Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review - A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, Book 10) by Kim Harrison (4/5 stars)

Reading level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 448 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: February 21, 2012
ISBN: 978-0061957895
Stand Alone or Series: 10th book in The Hollows series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4/5 stars

This is the 10th book in the Hollows series. It was a very good addition to the series and I enjoyed it. A lot of our characters are finally moving on with their lives and Rachel is finally growing and changing as a character.

Rachel is a full-fledged demon now and is in trouble. She has a bracelet that Trent gave her surpressing her demonic powers and preventing Al (her demon teacher) from finding her. When humans start showing up horribly mutilated the authorities think Rachel might be involved. When Rachel gets involved in investigations she finds that an anti-paranormal human group is trying to turn humans into demons to wipe out all Interlanders. Rachel has to stop it somehow, except getting futher involved is risky since her demonic blood may be the very thing these humans need to reach their goal.

This was a great book. It is all the characters we know and love, with a great mystery to solve. It was wonderful to see so many of these characters moving on with their lives and growing again. Part of this book is about Rachel accepting what she is as a demon; this was a valid and understandable struggle for Rachel. But Rachel is growing, becoming more responsible, and finally accepting the consequences of her actions.

A growing force in this book is Trent, he has been featuring more and more in these books and in this book he really finds his place. Him and Rachel have an uneasy truce and an even uneasier attraction to each other. We get to see a side of him we've never seen before and spend more time watching his personal life as he raises two elven babies.

I was happy that the whole blood balance thing between Ivy and Rachel finally seems settled. I was getting so sick of that being revisited over and over again. I was also happy that when Marshall comes briefly back into the picture that Rachel does the right thing and makes a mature decision.

There are some interesting new characters thrown into the mix. And yes Al does feature later in the book as well, so our favorite demon (well besides Rachel) is still present.

The book ends with much resolved, but other things still left hanging. I am excited to see what the next book brings. And given that I almost gave up on this series a few books ago, I am so glad that the last two books have been awesome.

Overall a very solid addition to this series. I am happy with all the directions the characters are moving. There was a good solild mystery in here for Rachel and group to solve. Rachel is finally accepting her demonic nature and starting to get on with her life. I really enjoyed the direction the story is heading as well. If you are a fan of this series and stopped reading around book 7-8; I highly recommend picking it up again. Books 9 and 10 are very well done and it is good to see the series back on track again. This series is highly recommended for urban fantasy fans.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge
- 150+ Books Reading Challenge

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