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The book wasn't too bad but it felt too rushed and with way too many things happening at once.
I'm completely in love with Roarke! I felt that Jessica, while not the overdone bad ass chick, was still stupidly stubborn. I mean, if you know that you can get your Pack killed if you stay and fight, why would you choose to stay?
Of course the book ended in a cliff hanger so I'm off to read that one next. ”
“I see the potential but the cliffhanger had me mad for a bit. ”LiquidLucidity wrote this review Sunday, September 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
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.
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.
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.
FTC Advisory: Orbit provided me with a copy of Full Blooded. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“Not only was Jessica McClain born the only female of the werewolves but the first Lycan seen in thousands of years. Shortly after her birth, the Cain Prophecy surfaced. Stating: “As a female in Wolf Skin rises, the unborn Daughter of Cain is born; In her the beast shall lie, well hidden in True Form; And from this day forth, the Wolves of the Night shall pay; Blood and flesh of their bones, her mighty hand shall slay; The end of the race will close at hand; When the Daughter of Evil rules the land.”
Adolescence went by without Jessica shifting so the wolves became less wary of her. However, still being feared she decides to leave the compound where her father is Alpha and assume the identity of investigator Molly Hannon. Unexpectedly ten years later, at the age of twenty-six, Jessica shifts for the first time. Now not just the wolves but all supernaturals are interested in Jessica.
I loved this book. I was happily reading along, suddenly I looked at my clock to see it was 4 a.m. I just couldn’t put the book down, and it was worth being tired the next day. It is fast paced with never a dull moment. Amanda Carlson does a wonderful job with book one in the series.
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson starts intense and fast with our heroine Jessica transforming and becoming a full-blooded werewolf and it stays the crazy and thrilling ride until the end. And be warned, there will be cliffhangers left dangling.
Jessica McClain is just the type of urban fantasy heroine I like. Kick-ass, self-confident, curvy, with a little bit of of snark and sass. Jessica is not afraid to go and take a world on her own and usually goes head on to resolve problems. Her honesty and bluntness was refreshing.
The only thing about Jessica that bugged me was that her wolf was a separate entity. Kinda like two minds in one body. And the wolf is much sluttier than Jessica - with some of her prancing and other comments there were a couple of uncomfortable flashbacks to inner goddess from Fifty Shades of Grey, but thank God it's nothing so extreme or annoying.
Werewolfs are not the only supernatural creatures you will encounter in Full Blooded, there will be witches, vampires and were-everythings. And Amanda Carlson spiced up their mythology by adding some original details unique for her to all of them. Like she changed the werewolf lore by making them boys-only club.
With constant chase and action there is not much time left for love. Although some one-night-stand type sex to lower the adrenaline will happen, Jessica will not meet her love interest for half a book, maybe more. Because of the constant tension and how everything quickly happens there is a slight insta-love feel for it, but surprisingly it didn't bother me. It's easy for wolves when they can with one sniff determine if someone is right for them. :)
In The End...
Full Blooded is an intense start to a new series about kick-ass werewolf heroine, full of action and hunky males. The amount of supernatural creatures is enough to satisfy even the pickiest urban fantasy fans. Paranormal romance fans might have to wait a little bit for a hero to appear - but when he comes, he's definitely swoon-worthy. :)”
“Talk about taking the female trail blazer theme to supernatural heights! Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson, the first book in the Jessica McClain series is fast paced, serious and full of enough plot twists to make you feel like a pretzel! Jessica is the daughter of the most powerful alpha pack leader in the country, but she has managed to live unnoticed, because only males become werewolves. Ancient texts say that one day, should a female shift, she will bring HUGE changes to the world as we know it. Unfortunately, no one knows what the changes are, because there seems to be several pages missing from that part of the texts. Being superstitious, and not known for accepting change to easily, the boys of fur are in a turmoil and Jessica becomes the target of a vigilante group of several different supernaturals who wants her dead or under their control. Enter hot, mysterious and lethal, Rourke, no one has ever seen his full animal form, but he is a deadly legend among the supes of the world. What they do know is he is some kind of cat and may be the only thing between Jessica and death. Can he be trusted? What do the vampires want with Jessica? What’s up with the witchy witch, the one who was rejected by Rourke seems to have it out for Jessica in spades! And what is Jessica’s wolf trying to tell her about Rourke?
Thank you Amanda Carlson for making Jessica a strong female character with a sharp mind, independent personality and giving her a wolf that actually communicates with her and shares well! The mystery that is Rourke is well-played, also! Sure, you made him strong, hot, determined and smart, as well as larger than life, but you also made him intelligent and, well, awesome! The “villains” are villainous, very creepy, nasty and evil. You even did good with Jessica’s father’s pack! Talk about a multitude of personalities that are life-like! Full Blooded is a roller coaster ride to the end filled with detail and subplots that promise great things for this series! 4.75 Stars!
A review copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Hachette Book Group in exchange for my honest review.”
“My rating: 4.5 of 5”Aleksandra N wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“From everything I knew about wolves, not being in control was an extremely bad sign. If I couldn't subdue my wolf-- couldn't master my Dominion over the new beast inside me-- I wouldn't be allowed to live. Holy shit, I'm a wolf
One of the best Shifter books EVER! Absolutely LOVED! Amanda Carlson is the next big thing in Urban Fantasy! Obviously, if you a huge Shifter fan you'll love it and if you're not, you'll want to devour more shifter books after this one! As soon as you begin reading you become so into the story that you cannot stop reading and it's just full of so much awesomeness. You will seriously be craving for the next book the moment you finish the FULL BLOODED
What do you think about that, boys? Huh? I'm an unknown risk and the most powerful Alpha in the world can't control me. I'm you're worst nightmare come to life. How do you like me now?
The Story: Jessica McClain is the only female born from a werewolf. There is the myth or legend that she will bring about the destruction of the entire pack and what’s bad is the whole pack believe’s it and so they are trying to kill her before she hits her 20th birthday. Fast forward like 10 years later I believe, Jessica makes her change into a werewolf and all hell breaks loose. Everyone wants a piece of her!
"Rourke, what kind of werecat are you?" He seemed genuinely surprised by the question. Then he narrowed his eyes, flashing me a toothy grin. "I never kiss and tell on the first date."
The Men: There are a lot of men in Jessica McClain's world that you will fall in love with. We have Tyler, her brother, Nick, her best shifter friend, Danny, Tyler's best friend of the pack, James, the sexy Second in command and Callum, Jessica and Tyler's father and the Alpha of the pack! Oh, I must mention Rourke too! I don't know what to make of him yet, but we'll see! I'm pretty hot for James right now! But WOW! Lots of men to drool over!
He wasn't technically breaking in, you see, since he had his own key, but nevertheless he woke me out of a perfectly lovely sleep. I'd been dreaming about the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, who are, for the record, a naughty lot of---" "Danny," I said sharply. "Please stay on topic."
And we have quite a few different side characters which I won't go too much into, but you will love all of these characters, main and side ones! Amanda Carlson has created a lot of likable characters! And Jessica is no weakling either, she's a real tough girl! And I love her as the heroine! I really look forward to the next book, Hot Blooded! Trust me as soon as your finish FULL BLOODED you'll want to get your hands on the next in the Jessica McClain Series immediately!”
“I really didn't know what to expect when I received my ARC of this book even though it had a description of the book it wasn't a very detailed one. I was really surprised how much I liked this book. It starts with a pretty intense change from human to wolf that gripped me and didn't let go until the final page of the book. The main character, Jessica, was a woman that actually grew stronger as she learns to adjust to becoming the first female werewolf in the world. She started as an unsure girl, as anyone would be in such a situation, and doesn't hide the fact that she has no idea what's going on inside her. The secondary characters were well written and were interesting enough that I have hopes of either more to their stories written into the next couple books or even a spin-off series. I would really like to see James get his own book or a novella, because outside of Jessica and Rourke he was the one that NEEDS his story told. I'm looking forward to reading the next book to see how Jessica plans on helping Rourke. And with the sexual tension that started in this book between those two, the next book must be explosive. Definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys the paranormal genre. ”Angie D wrote this review Wednesday, April 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No