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I Belong

Review: Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Cold BloodedTitle: Cold Blooded

Author: Amanda Carlson

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Jessica McClain (Book #3)

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316205222 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316205221 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.

On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early. Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.

The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in…

Quick & Dirty: An incredibly action-packed urban fantasy.

Opening Sentence: “Get down!” Tallulah Talbot, the most powerful witch in the country, grabbed on to my arm and hurled us both into the bushes.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I will try to review this novel without giving away too many spoilers from previous novels. The events for this novel were set up at the end of the previous novel, Hot BloodedCold Blooded picks up immediately after the events of Hot Blooded with Jessica realizing that her witch friend Marcy is missing. Amanda Carlson wastes no time getting Jess into action as she and her friends are under attack by sorcerers. Jess goes to the only place that she can think of to get away from the battle, to the witches. The witches offer up a little help but a prophetic vision sends Jess away to the one place she doesn’t want to go, the vampires in New Orleans.

The vampires want Jess for some unknown reason but it seems that every supernatural wants Jess dead or as a pawn. There are so many reasons for Jess not to go to New Orleans but it is the biggest, most powerful reason that makes her take that journey and since Jess has a standing order to meet with the vampires in the near future she decides to go before the scheduled time.

I can’t really talk to much more about the events in this novel because there would be too many spoilers with everything that is going on. This novel is non-stop action with Jess moving from one problem to another without much time to barely stop and take a breath, even if she does get a “down time” she uses it to its fullest. The events of this novel go so quick that I barely even think a few days pass and Jess only gets a few shut eyes in a moving vehicle.

Jessica McClain is one tough cookie. Whenever it appears she has a weakness, it is quickly overcome, but not without an inner battle or a confusing conversation. I really liked Jess in past books but there was just something about her always having to escape a dangerous situation because people don’t like the fact that she is a female werewolf that just annoys me. Nobody can just talk or figure things out. They are just helping make Jess’s prophecy true. I feel like the actual layout of the novel is action, long discussion, action, more discussion and this just keeps going until everyone stops to discuss what is going to happen in the next book after the final fight and revelations of this step in Jessica’s non-stop journey.

Overall, Cold Blooded was a non-stop action-packed urban fantasy. I really enjoyed the action but I did have some annoyance towards Jess’s constant confusing conversations in between everything, whether she was arguing with someone or just arguing with herself or her inner wolf. I don’t mind books wrapping up the events at the end but I’m not really a huge fan of the complete wind down while discussing the plans for what’s going to happen next and then just ending. I always feel a little let down at the end. I do anticipate the next book, Red Blooded, and I hope I’m in a better place mentally to really enjoy it.

Notable Scene:

The Suburban, with Nick at the wheel, rounded the corner, going up on two wheels. There was a loud explosion and an Orb flew over the trees, coming at us like a heat-seeking missile.

Rourke leaned over and threw open my door, yelling, “Go! I’m right behind you.”

I sprang from the car and took off at a dead run. The Orb exploded behind me, taking out the Porsche.

Car doors slammed and Tyler, Danny, and Nick joined us as we ran for the huge stone wall surrounding the mansion.

“Let me go first. If I get through, follow me,” I called over my shoulder, clearing the massive height in one leap. Nothing kicked me back, but a strange pulse of energy whipped through my body as I crossed the boundary line. Thank goodness it wasn’t warded.

I landed easily and kept running. I was up the steps to the front door, happy that nothing exploded behind me, before I took my next breath. I slid to a stop just short of kicking in the door, which would be considered bad manners for a visiting guest. I turned and glanced back for the first time and realized no one was behind me.

I watched as each of them tried to clear the wall again and was repelled backward.


It was warded. I just hadn’t been affected by it.

Jessica McClain Series:

0.5 Blooded

1. Full Blooded

2. Hot Blooded

3. Cold Blooded

4. Red Blooded

5. Pure Blooded (June 16, 2015)


FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Cold Blooded. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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