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Full Blooded

(Jessica McClain #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  5,685 ratings  ·  669 reviews
Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Orbit (first published September 6th 2012)
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Watch out Amanda Carlson, I think I'm in love! I inhaled her debut book like my life depended on it. I haven't read a werewolf novel this good since... since... probably my re-read of Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld books earlier this year. Seeing how her novels are the bar by which I measure all furry fiction, that's saying something! Full Blooded's lore is unique and bewitching, her characters are dynamic and her wolves are howling-ly formidable. The action i
This book was entertaining enough until the last few chapters where it fell apart.
Jessica had grown up in a pack of werewolves of which her father was alpha. Females are an anomaly and no one expected her to change. The other hitch is when she was born an anonymous letter arrived called the Cain myth that predicted her existence would destroy the pack.
Jessica was living her life out apart from the pack when she late blooms into a werewolf one night.

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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

Jessica McClain is one of a kind; a female werewolf the first one ever born unfortunately the rest of her race doesn't view this as a miracle, instead thinking she is the daughter of evil and will destroy their race. Until now though she has been living in relative obscurity under an alias to keep her safe, but her first change hits her and all hell breaks loose as different sects of the supernatural world seem to want to get their hands on her, including the very sexy
An exciting premise, but this book and I have gotten off on the wrong foot. Carlson's delivery is not particularly immersive, and I'm not a fan of her Latina accent for Jessica's neighbor (it's distracting to have such a strong stereotype in the narrative, even as a drive by).

That is nothing compared to how much I don't like her werewolves, however. The prophecy and general panic about a female werewolf aside, when Jessica has an obviously expository rehash of werewolf mating practices, I was ve
Amanda Bonilla
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit, what an ending! Can't wait to read HOT BLOODED. I'm definitely addicted to this series!
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve recently discovered that I love Urban Fantasy reads and Full Blooded had a little of everything I love about them. Kick ass heroine, fast paced action and danger at every turn, and an interesting supernatural world and creatures. Of course, I must have some romance in there, too, and this didn’t disappoint!

Jessica McClain is an anomaly in her Pack. There are no female werewolves but yet here she is, and after years of thinking she would never shift she unexpectedly does, causing havoc and u
Well, the cliffhanger sucked :D

It was pretty hard to get into this book, it took me a while to want to actually start reading it. And it felt like the main character took everything so easily! It just didn't feel real (not that I expect fantasy books to be real, but you know what I mean).
On the bright side though, once I got caught up in the story, everything went smoothly. The book was pretty fast paced and, though the plot was pretty much a cliche, it wasn't bad.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With Blooded being the appetizer; Full Blooded is the main course.

Jessica is a one of a kind, being the only female to be born to a male werewolf. She is even odder since she didn’t shift once she hit puberty like the other werewolves. Jessica lived her first 26 years of life as a human that was raised by wolves.

But after leaving the Pack life and living a normal human life for the last 7 years she finds herself in the middle of a very painful shift in the late hours of night in her bed.

No one
I wasn't exactly impressed with the beginning of the book. For some reason it didn't click with me--Jessica seemed a bland addition to the urban fantasy genre. She's special for being the only female born to werewolves (and the only female werewolf in the world, something told to us repeatedly), and of course comes with nifty powers that nobody else could compare to. This--I like this stuff, okay, but this was boring me more than anything.

I only really got interested in the book about halfway th
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
2.75 stars

My break from UF probably has me feeling more generous towards this but...this wasn't bad. It has the been-there-done-that female MC who is a total special snowflake, who gains untold power that immediately makes her stronger and more powerful than anyone around her, without doing anything to earn it. But she loves her family and actually has good relationships with the people in her life so at least she's not obnoxious about her abilities. The story was chugging along nicely until we
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Blooded was the first book that I read from Amanda Carlson and I knew that she had me before I was even finished that prequel novella. But I was still unprepared for how totally hooked I would be with Full Blooded.

It never fails to surprise me when I read a book from a new-to-me author and it blows me away. I love when a writer is able to capture me through the story and characters. Especially when I get so engrossed in a story that several hours pass without me being aware. Full Blooded is defi
Wendy Darling
Not a terrible book by any means, but one that is extremely predictable. The heroine is not particularly memorable (though of course she's Super Special and has violet eyes), and there's one wham-bam action scene after the other with very little going on in between. This really reads more like PNR to me than urban fantasy.

My biggest peeve, however, is that the dialogue is awful. Just...awful.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a female in Wolf Skin rises, the unborn Daughter of Cain is born; In her the beast shall lie, well hidden in True Form; And from this day forth, the Wolves of the Night shall pay; Blood and flesh of their bones, her mighty hand shall slay; The end of the race will close at hand; When the Daughter of Evil rules the land.

Probably the best shifter book I've ever read! I LOVED IT! Amanda Carlson has landed on my auto buy list and after you read Full Blooded you'll understand why. If you're inter
Mar 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
When I think of a strong female lead, I won't be thinking of Jessica McClain. The premise of the story was actually quite fascinating, even if it isn't unique or original. I was very interested to learn how a girl would handle being "The Only One" of her kind. A female werewolf. While the story had merit, Jessica ruins the book completely. In the end, I had to grit my teeth and just read to finally cross the finish line.

What makes me want to throw this book out the window? Well, it's not just Je
2.5 stars

Once upon a time I would have liked this book, but reading so many UF novels has made me jaded. This had too many overused tropes. Jessica was a special snowflake. Not only was she the only female werewolf in existence, but no other living weres were had the powers she did. Jessica was a private investigator. How original. In this the P.I. angle really wasn’t necessary since the plot didn’t revolve around a case.

Many of the men were attracted to Jessica or had some desire to protect he

I don't envision this novel, which I enjoyed, will have many negative reviews around, and I'd hazard a guess that this one will be one of the more critical ones, and that's a good thing... I think. Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson is as close a sure thing debut as any I've read in the urban fantasy genre. It's appeal will make it a fan favorite right off the bat, and a novel that will surely charm its way to be among the favorites of the year for urban f
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Full Blooded is the first book in Amanda Carlson’s Jessica McClain series, a new urban fantasy series featuring werewolves. No, let me re-phrase. Full Blooded is the first book in Amanda Carlson’s highly anticipated Jessica McClain series, a new urban fantasy series featuring werewolves and an awesome kick ass heroine.

The book opens with one hell of a scene. Jessica – the only female born into a werewolf clan – undergoes her first ever shift into wolf for
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I was actually going along with the book through most of it, though there are a few problems with motivations—mainly with Jessica's dad. I get the protective vibe. I do. But he's not protecting her so much as imposing his own will based on pure ego and a denial of reality that is, frankly, delusional. Add that the ending is manipulatively cliff-hangery and I dropped completely out of charity with the novel by its end.

Authors: it's one thing to leave a cliff-hanger, it's another to neuter yo
Moony MeowPoff
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actuall raiting: 4.5 stars
This was really enjoyable! Jessica is badass, but also trying to figure things out here as a new wolf.
It was nicely packed with details, happenings and actions and i wasn`t bored even a second :) though, sometimes it felt like some actions were pressed in a few short pages and the mate-thing happend a bit too fast for my tast. Look forward to the next book though.
7/12 - Hmm, not sure about this one so far (page 20). I don't want to say it's got plot holes (too early to assume), but it has got a bit of plot sieve action going on. So, you know how if you dump a cup of flour into a sieve a little sprinkling comes out immediately, but then it stops? As long as you don't poke at it, jiggle it, or breathe too heavily, right? Well, that's the stage I'm at in Full Blooded, the flour's in the sieve, a fine dusting leaked out, but it's stopped for the moment. I'm ...more
From everything I knew about wolves, not being in control was an extremely bad sign. If I couldn't subdue my wolf-- couldn't master my Dominion over the new beast inside me-- I wouldn't be allowed to live. Holy shit, I'm a wolf

One of the best Shifter books EVER! Absolutely LOVED! Amanda Carlson is the next big thing in Urban Fantasy! Obviously, if you a huge Shifter fan you'll love it and if you're not, you'll want to devour more shifter books after this one! As soon as you begin reading you
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, arc
Rating: 3 out of 5.

I love UFs. I have also been wanting to read this book/series for a long because it sounded like just the kind of book I'd like.

It started out really well. Jess McClain is of the werewolf McClain clan. Her father is the alpha of the pack. Sounds normal right? Except Jessica is the first/only female to have been born from a werewolf. Werewolves mate with human females and can, usually, only give birth to males. To make matters worse, there is this prophecy of sorts, that paints
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf
The book starts with a bang (worst "wake up call" ever) and just keeps going. The action is great. I love that we are thrown into this world, and even though Jess has been on the periphery of it, she now has to learn quick, and we get to tag along.

Werewolves, witches, vampires (not romantic, these are evil suckers), demons, and so on. Jess has just become the only female werewolf - something everyone in the supernatural community seems really pissed about. Through in prophecies, conspiracies, an
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review is going to be a little different from my usual reviews. First I won’t be doing it alone, my sister Juanita is joining me today, she is going to help me review Full Blooded, but that is not the only thing different, Full Blooded is the first book Juanita have read in this “kind” of genre. Her books usually don’t have supernatural creatures or different worlds in them. I can honestly say that Full Blooded popped her Urban Fantasy Cherry.

Marcela: Welcome and thank you for trusting me a
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Favorite Quote: “How do you like me now?”

Jessica McClain is the only female to be born pack in the last couple hundred of years. As she is regarded as, “the evil apocalypse that will end their race” and constantly fighting for her life, she leaves the pack and heads to the city to live on her own in seclusion. When she awakes in the middle of the night, in the throes of her first change, Jessica realizes that everything has changed. No
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A disappointment all around. There's so much thrown at you that none of it ends up being believable, even for urban fantasy. 1.5 stars for the cover, 0 stars for the storyline (or lack thereof).
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mon avis en Français

My English review

After reading Blooded, the novella of the story (that takes place before this one), I was more than curious to learn more about our heroine, Jessica McClain. The contrary isn’t possible! I must say that I was impressed by this strong woman and I was looking forward to the rest of her history. I can affirm now that this impatience was rewarded when I see how much I enjoyed this first volume.

Some time has passed since the end of the novella and Jessica is ins
Katherine McCarthy
My Thoughts

FULL-BLOODED is pure Urban Fantasy gold!!

It’s been a great year for Urban Fantasy and the winning streak continues with Carlson’s new series Jessica McClain. The author has given life to a fierce and uncompromising society of werewolves where Jessica is not supposed to exist. In this world, there are no female-born werewolves and hasn’t been for a very long time. Until Jessica.

Superstition is rampant among the werewolves and most in the Pack fear her. Some even believe she is the pro
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This book really grew on me! 4 stars but if the next book starts with the same intensity that this book ended on, I can see this series being a favorite of mine!

I was totally surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book. Before I saw it on Net Galley to review, it wasn't even on my radar. In a genre that is just FILLED with amazing books, it is hard to stand out. However, "Full Blooded" really came through in the end.

Admittedly, this book starts off on the slow side. I am very particular
Iris Hunter (InstagramREADS)
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"This is one hell of a crazy ride!
The beginning of a new series that will get you hooked from the first page!"

My Thoughts
After reading that crazy ride of a novella BLOODED I coudn't wait to read this novel Full Blooded!

Full Blooded is the first (full) installment of the Jessica McClain Series what promises to be an exciting addition to the UFRW " (Urban Fantasy Readers World), Amanda Carlson has given me a unique world full over werewolves and a kick-ass heroine that I like to be BFF's with!

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Amanda Carlson is the author of the upcoming Jessica McClain series. The first book, Full Blooded, will be released by Hachette Book Group, ORBIT US & UK SEPT 2012. She’s been writing for over ten years. Full Blooded is her first novel. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids. ...more

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