Cover Copy: Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is-she’s no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can-in the ring.
When she’s brutally attacked right after her fight, is it enough to finally earn her freedom off Compound, or will she be forced to endure the hatred even longer . . .
Word Count 19,400
My Thoughts: BLOODED by Amanda Carlson is a short story introduction to her world of werewolves and the human girl trying to break free of the Pack.
Jessica is the daughter of the Pack’s Alpha leader, and as such, she has to prove her worth to pack. But being a female means she’s only human, born without any of the advantages her twin brother got as a full werewolf. In this short story, we learn how much Jessica wants to get out of the Pack before the Pack kills her. The Pack believes in a prophecy that might be about Jessica, and they’ll risk their lives with the Alpha to make sure it doesn’t come to fruition.
Carlson gives us a lot action in these four chapters. The words read like an MMA fight, first in the ring and then– if you can believe this, because I couldn’t– in the lake. I did not expect an all out brawl in the water. Talk about high octane reading!
Although I did find the dialogue could be “As you know, Bob” and the inner monologue could be repetative at times, I think these are typical for a first novel, and I expect to see less of this in subsequent stories.
If you love werewolves and lots of action, Amanda Carlson’s new series is sure to please.
The first book in the series, FULL BLOODED will be released in September. I recommend reading this novella, BLOODED, first.
Series: Jessica McClain
Publisher: Orbit Books