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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.
What is it about werewolf stories I love so much? When I finished Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson, I knew the answer: I love pack dynamics and mythologies. From Mercy Thompson’s world and, now, to Jessica McClain’s, when I turn the last page and close the book, I always want to join the pack.
Carlson knows how to give an action packed opening. Full Blooded starts with Jessica McClain, only daughter of the alpha of the U.S. Northern Territories, at the start of her first change, a change that was never supposed to happen. And this is where I really loved Full Blooded – the werewolf mythology and world. Carlson creates something unique with the idea of a world in which female werewolves don’t exist. Instead, there is the Cain Myth, the superstitious belief that a female werewolf will come along and be the downfall of the entire race. Now, with Jessica’s change, she is the embodiment of what the werewolf world fears most. I love this set up. It puts Jessica at the center of an overwhelming conflict between those who want her dead and those who will do anything to protect her. It provides the perfect backdrop for a heroine to come into her own with plenty of potential for discovery and action.
It’s raining men in Full Blooded – her hothead brother Tyler, his flirty friend Danny, James, her father’s second in command, and Nick, her werefox best friend. And then there is Rourke. Oh boy. Great chemistry between Jessica and Rourke. Sexy times. But what the heck is he? I loved that he’s such a badass who can make the wolves sweat yet no one really knows what he is. It’s a mystery that has the potential to play out over the course of the series but I want answers now!
Don’t even get me started on the vampires. They were definitely interesting, frightening, and they didn’t sparkle.
Full Blooded is an action-packed introduction to an original supernatural world. Carlton has created a new spin on the werewolf mythology and a new heroine who has to navigate this world carefully. Jessica is just coming into her own and I think we’ll all be surprised at her potential and power. Kudos to Amanda Carlton for a refreshing and engaging debut.
Read my interview with Amanda Carlson here!