Review: A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison

Posted March 23rd, 2012 in book review / 10 comments

A Perfect Blood

Book #10 of the Hollows Series

by Kim Harrison

Publisher: Harper Voyager (February 2012)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 438 (Hardcover)
Source: Personal Library (Bought)
Purchase: Amazon / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 Stars)

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth–a would-be creator is determined to make his (or her) own demons. But it can’t be done without Rachel’s blood.

The Good
Trent…Enough Said
This was a fun story. I really mean it. I actually had FUN while reading A Perfect Blood. That’s the best way I can describe it. I love the direction this book is taking for the series overall. Trent and Rachel are actually becoming…wait for it…friends. *Gasps* Yes, people. You heard right. This is what most of us have been waiting for. This book just made me want to yell at Harrison to hurry her little tushie up and get the next book done because I am DYING to see what she has in store for Trent and Rachel.

I’m a Good Demon, I am!
Rachel is in another pickle. You know, she has been in so many pickles these past couple years she’ll probably never go hungry. Anyway, Rachel is called in to investigate ritual murders happening in the city. The problem is, they resemble the work of a demon. Wait a second…Rachel is a demon. Oh no, not good. Will she be blamed for these murders? Come on people, this is Rachel we are talking about, all arrows point to YES. So what must a little redhead do to stay away from prison? Prove she is a good little demon by helping the FIB and I.S. find the true killers. Yeah, the problem is, the truth behind the murders is far more sinister than everyone first thought, and now Rachel might just be the next victim.

Is Rachel Finally Growing Up?
After we got into the action, this story took off and never let up. It just kept going, fight after fight. Rachel was fun as ever. She isn’t at the maturity level I hoped for by book ten but she still has that kick-ass attitude and spunky personality that keeps me rooting for her every book. She does seem to admit to her mistakes more often, which is progress. She is also at a crossroads in her life. There’s no love interest or happy future on the horizon but all her friends are starting to settle down. They don’t need her anymore, but she still needs them. Rachel has finally realized she needs to find happiness for herself. And who might be that happiness, no one knows. *Coughs* TRENT *Coughs* What? I didn’t say nothin’. I had a tickle in my throat.

Yummy Goodness…
Speaking of Trent, or not speaking of Trent as it were, he is just yummy goodness right now. I get all tingly every time he shows up on scene. Overshare? Sorry. I do that sometimes. Trent is finally shedding his bad boy exterior (sorry to see you go bad boy Trent because you do bad soooo good) and is settling down, actually trying to change for the better. He has children now he has to think about. But he also has been itching for another change in his life. What that might be, I am not telling (mostly because I am not 100% sure myself, but I have some ideas). But it’s the time that Rachel and Trent team up that make this book so enjoyable. They actually work really well together. I hope to see more of this partnership in the future. Hint, hint, Harrison.

Rachel’s Peeps…
Jinx is as filthy mouthed and snarky as ever. I like the direction his life is going. He is doing better since his wife’s death and I think his odd friendship with Belle, the fairy, will be good for him. Ivy is getting pretty settled too. I think she will always have problems she will have to work on because of her horrible past, but she has learned major control over her emotions. I am excited to see what Harrison has in store for her. I don’t want to say too much about Wayde except that I found his whole role very odd and pretty much unneeded. I am still loving Bis, the gargoyle, and Glenn has become twice as interesting in this book. I know he has a story and I want to know more about him.

So Many Bad Guys, So Little Time…
The scary factor and action were great. The suspense was on point and the dialogue was flawless. I laughed, bit my nails from tension, and gasped in surprise throughout this whole book. The plot was interesting and has brought up a bunch of questions and mysteries I can’t wait for Harrison to address. With the series ending in a couple books, I just don’t know how Harrison is going to do it. So many bad guys, so little time. I hope we will get a satisfying ending that gives Rachel some security because these bad guys really need to be stopped. Too many people blackmail, threaten to kill, and simply use Rachel. It’s about time Rachel gets the upperhand.  

The Bad
I felt like Harrison repeated herself a little in this book. I found similar phrases and regurgitated inner thoughts happening quite often.

It took me a week to pick this book back up after stopping at page 40. Too much description and not enough action to really catch my attention. Plus, Harrison tends to mention mundane actions Rachel is performing which bugs me. But I will admit, after I finally picked A Perfect Blood back up I couldn’t put it back down.

I really got annoyed with pretty much every character in this book saying that Rachel is incompetent when she is the one that saves the day (mostly). By the standards these people say Rachel is incompetent they would have to shelve themselves in the same category. You guys know how much I hate toilet characters (people that let everyone else crap on them). Rachel is borderlining that label but she does stick up for herself enough that I still respect her.

Apparently I have forgotten a lot of what happened in the past couple of books because I was a little lost on some parts. And some characters seemed new to me but I guess I was suppose to know who they were. Maybe I missed some important short stories in anthologies that Harrison did.  I wish she did a little more recap.

The Snuggly
Not too much snuggly in this book. But dear God was Rachel horny. At one point I was scared she was going to hump a tree just to get a little release. I get it, she needs some, but she needs to rein it in before she jumps the pizza guy or something. Okay, now that my rant is over, I am VERY happy with how Rachel and Trent’s relationship is progressing. I have to admit. I was never on Team Trent like most of the fans I have met. I think he treated Rachel like crap and I hate that in a man. But I do admit, he cracked my cold, little heart this time around.

I can’t help but always find fault with Harrison’s books, but I can never deny how much I devour every page at the same time. Harrison’s story telling ability always outweighs the little annoyances I like to whine about. The direction of this book was perfect. I can see the end is near, and I can’t wait for Rachel is get some kind of happy ending. Highly recommened.

“Put me down, you son of a bitch!”

But he didn’t, and I kicked and squirmed, unable to take a clean breath of air with his shoulder shoved in my gut. His grip on me was tight, unbreakable–the strength of a wolf pinning his prey. All right. He was good. But this wasn’t encouraging me to trust his abilities. It was pissing me off. “I’m warning you, Wayde!” I exclaimed as the door cracked open and a cool wash of damp air blew in.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah.” he said, and shifted my weight until my breath huffed out.

“Put me down!” I shouted, and Wayde jerked to a halt at the soft scuffing on the stairs.

“Ah, this isn’t what it looks like,” Wayde said to someone, and I squirmed, twisting awkwardly, and saw Trent standing on the steps, his car running at the curb in the rainy night. Trent’s eyes were as wide as mine, and in a sudden burst of motion, he flung his hand.

“Obstupesco!” he exclaimed, turning from businessman to assassin as he crouched on the stairs, his long coat furling, and I shrieked, covering my head with my arms and ducking back behind Wayde.

The spell hit Wayde square on, and I cried out again when he shuddered–and then dropped like a stone.

The Hollows Series:
Book #1: Dead Witch Walking
Book #2: The Good, The Bad, and The Undead
Book #3: Every Which Way But Dead
Book #4: A Fistful of Charms
Book #5: For A Few Demons More
Book #6: The Outlaw Demon Wails
Book #7: White Witch, Black Curse
Book #8: Black Magic Sanction
Book #9: Pale Demon
Book #10: A Perfect Blood

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10 Responses to “Review: A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison”

  1. Sarah (saz101)

    Ooooh, JEN! MAGIC WORD! FUN!
    seriously, I think a good, fun book has been seriously underrated. I want to have FUN reading a book. It’s why I read!

    Also… err… I’m getting a slight vibe you might like this Trent bloke? No? 😀

    Also, your The Snuggly section cracked me up 😀

    Soooo… is this kind of… I don’t know, a series like the Sookie books? Transient love interests, but no firm HEA, yet? DO you think I’d enjoy them? I’m intrigued. I LOVED the Sookie books, and will totally make time for another series like, even if it’s flawed… anyway, I’m get Sookies Series vibe, with with a protagonist more like Cat Crawford??

    • Jennifer L. Bielman

      Okay, I must be out of the loop because I don’t know what HEA means. lol. I think of this series as a mix of Sookie Stackhouse and the Night Huntress. It’s a great series but not a happy ending type series. So many bad things happen to Rachel so it’s hard to read sometimes. Also, Rachel is probably my least favorite heroine but the rest of the characters are AWESOME. They are the ones that make this series special. You will laugh and cry with this series. If you can get over the overdone description I think you will love this series. So yes, I would recommend it for sure. I gave most of her books 4 to 5 stars. Only one or two were below that.

    • Sarah (saz101)

      I’m sorry.
      HEA is something I picked up fangirling over Sookie Stackhouse… I also think it’s often used in romance circles? ‘Happily Ever After’.

      Ooooh.. not happy endings? But Sarah LIKES happy endings 🙁

      Do you know how many books are projected in the series? Maybe I’ll wait until they’re all published and binge on them :D:D:D

    • Jennifer L. Bielman

      Okay, maybe I am being a little dramatic. There are happy endings but there is also a lot of bad stuff that takes forever to get resolved and it makes me sad sometimes. The series will end at book 12 or 13 so its pretty soon. We are on book 10 now. We get one once a year, about.

  2. kimba88

    Fantastic review and I totally love the new softer Trent. Yep..sometimes i just want to shake Rachel and say quit whining and do something about it! I am anxious to see how Harrison winds this series up.

  3. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Ooooo! I really do need to get to this series. 🙂 I got the first book on my Nook for 99c! Amazing. lol. I know sometimes the books seem to repeat as the series goes, from time to time. But I do want to read these. 🙂 Thank you for the review.

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