Title: Full Blooded
Series: Jessica McClain #1
Author: Amanda Carlson
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published: September 11, 2012
ASIN #: 0316205206 / 9780316205207
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Copy: from author
After living in hiding for the last twenty-six years, Jessica wakes up to find she’s become a full-blooded werewolf — claws, fangs, fur, everything. It was never supposed to happen: female werewolves don’t exist.
When a mercenary killer comes looking for her, her Pack finds themselves caught in the middle of a war. They must rise up to protect her, but no one knows if she’s means the end of their race-or just a new beginning.
Watch out Amanda Carlson, I think I’m in love! I inhaled her debut book like my life depended on it. I haven’t read a werewolf novel this good since… since… probably my re-read of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld books earlier this year. Seeing how her novels are the bar by which I measure all furry fiction, that’s saying something! Full Blooded‘s lore is unique and bewitching, her characters are dynamic and her wolves are howling-ly formidable. The action is unrelenting and the world building is so fluid that you don’t even realize its happening. Every page is better than the last and the ending pretty much guarantees that you’ll be reading Hot Blooded in 2013.
I enjoyed the premise behind this book. Jessica is the only female to have ever been born from a werewolf father but she doesn’t carry the shifter gene. She’s been making a life for herself as a private investigator living outside of the pack for a number of years now when all of a sudden, *poof*, she wolf’s out. Well… that was… unexpected! Her biggest dream and nightmare have come true. It’s a neat way for Amanda to introduce readers to her heroine and to her breed of werewolves at the same time. Even though Jessica’s father is alpha, she wasn’t raised as pack which means that this world is as new to her as it is to us readers. I enjoyed the learn-as-you-go way that this story unfolds.
Carlson’s mythology is fresh and exciting. She not only put a new spin on the genre but actually reinvented it; from the Cain legend, to the lycan twist to the inner workings of the pack. Each new discovery is better than the last. I was a little worried about the “only female werewolf” storyline because that’s a Kelley Armstrong trademark in my opinion but, Amanda took a completely different route than what I’d expected and really made this angle her own. Full Blooded is absolutely overflowing with werewolf excellence; every page reveals something new and interesting. I’ve definitely caught the Jessica McClain fever!
When I first met Jessica in Blooded it was insta-love. She’s loyal, courageous and a wicked savage fighter. I think that I might have a bit of a girl crush on her… In this book she handles herself beautifully in the face of the monster of a wake-up call that she just received. McClain takes everything in stride and behaves like you’d expect the daughter of a powerful alpha to. Jessica definitely knows how to make an entrance and her debut onto the Urban Fantasy scene will not go unnoticed.
Not to steal any of McClain’s thunder but the side characters in this book are equally as extraordinary. James is sex incarnate. I couldn’t stop drooling! Even though he’s not Jessica’s mate that doesn’t stop her from exploring his hot bod. Danny is fun, a great friend and will definitely make you crack a smile. More than once, I might add. Tyler is the brother that I wish I had and one of Jessica’s biggest supporters. I loved their alpha and father as well. He’s a formidable force and has his kids’ backs. Last but not least is Rourke. He puts an interesting spin on the age-old battle of dogs vs cats and I can’t wait to learn more about him.
Full Blooded is the first installment in what I predict to be the next big werewolf phenomenon. If you like being at the forefront of “the next big thing” then I’d advise you to read this one. Stat. One last thing before I wrap-up my review… OMG! OMG! OMG! SQUUUUUEEEEEE! (hey, I’m allowed one fan girl moment!).