Wednesday, June 20, 2012

{Review} Blooded by Amanda Carlson


A Jessica McClain Novella
by Amanda Carlson
Publication Date: April 11, 2012
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Won from Author

Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is-she's no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can-in the ring.

When she's brutally attacked right after her fight, is it enough to finally earn her freedom off Compound, or will she be forced to endure the hatred even longer . . .

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After reading the short story prequel to Amanda Carlson's debut urban fantasy novel, Full Blooded, I have absolutely fallen in love with it's fresh new heroine, Jessica McClain! The Jessica McClain novella, Blooded, gives readers a perfect little taste of Jessica before the full length novel's September release.

More than Jessica's kick-butt attitude, I appreciated getting the 411 on her background. Blooded tells readers what happens when Jessica is in her late teen years plotting to leave the werewolf compound. As the only human in a pack full of hot-headed wolves, what could be worse than Jessica living on her own? According to her father and pack-Alpha, there's more danger for Jessica away from his protection. There's even a little excerpt of Full Blooded at the end of the novella that shows just how much more there is to Jessica's strange and unpredictable life. I can safely say that when I jump into the actual novel, I'll know enough to understand Jessica's world, which is, so far, unique from what I've read about werewolves.

Despite her father's hesitance to let her leave and live on her own, Jessica literally fights to get her way. Her determination is part of what makes her such a wonderful character. I have no doubt that reuniting with the independent Jessica in Full Blooded will be well worth the wait!

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