Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Review: Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

**I received a copy of this book for free from Mark My Words book publicity in return for a review**
This is a spoiler free review

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.

I'm going to begin this review by saying that I have never really enjoyed reading werewolf-orientated novels, and that I never thought I particularly would- but as it turns out, I really did find this book to be a good read.

The protagonist in this novel, Tara, is a teenage girl who finds herself caught up in the business of werewolves and 'Hunters', with a new surprising piece of knowledge about them around every corner. I think that the character development for Tara was extremely well written- her ability to fight against what comes at her for the duration of the book starts off as limited and progresses smoothly but dramatically which was shown clearly to me as a reader. Tara's character clearly continues to grow stronger both mentally and physically as more and more action and excitement takes place, which I feel really benefitted the story as a whole.

Now personally, I can't bear YA romance in the girl-meets-boy-bla-bla-destiny sense of the word- and unfortunately for me, that is exactly what this novel consisted of. HOWEVER, though I do hate that stuff (especially when it's badly written), Hildenbrand's talent for writing shines through as the romance was to me bearable and, at best, kinda cute. Tara and Wes may have been cringey to the extreme- and you could tell the romance was go right from the start- but Hildenbrand's writing ensured that that wasn't all there was to the book, as so many other novels before have *cough* TWILIGHT *retches*
The romance was endurable, and tied with the action-packed followup scenes I found it to be a really good book.

I've never written an intentionally spoiler-free review before, so I think it's best that I say I really recommend you all read this book and see for yourself whether you know what I'm saying! If you do read this book (or have read it previously), drop me a comment down below and tell me what you thought!

See you next time ^_^


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