Review: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson

April 3, 2013 Book Reviews 3

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.

Though I generally love all things paranormal, I tend to list were-creatures near the bottom of my preferences. I read this book without any expectations. OCNB was coming quick and I wanted to read as many of the authors that would be there as possible before going. I had to choose between Full Blooded and a book about witches. I am so glad I chose Full Blooded. The other book ended up being ok, but Full Blooded was great. Amanda Carlson tells a great story and I am seriously excited about continuing this series. I recommend this book to everyone I encounter who reads, whether they are into werewolves or not.

The story starts with a bang as the Heroine goes through her very first change. Apparently very late, and very unexpectedly. She is now the only full blooded female werewolf in the world. There has not been another like her in a very, very long time. While keeping true to some of the basic myths, Amanda Carlson does a great job of adding her own personal variation on the story. They have a different set of rules to follow, but nothing that is outrageously different that would ruin the believability. For example, they do not have to follow the moon cycle, some of them have different “gifts”, and some of the different species can get along and work together without killing each other. They still generally follow the pack mentality and there is a psychic connection between the alpha and members of the pack. They also heal very nicely. If you know very little to nothing about werewolves, this book is a good one to start with because Amanda Carlson walks you through the werewolf myth as if you know next to nothing so you can learn everything fresh and new through her work.

Jessica McClain has been living away from the pack for quite some time under an alias to help protect her identity. Her father is the Alpha of the pack and she has a twin brother. One month after she was born, a plain piece of paper with the Cain Myth was delivered to the compound with no indication of who sent it. It basically says that she will be the one who brings an end to their race. Obviously this causes problems within the pack, and some people are very much not her biggest fans.  Her leaving the pack was difficult and the result of some sort of fight, but there is not a lot of details given about the circumstances under which she left. I’m pretty sure some of the questions are cleared up in the novella “Blooded”, but I have not yet read that. No one expected her to turn, but there were people watching her just in case she did.

Since her transformation, she has been repeatedly attacked. Someone is trying to kill her. Lucky for her, she adapts well to her new role as a female werewolf, and begins kicking butt. She is a very strong and straight forward character that doesn’t make the reader want to slap her with every bad decision.

Almost every character in this book is likeable and has a sense of humor. Jessica doesn’t have many friends thanks to being in hiding, but the friends she does have are the type of true friends that we all hope we have in real life. The bad guys are jerks with no redeeming qualities that I could see, but I suppose that comes with the title of being a “bad guy”.

The wrap up of the story is a killer. I so cannot wait for Hot Blooded so I can see what happens next. The adventure that has been started here is fast paced and exciting. It has sexy stuff and a few WTF! moments. The sex scenes are super hot. There is humor and heartache and every other quality a great book should have. This book is a must read for anyone who is even vaguely interested in the supernatural.


5stars MelanieSig




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3 Responses to “Review: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson”

  1. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    WHAT!? Weres are at the bottom of your supe list? How dare you!! LOL So glad to hear that Amanda Carlson was able to convince you otherwise. This is a great series; I hope you stick with it!

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