Monday, April 23, 2012

*REVIEW* DIRTY BLOOD by Heather Hildenbrand

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 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.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

  When Heather asked me if I would review Dirty Blood I was so excited! I had seen the book everywhere for a long time and then Cold Blood came out and more good things were said.  Needless to say I couldn't wait to see what all of the fuss was about.  Right from the get go I was excited that this seemed like it was going to be a different kind of werewolf book and it didn't let me down from the start.

 Tara is just what I love in a female protagonist.  She is strong, independent and completely KICK BUTT!!  Her world is changed in just one night and yes she deals with it but not without asking questions.  I LOVE that she accepts what is going on (even gives her more confidence) but not without wanting more knowledge.  There is power in knowing what is going on and let me tell you this girl has the power.  Even as she starts to really develope and the book progresses there is always something that she questions.  I found myself laughing out loud and frequently smiling when it came to Tara and her entire personality!

"I grinned, unable to help myself.  I felt like an idiot in some sober part
of my brain, but the drugged part just shrugged and grinned bigger
at that part."   

  Every character in this book is clearly written.  You have Wes, Jack, Fee.... Everyone!! Fee also has to be one of my favorite characters.  I see her as all kinds of beautiful and graceful but you have to know that there is power under all of that.  Each and every time one of these characters or any of the others for that matter step into the pages you know who you are looking at.   Normally it takes a couple of times of seeing someones name to remember who they are but not with Heather's wonderful writing and descriptions.  Even the villain has his own clearly drawn story!!

  Normally with books you have to kind of read a bit before you get to some really juicy parts.  Not this one you are thrown right in, in the first chapter!  The book just takes off from there and you really wont want to stop.  For those of you that are sick of love triangles PICK THIS UP!! This is a love triangle free book.  I found that even the romance that does happen isn't an insta love.  Yes there is an instant attraction but it's not they are stuck at the hip.  So there is another common element that people are trying to avoid that this book avoids as well.  So overall if you want to read a book that is love triangle free, has no insta love. lots of action and an amazingly strong female protagonist PICK THIS UP!!

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