Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Review: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Title: Full Blooded
Author: Amanda Carlson
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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Jessica McClain #1
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 11th September 2012

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
I have heard a lot of good things about Full Blooded, so when I saw it on netgalley as a read now I had to get a copy to see what all the fuss is about.  Jessica, the protagonist, gets introduced to us as she is experiencing her first ever change alone in her house, with no help except a cocktail of drugs meant to knock her out, which are unfortunately for her out of reach.  Jessica has no become the only female werewolf with a bounty on her head.  Other packs, rouge wolves, and other creatures.

After hearing so much about Full Blooded I went into this with high expectations, but I found the expectations I had were initially too high.  After the rush and hurry of Jessica changing I felt that the next couple of chapters just coasted along, but after the meeting I found myself quickly engrossed in the story and one edge, wanting to know what was going to happen next.  I really enjoyed how changing has given her the ability to communicate telepathically with her brother, like their twin connection has given them an added bonus.  Lucky for Jessica her Father is the Pack Alpha of the U.S Northern Territories, which makes her new event easier to hide for a short time.

Jessica is a kick ass fighter that wont stand for anything and I like how hands on she is for defending what she believes in and for what is right.  While Raymond is a pain in the ass, his interactions with Jessica only led to amusement for the reader, you have to love him just for being him.
Rourke, what can I say about him.  We only meet him for a short while, and what we get to see through Jessica's eyes I would certainly want to be in her position any day.

Throughout Full Blooded there are a few surprises with some people revealing themselves to be shifters themselves and a lovely pay back for someone at the end of the book.  Full Blooded brings werewolves to another level and once I got into the book I could not put it down.  After finishing this book my only thought was I am glad I have book two, Hot Blooded, waiting to be read.

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