Warning: Cliffhanger (The scene..it just… ENDS in the middle..)
It’s not easy being a girl. It’s even harder when you’re the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it’s next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race… Meet Jessica McClain — she just became part of the pack.
“Don’t worry, Jess. We’ll figure this out. And for the record, I don’t think you’re a freak at all.”
I enjoyed rereading this. I remembered enjoying myself reading Jessica McClain, even though I never finished it because I didn’t want to reread to remember all the twists the series went through. Now that I have learned it is over, it is time to get back to it.
Jessica McClain is like most female urban fantasy leads. Headstrong, never willing to listen to others, unique in her world. As the only female werewolf in a pack that lets fear dictate how they feel about her, she learned early on to be obstinate. When she left, she became a cop, and left pretty quickly to set up a PI firm, so she has a job just like other urban fantasy leads. Jessica runs into danger without any thinking at all, which constantly leads to some fuckup or another. Pretty standard stuff.
Jessica is also very sex crazed. Apparently all newly changed werewolves are very focused on food and fucking, just like normal. Running for her life from people who want nothing more than to kill her? Lets constantly think about sex! Okay. Jessica also ends up with a mate in this book, because of course she does, because she is special. Typically it takes hundreds of years for that to happen, if it ever happens. We don’t actually get to see much with the mate in Full Blooded, though. We hear about all his bad deeds from others, but the wolf knows he is her mate, so we don’t actually need to figure out who he is as a person before jumping his bones, now do we?.
This is very action packed. And by action packed, I mean that there are a lot of things that happen, without stopping between them, and nothing ever has any sort of resolution before hopping into the next danger. Seriously, nothing is ever resolved. There are like five different plots that are going on without resolution by the end of this book. You just know that they’re all going to come together in some book in the future to wreck her life at once.
This is a first person narration series, and so all the worldbuilding is done through the eyes of someone who wasn’t really told much, because they didn’t really belong. Therefore, things that are said are sometimes wrong. Mostly, though, Jessica doesn’t know anything. She has to have a lot of things explained to her (even when she starts asking about mates, because that is logical a day after she recently turns into a werewolf – and her mate shows up a few chapters after that). A lot of it doesn’t even make sense unless humans are really, really dense in this world. Magical spit that blocks full memory of the sex? Really?? There are quite a few of these really weirdly made up excuses to cover up some flaws in her base worldbuilding.
There is also a prophecy. I loathe prophecy. It is just used as an excuse to keep the main characters constantly confused as it constantly changes to their situations. I’ve read the next few books before. I know it changes occasionally. It is only introduced in this book, yet I feel the need to complain about it. Prophecies suck.
The bad guys are pretty comical, all things considered. They play right out of the bad guy handbook. Hell, the allies play right out of the bad guy handbook. The only thing they don’t really do is monologue their intentions. Because that would mean we actually know what is going on. The goal is to keep the readers in the dark, chasing their tails, the entire way.
Lastly, the book it just kind of..ends. That wasn’t really a full story, with a beginning, middle, and end. This was the beginning of a story that had to get split up into multiple books and it feels like just a random, arbitrary spot to end things. We have introduced most of the players, but we don’t really know their intentions. We have introduced the shape of the where things are going, but the stakes aren’t really revealed. You have to actually resolve something (anything) for the book to feel over, and nothing was resolved. The ending didn’t feel like an end at all.
Most of these are pretty big criticisms. I wouldn’t blame anyone if they decided not to read for pretty much any of these reasons. Yet, I enjoyed reading it. This was a story for me. Yeah, there are some issues. But I like the way the story feels in my head.
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