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

November 16, 2013 Fantasy, Review, Romance 2

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Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1)
by Amanda Carlson

Blurb:
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.

My Review:
I have had this book on my to-read list for so long and I just knew I was going to like this book. I even requested a copy from Netgalley a long time ago and then also bought the paperback. So because I got a copy from Netgalley. I decided to finally read this as part of my Netgalley November challenge and I am glad I finally got around to reading this book.

I love a good werewolf book, although finding a good werewolf book is usually a bit of a problem. There are so many clichés in the genre and it’s hard to find something enjoyable and original. Full Blooded is a really enjoyable urban fantasy book with werewolves and makes it’s the kind of book that makes me realize again why I love both urban fantasy and werewolf books. Ofcourse there are some clichés that you find in every werewolf book, but there are enough unique details to and the world building is done really well. The beginning immediately sucked me in, but after that there are some slower pieces too. There are moments when I loved this book, but also some scenes that where okay. There is a scene towards the end with some other supes trown in that just didn’t do it for me, but then again slightly before that was a nice twist and I am curious how that twist wil play a part in the next book. This book is focussed on story, world building and a lot of action.

I liked the characters, but soon it’s obvious those aren’t the focus of the story and while I liked Jessica, I would’ve liked getting to know her a bit better, because I stil felt like we didn’t really know her. There are some scenes where she behaves a bit stupid and she was a bit too hot headed sometimes in my opinion. The side characters get quite some attention too, but again I would’ve liked learning more about them, although I have hopes that wil happen in the next book.

The world building is done really well and those of you who follow my reviews for some time know how much I love world building. The world building is done really well in this book and it’s obvious the author put a lot of time in thinking about the story, even though there is still a lot to learn about the world, this first book already had a lot of world building, mostly focussed on the werewolves. While some may think this bogs down the story and I think it really riches the world. And I can’t wait to find out more about the world in the next books!

To conclude: I really enjoyed this book, although some parts are a bit cliché and predictable this was a really enjoyable read that makes me remember again what it is I love about urban fantasy and werewolf books. The focus is mostly on the story, action and world building and I felt like there could’ve been a bit more attention for the characters. The world building is done really well and I already ordered the next 2 books because I am really curious how this series will progress.

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2 Responses to “Review: Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1) by Amanda Carlson”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    This looks good, and I love that there were twists that have you looking to read book two. While it wasn’t perfect I often find it takes one or two more books in a series to decide if it works for me 🙂

    • Lola R

      It was an enjoyable read, I am really curious how some plots will develop in the second book. I already ordered the next 2 books and I hope to read them soon!

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