Friday, August 24, 2012

Early Review - Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain # 1)

"Full Blooded" absolutely floored me with it's continued thrill ride, excitement, romance, and suspense. Jessica McClain should be considered the newest heroine in the shifters genre and fans of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs would do themselves a huge favor by picking up this series and reading it from the beginning.

I highly recommend that future readers of this series start with Blooded: A Jessica McClain Novella first. It's only 60 pages and well worth the current price. I recommend this novella because you need to understand who Jessica is and how she came to be on her own. You need to understand that Jessica grew up within the confines of a Pack as the only female (daughter to the Packs Alpha) and was hated for just being born.

You also get a better understanding behind the Pack's hatred of Jessica because of something called the Cain Myth and why other supernatural sects are after her.

Full Blooded takes place 8 years after the conclusion of Blooded and 10 years after Jessica should have shifted into a werewolf. The story begins with a Jessica's shocking coming out party as a Full Blood Female Werewolf, the only one of her kind in existence, and ends with a stunning conclusion that will leave readers wanting more.

I absolutely loved Jessica's character in both Blooded and Full Blooded. I loved her determination, her absolute desire to not allow anyone to push her around, and I loved the fact that she tried so very hard to be on her own and not under the thumb and guidance of her father and the pack.

I enjoyed watching Jessica coming to terms with the fact that she was now a full blooded werewolf and one that is highly unusual as well as powerful. I also enjoyed her interaction with her twin brother Tyler who has been nothing but supportive of everything she's ever tried to do including being on her own and opening her own PI business.

Other characters who are awesome include Nicholas (Nick) Michaels (her business partner and werefox), Danny Walker, James Graham and Marcy Talbot a witch who works with Jessica and Nick. I was actually surprised at the choice of mate for Jessica. I was actually rooting for several other characters who have known and been supportive of Jessica over the course of her 26 years of existence. Then again, we really didn't get a chance to see what happens between Jessica and her new mate because of factors beyond her control. One can only hope that Hot Blooded is as intense and enjoyable as Full Blooded and Blooded were.

You will notice that I did not spoil who ended up as Jessica's mate, or what happens in the end? I would rather have you, the reader, check out this book for yourself than spoil the surprises.

Expected publication: September 11, 2012 by Orbit

*ARC provided by the author for review and future blog tour*

Title - Full Blooded
Author - Amanda Carlson
Publisher - Orbit
Release date - September 11, 2012


  1. this book sounds awesome . gr8 review. i like a badass heroine

  2. I've heard such great things about this book. Can't wait to read it! I'm off to buy Blooded! Thanks for the wonderful review.

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

  3. AWE-SOME!

    I've had my eye on this as I started seeing it pop up in the blogosphere! It's already been added to my list of books to buy and I was trying not to buy any new to me author books since I have too much to read as it is! But this one I decided I HAVE to read!

    Thanks for recommending the prequel! I didn't know about that, but I will be sure to get that and read it before Full Blooded!

    Amazing review!

    1. Thank you Jessica! I am thankful for those who actually liked and commented on this review :)

  4. Shelley,

    Thanks for the thoughtful review and hosting me for my blog tour! I hope whoever decides to try the series enjoys it. It's full of action and kickass!

    Amanda Carlson