I always have a hard time pinpointing how I feel about the books in this series. On one hand, I generally like them and keep coming back for more. OnI always have a hard time pinpointing how I feel about the books in this series. On one hand, I generally like them and keep coming back for more. On the other hand, there is always something that leaves me feeling just vaguely dissatisfied with the story, the characters, the world, or all of the above.
This latest book had more lows than highs for me. I almost dumped the series a few books back when Rachel spent most of her time whining about her relationship with Ivy. But then the two partners came to an understanding and the angst and navel-gazing was kept to a minimum for a few books. Suddenly, in A Perfect Blood, we're back to angsty, whiny Rachel and I did not enjoy her return.
Rachel was also almost TSTL in this installment and there were more than a few times when I would have liked to reach into the book and give her a good smack. (view spoiler)[There is a nasty group that's out for her (literal) blood for nefarious reasons and her friends and colleagues keep telling her to either stay out of dodge, take a certain step to protect herself, or both. She does neither and then is SHOCKED when she's captured and abused. I couldn't roll my eyes any harder at her epiphany that *gasp* her friends were right. (hide spoiler)] She can't seem to hit the broad side of a bard with her splat gun anymore either.
She spends more time getting her butt kicked and being saved by Trent than anything else. In fact, this whole book has Rachel being dominated by the men in her life. Decisions are made for her by her pack leader, Trent gets her out of trouble more than once, she has to call up an old boyfriend for help with a spell, Al has to be on hand for another important bit of magic, and she's constantly thinking about her attractions to whatever man wanders onto the page with her.
There were good points in this book. It moved Trent's story forward a little and I like seeing his growth as a character. There was a hint that both Rachel and Ivy might be moving on from their attraction, so I might never have to hear about that again. Jenks has found an unlikely friendship that I enjoyed. Unfortunately, Rachel was so lame in this book that it overshadowed everything else. I'm still going to keep up with the series, and I'm hoping that the next book will feature a Rachel Morgan that grows up, stops whining, and starts kicking ass again.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more