Rachel is out of the closet but finding that having been declared dead and being the only Demon this side of the ley lines has added a whole level of frustrating complications to her life. But life is going to get even tougher - someone is killing witches and the reason is connected to the dirty little secret that Rachel's outing exposed. Having seen the brutal results of those 'someones' handiwork Rachel is determined to be the one to bring them down, even though she is magically hobbled and her determination not to fall prey to her demon powers may be just the thing that gives those 'someones' what they need to bring about the deadliest change in the Inderlander world since 'the Turn'.
My comments about A Perfect Blood are going to sound an awful lot like my reviews of the previous two Hollow's books. The first half of the story is action packed but look-before-you-leap-way-too-stupid-to-live-at-times Rachel drove me crazy. She is the prize that gives the bad guys the win, but she just can't stand on the sidelines, even though wearing the bracelet that Trent gave her to hide her demon powers makes her magically only half the witch she used to be and forces her to rely on earth magic weapons that she just can't seem to hold onto. It also drives me nuts that she has great resources in her friends but she refuses to use them, and I really hated the way that she treats her bodyguard, who is a decent character.
But as much as the first half drove me nuts, the second half as always was really good. This is the perpetual trap that I keep falling into with this series - I keep thinking at the end of each book that *now* Rachel is going to grow up and Harrison is going to take advantage of the really cool stuff that she's set up and it is this hope that always has me champing at the bit for the next book.
Actually, the former 'bad guys' Trent and Al have been the bright spots in the last few books – and there just isn't enough of them here. But even with what little of him that there was here, I loved Trent in this one – there's some real growth for him at last and his relationship with Rachel is finally finally starting to move past junior high (I think they might be sophomores now). As to the rest of the cast, it's fun to see some oldies making cameos and somehow the foul mouthed Jenks hasn't gotten old yet - and the wingless fairy Belle is adding an interesting dynamic to his clan. And while I am still ready for Ivy to move all the way on, she isn't as tiresome as when the blood balance stuff was fully in play but it's still brought up - and with her master off screen in this one, still lurking waiting to rear it's ugly boring head once more and I am so done with hearing about it.
So when all is said and done, despite the frustration that is Rachel – it is something that I wouldn't put up with a UF heroine that I wasn't already so attached to – and I really should drop my rating a star for this, I did end up enjoying A Perfect Blood and I am looking forward to the next book again with foolish hope that the next time will build off of the good things in the second half of the book. But I just have to say that while I am looking forward to the next book, I am also looking forward to the end of the series (Harrison is supposedly winding things up) because I would really like to see Rachel get her act together once and for all.
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