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June 9, 2015

Liked It: Pure Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Series: Jessica McClain 5
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: Orbit
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.



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37 comments:

  1. You said it so much better than I!!!! Yes yes yes on all that

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  2. I hear ya... I need to care about the characters and caring about a stick figure, no matter how agile and super-fighter-y, is pretty hard. Tight plots are awesome, but character development will keep me coming back for more.

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    1. She's been through a lot, there should be some personal conflict here at some point. I think it's fair to say that all heroes go through self-doubt, remorse, or something similar to it at some point. Especially when one has been at war non-stop! It's bound to wear anyone down.

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  3. I need to read book 3 and 4 *hangs head* I keep delaying it since I've seen mixed reviews on both.

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    1. You'll probably observe the same things I did if you're planning a marathon. It's becoming repetitve to an extent.

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  4. I haven't read this series, but what you said reminds me of what I felt about another series that I loved. The first few books were great, but then it just stagnated with the heroine. She beat the bad guys and then did the same with each book, but nothing happened in her private life.

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    1. Maybe it's just me, but I want to get invested in my heroines. I want them to be heroes in the real sense of the world but still human

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  5. Gosh. This series sounds exhausting. Glad it's you, not me. Heheheh.

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  6. I really like the covers on these but not tried any of hers yet. Maybe one day but no huge rush.

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    1. I want to try her Sin City novellas next. ACarlson's style is good, this series just needs movement.

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  7. This kind of reminds me of Bitten. Have you read or seen that show? Only because she's the only female werewolf. I've read a couple of series that are like days apart from each other. Sometimes it goes really well. It depends on how the author writes.

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    1. I haven't read the book but have seen the show. It's entertaining.

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  8. I was wondering about this one. I really loved the series at first and well the last books were a bit more mixed for me. I was curious about this one but the publisher always denies when out of the US. Sorry it was the same with this one...

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    1. Now I'm hoping they get a much needed break, get a little more romantic and insert some drama lol. I can't believe I just wished that!

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  9. I'm trying hard to write a witty comment, but my brain is dead, sorry this book didn't live up to your expectations !

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    1. Hahaha, that's fine, that happens to the best of us.

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  10. I haven't decided if I will be reading this series or not. I read the first book and it was just okay for me and all these books later and it seems to be still just okay. Thank you for your review.

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    1. The first book is my favorite in the series!

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  11. I'll have to meet Jessica in Full Blooded some day. The action does sound nice in this one. Hope the next one will be better.

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    1. I hope so too! I hate quitting a series

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  12. Love how you put your heart in your reviews Braine, very good. She's a new author to me so this series is so far on my kinda list.

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    1. Oh I always do. It's hard sometimes but it's how it's supposed to be lol

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  13. Great review, it sounds like the series went a bit downhill. I read the first book and enjoyed it and the second and third book, but haven't really been in the mood to continue the series. I did like Jessica in the first book, so it's sad to hear she turns into a bit of follower. It does sound like the story, action and adventure is still goign strong, whcih wa sone of the things I liked in the first book.

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    1. I loved her in the first book the best! There seems to be a blueprint and the details are the only things that get shuffled but overall, the books of late are basically the same.

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  14. I still need to read Red Blooded but so far my favorite book in the series was Cold Blooded. I feel like, as the series goes on, I am going to have similar problems as you did. I wasn't even completely engrossed by the series until book 3 because the books do seem to be missing something.

    Hopefully, whenever I read Red Blooded, I'll still enjoy it! :)

    Great review, Braine!!

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who's made the same observations.

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  15. I stop reading this series after third book for the same reasons you felt unsatisfied. I'm sorry to learn that after two more books those problems still persist in this series. :(

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    1. Yeah, I felt like the same thing is being regurgitated in the following books. At this point with all the shit that went on, I'm looking for some personal conflict. A bit of it was present here, Tyler saying he missed his home and the peace and quiet of his woods. Still it's too hunky dory considering the team went through some pretty dark shit!

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  16. Oh this series has been on my radar for a while now and it really does sound fun. Great review!

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    1. Yeah, so-so. The action sequences are fantastic, I have to give it that.

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  17. Might need to check these out. Great review Braine.

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  18. Sounds like there were parts of it that loved but also a few parts that had you questioning about the validity of it all Braine. Lovely review!

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  19. I liked this series, but the last one I've read was Cold Blooded. I have not been keeping up. I loved the prequel and books 1 & 2. I hope to get back to this series some day. Great review.

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  20. I'm not familiar with this series, Braine, and it seems like I'm really missing out! I think I want to get to know Jessica, because I love boss bitches ;)
    Have a great weekend and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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