Thursday, September 20, 2012
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
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.
I was fortunate enough to be able to read the novella before it came out and reviewed it (seriously check it out). I have read a lot of novellas that a written for book series and now that I have read this book, book 1 in the series, I can honestly say this is the best companion novella I have read. I think reading the novella gives you such amazing insight into the character of Jessica, that when you start reading Full Blooded you will already love her and in some ways understand her.
So now that I have talked up the novella I should probably fill you in on the book. Full Blooded is a great first book in the series. It opens up a lot of characters in Jessica's world in just this amazing way. But first an formost I think we should touch on the concept of werewolves in this book. All the werewolves are male (which you could get from reading the synopsis), but it's a really interesting dynamic that this creates. You have a bunch of really superstitious, super strong, battling for power males who suddenly have this female among them. And what do they do to this female? Do they revere her? No, they treat her like she is less than nothing, and worse that she will be the downfall of them all. That's not to say she doesn't have allies, and she has some really good allies that end up being really great characters to watch evolve. But overall without even touching on the story of the book I love the concept. I like that Carlson was able to take a race, werewolves, and toy with all your preconceived notions of what a werewolf is suppose to be, and then make it something cool and unique. I love when an author is able to take an idea that I have in my head and surprise me.
The book starts off right in the thick of it, Jessica is in the middle of her first change and oh lord does it not go well. This change, well it changes everything about her life. And not just her life but the life of the pack she left behind, that she thought she would never be a part of. You find out more and more about Jessica's DNA and what her being a werewolf means as the story goes on, and I won't ruin it for you because Carlson does a great job giving you just enough information to leave you wanting more. But this changes everything for just about everyone.
Carlson also does a pretty awesome job crafting the other characters. Jessica's dad is really everything you would want in a dad. He's a great alpha and he does everything he can to protect his pack, but at the same time he is in this terrible situation where the pack sees his daughter as a problem. But the great thing about him, is that throughout the book I never once doubted his love for his daughter. She has other people who love and care about her just as much. I love her brother for one, and their bond only grows throughout the book. And of course there is of course her childhood friend, fellow "different shifter", and business partner who sticks by her side no matter what.
As for the romance in this book, there is definitely some hot and heavy action within the book. I am so tempted to give you some information about the hot and heavy but I really don't want to ruin it for you. I was a little bit surprised by the events, so I think it would be better for you to experience the ride through the book.
And as for the ending, well it has a pretty awesome ending. It leaves a lot open for the next book, and it makes you really want to know what is going to happen next. I really enjoyed this book, it was one of those books that I didn't want to put down and I seriously enjoyed every word of it. I liked the writing style of Carlson, and her ability to write not only the world building and characters in a fantastic way but she also writes action really well too. I would recommend this book to anyone who like a "were" book but I would recommend this book to anyone who liked Urban Fantasy at all. It's a great ride.