Reviewed by: Margaret
Rating (out of 5): 3 stars
Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Full Blooded.
When we last saw Jessica McClain and her team at the end of Pure Blooded, they were driving from Florida to Maryland to find a missing teen. When they arrive, they find a note directing them to Italy for a face-off with an angry hag. And they learn that even more of their friends have been kidnapped. (So that’s one witch, Marcy’s Aunt Tally who’s been missing since book four, a vampire, a werewolf, and a teenaged troll all missing.)
Since the story picks up right where the previous book ended, there are lots of references to earlier events and not much explanation of who people are when they show up on the page. I would definitely not pick up Blue Blooded unless you’ve read Pure Blooded. That said, if you have read the rest of the series, you won’t want to miss this one which gives Jessica’s story some much-needed closure. Despite my issues with the book, I’m satisfied with the way not only Jessica and Rourke’s story wrapped up, but also with the hints at what the future holds for her friends. I also loved the Italian setting and the new characters that we meet there.
But you want to hear about those issues too, don’t you? First of all, one of the best things about this series has been the action scenes and Blue Blooded has practically none. It’s all about diplomacy and information gathering, which means lots of dialogue. And sometimes I wish they would just stop talking—more than once a character basically said, “What if x happened? That would suck.” right before x happened. It was kind of anticlimactic. And then there’s the way some of them talked! It’s totally fine for the irreverent millennial heroine to refer to other supernatural creatures as “supes,” but when the millennia old, non-native English speaker does it, that’s just wrong.
In the end though, I’m glad I stuck with the Jessica McClain series. After the awesomeness of the first two books I was hooked and I had to know how it ended with Blue Blooded. It even looks like there might even be a spin-off on the way, which I’m looking forward to since I love the supporting characters.
Sexual content: sex
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