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Dirty Blood (Dirty Blood #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,986 Ratings  ·  348 Reviews
I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the t ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 28th 2011 by Accendo Press (first published April 1st 2011)
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Mar 23, 2013 Anachronist rated it did not like it

My impressions:
If you read the synopsis then you will know...nothing, literally nothing about this novel. What's more, you might be tricked into thinking it is a nice YA Urban Fantasy with werewolves. It is NOT. Before I reveal the whole ugly truth about this one let me put on my protective suit and I warn you: things will become dangerous from that point. If you are queasy, just avert your eyes and leave. Yes, there will be BLOOD.
Now, protected by many charms, garlic and s
Chelsea Fine
Jul 01, 2012 Chelsea Fine rated it it was amazing
Dirty Blood was incredible. It is VERY well-written and a completely original take on werewolves. I was sucked in from page one and couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel at the end. The heroine, Tara, is strong, intelligent, capable and easy to relate to. And Wes, the smokin' hot love interest, is worth every word. I believed in Tara. I wanted to make out with Wes. And I was captivated by the storyline. Destined love, forbidden love, mysterious love...yeah, Dirty Blood has it all.
Apr 29, 2011 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a cold frosty night Tara finds herself abandoned and no way to get home, so she decides to catch the bus. On her way to the bus stop, she finds a young girl shivering uncontrolably, and Tara approaches her to offer her help, the young girl bolts towards her and changes into a wolf.
A wolf with snapping teeth, large claws and one whom wants to kill her. Tara reaches for the only weapon she can find a large pipe and hits the wolf. Now lying beside Tara, motionless, Tara realized she has killed
Aug 10, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
Wow this is going to be a great series!! First off, a huge thank you to author Heather Hildenbrand for sending me a ebook for review, because not only was this a thoroughly enjoyable read, but I'm now hooked on this series and very much look forward to getting to the sequel!!

Dirty Blood is about a seemingly average girl named Tara, who finds herself face-to-face with a werewolf alone in an alley one cold night. With no help in sight, suddenly instincts she never knew she had just kick in, and T
Oct 10, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Four Stars: An action packed book that introduces us to Hunters and Werewolves!

Tara is at the end of a miserable date. Her best friend and now boyfriend, George, put football ahead of their relationship so Tara ends it. Unfortunately, breaking up while out on a date means she doesn't have a ride home. It is February and the wind whips icy cold around her as she scurries down the deserted alley to the bus stop, trying to shorten her time in the frosty night. Unexpectedly, a figure darts out and
Jun 04, 2011 Cambria rated it really liked it
Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand
Title: Dirty Blood
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Format: Paperback, E-Book
ISBN: 1461065712
Published: April 2011 by Accendo Press

Tara is a typical teenager making her way through high school, dealing with a not so nice girl and coming to terms with the fact that the guy she’s dating isn’t the guy meant for her. Her father died when she was a toddler, and she lives with her mother who practically smothers her with over-protectiveness.

While on a date with the guy who’s better off her friend, she deci
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Review Convo:

What made you read the book?

DarkF: Well, I have to say that the blurb looks very interesting and when I expressed my desire to read it, MidnightF also said she wants to, as well. That is why this convo review was born. Haha.

MidnightF: When we were offered to review the book via Mark My Words Book Publicity, I immediately volunteered because the blurb caught my interest. Just after reading the sentence "I killed a girl last night," I knew that I have to read it, and I'm glad I did.
May 12, 2012 Kitten rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog

I received an email from Heather Hildenbrand asking me to review her book. After reading the first three lines in the summary I immediately said "Yes!" If you think the summary sounds good, you NEED to read the book! Heather did an excellent job not only creating a world a werewolves and their hunters, but also a story that will hook you from page one.

Dirty Blood opens to Tara breaking up with her boyfriend and him just up and leaving. Minutes later
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Warning: I have said this a lot but it is true, this book was a GREAT book! I could not put it down and I wanted more. I am so looking forward to the sequel to this book. This is an awesome paranormal read.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

My Cover Thoughts: I so love.... love.... this cover. There is a werewolf on a cliff looking up at the full moon in the sky howling.

My Thoughts/Review: This story had me at the edge of my seat wanting more and more. Tara is just an average girl just trying to make it out
Jul 13, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Ancient rivalries are nothing new to this pack. The death toll is rising daily, and when you learn children who should not even been here are the keys to it all, each side will do what they can to secure or eliminate the keys.

The Cause: a group that tries to create peace between the Weres and the Hunters. The Cause has been the reason many on both sides have been left to die, the reason so many are suffering. But the Cause is the side to support, isn't it? Or should the ancient rivalry continue
Mar 27, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
Feb 22, 2016 Mo rated it it was ok
What in the world is Wes? Using compulsion that easily. Tara probably has a long history of being a hunter.
Apr 13, 2015 BookLoversLife rated it it was amazing
I first read Dirty Blood when it came out and immediately fell in love with it, well this time it was no different. I fell in love with it all over again.

We are thrown into the action pretty much straight away. Tara is on a date with her boyfriend George. He turns up late, as usual, and Tara says, enough is enough, and breaks up with him. She leaves by herself and ends up traveling through an alley. One second Tara is walking, the next she is facing down the unbelievable. A girl starts charging
The BookWhisperer
Oct 30, 2011 The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Hell Yeah!!! This was an incredible book. I would go as far as to say that this is a comparison to my beloved Cat and Bones Series. Heather Hildenbrand offers a kick ass and brutal read that will grab readers from the first page. Tara is your intense heroine that will take no crap from anyone. I was in love with her character from the start. Her sarcasm along with her no nonsense approach gives her a well round and fun personality that proves an immediate attention grabber.

This concept of the “
Well now this book really surprised me and I really enjoyed reading it. I'm not a big fan of books about werewolves and it takes an amazing story to really captivate me and I'm telling you this book just did that. There is something unique and different about this that stands out from the same old, same old. Okay, before I get carried away, I want to thank the amazing author Heather Hildenbrand for providing me with a copy of Dirty Blood in exchange for my review. And let me tell you I'm honestl ...more
May 06, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of werewolves, paranormal/urban fantasy/YA
Recommended to Katy by: Cambria Hebert
Shelves: ebook
Please Note: I read and reviewed this book in December 2011 from an E-book copy I won in a giveaway.

My Synopsis: Tara Godfrey is just a normal girl, living in Frederick Falls, VA on the night her life changed completely. After breaking up with her boyfriend at the pool hall and sending him home, she is unsuccessful in finding a ride home, so sets out to walk to the bus stop. While going through an alley, she comes across a girl who seems to be in some distress – however, before she can try to he
Tiffany Holme
May 01, 2012 Tiffany Holme rated it really liked it
When Heather asked me if I would review Dirty Blood I was so excited! I had seen the book everywhere for a long time and then Cold Blood came out and more good things were said. Needless to say I couldn't wait to see what all of the fuss was about. Right from the get go I was excited that this seemed like it was going to be a different kind of werewolf book and it didn't let me down from the start.

Tara is just what I love in a female protagonist. She is strong, independent and completely KICK B
Alex Bennett
Dirty Blood caught my attention long ago, but only recently did I decide to read it. This heart-pumping novel starts off with a bang, and the action is steady and fast-paced from there on out. And after that ending—complete with a cliffhanger—I am dying for more.

The werewolf mythology in Dirty Blood isn’t elaborated on much, so I am hoping to see more of that in the rest of this series. I did like that there were both Hunters and Werewolves, and that each was an actual species that you were born
Nikki Jefford
Mar 16, 2015 Nikki Jefford rated it it was amazing
Tara is Kick Ass!

Dirty Blood moved along super-fast for me, which I loved. The action kicked off from the start when Tara had to fight for her life… and find out the hard way what she was – a werewolf hunter!

Wes is entirely loveable and one hot half-breed. Love the name and love him. He was protective in the “because he gives a crap” sense without being overbearing or overly protective. He knew what Tara was made of and encouraged her training. Good going, Wes.

And I adored the kickass grandma. I
So, I Read This Book Today
Aug 05, 2014 So, I Read This Book Today rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: Publisher
Loved it. YA but highly readable for adults It is funny to consider an urban fantasy to be “charming” but that is just what Dirty Blood is – blood, guts, gore, murder and all. Without looking up how it is placed on the genre ladder, I would say that this qualifies as young adult, or new adult, but I found it extremely readable as an adult urban fantasy novel as well. Tara is 17-years-old, but she seems more mature, while still throwing the occasional temper tantrum. Of course, if I were her, I w ...more
Grace Touch
Jul 26, 2015 Grace Touch rated it liked it
Shelves: wolves, reviewed
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If Stephanie Meyer could actually write a semi-decent book, and if she'd written about a klutzy girl and a sparkly werewolf instead of a sparkly vampire, she'd have written this... exactly. So if you want to read Twilight, but you can't stand Meyer's hack crap, read Dirty Blood instead. At some point, I may go back thru it and count instances of where Miss Klutz is mysteriously attracted to the mussed-yet-sparkling glamourpuss "somehow" and "for some reason," but I still have a fair amount of ra ...more
Caro [The Book Rogue]
I found this series in the Losing It: A Collection of VCards Anthology in February, and I really, really liked the writing style and the characters. So when the chance to review the first book arose, I jumped right at it.

The style of a whole story was just as good as the snippet suggested, which in itself would've been already great, but add to it the awesome action, some suspense and conspiracy, and I'm totally wooed. I didn't mind at all that I kinda had to rush through this, even if I wasn't
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Note: This is one of those books that you read up to the end, despite realizing in the very beginning or just throughout the book that it's going to disappoint you anyways.

Well, yeah. The story starts with our heroine breaking up with her boyfriend and taking a shortcut to the next bus station. On her way she encounters a girl, who turns into werewolve and attacks Tara for no apparent reason. Tara is in shock but is still able to defend herself when
Feb 20, 2012 Marsha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults
I just love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are anything like me and enjoy books about werewolves, check out "Dirty Blood." Tara is a seventeen year old high school student who broke it off with her long time boyfriend after playing a game of pool. Tara decides to take the bus home but before she can even get to the bus stop, she is attacked by a girl who changed into a werewolf. Tara doesn't know how she manages it; but, she kills the girl. Unfortunately, she is left in schock until a stran ...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Aug 24, 2012 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it really liked it
Review will be published on K-Books on August 30th

"Responsibility and visions have nothing to do with it Tara. You are my destiny."

Wow!! I am completely and utterly blown away by this book. When Heather emailed me asking me to review this book I instantly said yes. This is one of the books that had been sat on my wishlist for months but I had never gotten around to getting it. One of the reasons for that is that I haven't read many werewolf books that I have loved. Sure, I'm liked them enough
Aug 12, 2012 Elaina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. This was a different spin on the werewolf stories out there. The story pulls you right it and moved along at a fast pace. The writing was really good, the descriptions were just right; enough to get a feel for the world Ms. Hildenbrand created without going overboard. And it definitely left me wanting more and I am off to read book 2 next.

a few negatives for me: some of the secondary characters seemed a bit cliche and underdeveloped, hopefully that will change in the next
Aug 03, 2012 Lola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book I was immediately drawn into the story. This book has an original take on the werewolf genre and creates a world where werewolves and werwolf hunters live. The story starts of pretty fast paced and very interesting. I was immediately intrigued and wanted to read more.

As the story progresses the pace becomes slower, but the story is still good. I really like the writing style of this author and wanted to keep reading, every time I decided to just read another chapter I e
Jenni Arndt
Apr 27, 2012 Jenni Arndt rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-own
Dirty Blood is a fun, captivating ride that will leave you swooning into the night. There were parts of this novel where I questioned the actions of some of the characters. For instance, Tara getting into a car with a complete stranger who just showed up in her bedroom and going God knows where, but in the end all of that was forgivable because the story was THAT damn good!

Tara was a great MC, she was sassy, intelligent, and tried her hardest to be as independent as possible. She was also quite
Autumn Review
Nov 02, 2012 Autumn Review rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
It's been a while since I've read a Werewolf story and I'm glad this is the one I picked up. Not only was the writing flawless, but the story was unique and kept me interested. The characters were likable and the plot was intriguing.

The story begins with Tara breaking up with her boyfriend and being attacked by wolf. She sees the Were change right in front of her. Naturally, she's a bit freaked out about that, but immediately goes into defense mode. All the while, she's wondering how she knows
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Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

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