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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,267 ratings  ·  157 reviews
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 Compoun
ebook, 66 pages
Published April 11th 2012 by Orbit
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Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've gotta say up front that Amanda Carlson has become a fabulous friend over the last 2 + years so I was lucky enough to get the chance to beta read along with her on this journey towards publication....WOW!! WHAT A RIDE !
This novella is set several years before the events that you'll get blasted with as soon as 'Full Blooded' hits the stand in September. What a great hook for the series!!!!!!
I know that you've probably already read the blurbs for this and the series to come and I stink at the
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Mar 23, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: novellas
I will add a caveat that I am a friend of the author, and I got an early peek at this, but I also wouldn't BS you - I had a lot of fun reading this short.

I like shorts, and I've read my share of "prequel shorts" - the little intros to give you a taste of a new series. This is one of my favorites because I am an action-junkie and there is A LOT of action packed in here. You also get a good picture of the dynamics of the world Jessica lives in, and a good intro to the supporting characters.
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blooded is a 60 page (give or take) short story that is basically the prologue to Amanda Carlson’s full length début of Full Blooded in September.

We meet Jessica McCalin who is the odd girl out, living with her fathers pack but the werewolf gene skipped her. Add to that the fact she’s a female and the rest of the male only pack is up in arms, she must be the witch born to bring down the entire pack. This leads to challenges non-stop for Jessica but all she wants is her freedom, but her father ca
Amanda Bonilla
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Get ready for a great new kick ass urban fantasy series! BLOODED sets up wonderfully for Carlson's upcoming novel, FULL BLOODED. Werewolf fans, get ready to add a new author to your list!
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
BLOODED is the opening novella for the Jessica McClain series by debut author Amanda Carlson. The novella opens up right away showing how kick ass Jessica McClain is going to be and goes on to show us the dynamics in the pack she was born into and her family. There is a lot of violence towards Jessica because she is female and not a wolf. I was engaged in every and all aspects of the 66 pages in BLOODED and read it in a very short time without setting it down once.

After reading BLOODED and the f
Michelle Cummings
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent short story. Jessica is the only human female born to a werewolf father. She finds herself constantly fighting the werewolves in her pack who think she is part of a prophecy predicting a werewolf apocalypse. It's mostly one big fight scene, but it's excellently written and sets up the novel due in September.
Melissa Hayden
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a novella!?! I can't wait for the NOVEL! Wow. Very well done!
Jessica is tormented and taunted and now it's escalating to more and physical, since her eighteenth birthday. Now she wants to prove herself, challenging a fight against Pack rules, with Mitch - Alpha-born wolf, but not the strongest. Problem, she's the Alpha leaders daughter, and along with being female, she's human. After the bloody battle, Jessica is attacked on the Compound, almost killed by a stronger Alpha-born wolf
Daryl Hansen
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This Novella is an exciting read. Jessica McClain is a modern woman in a werewolf compound waiting for her father to let her go live her own life. Being the only female born to a human werewolf is a hard existence and Amanda Carlson tells of her struggles. Full Blooded, her first book of her triligy story about Jessica will be out this Sept.
Can't wait to see what comes down when Jessica starts her new life on the outside.
Katherine McCarthy
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts

My soul, imagine being the only female born to an all male werewolf pack. I thought growing up with 5 brothers was bad enough. Poor Jessica!

This novella is an introduction to the new Jessica McClain series by Amanda Carlson. It nicely sets the stage for the full-length novel coming out in Fall 2012. Overall, the novella gives us a good description of the main character, Jessica, and an understanding of how her upbringing and struggles made her who she is now.

The author has given life
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Jessie is the only female born from a werewolf, unfortunately that comes with a few draw backs, one, her father's pack think she is evil and will destroy all were kind and two, they want to kill her before she hits her 20th birthday. So if challenging one of the alphas in the pack is the only way to save her self, that's what she is going to do.

Although this was a novella, it packed a punch, it was all action from the first sentence and I couldn't put it down. The main character and from whose p
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is a short story introduction to Carlson's Jessica McClain series and works well enough as an introduction to the characters. I liked Jessica, but have trouble with some of the surrounding elements of the story. Her dad comes across as an idiot willing to risk his daughter in an obviously untenable position for reasons that are obscure, at best (and selfish and/or egotistical at worst). And the amount of damage she takes as a normal human seems a bit... unlikely. That may be foreshadowing t ...more
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Jessica McClain: Blooded is Amanda Carlson’s first offering in the urban fantasy genre. In this very short novella, only about 50 pages, we’re introduced to the world of Jessica McClain and her fight for survival in a pack that will no longer tolerate her existence. As the first female, and human, born to a race of werewolves where bloodlines are only passed down through the males, Jessica is an anomaly that breathes truth into an old myth of the Daughter o
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This novella has really whetted my appetite for FULL BLOODED, the upcoming full length novel coming out in September 2012. BLOODED may be short, but it is action-packed and full of humor. I loved Jessica’s spunk and relentless attitude. She is definitely a new heroine I will keep an eye on.

Fans who enjoy Ilona Andrews’ books will like the spunky, quick-witted and sometimes sarcastic personality of Jessica McClain and readers who enjoy the pack dynamics of Patricia Briggs’ novels will definitely
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Awesome first showing. Full review Saturday April 7th at
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I don't understand the cover art at all. There is nothing about it that relates to the story at hand. But other than that, I enjoyed it.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

This novella introduces us to Jessica McClain and her family which consists of, her father Cain (the Alpha), her twin brother Tyler. Then there's Danny who joined the pack from England and is great friends with Tyler. Nick is a fox shifter who Cain adopted into the pack and is close to Jessica and Tyler too. There is a myth about a female who is born into the pack who will be responsible for the downfall of the Werewolf race, so naturally there are some in the pack who literally seem to
Sara Walker
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Blooded by Amanda Carlson

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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: werewolves
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Blooded does exactly what any prequel worth their salt is supposed to do: make you want to read the first book of the series. Amanda Carlson packs a staggering amount of awesomeness into a minimal amount of pages; just enough to give readers a taste of what's to come and leave them thirsting for more.

I still barely know anything about Jessica but from what I've read, I do know that she's my kind of girl! She cuts straight through the bull and fights with her fists instea
Jean ~ Kindle Queen
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this novella. Ms. Carlson does a good job of setting up Jessica's world while providing plenty of action scenes. Jessica is a main character that I enjoy (spunky, independent, strong). I have already added Full Blooded to my TBR list, since I need to know what happens next.
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: uf, novella
This short novella is good, but it is very much a set-up for the full length book out this fall. It is a brief introduction to the characters and the world. I'm looking forward to the full length book. I kinda wish there was a little more to this one. Full review to come
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LOVED-even with it being a short teaser. MUST. HAVE. FULL BLOODED.
She-Wolf Reads
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
As you may be able to tell by the title of my blog, She-Wolf Reads, I have a soft spot for werewolf/shape-shifter stories. I adore them. They are probably my favorite supernatural creature in the paranormal/speculative world of fiction. So color me lucky when author Amanda Carlson tweeted a Mother’s Day giveaway for her new e-novella, "Blooded", a story about a young woman who is the daughter of an alpha werewolf, but not a werewolf herself. I immediately entered the giveaway and was lucky enoug ...more
Home. Love. Books.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To see this review and others like it check out my site,

So excited about this new author! She fortunately came into my life through another author I love, Amanda Bonilla (who also has great taste in books), so I was super excited about reading this novella. And I have to say that after reading the novella I am totally excited about her full length book!

The concept is actually pretty cool. But to start I should mention that this series is primarily made up around werewolves (ya
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
You may also read my review here:

Jessica McClain is the daughter of the head of her werewolf Pack, and she’s enthusiastically breaking Pack law by fighting an Alpha wolf who’s been giving her trouble. The problem is, Jessica is female (weres don’t carry the ability to create females, so she’s considered an abomination), and fighting an alpha wolf is really not a good idea, but she’s sick and tired of being picked on. Jessica knows she must fight or leave
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was one great prequel and novella!! It was only about 40 pages or so on my Nook, but damn! These few pages were action packed right from the beginning. It's a great introduction to the conflicts going on in the pack and most importantly with Jessica. She is 19 years old and has had to deal with hatred her whole life. She's not the traditional pack member, if you can ever call her a pack member. Her father is the Alpha and there is only so much he can control his pack from ostracizing, scari ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: UF fans
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3 1\2 stars

If I had to go from this short story, I'll say this new series is my cup of tea. A strong, but human heroine ready to stand up for her life. A darker UF world. Yep up my alley.

It has one big con for me: it's a teaser, more than a novella. Absolutely interesting, but I would have preferred Orbit had offered it for free (or almost free at 0.99). At 2.99 you might expect a story (you don't really get it, you get a background).

If you accept a piece of advice, wait for the first novel, do
Mira Kelly
An ass-kicking awesome read from the first page with a compelling intensity that doesn't quit until the last...and then you get to the sample from FULL BLOODED...and OMG, Sept can't get here soon enough!! Cool concept, gorgeous writing, and a heroine that will knock your socks off!
Neyra ♦
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy & PNR lovers
Recommended to Neyra ♦ by: Mariya
I believe, if I am not mistaken, I've just experienced my first girl crush in forever! From beginning to end, Amanda Carlson delivered a heroine with backbone unafraid to go toe to toe with the big boys, literally! And I'm in utter awe of such a strong heroine.

Nineteen year old Jessica McClain is at the end of her rope. Born the only female to a werewolf in an all male race, she's called a freak, a curse and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves in Pack, but thanks to her Alpha fath
Sandy S
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
BLOODED (a novella) by Amanda Carlson

BLOODED is the introductory storyline (April 2012 release) to Amanda Carlson's new Jessica McClain series. As the human-born daughter of werewolf alpha Callum McClain, Jessica has been the target of jaunts and threats since the day she was born. Werewolves never sired females, but Jessica was an anomaly. Now that every member of the pack knows she will never be able to shift, the Cain Myth is coming true. Foretold that the a female would be born as the 'daugh
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
Wow! "Blooded: A Jessica McClain Novella" is a non-stop action pack read. A twin, Jessica is the only female ever born into a all male werewolf pack. Genetics claim that only males are born to weres. At the time of her birth, a prophesy is revealed stating that an evil female born to the weres would be repsonsible for destruction of the species. Jessica's pack believes she is the one who will bring destruction; so, she is constantly targeted by the pack. Even though her brother attempts to prot ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

Jessica McClain (6 books)
  • Full Blooded (Jessica McClain, #1)
  • Hot Blooded (Jessica McClain, #2)
  • Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain, #3)
  • Red Blooded (Jessica McClain, #4)
  • Pure Blooded (Jessica McClain, #5)
  • Blue Blooded (Jessica McClain, #6)