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Dirty Blood Paperback – April 12, 2011
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Sometimes family can be the death of you - Dirty Blood continues to captivate fans of young adult paranormal romance,combining romance, supernatural creatures, and gritty action with a healthy dose of thrill. Check out what the critics are saying...
"Dirty Blood was incredible. It is VERY well-written and a completely original take on werewolves. I was sucked in from page one and couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel at the end." - Chelsea Fine, Bestselling Author of the Finding Fate Series.
About the Author
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She's only slightly socially awkward as a result.) She writes romance of all kinds with plenty of abs and angst. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.
You can find out more about Heather and her books at heatherhildenbrand.com
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~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review
What an exciting story line! I've read books that bring the weres and the hunters together before, but this one does it so well. Here's this young woman just trying to get home after a trying evening, and she's attacked because of how she smells by another young woman. I think I'd hit her with a steel pipe, too!
Well, that's a bit of a simplification, but in essence, that's what happens in the first part. That's how the weres and hunters come together. But that sets off explosions in Tara's world, or what is to become her world. Because with that one action, hitting Liliana with the pipe and killing her, she has put herself into the spotlight. And it has nothing to do with police or being arrested. Nope. This is more like entering the Twilight Zone. Let me give you a hint: no one writes a series about a normal young woman.
It's all very exciting and scary at the same time. She meets the cutest guy and he really just wants to take care of her and protect her. And he introduces her to his friends, who know all sorts of things, including things about her. And her family, living and dead. But life seems to be getting more dangerous. More attacks!
Half the time Tara was cool, but then there were the times I thought she was acting like a spoiled child. She takes the news about what she is fairly well. But then she wasn't taking any responsibility for her actions. She blamed Wes for things that he had no control over. And poor Wes was just a werewolf following the orders of his Alpha. Plus he had duties and couldn't be at her beck and call all the time. There were a couple of times I just wanted to slap her. Sure, she was in a tough situation and finding out all this stuff about her family. But she was dilly-dallying making decisions that needed making now about things that really didn't need to be thought about. You want to be safe, you do this. You want to be dead, you do this. Playtime is over little girl.
Everything was going along like gangbusters with the fast pace through the whole book, then it just sort of fizzled out and ended. I wasn't real happy with that.
I am happy about the fact that book two, Cold Blood, is already out and I can read that when I have some time. And for some reason I expect it to be even better than the first book! Maybe because of some of Tara's relatives that were introduced. Watch out for that older generation. They can surprise you! I'm hoping Tara is a surprise, too.
I liked the story and the direction it was going. And I really wanted to like the characters so much. But I thought all of them were underdeveloped and shallow. I wanted more of the history, how each of them was related to the web and mystery of the tale. As soon as the author touched on something I thought would make it more interesting and give us more details, the story shifted and the momentum was lost. I found some of the relationships to be unrealistic and difficult to imagine.
This is one of the author's earlier works, so I'm hoping they improve from here and I see some of the details I was looking for in this first of the series. I will probably go on to purchase the next ones because I honestly want to see where the story leads us. I'm looking forward to seeing the growth of the author because she has some great potential as is evident in the story itself.
Tara is your typical teenager that has an arch enemy at school and relationship troubles. What teenager doesn't? But what I enjoyed about Tara was she wasn't a super whiney teenager that I couldn't stand to read. Sure, she had her very few pity moments and could be indecisive at times. But like I said, typical teenager. We were all there once in our lives. I think she is strong and pretty level headed for the things she comes across. She was relatable and real.
Wes is a broody, complicated teenager that frustrated me at times. With his hot and cold routine but who can go against their alpha. I thought he redeemed himself by the end of book 1. Their sweet, budding romance leaves you wondering were things will go. This is a young adult series, there are no sexy scenes, implied or otherwise.
Every time I had to put the book down I couldn't wait to pick it back up again. It left me with plenty of questions and I want to read book 2 to find out what happens next. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys werewolves and young adult series.
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