Saturday, October 5, 2013

Review: Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain, #3)

Cold Blooded (Jessica McClain, #3)Author: Amanda Carlson
Series: Jessica McClain, #3
Release date: October 8th 2013
Publisher: Orbit
Paperback, 336 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.
On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.
Arriving on the Vampire Queen's doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious
skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.
The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn't realize is just how soon she'll have to cash it in...

With each new book, Amanda Carlson proves yet again that urban fantasy is far from being a dying genre. Her style and approach remind me of Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher and possibly Diana Rowland. I dare say she is in every way their equal.

If I were to do one of my UF recommendation lists (which I will, and soon), the Jessica McClain series would find its place at the top. It contains everything I love most about the genre, while avoiding all its weaknesses. Carlson is far from being predictable: paradoxically, her series has that same roughness and charm introduced by the above mentioned authors, but it manages to be fresh and unique at the same time.

Compared to the previous book, Cold Blooded is a little less structured, without a strong main plotline to clearly define it. It’s difficult to describe the plot in one sentence; instead, Jess and Rourke face challenge after challenge, enemy after enemy, and the game always changes. While it can be a bit disconcerting at times, it certainly makes for an exciting read. A main threat does become clear in the last fifty pages or so, and the battle will continue in the next book as well.

For her part, Jess has finally realized the full extent of her powers. Her blood is incredibly powerful, her wolf wise and mostly cooperative. In her father’s absence, she has been made Alpha of the small pack of wolves that remained with her, and she handles it extremely well. It helps that her mate is very old and very powerful, there to support her in every decision she makes.

The secondary characters make this series truly shine. From Hot Blooded to Cold Blooded, the vampire Naomi quickly became my favorite. She is entertaining and often even funny without meaning to be. There is some serious chemistry between her and Danny and I can’t wait to see how that will play out.

Like the previous two installments, Cold Blooded has what one might consider an open ending. Some things are resolved while others are left wide open. The entire series is one big adventure that I enjoy greatly, so I didn’t really mind, although I probably would under different circumstances. As it is, this series remains one of my absolute favorites.

Amanda Carlson will be here on October 11th as part of Somethign Wicked Returns and Cold Blooded blog tour combined. Stop by to read her post and enter to win a copy of her book.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. You have no idea how many times I have seen this series around and not even once did I bother to add it to my to-read list. I'm ashamed of myself. I'm going to do that but in meantime I must say that this sounds amazing. I love the sounds of characters, and especially secondary characters. Open endings in series are nothing new, so I can live with that. Great review Maja :)

  2. Gee so all those UF authors you mentioned in your first paragraph- I have never heard of -.- I must read some UF more!

    Lovely review, Maja! <33

  3. I love this series. Very action packed. If you like audiobooks, this one is done well on audio. I have it preordered at audible.

  4. I'm so glad that this series continues to shine! I love my werewolves, so I'll probably be starting this one soon (once I can get through my ARCs!) and can't wait. Lovely review, as always, Maja!(:

  5. I don't mind open endings in a series as long as we get some closure in the final book. It's cliffhangers that I would rather do without. I'm glad these books are still going so well for you! I really need to check out the first one one day - and I will, as soon as I catch up on all the other UF series that I need to finish. ;) Lovely review, Maja!

  6. Don't hate me...but I think I'm one of the only people who didn't love the first book. Your review is making me want to catch up and give the series another try though.

  7. Oh heck. With names like that, how could I not be interested in Amanda's work? I just need to get over my aversion of paranormal reads in general. Though, I'm a little iffy on the lack of actual plot line. I'm a traditional reader. I need to know where the book will lead me.

    Great review, Maja. :)

  8. Even if the plot wasn't as defined in this one it still sounds like it was a great read for you. I keep meaning to try this series, I really need to try to get to it soon.

  9. That's great this is such a favorite of yours! I really really need to read more UF. I know, I say it all the time, particularly on your blog. LOL Thanks for sharing. I don't think I've heard of this series!

  10. I love this series and I really enjoyed this one as well, I'm glad it was a good one for you too.

  11. I have yet to buy book 2, sooon!

  12. Great review dear!
    I nominated you for the Shine On Award :)

  13. I'm not familiar with this series, but I gotta admit, the cover looks fantastic. Love the color scheme and the castle in the background is just gorgeous. I'll definitely check out your recommended UF reading post, as I know next to nothing about the genre. I don't think I ever read any UF book! This has to be remedied for sure! Thanks so much for your lovely review, Maja!

  14. Great review, Maja! I know where to come for recommendations for great UF! I'll be adding this series to my TBR list now!

  15. Oh goodness. This is one of my top favorite series. :D Great to hear you enjoyed it so highly as well.

  16. I'd love to see a list of your fave UF, I keep saying I am going to try to get into it but I just find myself stuck on YA!

    This sounds great, especially as it's one of your top picks!


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