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This is the best list of similar suggestions to The Hollows series that we could come up with. Most are books but some are in other mediums.

The main similarities between our suggestions are a strong female character, magic, romance, and a modern setting. Of course, there are some exceptions.


Rachel Mariana Morgan is a witch in her twenties. She is a part-owner of Vampiric Charms.

Vampiric Charms is a freelance runner and security service.

The other owners of Vampiric Charms are Ivy Tamwood and Jenks. Ivy Tamwood is a living vampire that will become a full vampire if she dies, and Jenks, a small pixy.

They used to work together at the vampire-run federal Inderland Security (IS). It's a police service for the supernatural.

Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks, decided to start their own company together, Vampiric Charms.

They live and work together from a decommissioned stone church. The church is in the Hollows district of Cincinnati and has an attached garden and graveyard. Rachel specializes in simple herb-based earth magic. The Curch garden is important for Rachels's magic.

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Books like Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1)

Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher

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Harry Dresden, a Chicago bound professional wizard, and the only one with an ad in the yellow pages. Business is sadly dreadful, even for a professional wizard PI. So when the local police ask him for help on a strange double murder, he jumps on it.

Is The Dresden Files good?

The Dresden Files is a must-read for anyone with the slightest interest in this gangrene.

Why is The Dresden Files recommended?

The Dresden Files has a male main character and the existence of magic and the supernatural is secret.

Harry Dresden works as a PI and performs the same kind of services as Vampiric Charms does.

If you like The Hollows then you will probably also like The Dresden Files.

Why not: male mc

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Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin #1) by Jennifer Estep

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Gin Blanco is the Spider, the most feared assassin in the south.

But Gin`s day job is at the Pork Pit, a restaurant she owns with the best barbecue in Ashland.

Gin is both a stone elemental and an ice elemental.

She tries to not use her elemental powers while working as the Spider, but it is handy from time to time.

Gin`s family was murdered when she was thirteen by a notorious fire elemental. A fire elemental that is now the top criminal kingpin in Ashland.

After her family's death Gin ended on the streets but was found by Fletcher Lane, the assassin called the Tin Man. He becomes her mentor and trainer. He helped her to become the superior assassin she is today.

Is Elemental Assassin good?

This is a really good series.

Absolutely worth reading.

I know some complain a little on her writing skills, to much redundancy, but it did not bother me.

Why is Elemental Assassin recommended?

Gin is a strong main character that knows magic. She is in many ways similar to Rachel. But Gin is an assassin, something that Rachel is not.

Elemental Assassin is worth checking out if you like The Hollows. It's a very good series with some similarities.

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Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian #1) by Diana Rowland

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Kara Gillian is a detective and a summoner of daemons.

During a routine summoning she accidentally summoned Rhyzkahl, an angelic human-looking creature. She just wanted to use her skill to track down a serial killer.

What is this powerful un-daemon looking creature? And can she stop the serial killer?

Is Kara Gillian good?

Mark of the Demon is the first book in the Kara Gillian series. It is a really great book, just like the rest of them.

Why is Kara Gillian recommended?

The Kara Gillian series has demos, a demon realm, and a strong female main character that does magic. The main difference is that the world does not know about the magical world.

If you like The Hollows then you will like the Kara Gillian books. They are very similar in many aspects.

Why: demons

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Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1)

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Julius the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan. And the rest of the clan is not nice to him.

He survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this is not the correct behavior for ambitious magical predators.

His mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience of Julius's meek attitude. She seals him in human form and banishes him to the DFC, a metropolis built upon old Detroit.

She gives him one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon, or he can say farewell to his dragon form forever.

Julius's task is not made easier by DFC being a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated on sight.

Is Heartstrikers good?

The Heartstrikers series is a good urban fantasy with a slightly post-apocalyptic setting.

I think it is a YA series, but it is excellent for adults too.

Why is Heartstrikers recommended?

The Hearthstrikers series is mainly about dragons and it has a male main character. But it has many strong female characters in it. It is also more of a YA series, but of the kind that is still worth reading if you're an adult. It's a good series.

Why not: male mc ya

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Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

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Kate Daniels is a mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical messes left behind by others.

When her guardian is murdered, she gets dragged into a power struggle between two of the stronger factions within Atlanta's magic community. The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who control vampires, and The Pack, a clan of shifters.

They blame each other for a series of bizarre murders.

Kate finds herself the counterpoint in the struggle to normalize their relationship and to stop the murders.

Is Kate Daniels good?

This is a good read and the start of a great series. Magic Bites has a strong and interesting heroine. It's worth reading.

Why is Kate Daniels recommended?

Kate Daniels has some similarities with The Hollows. A strong female main character doing dangerous work with some dashes of romance.

If you like The Hollows then its worth checking out the Kate Daniels series.

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Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill

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Merit was a graduate student until she one night was attacked by a rogue vampire.

She would have been killed if another vampire had not stepped in and saved her.

Her savor wasEthan Sullivan, the master vampire of the Cadogan House. Merit moves into their mansion and has to learn to live as a vampire while someone still is trying to take her life.

Is Chicagoland Vampires good?

The Chicagoland Vampires is an OK paranormal vampire romance book. It's not among the best in the genre, but its good enough.

If you want more in this genre then its worth reading, but if you want something fresh then you should probably avoid it. It is not unique in its genre.

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Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Anita Blake is a necromancer and vampire hunter.

Vampires are protected by law, but when some of them get out of hand, then you call Anita Blake, the Executioner.

Guilty Pleasures, the first book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. It starts out with someone killing innocent vampires.

Anita is approached by Jean Claude, the second strongest vampire in the city. He wants her to help figure out who is killing vampires. Anita agrees to help out after a bit of vampiric arm-twisting.

Is Anita Blake Vampire Hunter good?

This is the start of an excellent vampire series.

Well, the beginning of it is excellent. I stooped reading around book 10, it had started to go downhill a little before that.

But the first books are absolutely worth reading.

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Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock #1) by Faith Hunter

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Jane Yellowrock is a skinwalker

She shares her body with the soul of a mountain lion and she can take any form as long as she has some bones with DNA from the shape she wants.

Jane works as a freelance rogue-vampire hunter.

In this first book, she is hired to take care of a nasty rogue-vampire in New Orleans. When she is there she comes in contact with the vampire society and learns about the "sane" vampires. She also learns more about her own Cherokee heritage.

Is Jane Yellowrock good?

A great story and strong characters make this an excellent series.

You should read this. Absolutely worth checking out if you like these kinds of books.

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Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1)

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Kitty Norville is the wolf with the lowest status in her pack. She is submissive to everyone.

She has just realized that she can make it on her own. Working as a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station. This means that she doesn't need the pack so much as she used to.

Or so she thinks...

Kitty ends up getting one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail.

She may have bitten off more than she can chew?

Is Kitty Norville good?

It's a while since I last read any of these books, but I remember them as fun and interesting. They are worth reading if you like urban fantasy books.

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Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs

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Mercy "Mercy" Thompson's life is not exactly normal.

Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire.

Mercy's strange connection to these strange creatures of shadow and night is about to get her into some seriously deep water.

Luckily, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

Is Mercy Thompson good?

Moon Called is a great start for a great series. I had much fun reading these books.

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Ill Wind (Weather Warden #1)

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Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden that is accusations of corruption and murder.

She decides to resort to the very human tactic of running for her life.

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful of all wardens. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn - making him the most wanted man on earth.

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Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries #1)

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True Blood has made it possible for the vampire community to reveal its existence to humans.True Blood is a synthetic blood substitute that vampires can survive on.

Sookie Stackhouse is a twenty-something telepathic waitress from Bon Temps, a small town in Louisiana.

She saves Bill Compton, a vampire, and a Civil War Veteran, from Rattrays, a couple of drainers. They were trying to steal his blood for its accelerates healing, increases strength, and improved libido.

Sookie and Bill soon become an item, and Sookie gets dragged into the world of vampires and other supernatural beings.

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TV-Shows like Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1)

True Blood

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Sookie Stackhouse works as a waitress at Merlotte's, a bar in Bon Temps a small southern town in the states.

One day she meets Bill Compton, a 173-year old vampire. He stands out to her and they hit it off early on.

Vampires are outed to the world.

They try to be accepted as regular humans. A synthetic blood alternative called True Blood is their main strategy for acceptance.

Sookie`s life gets seriously complicated when she gets involved with the supernatural world. But Sookie is not an ordinary person herself either. She has the ability to read thoughts. Except for the thoughts of vampires. Witch is why Bill stood out to her when she met him.

True Blood is loosely based on the book series Southern Vampire Mysteries.

Is True Blood good?

True Bloodis an excellent TV show.

The story separates itself from the books after the first season, but that's OK. You should watch this show.

Why is True Blood recommended?

In True Blood, the world at large knows about the vampires. They are out. But they still do not know about all the other supernatural beings that also exist. Sookie is not as strong as Rachel, but she is still strong in her own way.

True Blood is a very good series that is worth watching.

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Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is a descendant of the fared Grimms.

Grimms are a group of hunters who fight supernatural forces. They are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of myth.

A reformed "Big Bad Wolf", now a reformed vegetarian, becomes his greatest helper and confidant.

Is Grimm good?

The creators have earlier made shows like Buffy and Angle. Grimm has some high standards to live up to, and it does so remarkably well.

This Show is a kind of modern take on the Grimm`s fairytales. Grimm is especially worth watching if you like modern fantasy and police shows.

Why is Grimm recommended?

Grimm has a male main character and the regular world does not know about the supernatural world. But it is a good show that you might like. 

Why not: male mc

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