May 31, 2013

"Blooded" + "Full Blooded" by Amanda Carlson

Title: Blooded

Author: Jessica McClain

Series: Jessica McClain, #0.5

My rating: 4 of 5

(Novella read on May 2nd, 2013)


Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is - she's no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can - in the ring.

When she's brutally attacked right after her fight, is it enough to finally earn her freedom off Compound, or will she be forced to endure the hatred even longer...

My Thoughts on the Novella:  

Blooded is the prequel to Full Blooded - the first book in Amanda Carlson's Jessica McClain series. To be honest, I read a couple of chapters of Full Blooded first, then read this novella, and returned to Full Blooded asap. In Blooded we see examples of what Jessica had to go through being the only female born in a werewolf pack before she left the Compound. This novella is suspenseful, action-packed & I got a glimpse of the amazing characters & relationships between them in the series, and it only made me excited even more to read Full Blooded, which is the goal of a prequel, and Amanda Carlson achieved it, so I recommend it a lot!

Title: Full Blooded

Author: Amanda Carlson

Series: Jessica McClain

My rating: 4.5 of 5

(Book read from May 2nd to May 3rd, 2013)


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 Thoughts on the Book:  

I was really excited about finally reading Full Blooded, because lots of bloggers that I love wrote great things about it & the series, and I totally agree with them.

Full Blooded starts when Jessica McClain turns for the first time into a full-blooded werewolf. From the moment this book starts, it's fast paced & full of action & edge-of-your-sit excitement.

First of all, I have to talk about the thing I loved the most about this book: the characters & the relationships between them. All the characters in the series are so amazing, and I loved their interactions with each other. Starting with Jessica McClain (the daughter of the pack Alpha), then her best friends Nick & Marcy the witch, her brother Tyler, also Danny & James, as well as her father Callum, and ending with the mysterious Rourke. Yeah, I absolutely adored all of this guys, and it had nothing to do with the fact that they're all really hot. They're all like this one big family that loves each other & protects each other & will do anything for each other, and that affection is obvious between them while they interact with each other, no matter if they're actual family relations, lovers or only friends & pack members. The whole thing was absolutely perfect, and that's why they all joined my list of fav "families" in series.

Now, for the story itself, I loved it, too. Although it might be a little bit predictable as a whole, that doesn't really matter, because I loved the journey & all the details, and I found myself flying through the book, and when it was finished, I wanted more. I was really interested to find out more about the whole myth that surrounded Jessica since she was born, as well as Jessica & her wolf, because she really is different. I was also intrigued about the other supernaturals, and although there's a lot more to learn, what is revealed, I loved it. And there was lots of action, and plenty of humour & fun interactions that entertained me a lot, too.

And that ending was just so great, and it will leave you dying to pick up the next book.

Although I talked about all the characters as a whole, Jessica deserves a special mention. She's one amazing kick-ass heroine, and she's now one of my favs. She's smart, funny, great investigator & she can kick some butt (both before she turned into a wolf & even more now after she became one). And then there's Rourke. We didn't get to learn a lot about him, so there's a lot of mystery surrounding him, but I loved the interactions between him & Jessica, and their chemistry was great, so I'm looking forward to learning more about him later in the series.

Full Blooded is the perfect start of a new urban fantasy series with potential to become one of the best, with interesting premise & potential for where the story itself will go, engaging characters, and most of all entertaining execution, that will get you hooked, so I highly recommend this book & the series!



  1. Great chemistry, werewolves and kick-ass heroine. Now I am double-happy I have to read Full Blooded soon!

    1. I hope you'll enjoy it, too :) The sequel is even more amazing!