[Review] Heather Hildenbrand: Dirty Blood

Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

Series: Dirty Blood #1
eBook, English, 289 pages
Debut: April 2, 2011
@ Goodreads
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Overall Rating: four-half-stars

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 and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Read First: March 28-29, 2015 | Snuck from: InkSlinger PR -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I found this series in the Losing It 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 fully glued to the pages. But even without the perfect flow, Dirty Blood really rocked! I rolled my eyes at the insta-love at first, but there was a really good explanation for it, so I perked up. I fully love the series' concept / world build in general -- it's pretty simple, but it's effective because it let's you focus more on the characters and allows action that's not totally out of space. I'm dying to know what else is going to be thrown at Wes and Tara, since there are five books already, how close they are going to cut it again and again, what else might come up prophecy-wise, who they might lose along the way, if any more mix-bloods pop up, how they each grow into their legacy, and apart or together, etc. *excited*

Wes and Tara were an interesting pair, to say the least. Uber-phyiscal supernatural attraction or not, I liked that Tara at least tried to not have him walk all over her. She called him out on his bullshit, him and everyone else, and at least after her first encounter with Leo she was smart enough to know she needed some help. But she didn't want to be handled with kid-gloves, she wanted to make her own choices -- which is hard if you only get half the truth of everything. So yeah, I liked her very much! And although I couldn't look into Wes head and was really mad at him at some points, agreeing with Tara that his methods weren't the best, he did have reasonable explanations for his behavior, so it was hard to stay mad, really. Wes is one georgous puppy, hr! Reminds me of Twilight's Jacob, and I was so rooting for him back then! And since I'm convinced the Tara and Wes will come out of this together in the end, I recommend this series to fellow Team Jacob members.

My love for side characters got a little left behind, though. Dirty Blood has plenty of side characters, but none of which got any special attention so far. I hope that changes, big time. I feel like they all have an awesome story to tell! I'm especially curious about the love story of Tara's parents, maybe Wes' parents, and Cord's motivation to join the Cause although she seems so hateful towards Werewolves. Maybe she's secretly in love with one of her furry Cause members -- Derek, perhaps? I'm totally spinning tales here, I so need to keep reading, and soon! x)

Area Scan: Style/Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 3.5/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Supsense: 4/5 --  Idea: 5/5

Discovered: 4+ Hoods

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Sights: HEE | Fur & Fangs Challenge

Dirty Blood series:
#1 Dirty Blood | #2 Cold Blood | #3 Blood Bond | #4 Blood Rule | #5 Broken Blood

Thank you for approval of an ARC goes to:
InkSlinger PR

four-half-stars

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