Another rollercoaster ride but one that I did not love as much as the one before it. That one was kinda awesome so I am not surprised that A Perfect B...moreAnother rollercoaster ride but one that I did not love as much as the one before it. That one was kinda awesome so I am not surprised that A Perfect Blood shone a bit dimmer in the face of its brilliance. Also it might be because I read both within a space of twelve hours and my mind was reaching oversaturated levels in Brimstone (jnsiders will get this). Anyway, at the end of the last book, Rachel’s demon-ness was established and her absolute lack of rights in the human world was also alluded to. This novel elaborates on the premise laid down in the previous novel by showing how exactly circumstances have changed for Rachel especially with regard to the way she is treated by human and supernatural alike.
The humans, who have not really been key players in this series, come to the surface in the novel and complicate things a whole lot, showing that things are a lot more complex than Rachel and in extension, we the readers may have realized. It also reworks the supposed hierarchy which features the supernaturals at the top of the food chain. It also exposes some of the uglier aspects of human nature and I was very ready to become a witch by the end of the novel. Rachel’s growth in the novel was frustrating and there were moments when I wanted to scream at her for her stupidity and her thick headedness and her stubborn need to learn every lesson the hard way.
But she does learn those necessary lessons and if she has scars to prove that she did, well, it’s her fault. What’s more interesting is the way Trent is developed in this novel. I really enjoyed seeing him in a way different than what we had been shown previously. Since Pale Demon, his character has been slowly unraveling to reveal someone more approachable, more…human for lack of a better word and someone who is, again, more complex than we had been shown. And his relationship with Rachel becomes a lot more interesting though she is still mooning over her bodyguard’s butt who is also making her offers of unattached sexytimes. I don’t know. If Harrison goes down that road, I am going to very disappointed. Hm. I enjoyed this book, there were glimmers of Al as a more substantial character and more hints about the conclusion of the novel. The next three books in the series promise to be really, really good and I can’t wait to read them. (less)
Not too impressed with this, honestly. There's no... meat to this. More of a paranormal romance than urban fantasy as I was hoping. Meh. Eli was hot t...moreNot too impressed with this, honestly. There's no... meat to this. More of a paranormal romance than urban fantasy as I was hoping. Meh. Eli was hot though. Some. Before he turns into a possessive freak. Though I guess I'm supposed to find that hot?(less)
The first installment in the Disillusionist’s trilogy infuses a much needed uniqueness in a genre stuffed full of werewolves, fairies and vampires. I...moreThe first installment in the Disillusionist’s trilogy infuses a much needed uniqueness in a genre stuffed full of werewolves, fairies and vampires. I liked how new this mythology was and not just that, it was brilliantly logical as well. Something that may very well be possible in the real world were we able to find people who could do what Packard does. And Justine is a very likable heroine. Her voice has the right amount of irreverence mixed with human-ness that makes her easy to relate to. And her fears for her health, hypochondriac though she may be, resonates with me because let’s face it, who hasn’t wondered whether that ache in her head is a hint of a tumor? Well, I have anyway and I’m not a hypochondriac. I don’t think so anyway.
The “gang” as Justine called her fellow Disillusionists are also a very engaging lot with their different personalities and politics. The pace is fairly fast and the writing pulls you into Justine’s world very quickly. I was enjoying the novel quite a lot until I came across Otto Sanchez. Let me tell you, I had already unraveled the main twist in the novel from the very beginning of the novel when all parts had fallen into place. Maybe it’s because I write and am able to tell where the author is pushing her reader’s attention to or from but it was very obvious to me and I was not surprised to find my suspicions were correct. What threw me off was, once again, as seem inevitable nowadays, was the romance. Call me traditional, call me old fashioned but seriously, if you have almost had sex (twice) with one man and not just meaningless sex but sex that comes back with emotions why in all hell that’s blue are you having sex with his nemesis the second time you meet him, this too backed by feelings (yeah, I’m not very convinced, this is the second time you’ve met him and I don’t care how many times you’ve breached his mind and essence, you need more time before you go betraying one). I just didn’t like Justine all that much after that. I like romance as much as the next girl. I like sexytimes but not when you end up being weak and in love and go betraying everyone you owe your loyalty to. So, while I started the book enjoying it, I ended it not liking it much at all. It became less about disillusioning and more about the romance.
It would have been nice if the focus had remained on the gray area of the disillusionists’ work where rehabilitating criminals is concerned. When the main conflict is solved so easily, it becomes anticlimactic and affects my enjoyment of the novel. And dude, the romance. Ugh. Another love triangle. I don’t know. I liked this first installment well enough but I’m going to pass up on the next two because I cannot handle more waffling between two men.(less)