Review: A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison

March 19, 2012 2 stars, Book Review 4 ★★

Review: A Perfect Blood by Kim HarrisonA Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #10
Published by Harper Voyager on February 21, 2012
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 438
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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My Reviews in this series: Ever After, The Undead Pool, The Witch With No Name

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood.

She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.


I just recently finished an entire re-read of the series in order to have it all fresh in my mind. I have to say – I love the series overall, but I do not really love Rachel right now. I don’t hate her mind you – but a reader rather expects a certain amount of character progression and growth over the course of a long series like this one.

I, however, did not feel like she exhibited any during at least a little more than the entire first half of this book (plus a number of previous books) to reflect any of her experiences through the course of the series. People have flaws, that’s to be expected – but jeez sometimes I wonder how she has managed to even live this long – sheer dumb luck and having others pull her fat out of the fire?? I was constantly getting aggravated with her while reading this and wanted to ass punch her.

I’m sure that there has been some actual growth for her as a character/person but I really wasn’t feeling it here. That’s what left a bad taste in my mouth. If I ever did a reread again I would probably leave this one out of the rotation.

The interactions, oh don’t get me started, all of them seemed very ‘topical’ like a itch cream you put on to get past some poison ivy or something. Overall I felt it lacked depth to the things that took place or the way the characters dealt/interacted with one another like there was no real substance to anything.

Also, I hate repetitive writing, and do I REALLY need to hear about the darn butterfly chrysalis three times in the first half of the book? REALLY?? Really….Really…too blatant if that’s supposed to be setup for something later on. Yeah I threw all the Reallys in there just to annoy you…feel my pain people.

There were of course some saving graces to this book otherwise I would have rated it much lower than a 3 – but for the life of me – I really just can’t think of many of them right now. So call me a Negative Nancy. I still enjoyed seeing the characters I’ve come to love. There was some nice emphasis on Jenks and Ivy “moving on” with their lives – though I got tired of hearing about Rachel whine about it. I liked the idea of Jenks and Belle getting friendly – it worked for me. Other than that – nothing is coming to mind.

Ok, so I change my mind – after writing this – I have to give it a 2…or 2.5. And no I’m not PMSing…I just can’t justify something higher in my opinion. Though I’m sure many will disagree. haha

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4 Responses to “Review: A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison”

  1. kimba88

    Eek…i enjoyed this one, and loved the new softer side of Trent. Yep Rachel is a whiner, but she is also a fighter. I felt like there was some character growth for her in this novel. Hopeful, the next novel will redeem the Hollows for you. Great review Pabkins!

    • Pabkins

      haha I also enjoyed seeing some non aggressive interaction between Rachel and Trent. I’m hoping there are possibilities there, especially since there are only supposed to be 2 more books in the series. As for growth for her, yeah of course its there. But having just read the entire series over you can still see how she makes so many of the same stupid mistakes. I’ll look forward to seeing what we both think of the next one. Too bad we have to wait so long!

  2. Eva Millien

    Thanks for sharing your review. I haven’t gotten to read this one yet, but it is on my TBR. I’ll let you know if I agree or not. evamillien at gmail dot com

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      A Perfect Blood was the only book in the series that I was disappointed in to date. I have seriously loved all of the other books. The series as a whole is freaking awesome!