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Product Details

  • Series: Jessica McClain (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316205206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316205207
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Family dynamics, werewolf politics and dire prophecy combine to great effect in this fast-paced adventure. If this book is any indication, Carlson has a bright future." (RT Book Reviews)

"Quick writing and a heroine women will love make Full Blooded a delight to read." (Vampire Book Club)

"Full Blooded's lore is unique and bewitching, the characters are dynamic and the wolves are howling-ly formidable. The action is unrelenting and the world building is so fluid that you don't even realize its happening. Every page is better than the last and the ending pretty much guarantees that you'll be reading Hot Blooded." (Rabid Reads)

"A wild, wolfy ride that will have you howling for more!"—Kristen Painter, author of Blood Rights

"Amanda Carlson's Full Blooded is full of all good things: danger, excitement, an original, LIKEABLE heroine and some great mythological mayhem. Bring on book 2!"—New York Times and USA Today bestseller Karen Chance

"Amanda Carlson's debut novel is a fast paced tale with a cliffhanger ending that left me panting for more. Full Blooded left me on the edge of my seat from cover to cover."—New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter

"A fresh approach to the werewolf tale."—Library Journal on Full Blooded

About the Author

Amanda is a Minnesota girl, born and bred. She started writing stories about teenage girls and their social missteps while in high school. She's been writing for over ten years, but began writing fiction in earnest after her second child was born.

Her book, Full Blooded, a face-paced, action filled urban fantasy, the first in the Jessica McClain series, will be released by Hachette Book Group by both ORBIT US & UK SEPT 2012. Full Blooded is her first fiction novel. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids.

You can find her on various social media sites. Stop by for a visit! All links and information can be found at amandacarlson.com.

More About the Author

Amanda is a Minnesota girl, born and bred. She started writing stories about teenage girls and their social missteps while in high school. She's been writing for over ten years, but began writing fiction in earnest after her second child was born.

Her books are face-paced, filled with action and adventure. Her Jessica McClain urban fantasy series is published by ORBIT US & UK, a Hachette book imprint. Her Sin City Collectors series is her foray into paranormal romance, and they are hot and action packed. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids.

You can find her on various social media sites, facebook and Twitter. Stop by for a visit! All links and information can be found at amandacarlson.com.

Customer Reviews

I love Jessica McClain!
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I read the series and can't stand that I have to wait for the next book.
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Fast paced action and great characters.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jen TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a solid werewolf urban fantasy, look no further. Amanda Carlson delivers with this first full length installment in her new Jessica McClain series. It's got fantastic characters, hot sex and some awesome action sequences... not to mention good pacing and an interesting story.

Jessica was born as a daughter to the pack Alpha. But the thing is, there are no females born to werewolves. Her whole life, she has been met with suspicion and derision. Once she passed puberty without shifting, she 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.

With her first shift, Jessica is forced to return to the pack. Her relationship with her father and brother are restored, but there are plenty of other wolves who see her as a threat. A prophecy says that a female werewolf will be an instrument of evil and eventually bring about the end of their race. Jessica is pretty sure she's not evil, but neither is she an average shifter. She is something special. Jess must figure out how to find balance with her wolf, while new threats to her safety come one after another.

I really liked Jessica's voice. She is strong and independent, but I never found her arrogant or over-confident. In fact, she was actually kind of humble and it was awesome watching her realize her potential. There is a strong cast of supporting characters, like her brother Ty and packmate James. (I do think Nick was a little under-utilized.) We've even got a love interest, who is very sexy and super-mysterious. And don't forget about that sex I mentioned earlier. Yowza.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By RabidReads on August 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Watch out Amanda Carlson, I think I'm in love! I inhaled her debut book like my life depended on it. I haven't read a werewolf novel this good since... since... probably my re-read of Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld books earlier this year. Seeing how her novels are the bar by which I measure all furry fiction, that's saying something! Full Blooded's lore is unique and bewitching, her characters are dynamic and her wolves are howling-ly formidable. The action is unrelenting and the world building is so fluid that you don't even realize its happening. Every page is better than the last and the ending pretty much guarantees that you'll be reading Hot Blooded in 2013.

I enjoyed the premise behind this book. Jessica is the only female to have ever been born from a werewolf father but she doesn't carry the shifter gene. She's been making a life for herself as a private investigator living outside of the pack for a number of years now when all of a sudden, *poof*, she wolf's out. Well... that was... unexpected! Her biggest dream and nightmare have come true. It's a neat way for Amanda to introduce readers to her heroine and to her breed of werewolves at the same time. Even though Jessica's father is alpha, she wasn't raised as pack which means that this world is as new to her as it is to us readers. I enjoyed the learn-as-you-go way that this story unfolds.

Carlson's mythology is fresh and exciting. She not only put a new spin on the genre but actually reinvented it; from the Cain legend, to the lycan twist to the inner workings of the pack. Each new discovery is better than the last.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Richardson on April 22, 2013
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This book was slow going to get into, and I nearly set it aside and gave up. I don't ever do that, so I continued to read. But have to comment that the up front writing of the first four chapters or so was trite, over-adjectived, and heavily borrowed from a variety of sources. Too, too many adjectives.

About the time of her first real fight in her "form" the story picked up. The adjectives became less frequent, there was more showing than telling. I settled in to enjoy the ride, and I did.

I liked, nay loved, the inner monologue going on between her and her wolf. Not so much the one between her brother and her. Their "thought" monologue was way too wordy and "complete" in sentence structure, it was just jarring and not smooth.

That said, story was still good and held up. All the way until the end. One of the most abrupt and frankly cowardly endings I have ever witnessed an author write. And I don't mean cowardly as in courage of the characters. The characters were in mid-scene, for Pete's sake. The author just stopped writing!! You know how it's very common in all writing styles to end one chapter on a cliff-hanger and conclude it at the start of the next chapter? Maybe after a wise ass remark from the lead? That's how this book ended. There is ZERO excuse for this as an ending to a book. It is a BLATANT rip off to get the reader to buy the next book. I find it inexcusable, and incomprehensible. I do not understand how an editor or an author can think that the readers will be ok with that.

I get that more and more authors are writing trilogies or series. I have no issue with that. I invest in characters, the good ones, and I like to see them come back for another round. But you end the dad blasted story. Yeah you may leave threads hanging.
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