Monday, 10 September 2012

Early Review: Full Blooded

Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1)
-       Amanda Carlson

Publisher: Orbit (Published 11th September 2012)

E-Arc read courtesy of Hachette Books and Netgalley
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.

Just like Jessica, from the first page of Full Blooded you are thrown into a world within our own, where werewolves are a male only species, vampires and witches exist and imps can prey on children. Jessica is startled to discover at twenty-six that she actually a werewolf after growing up looked down on by the pack. Unfortunately the rest of the supernatural world won’t let her come to terms with the changes in her body and circumstances as someone immediately starts to track her down...

Just as with the taster novella, Blooded this is one fast paced ride with Jessica continually being attacked, on the run or waking up unsure of what has happened. She very much has to react and isn’t given a lot of time to be proactive, but as this story occurs over a short space of time that’s understandable! Towards the end Jessica start to make some decisions that will influence her future and allows her to start taking control of her own life. The action is frantic and tense, while the banter between characters who have known each other for a while is fun and shows how much they care about each other. One element that I never quite felt was the immediate connection between Jessica and a certain alpha male – I usually like characters to get to know each other before falling for each other. But seeing as Jessica herself didn’t understand it completely I’m looking forward to exploring it more in the future!

This is Urban Fantasy at it’s strongest – dynamic story, strong heroine with a good line in witty remarks, diverse characters and a wild ride. Unfortunately the book does end on a cliff-hanger – well, less a cliff-hanger and more a pause between adventures. I wish I had had Hot Blooded book next to me as I would have started reading that straight away without having to wait!

Recommended for fans of Patricia Briggs and Rachel Vincent. 8 out of 10


  1. Yeah at the end on the book we only want the sequel. It was a great novel, loved it. thanks for the review!

  2. That kind of "romance" would bother me too, if the heroine (or even the hero) didn't agree with me. So, I don't think it would bother me as much. I do like that she took control of her own life. Oh yea... knew I needed this one and am so going to have to get it.

  3. I agree about the romance, it went from fear and suspicion to trust to destined mates really quickly but as the whole book was fast paced I think I just went with it. Great review Mel.