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A Perfect Blood

A Perfect Blood (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #10)
by ? Kim Harrison ?

Yeah, baby! You have no idea how I actually squealed when I opened an email from my Harper Collins rep and she mentioned they’d be getting a few copies of the latest Kim Harrison book and would it be ok if she sent me one. I also laughed at the “would it be ok” part. You see, she was quite aware of my extreme love of all things Kim Harrison and therefore the question she asked me wasn’t really a question.

I am currently in the process of building a lovely shrine to my HC rep and once it is finished I shall post a photo. I had hoped to have it ready for this post but life is busy and I have little free time. Boo!

Since we’re at the 10th book in the Rachel Morgan series (Happy 10th anniversary, Kim Harrison! *throws confetti*) I shall try not to spoil much for those who are still reading, have not yet read, etc. etc. I don’t even post the summaries of these books anymore since just those alone can spoil the behind reader.

I was rather disappointed when I started reading though, since the book didn’t really pick up for me until about a third of the way in. I was actually annoyed with Rachel in this book, more so than usual, but this had more to do with the way she was written. I don’t know if it was just me or if anyone else picked up on this, but by golly! When did Rachel become so bloody sex obsessed? It’s like all of a sudden you couldn’t be a male OR female (human, vamp, were OR PIXIE!) within her line of sight because she’d be getting all hot and bothered and be feeling things in her nether regions. THIS IS NOT THE RACHEL MORGAN THAT I HAVE LOVED FOR 9 BOOKS!

What the hell?! I was almost ready to just toss the book aside and mourn the loss of a series that I have loved since it’s inception. Thankfully all the libido thoughts were quelled once Rachel was kidnapped and tortured. I have never been so thankful for violence in a book. Jeez.

Once the action (of the non-sexual kind) started, I was quite hooked on the story and much more eager to continue reading. The HAPA group was an interesting idea, though I am sort of sad that it took 10 books for this group to be mentioned, as well as the slurs they have for the Inderlanders, which I don’t ever recall hearing before. I feel like this part of the backstory should have come up before now. Oh, well. It’s not the end of the world, because it’s giving us a lot of loose threads to follow in future books. Yay!

My favourite addition to the world in which Rachel Morgan ineptly bumbles around in was Winona. I completely ADORED her, especially after the, er, change. I certainly hope she remains a recurring character in future books. In fact I’d like to see more of her than say, Pierce (whom I cannot stand). Would be nice if she became a nanny for Trent and Ceri.

That being said, I sort of miss the days when the books were just Rachel, Ivy and Jenks against the world. It’s well and nice that they have friends and allies now, but I sort of miss the three of them together. Ivy has been in the background of the stories for too long now. Jenks often gets way more “screen” time than Ivy does and that makes me sad. I have said this for the last few books now, too. We need more Ivy! *waves banners and signs*

I am happy that I was not disappointed by A Perfect Blood in the end. Yay! I hate that I have to wait an entire year for each book, though. Boo! I can’t wait to see where Kim Harrison is taking us with HAPA and Rachel and how suddenly I am a lot more suspicious of people I hadn’t been suspicious of before. Hmm. Can’t wait to get my Hollows fix next year!

The Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series

  1. Dead Witch Walking
  2. The Good, The Bad & the Undead
  3. Every Which Way But Dead
  4. A Fistful of Charms
  5. For a Few Demons More
  6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
  7. White Witch, Black Curse
  8. Black Magic Sanction
  9. Pale Demon
  10. A Perfect Blood
  11. Ever After


  • darla d

    I’m glad you enjoyed this! I know that with each book, my expectation level increases, which probably isn’t terribly fair but, you know, that’s how it is. I’m on the waiting list for it at my library, so I hope to read it soon.

    I see you’re reading a Gallagher Academy novel – my 11-year-old just drew an amazing picture of the characters in the book. I hope to have it posted in the next day or two. Come by and check it out! 🙂

  • Alice

    Ahhhhhhhhhh I’m so excited that I follow a blog that reads this series. <33 You have no idea how excited I got when I saw your review hahaha. XD ANYHOO I can't get my hands on this book until the cheaper paperback edition comes out in SEPTEMBER (urgh) but that's okay. I know what you mean about missing the days about the trio…it makes me just want to re-read the series, but that alone seems daunting since now there are 10 books. 😛

    Was Al in the book? 😀 😀

  • Willa

    Glad to hear you enjoyed it! Lucky girl for getting it in from the publisher. I haven’t read anything from this series but now I really want to, it sounds pretty cool!

  • Kailana

    I really need to get into this series. I have only read the one book and I didn’t love it at the time, but I also know I didn’t give the series its due attention…

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