Review: Blood Work by Kim Harrison

Posted November 8, 2011 by Francesca in Reviews / 6 Comments

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Review: Blood Work by Kim Harrison
Blood Work
by Kim Harrison

4 Stars


Released: July 12, 2011
Series: The Hollows Graphic Novel #1
Published by Del Rey
Pages: 176

Blood Work is the first graphic novel in The Hollows series. I know people have mixed feelings about this as it can be frustrating to see your favorite characters not portrayed the way you envisioned them. But I’m usually excited to see them come to life one way or another so when I had the chance to get my hands on this at NY Comic Con I was extremely happy. It’s been sitting on my desk now for a few weeks and imagine my surprise when I opened it yesterday to read it and I realized IT’S A SIGNED COPY!!!!! After my happy dance… here are my thoughts.The story in Blood Work is a prequel to The Hollows Book 1 Dead Witch Walking. It basically tells the stoy of how Ivy and Rachel came to work together. This is also told from Ivy’s perspective. Basically Ivy set up her previous boss to get blamed for a murder and got kicked out of the homicide division of the IS. She feels she’s already at a low point in her life and then she gets assigned Rachel as a partner. What could be more denigrating for a vampire than having a witch for a partner. And it doesn’t help that Rachel doesn’t know how to dress and acts the part of a ditz. They stumbled upon a murdered were and even though they shouldn’t be investigating this case, they manage to figure things out and give Ivy her first taste for the hunt.

As usual, I loved Rachel and Ivy, and I enjoyed being in Ivy’s head, where in the books, I wasn’t too crazy about her at the beginning. A bit of a touchy subject for me, Kisten is still dating Ivy in this story. I might’ve cried a little, but I can guarantee you that was something that must’ve gotten in my eye, not Kisten. Not at all.

At the end of the novel we have a quick glimpse of how the graphic novel came together. There’s a long character description and profile that Ms. Harrison had given the artist, and also the initial sketches for the characters and the revisions they went through.

I loved Ivy. She was my favorite graphic representation. Almost exactly how I pictured her. She just has so much raw sexuality, like a vampire should. Her aura was also pretty good. Rachel on the other hand, at times I liked the graphic representation and at times I didn’t. My main problem with how the character turned out was Kisten. Where’s his sexy persona that a vampire should have? And that’s NOT how I pictured him at all! Hmmmm I guess we can’t have it all the way we want.

In the end, for a Hollows fan, I think this will be an enjoyable read. It was actually a pretty long graphic novel so I found it worth the money.

For someone who has never read the series… I’m not sure the novel does a good job at explaining the world enough, or if you might be a little lost if you pick this up. However, the general storyline is easy to follow, even if I’m thinking you’re missing background info you will still enjoy it and understand it. It might actually be a good taste of what the series has to offer. Just keep in mind, the books are from Rachel’s perspective, and she’s very entertaining!

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About Kim Harrison

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Every Which Way But Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, plus the short story collection Into the Woods and The Hollows Insider. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery YA series.

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