Friday, June 9, 2017

Saturday #Review - Blue Blooded (Jessica McClain #6) by Amanda Carlson (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Jessica McClain # 6
Format: Paperback, 306 pages
Release Date: December 17th 2016
Publisher: Createspace 
Source: Library
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Fight to win. Jessica McClain is on the hunt for her destiny. She arrives in Baltimore to find that her quest has reached a dead end and only a note remains. Forced to do as it says, or die, Jessica and her crew must head overseas. They arrive to discover Julian de Rossi, the Mediterranean Pack Alpha, is double dealing with a powerful goddess and Tally is still missing. With help from a divine source, they engage in an all out war-one that must end in a sacrifice. But is Jessica ready to pay the ultimate price?

Blue Blooded is the 6th installment in author Amanda Carlson's Jessica McClain series. Blue Blooded continues Jessica's adventures as the only female wolf and the fated Enforcer of the newly created Coalition. Over the course of the previous (5) novels, Jessica has pulled together a pretty awesome group supernaturals to stand by her side. They include her mate Rourke, Naomi, Danny, Ray, Marcy, Irish, Nick, & Tyler, her brother. 

After the previous installments cliffhanger ending, Jessica and her team travel from Florida to Baltimore along with Kayla, a rather impressive necromancer who readers met in Pure Blooded. They learn that two of Jessica's group (Naomi and Danny) have been taken by yet another dangerous supernatural, Enid, who has a desire to kill Jessica. Get in line dear. Jessica tends to make enemies quickly and efficiently because of who & what she is. But, Naomi & Danny aren't the only ones missing. Kayla's brother Jax is also missing. Add Marcy's Aunt Tilly to the list, and that's quite an impressive group of missing supernaturals.

Jessica was previously told by Juanita that if she finds Kayla's brother Jax, she would find her destiny. What happens next is rudimentary. If you are told to travel to a certain place (Florence) where you will find your two missing pack members, you do exactly that. Besides, you also have to find Marcy's aunt Tilly and her coven of witches who have been missing now for some time now. The odds that they too are in Florence are pretty damn good. In Italy, which I absolutely loved for the record, Jessica comes face to face with Julian de Rossi, Alpha of the Mediterranean Pack, and three other very interesting characters who are key players in the story.

In typical Jessica fashion, there's nothing easy about this journey. Not when she's under pressure to help put the new coalition together, and find the negotiator, the protector, the peacemaker, and the tracker who represent the (5) biggest supernatural races: werewolves, vampires, fae, demon, and witch. After all, if Jessica doesn't survive what's to come, the world won't survive the turbulence it would bring. In the end, Jessica may be required to offer a sacrifice to end things peacefully. But, how much will this sacrifice impact not only Jessica's life, but others as well? 

The most curious aspect of this series has been the coupling. First it was Jessica and (cat shifter) Rourke who found out they were soul mates. Then Marcy (witch) & James (werewolf), then Naomi (vampire) & Danny (werewolf). Apparently, it was finally time for Tyler to find his mate, and no, I'll not spoil who it is. It does make a bit of sense after a fashion. After all, all of the couplings are mixed races. There is yet another character who is introduced in this story and the very possibility that this character is Nick Michael's mate is all but given.

The ending leaves loads of questions, and none of them I can answer. Will there be another book? The truth is after (6) books, I don't see where this series can go from here. Perhaps the author can shift away from Jessica and focus on new characters. Changes have come for Jessica, and now that there are others involved, she won't have to do everything. She can share the load with the other Coalition members. If there is another book, it, like this book, will most likely be self published. We shall see.

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