Wednesday 5 September 2012

BLOODED: A Jessica McClain Novella by Amanda Carlson

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 . . .

I'm looking forward to getting stuck into the Jessica McClain series, but I wanted to read the prequel first. And, wow, what an introduction to this character.
The story starts with Jessica fighting a man who is way bigger and stronger than her. He also happens to be a werewolf, and although he's beating the crap out of her, she still doesn't give up. She's a bit of a smartass and refuses to stay down. So I pretty much liked her right away.
When her father stops the potentially lethal fight, the story really opens up. It turns out that Jessica lives in a compound filled with wolves, and her father's their leader. Still, that hasn't stopped most of the wolves from hating, baiting, and attacking her any chance they get. She also has a twin brother. She seems to be an anomaly--the only female born in a male race. And most of them hate her for it, and believe she's evil.
All she wants to do is leave the compound with her father's blessing, but he doesn't want to let her go. And if he doesn't, he might end up losing her anyway...
This was an excellent prequel novella. It packs quite a punch. There's so much action, but we still get to find out a lot about Jessica, her family, and the dangerous world she lives in. The men who hate her are shockingly brutal and violent. While the few who care about her are gentle and honest.
Yeah, I'm already a fan and can't wait to get my hands on the first book! 

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