March 7, 2012

Review: Cold Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

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Series: Dirty Blood 2
Format: ARC from Heather
Excerpt here
Release Date: November 22, 2011

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 
Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they're kicking your butt in the process.

At least I've got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De'Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he's destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn't going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point's evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?

If this is a cross over book then I want to read transition books from now on! If anything, Heather had a "slow" start (like Disney's Tower of Terror slow) with Dirty Blood and there's a lot to discover in Tara Godfrey's world to be contained in two books. COLD BLOOD is filled with revelations one after the other that kept her brains scrambled.

Because of her temper, her Grandma and Mother shipped her to Wood Point, a boarding school for Hunters, to get some Hunter training and keep that hot head of hers in check. Here she faced the reality of being a Dirty Blood and how her world perceives her. Sure she came from a distinguished line of Hunters and her father, albeit a Werewolf, is a genius scientist that worked for peace between the two camps. But Tara is still a Dirty Blood and in the company of Hunters, she's looked down on, a second class citizen or a Mutt as her peers refer to her.
"So you're like half-Werewolf right?"
"Yeah." I didn't see any point in denying it. Everyone already knew.
"Well my friend Dave says that wolves are in the dog family or whatever. So what we want to know is, does that mean you do it doggy style?"
It won't be a YA book without the stereotypical Queen Bee, Victoria Lexington, whose purpose is to make our heroine's life miserable. Exploding brown paper bags, shredded clothes, name calling, you name it, she did it. But Tara doesn't take these bullying maneuvers lightly, she stands up tall and fights back.
I walked over to Victoria and leaned down until I was right in her face. I was shaking with the effort of controlling myself and my skin felt funny, sort of stretched too tight. I stared hard into Victoria's light blue eyes.
"Eat. Shit."
Might not be the best come back but you get my drift.

It also helps that Tara has got some friends in Cambria and Logan so at least she's got some back up when things get too much for her to handle. I'm glad that the High School I went to didn't have these kinds of bullies. We had Queen Bees but they don't take character assassination as a sport nor do they physically hurt people and destroy properties.

In COLD BLOOD, we come to understand Tara's complex lineage and her prophesied position in leading the Hunters and Werewolves to a peace pact. Looking at things, she's a loooong way from getting there which is good news to us because it means MORE BOOKS!

As for the boys, the very sophisticated Wes was absent for the most part but the valiant Alex Channing acted as substitute. As Tara's tutor, he got close with our heroine and because she rocks, he started developing feelings towards her. I'm not going to pick a guy for Tara because I'm sure both guys still has some game up their sleeves so I want to see that first before I choose a team (Amber I I hope that answers your question a while back).

P.S. A shout out to Awesomesauce Book Club, if not for their giveaway, I would've remained ignorant about Tara Godfrey. And we all know, ignorance is not very empowering. XOXO girls!

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