A Perfect Blood (The Hollows Book #10) – A Near Perfect Blend of Old School and New School Hollows

A Perfect Blood ARCCan this girl ever catch a break?  Even cutting herself off from the demon collective and having a new bodyguard can’t save our favorite itchy witch from problems.  Rachel tries to adjust to being a borderline civilian (as she still works to solve cases after all) but her secret is out and that has made her the perfect target for a pretty serious hate group, HAPA, led by a group of sadistic humans.  Their public enemy #1 is the Inderlander community and they will stop at nothing to be rid of them all,  even if they must use Inderlander powers to do so. Of course we would have no story if Rachel wasn’t exactly what they needed. She tries her damnedest to take them on the good old-fashioned demonless way, but she soon finds that it may not be enough.

She can’t do it alone which results in the unlikely but very anticipated partnership with none other than Trent.  And this partnership certainly doesn’t disappoint.  It’s a new day for the new dad as we see a completely new but believable side to our favorite elf (well, he’s  my favorite at least).  Their teamwork really is the heart of this book though other familiar faces, Ivy and Jenks, are still around.

Since Book 3 Rachel has liked to drive home that she and Trent look so good together, yet they’re apart.  But by the end of this book, you start to wonder why. Though she denies it, to me Rachel’s actions clearly indicate growing affections towards him.  As Trent embraces his magic, they seems a lot more compatible than one would initially think.  If I spilled the beans about some of the revelations for his character, it would seem as if Harrison pulled it out of thin air.  But she backs it up with several references from past novels, making one wonder if she was thinking about these threads all along.  A lot of scenes are stark contrasts to what we’ve seen before, most notably her interactions with Trent in his home and office.  Key moments throughout the series (though few and far in between) have taken place in those locations, so the evolution is meaningful.

While there wasn’t a lot of Al, he certainly makes it count for the scenes he’s in, managing to be his usual hilarious, yet terrifying self.  I’m sure he will be a large presence in the next novel, so I’m looking forward to that.  Jenks is funny as always, saying the most inappropriate things at the most awkward times.  Ivy is stable and more of a presence than I was expecting based on Harrison’s comments about her going away and then coming back in the last book.  We’re introduced to a few new supporting characters as well. Wayde is a Were bodyguard hired to look out for Rachel.  Nina is a living vampire often being controlled by a master-vamp, making her really vulnerable.  Both of those characters were okay—I could take them or leave them—but I really took a liking to Winona, a Witch prisoner that Rachel befriends as she takes on HAPA.  She’s a sympathetic character, just a normal person wanting to live her life.  But the events of this book make her shine for her adaptability and practicality.  I thought she and Rachel worked really well together.

I’m not sure if it’s because it’s fresh, but I LOVED this book…dare I say better than Pale Demon in a lot of ways.  I liked Rachel’s self discovery that she can hide but she can’t run.  She truly accepts who she is as a demon and the animosity between her and Trent is over too so now it’s just the building process that you really hope pays off.

If I don’t like a Hollows book, I will say so. I’ve been with this series since 2005, so I’ve been through all of the ups and downs.   While I read many urban fantasy novels, I pick up The Hollows and feel like I’m saying hello to an old friend.  It still manages to be really exciting, so knowing that there are only two books left (with a thirteenth as a possible continuation) makes me a bit sad.  But for some reason, I didn’t get the same vibe like I did from Pale Demon where it was really obvious how much the story was winding down. I guess that’s a signal for filler, but at least it’s good filler. The mystery aspect made me flash back to book 2 and the times when Rachel had gruesome mysteries to solve, so it gave me a feeling of nostalgia. This book isn’t perfect but all in all I found it to be a satisfying entry to The Hollows series, so I gave it 4.5 stars.

Needless to say, I recommend this!

12 responses

  1. Love it

    February 9, 2012 at 12:16 AM

  2. Mel

    Great review, i was wary of this book because i felt like the series was down spiraling in a not so good way. I’m glad there is a hint of the first 6 books coming back up. I love the Hollows, this is the series that got me back into reading obsession a few years back. Can’t wait for the book to come out.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:07 AM

  3. cher

    Great review.

    February 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM

  4. Awesome review!! I can’t wait to read it!!!!

    February 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

  5. Diva

    Great review! Ya know I agree with you on all points. 🙂 I can take or leave Wade and Nina too. Wade does make that one comment though that I am VERY curious to know more about. -wink-

    February 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

  6. Great review and amazing blog 🙂

    February 11, 2012 at 8:31 AM

  7. Gwen

    I love this series soo much I can’t wait to devour it!

    February 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM

  8. I can’t wait to read A Perfect Blood! less than 8 days before the release!

    February 13, 2012 at 7:52 AM

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  10. Great review i totally agree with u regarding Trent’s relationship with Rachel! in my opinion the book was great except for two parts 1 Rachel gets her butt kicked both when she wears the bracelet and after she takes it of by a mere human …i mean seriously? She is supposed to be a demon and on top of that a demoness, so that she gets beaten just doesn’t make sense especially when the opponent is a human who can’t even do magic. The other fact that i didn’t like was that Al and generaly demons barely made an appearance in this book . You would think that after the events in PD, demons would be more in this book…..Well Kim said there will lots of demon action in the next book so i will w8 and see.

    PS loved the Rachel /Trent moments in this book!!!

    March 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

  11. Yeah that seems to be an issue for several readers I’m noticing. But actually, Kim said that in the first draft of this book we weren’t going to get demons at all (Al included), and since Rachel put the bracelet on in the first place during the last book, I sort of figured that attention would be taken away from the demons, so I really wasn’t anticipating their return. I’m glad Kim decided to add a smidgeon of it back during the re-write though. She also decided to add more Trent and add Wayde, who she initially took out to make room for a new love interest. I’m sure that would have went over even MORE swimmingly [/sarcasm] lol.

    I think this set the next book up pretty well though so I’m expecting something amazing. And with the story winding down and Kim wanting to tie up loose ends, I am looking forward to good things! And yeah, I hope Trent/Rachel is a part of that too ~_^.

    March 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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