Warning: Cliffhanger (Really? Really?)
Jessica is going to Hell.
After settling a fragile truce between the vampires, werewolves and witches, the last thing Jessica wants to do is face the demons head on. But when the Prince of Hell kidnapped her brother, he set into motion a chain of events that even Jessica doesn’t have the power to stop.
Now, Jessica must go into battle again. But Hell is a whole new beast — new rules, more dangerous demons, and an entirely foreign realm. And when Jessica is dropped into the Underworld too soon, without protection or the help of her friends, she must figure out just how powerful she can be… or she will never make it out alive.
“So what you’re telling me is, I stumbled into the only cell in all the Underworld that holds the only prisoner who will be able to keep me safe?”
After Cold Blooded, I’m glad Carlson is getting back to the story at hand. I enjoyed Red Blooded a lot more. So far I appreciate this book the best out of the series because finally, finally, we are learning something.
Yes, we finally have learned something about Jessica and what she is! 🎊🎉 It only took the better part of four books. Even now, we only know a portion of it. Though, we do know for certain others know what she is (not just guessing and being scared of her), and no one told her. Basically, though… Trust absolutely nothing you have learned or will learn because none of it will stick because everything changes all the time in this series.
I’m getting quite annoyed with Jessica being kept in the dark about everything, though. No one tells her anything, she stumbles into something she shouldn’t have, she fucks things up or ends up in danger. Every time, about everything. She always learns about things at the last second. In infodumps. In a “muhahaha” fashion.
Once again, the coincidence levels are off the charts. Jessica even acknowledges it. This quote about says it all:
“So what you’re telling me is, I stumbled into the only cell in all the Underworld that holds the only prisoner who will be able to keep me safe?
That quote basically sums up the series.
But, it isn’t just coincidence that I have a problem in right now. Fate. Fate is my problem. I don’t trust a lot of authors to play around with fate, too often it ends up being “because the author said so”, not actually fate. Amanda Carlson is not one of the authors I want to be playing around in fate. Especially since the lines “This wasn’t supposed to happen yet! It was supposed to happen 100 years from now!” (paraphrased) appare a few times. Hmm..
Also, why are there clones? Why would anyone think that is a good idea? “Oh, I need two of this character to appear, I know, I’ll add clones!” What? What what? Why? Why would you do that? THERE IS MAGIC WHY WOULD YOU ADD CLONES?! There are like at least a dozen better ideas I can think of using magic. Including making up whatever the fuck you want, it is magic!
There are also a few other sins this series likes to commit, that is driven home especially well in this book. There is the obligatory “Let’s have sex while in the middle of being in danger!” scene in a lot of books, to varying degrees. Sometimes it is thinking about sex, sometimes it is forcing yourself to not jump someone. Or, it is actively forcing yourself to stop from having sex. Then, this series also has the obligatory “passing out in the middle of danger” scene. It keeps happening, where she ends up passed out while fighting or in danger or if she gets hit with anything.
Jessica is super powerful, a werewolf, and has basically any power the author needs her to have in the moment (that is actually written into her superpower – the ability to have any magic used on her). Yet, she rarely uses her powers, she uses them to bully instead. She talks her way out of everything, except healing herself and others. And even then she tries. She never changes to her wolf – in four books she has been in wolf form three times. That, too, is getting a bit frustrating.
I’m hoping for more from this series before the end, now we’re getting to the penultimate book.
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