was one of the first series that got me reading paranormal. I love The Hollows and it will always have a special place in my heart. Needless to say, I was very excited to see that Rachel and the gang were making a comeback. In my mind, I saw the end of book 13 with Rachel and Trent firmly in a long term relationship. All their issues worked out, the demons were free and all was well. I was content with what was initially the end of The Hollows.
I was surprised that Rachel and Trent weren’t living together. I just had that as a progression that my mind had them moving. This revelation led me to believe that what I thought was a firm relationship still hadn’t been cemented. It left me feeling a bit let down. However, their relationship still containing issues does allow for growth for the next books in the series.
The length of time it has been since I read The Witch With No Name, left me scrambling to try and remember a lot of the details that have our characters where they are today. I really should have reread the series. The whole world is different because of the actions in the last book, but the details of things like the mystics and Ku’Sox escaped my memory. I feel like someone would have to have recently read the whole series to really grasp all the references.
An issue I had with Rachel the last few books continued on here. Even though her thoughts and ideas are always in the best interest of those around her, she makes decisions with those ideas despite not knowing how that other person really feels. When Rachel thinks about how much better things would be for others if she was out of their lives drives me crazy. I feel like it’s a version of “poor me”.
Despite how depressing she makes her life sound, her friends are always there to boost her. Jenks and Trent are really there for her in American Demon. I’ve always loved Jenks and his funny phrases. Trent is really making his feelings for Rachel obvious which has me grinning. I also love that the previous aversion to demon magic is gone. Rachel is comfortable using magic no matter what kind and I love that. It makes her even more powerful. We get to meet someone new and with the chaos he causes, I’m anxious to see how his character develops. There seems to be facets to him that are opposite to what he his trying to portray. I think he is going to be a lot of fun.
Even though we have a different dynamic with a lot of the characters, they are still the characters we’ve always loved. They find themselves in crazy situations that always have catastrophic endings. The ending to American Demon left a lot of possibilities for continuing on, but it was sad. Sacrifices were made that will squeeze your heart.
Overall, I enjoyed American Demon. There are bits that I found annoyed me, but the adventure the gang are on was fun. Rachel Morgan is a runner and she has perfected and enhanced her skills since the first of the series. She is a great kickass character. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long for the next adventure!