Sep 3, 2014

ARC Review--Red Blooded by Amanda Carlson

After Jessica's brother is kidnapped and taken to the Underworld, she will stop at nothing to get him back. But before her grueling training is finished, Jessica's power mixes unexpectedly with the circle and she's dropped into the Underworld without protection or her escorts.

I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review. 

Amanda Carlson's Jessica McClain series is an incredible example of awesome Urban Fantasy! The series has been a whirlwind of action and adventure from the getgo and the pace doesn't let up with Red Blooded!

Jessica, Rourke and Ray are planning on entering the Underworld in order to rescue Tyler who was taken by the Prince last go around. But the plans changed when Jessica accidentally enters the Underworld on her own. She decides to move forward with her plan anyway to rescue her brother, but she's going to need help navigating the place and that help comes from an imprisoned demoness named Lily. Jessica is leery of trusting her, but Lily proves her worth again and again. 

This was definitely an exciting read, although I was sad to see Jessica without Rourke and her friends for nearly half the story. But they do gather together about halfway through as a nefarious plan in the Underworld starts to unfold and Jessica plans on stopping it.

At times I feel incredibly sad for Rourke and Jessica, for ever since they met, they rarely have time to be together. They have to steal whatever little moments that they can and Amanda definitely delivers on those moments. It definitely makes the moments all the sweeter, but still, there's some sadness for these two since time is always against them!

We see some returning characters in this one! Such as Ray and Naomi; Ray continues to surprise me with his personality. I didn't care for him when we first met him, but he's definitely growing on me now! Naomi wasn't in the story but for the end, but she is still yet another enjoyable side character that I always like seeing page time of!

The action doesn't stop until the very end when a new problem comes up and sets Jessica and her friends on their next course of action. And there's a whammy of a cliffhanger to case it off! It's going to make waiting for the next one just as unbearable as the wait for this one!

Red Blooded was a simply awesome read that is one not to be missed! With werewolves, action, romance, suspense, and a heroine with the best name ever--what's not to love?! ;)

Overall Rating 4/5 stars

Red Blooded releases September 9, 2014


  1. Great review! you made me add 5 books to my TBR list. I don't normally go for the prequel shorts so i probably won't read Blooded. But you sold me on the rest of the series. my wallet does not thank you. The rest of me does. :D Matt @ JC's Book Haven.

  2. I hate the wait between books but it's worth it. :) Feeling your struggle.
    I just stopped by to tell you I nominated you for The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

  3. Maybe it's finally time for me to pick up this series!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum


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