Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Length: 17 hours 57 minutes
Series: The Hollows #16
Published by Ace on June 14, 2022
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Rachel Morgan, witch-born demon, has one unspoken rule: take chances, but pay for them yourself. With it, she has turned enemies into allies, found her place with her demon kin, and stepped up as the subrosa of Cincinnati—responsible for keeping the paranormal community at peace and in line.
Life is . . . good? Even better, her best friend, Ivy Tamwood, is returning home. Nothing’s simple, though, and Ivy’s not coming alone. The vampires’ ruling council insists she escort one of the long undead, hell-bent on proving that Rachel killed Cincy’s master vampire to take over the city. Which, of course, Rachel totally did not do. She only transformed her a little.
With Rachel’s friends distracted by their own lives and problems, she reaches out to a new ally for help—the demon Hodin. But this trickster has his own agenda. In the end, the only way for Rachel to save herself and the city may be to forge a new understanding with her estranged demon teacher, Al. There’s just one problem: Al would sell his own soul to be rid of her. . . .
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In Trouble with the Cursed, we start out with Ivy coming into town with a long undead who is looking for Cincy’s master vampire. He has a suspicion that Rachel has done something to her. Rachel and Pike have been running the city together ever since they took care of Constance. Now they have to come up with a plan to convince Finnis that Constance is still alive and running the city.
Putting together this plan, and other scenes, all seem to revolve around the demons versus the problem of Finnis. In true Rachel fashion, she is betrayed by someone she had put a lot on the line to support. Now she has to gather all her friends and a scarce demon to deal with the problems the demons are causing.
It felt like much of the book ran off into the demon issues versus the problem with Finnis. There were a few times when I would wonder if Rachel would even get back to that storyline. Slowly, pieces come together that weave the two storylines and a plan can come together that will deal with everything.
In the end, I am completely happy with everyone’s conclusion. Everyone is where they should be and for the moment happy. I don’t know if it is just her frustration, but Rachel really just steps up and takes control of the situation. No wishy-washy, half fast attempts at control, but really digging her feet in and making good decisions that she pushes for. I felt so proud of her because throughout the book I felt like she was kind of flying by the seat of her pants. We know that is typical Rachel, but I was just really proud of the stand she took.
The ending left me with a huge smile on my face and a lump in my throat. If there isn’t another book, I would say I’m happy and content with the way everything is at this moment.