Fight to win.
Jessica McClain is on the hunt for her destiny. She arrives in Baltimore to find that her quest has reached a dead end and only a note remains. Forced to do as it says, or die, Jessica and her crew must head overseas.
They arrive to discover Julian de Rossi, the Mediterranean Pack Alpha, is double dealing with a powerful goddess and Tally is still missing. With help from a divine source, they engage in an all out war—one that must end in a sacrifice. But is Jessica ready to pay the ultimate price?
“She said something equivalent to ‘over my dead body.’ To which your father deadpanned, I don’t sleep with the dead.”
Yeah, you can call this the ending to the series. I mean, things got resolved, after all. Did all the things get resolved? No. Did it still somehow set up more? Yes. There was a large portion of this book setting up spinoffs that, two years after coming out, there are still no real news on. Carlson knew she didn’t have the time to wrap it all up, so she decided to plan spinoffs to wrap it all up with. Therefore, this just doesn’t feel like a complete series.
We spend a large portion of Blue Blooded once again being led around by someone else for their own purposes. On the one hand, that is probably a good thing, because I don’t trust Jessica to lead anyone anywhere and actually get there on time (or within the next hundred years without getting distracted). On the other, being dragged around everywhere for the whims of others is really, really annoying. It gives the protagonist no way to act on their own, they have to act in some preordained manner.
Which basically sums up this series, really. Everything is in accordance with fate. A fate that changes at every turn that we take because apparently that is how fate works. This ability of fate to somehow change when it decides to fate itself (which really isn’t fate is it?) means that the series twists and turns. It goes nowhere while at the same time doing things that don’t make sense because it feels like it is made up on the spot.
Meanwhile, Jessica is still not being told anything until the last possible second. Again. And again. And again. A hundred years from now, Jessica is still going to be told things that she should have been told during the course of this series. The characters are literally telling her they will not (or cannot, depending on how you look at it) tell her everything. Things are constantly being held back, and Jessica has to magically make some leap of logic that manages to solve the mystery at the last moment without them.
Everyone acts like Jessica’s acting like a human is the best thing about her. It is even explicably said at one point, that it was something that is special about just her in the supernatural races. This still feels so forced and wrong. It isn’t like any of the others are particularly nonhuman. In fact, it is the opposite. They’re just insular, they don’t spend a lot of time with humans so they don’t really care about them. That isn’t the same thing.
None of the characters in this book acted like they did when they were first introduced, for the most part. They have all molded into some cohesive whole that act the same and could easily be interchangeable with any other. The most apparent is Ray, who acts like a 20 year old frat boy half the time, instead of the cop he was.
I asked in the review for Pure Blooded whether everyone would end up mated with someone else. Welp…. The level of interconnectivity between these characters is…quite frankly it is frightening. I don’t think anyone was left unpaired. If there was, it is only because both me and the author forgot about them. Doesn’t mean that all of them are actually suited to one another. For something so rare, it sure happened an awful lot.
This acts like an ending, despite how much it wishes it wasn’t one.
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