Early Review: Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1) by Amanda Carlson

September 7, 2012 Review 4

*This title will be released on September 11, 2012*

Cover by Shirley Green & Rob Shields

Full Blooded

(Jessica McClain, #1)
by Amanda Carlson

Genre: urban fantasy | Excerpt: No
Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Author

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit Books (September 11, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0316205206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316205207


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Attempted sexual assault of a minor. A moderately graphic sex scene.


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.


Urban fantasy as a genre may see more than its fair share of titles as it continues to soar in popularity, but the number of really good newcomers to this genre is not as high.  FULL BLOODED, the first book in Amanda Carlson’s new Jessica McClain series, follows in the celebrated footsteps of Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series and Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series with its comprehensive werewolf mythology, well paced action, and promising romance.  This is one of the good ones.

From the explosive opening which follows Jessica on her first shocking shift into a werewolf–previously thought to be impossible for a female–the paranormal community goes insane.  Rogue wolves attack, rival packs declare war, vampire covens plot, and witches seek to abduct.  It’s a messy, magical blast.  Jessica has to try and understand her new nature–and the abilities that come with it–while fending off attacks from all sides.  Things really get rough when she’s forced to go on the run with a notorious cat shifter who is way too close to his animal side.

Blending robust urban fantasy worldbuilding with super hot paranormal romance, FULL BLOODED should satisfy fans of both.  The first half of the book had a few slow places when the Pack gathered to overly talk a problem or plan, but the second half kicked into gear with more intense action, romance, and a killer cliffhanger ending.  I’ve already got HOT BLOODED (March 5, 2013), the next book in the Jessica McClain series, on my wish list.

Titles in Series

0.5. Blooded
1. Full Blooded
2. Hot Blooded

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4 Responses to “Early Review: Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1) by Amanda Carlson”

  1. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    I loved, loved, LOVED this book! You’re right, it definitely is a good one. I can’t wait for the sequel and just learned today that Amanda has committed to writing at least 3 installments in this series. Great review!

    • Abigail

      I hope we get a lot more than three. There haven’t been a ton of promising new UF series like this. Did you read IN A FIX by Linda Grimes? That’s another good onne

  2. Julia

    We’re at the opposite ends of the spectrum again! I love the premise, but don’t particularly like Carlson’s writing style. Very on-the-nose, tell-not-show. I can’t lose myself in the world or characters. And this werewolf mythology has a *long* way to go before I forgive the whole “have sex with lots of women to impregnante them with babies that may kill them” revelation, not a charming cultural characteristic.

    Jessica’s situation is interesting, and I’m intrigued by Rourke, but this reminds me of Rachel Vincent’s Shifter series, which I never liked enough to finish.

  3. Urban Fiend

    Definitely one to add my list, although the super hot romance worries me…I’d really, really like some werewolf lit that didn’t feel the need once in awhile…

    ..just for a change, y’know?