Review: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Series: Jessica McClain #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Werewolves
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
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 favorite part about Full Blooded was the incredible attention to detail. We get to know not only the characters and their histories but also the Author gives us plenty of detail concerning the supernatural sects as well. This does not bog down the story however as it is all told so fluidly you don't ever really realize your being pumped full of so much information.
Another thing I loved were the characters. From Jessica to Rourke to bit characters like Juanita every single character no matter how big or small had a distinct voice and personality of their own.
While this is certainly Jessica's story the repercussions from her being the only female werewolf ever are far felt. She isn't the only character wrestling with the enormity of the situation. Plus there's that pesky prophecy claiming she'll be the destruction of them all. It's existence has had years to poison the minds of other supes against her. If you think angry werewolves is bad wait til you see the vampires in this story!
Lastly, I loved the romance. There is something so raw and primal about the characters coupling in Full Blooded. It isn't just about the hot, sexy scene it goes beyond that satisfying not only the lust of the human but the predator within as well. Also the mating process was very interesting. It did stick with the whole Wolves mate for life idea but also it broke the mold by having Jessica find a mate from outside her pack
My only small issue with Full Blooded was the ending. I don't mind cliffhangers but this one just didn't work for me. It was very abrupt and deeply unsatisfying. Thankfully book 2 has already been released so I have no wait. This would of annoyed me to no end if I had read this when it actually released.
If you like action packed urban fantasy with strong, kick butt characters mixed with a little bit of romance then you must pick up Full Blooded and give it a try. I can't wait to start the next book in this series and see where the story goes. With that being said I will be rating Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson ★★★★★.
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