Friday, April 27, 2012

Book Review: Jessica McClain: Blooded

Blooded: A Jessica McClain Novella

By:  Amanda Carlson

Publisher:  Orbit Short Stories

Publish Date:  April 11, 2012

Format:  Arc, eNovella

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  Prequel to Jessica McClain series

Recommendation:  Oh YES!  You like kick butt, strong characters?  They can't come any stronger than Jessica!  Great werewolf world created, with action and complete with story.

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 decided 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...

First Sentence:
I hit the ropes hard, my body bouncing back into the ring like a shot.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Jessica is tormented and taunted and now it's escalating to more and physical, since her eighteenth birthday.  Now she wants to prove herself, challenging a fight against Pack rules, with Mitch - Alpha-born wolf, but not the strongest.  Problem, she's the Alpha leaders daughter, and along with being female, she's human.  After the bloody battle, Jessica is attacked on the Compound, almost killed by a stronger Alpha-born wolf.  Will her father finally agree to her years of pleas to leave Compound?  Or will he hid her away from all supernaturals with him, there on the Compound?

Wow.  This was only a novella!?!  I can't wait to see what Amanda has in store for us in a full length novel.  This novella was well written and well rounded!  No sway to world building or character building, it is all here.  And Full On Fighting start!  This Novella sets the stage for Jessica's life; past and to come.

Jessica is a strong mouthed and brave woman.  I would say she definitely has Alpha wolf personality.  Shame she's not a wolf.  And I have to say she has some serious strength to take beatings like this, and dish out what she did.

I really liked this start!  Sets the world Jessica tries to survive in and other characters around her.  We get a great amount of the wolf culture and rules here.  We are told there are other supernaturals in this world, ones that Jessica's dad worries about coming after her.  This makes me curious as to what is out there, and what Amanda has in store for us, yet to come.  I REALLY look forward to the future installments!

Want a copy?  You can find any format you need at Orbit Short Fiction.

Want to meet Amanda? You can find her at:

I received a copy of this from the publisher for an honest review.
This review is of my personal opinions and likes.


  1. Thanks for such a great review! I saw this online the other day but I wasn't sure how it would be. Now I have to have it! :)

    1. Hi Jenn! Oh, I do hope you get this one, and I think you would enjoy it very much. :) Thank you for the wonderful comment, and stopping by!

  2. wow, lol now I need to read this one! I confess I was wondering about it as I saw the cover a couple of times. great review!

    1. Melliane, Oh yes, I do think you need this one. :D So glad you enjoyed the review. THank you!! :D

  3. This sounds like a story I am going to be upset it's so short. One where I want to linger in a bit longer. Yep, I do love kickass heroines. I really need to read this one.

    1. Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh no. Its a whole complete story, and wonderfully done. I do look forward to the novel though. :) Thank you! And so glad you enjoyed the review. :)

  4. VermontCozy had sent me a link to look at this book and I had been debating to read or not. Loved your review. It will go in my list. I like that you say it is a complete story in a novella. Sounds like a great premise to start a series. And I heard the author is from right here in Minnesota.

    1. Hi Luanne! Oh, Vermont Cozy is a great person. I'm so glad she saw this and sent you over. I have to say I loved reading this novella. And I'm REALLY looking forward to Amanda's first full novel here in September. It was really a wonderful story in this novella, and full of action. I hope you enjoy it if you get it. :) And Minnesota! A close one to home for you. ;D Thank you!!


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