Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Series: Jessica McClain #3
Published by Orbit
Published on: October 8, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
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Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.
On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.
Arriving on the Vampire Queen's doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious
skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.
The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn't realize is just how soon she'll have to cash it in...
You know that expression “go big or go home”? Well, it must be Amanda Carlson’s motto because the only word that comes to my mind after finishing Cold Blooded is EPIC. This book is one, great, big adrenaline rush! Practically every page contains either a shocking revelation or a ferocious battle to the death. This story should even please the romance buffs out there! The sex isn’t plentiful but in Urban Fantasy, it’s about quality not quantity. If the Jessica McClain series isn’t on your auto-buy list yet, it should be.
There are a number of unanswered questions that have been plaguing me for a book or two now and I was pleasantly surprised to find a few answers in this installment. I don’t know about you, but the one that’s been bugging me the most was Rourke’s cat. I know that he’s old, powerful and badass so I expected awesomeness and Carlson does not disappoint! I still think that werewolves rule but this series is making me question my disdain for cats, especially those of the shifter variety. Plus, let’s face it, Rourke can make anything look good…
Things are changing in a big way in the Jessica McClain universe. The sorcerers team up with the Demon Lords, the witches form a new alliance and the vampires owe the wolves a debt. There’s a lot to take in and at times, I struggled to absorb the massive influx of information. After the last book, I was just starting to get a feel for Jess’ world and then Carlson goes and changes everything on me! Two new breeds of supes are also introduced so, try not to get too absorbed by the non-stop action; make sure you’re paying attention to all of these important details too! I’m thinking a series re-read might be in order before the fourth book hits shelves next year.
Jessica really comes into her own in Cold Blooded; not only has she accepted that she’s more powerful than most supes but she actually owns it. Generally speaking, paranormals develop their abilities over time but in McClain’s case it was practically overnight. So, even though she deserves to be in the same room as the Vampire Queen, Eudoxia has a hard time accepting Jess as her equal. Jessica has to fight for every inch she gains, but gain she does! My other complaint with this novel is the werewolf angle; it kind of fell to the sidelines amidst all of the crazy, magic mojo going on. Sure the pack still shifts and McClain fights in her Lycan form but the story just didn’t feel like a werewolf book if that makes any sense.
Amanda Carlson has been listening to her readers because Cold Blooded has everything that we’ve been asking for!
Great review. I’m looking for a new paranormal series to dive into and this could be it. A book that is one big adrenaline rush? Yes, please.
This is the 3rd installment and they’ve pretty much all been like that. Definitely worth the read!
Thanks for the great review Carmel, I really want to start reading this series.
Then what are you waiting for?? Carlson was just contracted to write two more books in this series so you best get a move on! 😉