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A Perfect Blood (edition 2012)

by Kim Harrison

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Title:A Perfect Blood
Authors:Kim Harrison
Info:Harper Voyager (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
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Really enjoyed the latest addition to the hollows series. Most of the book was taken up on Rachel's struggle with keeping or removing the silver band. And finally she accepts herself! It only took 10 books!

I did like the addition of a new big bad in the human hate group, HAPA. I love the new characters and hope to see more of Wayde, Winona and Emojin.

Could have used more Al but I understand why that wasn't possible. ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
Synopsis: Al, and the other demons, think that Rachel is dead. The silver bracelet she's wearing has turned off her powers leaving her vulnerable to practically everyone. She's also not very good at allowing her body guard to actually do his job, nor does she trust Trent to help her regain her powers. Into this mix come personal frustrations, the re-emergence of HAPA, the head of IS abusing a living vampire, and the head of FIB inserting herself in an ongoing investigation. And then there are the-men-who-don't-belong.
Review: One of the best by Harrison, this book adds a whole new set of characters while letting established characters 'get on with their lives'. The HAPA mole was rather obvious. ( )
  DrLed | Oct 5, 2014 |
An enjoyable adventure not quite as good as Pale Demon. This review will be about this book, eventually, but I wanted to say that, looking back, I'm surprised by how much I like the book before this in the series. I didn't expect much out of a roadtrip book, and got much more than I expected.

So . . . this book was decent, and I'm really trying to evaluate it on its own merits. Left with the problems created in the last book, Rachel is forced to live a life without leyline magic or face her demon heritage. New factions rising up only complicate things.

Things I liked
-How the elf children are changing Trent. For a character I really disliked early on, Trent has become a favorite character of mine, independent of series. Like Kelley Armstrong's Eve, Trent very rarely lets morality impede his protection of those he loves.
-Rachel making noises suggesting she is coming to accept what she is. Progress is good, but get on with it already!
-Ivy has a great storyline, trying to help another living vampire that's fallen victim to a senior, undead vamp.

Things I didn't care for
-Really, Rachel, you're still whining about the same crap? I know you have to preserve characterization, but let's grow the eff up a little faster. Please? I'm trying to cope and failing.
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  drhapgood | Jul 27, 2014 |
The latest book has Rachel dealing with living as a demon but not using any of her demon powers. A fringe group of humans are killing witches in a ritual to try and make them into demons are trying to get Rachel as she is helping both the FIB and IS track them down in a joint forces task force. A good story and as usual there is character growth and changes in Rachels world that makes this a good read and not just a new power to deal with the latest bad guys.
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
I just recently finished an entire re-read of the series in order to have it all fresh in my mind. I have to say - I love the series overall, but I do not really love Rachel right now. I don't hate her mind you - but a reader rather expects a certain amount of character progression and growth over the course of a long series like this one.

I, however, did not feel like she exhibited any during at least a little more than the entire first half of this book (plus a number of previous books) to reflect any of her experiences through the course of the series. People have flaws, that's to be expected - but jeez sometimes I wonder how she has managed to even live this long - sheer dumb luck and having others pull her fat out of the fire?? I was constantly getting aggravated with her while reading this and wanted to ass punch her.

I'm sure that there has been some actual growth for her as a character/person but I really wasn't feeling it here. That's what left a bad taste in my mouth. If I ever did a reread again I would probably leave this one out of the rotation.

The interactions, oh don't get me started, all of them seemed very 'topical' like a itch cream you put on to get past some poison ivy or something. Overall I felt it lacked depth to the things that took place or the way the characters dealt/interacted with one another like there was no real substance to anything.

Also, I hate repetitive writing, and do I REALLY need to hear about the darn butterfly chrysalis three times in the first half of the book? REALLY?? Really....Really...too blatant if that's supposed to be setup for something later on. Yeah I threw all the Reallys in there just to annoy you...feel my pain people.

There were of course some saving graces to this book otherwise I would have rated it much lower than a 3 - but for the life of me - I really just can't think of many of them right now. So call me a Negative Nancy. I still enjoyed seeing the characters I've come to love. There was some nice emphasis on Jenks and Ivy "moving on" with their lives - though I got tired of hearing about Rachel whine about it. I liked the idea of Jenks and Belle getting friendly - it worked for me. Other than that - nothing is coming to mind.

Ok, so I change my mind - after writing this - I have to give it a 2...or 2.5. And no I'm not PMSing...I just can't justify something higher in my opinion. Though I'm sure many will disagree. haha ( )
  Pabkins | Jun 24, 2014 |
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To the guy who likes remodeling even more than I do
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The Woman across from me barely sniffed when I slammed the pen down on the counter.
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Plan A it was. Go in brash and come out bashed.
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Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood.

She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.
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When she discovers that a would-be creator is determined to make his (or her) own demons and needs her blood, former witch-turned-day-walking-demon Rachel Morgan, a bounty hunter, faces her toughest adversary yet --humanity.

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