Review: Hot Blooded By Amanda Carlson

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I recommend reading the first book before reading this one. You can read this book first, but the story line will be much clearer if you read in order.

In the first book of the series, Full Blooded, we are introduced to Jessica McClain. Jessica is an oddity – born the daughter of her packs Alpha, life should be good. But there is a problem with that – female werewolves aren’t supposed to exist. And no one in the pack is willing to let her forget that she is a freak of nature. Once past puberty and not having shifted, Jessica thought she would live out her life as a human. She left the pack behind, starting a new life with a new name.
Everything was going well, until her wolf decided it was time to surface.

Hot Blooded, the second book of the series, picks up just after the events of the previous book. Told almost entirely on the road, with brief phone updates connecting Jessica to her father and pack at home, Jessica and her rather ‘unusual’ traveling companions, including two vampires loaned to her by the Vampire queen.

It took me a while to read Hot Blooded for the publisher. I started to read the book, but soon realized that I would be much better served to read the first book first. It pulled the story together for me, in a manner which I wasn’t feeling until reading the first. While there are things I didn’t care for all that much. Jessica is a bit of a Mary Sue, overcoming apparently insurmountable odds on her own.

What I did enjoy about the story is just how compassionate Jessica is for all creatures, including humans – a personality quirk that her werewolf brethren definitely are not happy about. Jessica is strong, intelligent and has her own mind, a rarity in the urban fantasy heroine tropes of the day, making her a perfect addition to the genre. I hope that she retains that compassion across the series.

A pissed-off goddess, a bright yellow Humvee, a couple of werewolves, a couple of vampires on loan (and of course, vampires being vampires, there is a heavy price to pay should she live long enough to return. Just sayin’), issues resolved and new issues opened and unresolved leads to an exciting story line which I expect much from in the future.
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I received Hot Blooded from the publisher in return for an honest review. I purchased Full Blooded on my own in order to keep the series in order and to gain a better understanding of the story line. Great cover, though!

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have been a reader all my life. The first book I remember reading was my cousins Greek Mythology high school textbook when I was six. Growing up in Arkansas, I never had a lot of access to books, so I read what I could, when I could, including the backs of cereal boxes (I know, cliche, right?) School was the discovery of a world of wonders that I had no idea existed. Especially for a fat girl with glasses and braids. I spent the next several years wandering around with my nose in books, from fiction to physics and everything in between. (Hey, I still do that!) These days, I am home most days, after surviving stage-III breast cancer. After two solid years of ATC chemotherapy and a long stint of radiation, I just don’t get out as much as I used to. Of course, that leaves me even more time to read so who really cares? Yoga keeps me from turning into a lump, and the dogs make me get out and walk, so life is good! My favorite reads are Urban Fantasy, mysteries and anything paranormal. I can still get into a lot of other genres, and do, but everyone has a favorite child, even if they don’t want to admit it, right? I have been a quilter for years, am going through a “knitting jones” right now, and absolutely love doing home renovation – not something I can do very well any more, but hey, at least I got that stupid fan up! I love animals, the environment and food (even though my cooking consists of box brownie mix these days . . .) Technically, I have a Masters Degree in Forensics and a Bachelors in Math (neither of which I utilize, fancy that) as well as a Bachelors in English Literature from long ago in a land far, far away. But hey, if I can get this editing and reviewing off the ground, at least I will be using that one!
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2 Responses to Review: Hot Blooded By Amanda Carlson

  1. Karen says:

    This series is on my TBR list. Ever since reading Patricia Briggs’ series, this is an intriguing topic. Thanks for sharing your review. :-)

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