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I Belong

Review: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Title: Full Blooded

Author: Amanda Carlson

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Jessica McClain (Book 1)

Publication Date: September 11, 2012

Format: Paperback, 322 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316205206 (Orbit)

ISBN-13: 978-0316205207 (Orbit)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can’t control her like he can the rest of his wolves.

When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there’s no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.

Quick & Dirty: An action-packed, fun, original read but with a cliffhanger ending that will have you reaching for the next book in the series.

Opening Sentence: I drew in a ragged breath and tried hard to surface from one hell of a nightmare.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

When I read the synopsis for Full Blooded and saw that it was about the only female werewolf in the midst of an all-male species, I couldn’t help but think of comparisons to Kelley Armstrong’s Elena Michaels (Otherworld Series) whom also struggled with being the only female to survive the change to werewolf. I was really hoping that it wasn’t a blatant rip-off but I did not need to worry at all. Jessica McClain is a whole different kind of werewolf with her own story to tell.

Full-Blooded dramatically begins with Jessica undergoing her change into full werewolf status. This is something that she never thought would happen. At 26, Jessica has passed the transformation age by about ten years. Jessica is also an anomaly in the werewolf world. She is the only female born into a male only species. (It appears that all werewolves in this world are genetic, you cannot be bitten, just born that way.) After she was born, the Cain Myth was revealed to say that she would bring about the destruction of the werewolves. The Myth has always been a target of anger towards Jessica (some wolves wanted her put down) and now that she has fully transformed that target has gotten even greater. She is no longer the target of fellow werewolves but other supernaturals as well.

Jessica has fought her whole life for her independence and to prove that she isn’t the person the Cain Myth is talking about. After her change, she wants to get back to her normal routine but normalcy doesn’t last for long when she is attacked by a rogue wolf. Jessica is immediately thrust into a battle for her life after a meeting with a mercenary doesn’t go as planned.

Jessica is definitely a strong, independent woman and she has no problem standing up for herself and even jumping into battle but she certainly makes some rash decisions. Also, she never thought that she would turn into a werewolf so she never spent any time learning about them and their ways. Although she is naive in some ways, she has better control over her wolf than most of her kind. As her wolf is different and unpredictable so is Jessica. She is just beginning to learn how different she is from the other wolves.

Full Blooded is an urban fantasy that starts out with quite a bit of action, then levels off a bit for exposition and explaining Jessica’s world and how different she is in it but as soon as the sexy Rourke enters the picture there was so much action and excitement, I couldn’t put the book down.

Be prepared for a cliffhanger ending. Full Blooded set up several different plots near the end making me a little disappointed that I couldn’t finish the story. Full Blooded sets up Jessica’s transformation but then it is the set up for the next books in the series. I don’t want to give anything away, but I can’t wait for the journey that Jessica will undergo in Hot Blooded.

Notable Scene:

One twitch, and the wolf’s head shot up off my chest. Shit. This one must heal faster than normal. I hadn’t really thought I’d killed him–that would’ve been too easy–but a girl could dream. My arms were still firmly entwined in his fur, so I kept him back as his teeth gnashed inches from my face. He unleashed a low, nasty growl as his jowls dripped thick saliva on my chest.

Well, hell. Fear pierced me deep in the chest for the first time. I might lose. This wolf was too strong for me. As quickly as the thought entered my mind, a massive tide of power surged up inside, pushing against me so fiercely I almost let go.

In an instant, my fingers pulsed, my nails morphing to sharp points. My canines followed, lengthening to deadly spears in my mouth. My muscles danced under my skin, pulling and shifting. Fur sprung heavily along my forearms.

No pain this time. Instead it was exhilarating.

My attacker lifted his nose and scented the air, growling as he registered the power shift. His eyes blazed with a cold fury.

My wolf was not going to be denied a fight this time. She slammed against the barrier that still held, even though it was cracked, whining and barking. Be my guest. I don’t think I’m going to win this without you anyway. I focused hard to drop the wall between us. It didn’t fall easily, but the small fissure that I’d made before finally ruptured under the force and our minds snapped together like a slingshot as we merged.

Then all hell broke loose.

Jessica McClain:

0.5 Blooded

1. Full Blooded

2. Hot Blooded

3. Cold Blooded (October 8, 2013)

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

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