Release Date: June 16, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Jessica arrives back from the Underworld to find her father embroiled in a battle against the Made wolves. She and her crew drop everything to join them.
Once she arrives, the threat is after her. Jessica is lured into danger when her adversary takes something precious from her. With help from an unlikely source, Jessica goes up against her creator in a battle that will decide the path of everyone involved. She must war against a new set of foes, ones who could not only steal her power, but could take her soul as well.
Once again, Jessica McClain gives us an arresting adventure wherein she can show everyone who the Boss Bitch is. PURE BLOODED by Amanda Carlson is, as expected, packed with action and stars different supernatural beings loaded with magic. This time around, Jessica went up against The Creator of the werewolves, Marinette (pretty ordinary sounding name for a Goddess eh?) and revealed some pretty jaw dropping parts about this universe's werewolf cosmology. The short of it is, Jessica IS The baddest bitch and I don't anybody can take her down at this point.
I had this review drafted last night, but was unsatisfied by it so I ended up redoing this several times. The reason being is that PURE BLOODED's got me torn. On one hand, I LOVED it, while at the same time, it left me wanting. Let me start with why I adore this:
ACarlson can write a fast-paced, totally engrossing, bloodbath sort of an adventure. PURE BLOODED did not just feature the usual ensemble, it also had warlocks, exotic supes, necromancers, and elves! All of these are tied to Jessica and her almost Herculean fate as the only female werewolf. Jessica drives the series and the girl is tenacious and very clever. To say that she's a fantastic heroine is an understatement.
These said, I'll leave it to the other reviewers to share more plot details with you. I choose to be subjective here and explain why, despite PURE BLOODED's awesomeness, I'm still unsatisfied:
Where is the human element?
If we put the series on a timeline, all these adventures happen in close succession, like maybe give or take a year? So I can't help but wonder if Jessica gets weary of this. Does she regret being the only female werewolf? Does her mate, Rourke, get bothered that they haven't had any alone time since being mated? How is their relationship evolving? Is it evolving? We saw brief glimpses of these things in PURE BLOODED but it's not enough for me to say that Jessica McClain is a multi-dimensional character at this point.
Everyone's been so busy fighting off bad guys that the characters are starting to feel one dimensional. The Jessica that we've read in Hot Blooded is the same girl you'll see in PURE BLOODED albeit a tad more powerful. In fact, I've come to realize that I like the Jessica in Full Blooded best. She was passionate (remember her dalliance with James?), unapologetic, and every much the driver. Now Jessica is more of a follower, jumping from one battle to the next without much preview on how all of these threats are affecting her in the real sense and those around her.
I'm all for impressive stunts and cold hearted kills, but I'm also the type of reader who wants my heroes flawed, vulnerable, and human. Nevertheless PURE BLOODED is one thrilling adventure and an installment fans should not dare miss.