Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Audio Review: Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Cold Blooded
(Jessica McClain #3)
Author: Amanda Carlson
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Release: October 8, 2013
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Magic, mayhem and madness explode in this third installment in the Jessica McClain series.

Jessica McClain is on the run... again.

Finally reunited with Rourke, Jessica arrives home to find that her best friend has been kidnapped, her father has vanished, and the supernatural Sects -- witches, demons, and sorcerers --- don't even have the courtesy to wait until she is unpacked to attack.

Now, mastering her powers as the sole female werewolf might not be enough to save them. Thrown together in a shaky truce with the Vampire Queen, Jessica must show all the different Sects what the true meaning of "the enemy of my enemy" is or her father will die...

Cold Blooded is book three in a fun and action packed urban fantasy series by author Amanda Carlson. If you're a werewolf fan this is a series you must read! Although it has some elements familiar from other were series, the Jessica McClain series still manages to feel fresh and new.

The biggest strength of these books is Jessica herself and she just grows and gets even cooler in Cold Blooded. Jessica is finally getting a better handle on her powers and being the temporary Alpha of her group and some of her abilities are pretty awesome. We finally get to see Jessica and Rourke together for an extended period of time...including some much needed sexy times...and I loved finally seeing them act like a couple.

One of my favorite things of this particular book in the series was how much the other supernatural sects played a part in the plot. We get to see some more of the witches toward the book's beginning and then the vamps get tons of face time as well. Also, a fairly new element in the series - ghosts appear too! I loved seeing how friends become enemies and vice versa, and I especially liked how the ghosts were depicted.

The side characters in this series just plain rock. Jessica's father and brother Tyler, Danny and James - all completely awesome. The ever-grumpy cop Ray was awesome in this book. He totally came alive in the audio and his voice was done perfectly! I laughed like crazy at a few different parts in the book, but Ray specifically always made me giggle. He's so grouchy and easily angered by everything everybody does anyway, but with his new 'change' and learning about this secret supernatural world he is totally at a loss and it's great.

This was by far the best in this series yet and I'm really looking forward to what happens to Jessica next, especially with the way this book ended!

Notes on the Narrator: I didn't know anyone else who had tried the audio for this series, so I took a chance on it. I really liked it! Therese Plummer is a new narrator for me and I think she did a great job. I have no idea how she managed to do the various accents the men in Jessica's life have and not make them sound like a woman doing them, but I greatly appreciated it! She was especially awesome as Jessica, with just the right mix of sweet, sassy, and sincere.

Recommended for fans of: urban fantasy, werewolves, a gaggle of sexy men as side characters, grumpy police officer vampires, and scooters.

This review is partially based on an advance copy provided by the publisher and partially based on an audio copy purchased by the reviewer. 

  4.5 stars

My reviews of other books in this series:
Full Blooded (Jessica McClain #1)

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