Monday, September 26, 2011

Dirty Blood - By Heather Hildenbrand

Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Release Date: 4/2/2011

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.

Fighting and breaking up with your boyfriend are things that are suppose to happen in high school. Killing a girl in an alley with nothing but your bare hands & a piece of pipe isn't.

Shocked & terrified suddenly a stranger appears out of the blue, which totally doesn't help with her freaked-out level. Trying to help her accept what has just happened, the fact that he smells good & is pretty damn hot is calming her just fine. Plus just looking into his eyes seems to make all Tara's worries drift away.

Waking up the next morning Tara knows the soreness in her muscles & scratches on her arms aren't from simply falling down. Something happened. Something big. 
When Wes suddenly appears in Tara's bedroom the first thing she's thinking, 'TOTAL HOTNESS'. Then her senses kick back in, along with a flood of alarm as to WHY this stud muffin is in her room! Wes is there trying to explain to Tara that she killed a Werewolf last night, while Tara's thinking, 'Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure, because Werewolves are SO real'.
Oh is she in for a wake up call!Not only are they real, but there are Hunters too. Genetically born & raised to kill Werewolves, and she's one.
With a crazed Were leader hot on her trails, going to all means to draw her out of hiding so he can kill her, Tara knows she must tap into her Hunter heritage. But when a curve ball the size of Texas comes out of left field her entire world is thrown for a loop and Tara realizes nothing will ever be the same.

Dirty Blood is NOT your typical Werewolf novel. There are twists, turns and double backs that will have your head spinning throughout the whole book!
Tara was a fantastic as the heroine! Complex, stubborn, totally my kind of girl. I super enjoyed the relationship that her & Wes shared. It would make me happy, then would turn around  and shred the balloon of hope I had for them. Ups & downs were the key to this book, but man did they work out brilliantly. Just when you thought one thing would happen, BAM, that would happen instead! 
Heather's amazing balance of action, romance and cliff hangers have me anticipating the sequel like a child on Christmas Eve! Fantastic job!


Amber I @ Awesomesauce said...

Great Review. Its been a while since I read this, but your review brought all the awesome of this book back!! I can not wait to read the next one!!

Taking it One Book at a Time said...

Me either! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Andrea said...

Awesome review! I read/reviewed Dirty Blood back when it released & loved it. I can't wait for Cold Blood.