Dirty Blood

Dirty Blood Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Kelly Pruner
Series: Dirty Blood, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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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.

Fans of paranormal, hunters, shifters, and werewolves will love the Dirty Blood series!

©2010 Heather Hildenbrand (P)2015 Heather Hildenbrand

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great book and narration. too bad book 2 is so terrible

I really liked this book a lot. Good YA urban fantasy with actual creepy/bloody/killing bad guys. It's just upsetting that the second book reads like middle school drama. I'm on chapter 28 and still no fights, saving good guys,killing bad guys. It's only been about not being the new kid and boyfriend drama. Bleh.

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Fantastic.

I first read Dirty Blood when it came out and immediately fell in love with it, well this time it was no different. I fell in love with it all over again.

We are thrown into the action pretty much straight away. Tara is on a date with her boyfriend George. He turns up late, as usual, and Tara says, enough is enough, and breaks up with him. She leaves by herself and ends up traveling through an alley. One second Tara is walking, the next she is facing down the unbelievable. A girl starts charging at her but then it's a wolf. Tara is stunned but her body reacts to the danger. She ends up picking up a pipe and killing the girl/wolf. Tara is in shock when a boy turns up. Who is he? What is going on? From that second on Tara's life changes forever!

I loved Tara. She is spunky, brave and kick ass but is still a normal girl. Her life is like any other teenagers until the moment the wolf attacks. She learns what she is and I loved that she struggled at first with everything. It took her time to believe and jump on board. Her whole attitude and demeanor is relateable and she was easy to connect to.

Then we have Wes. *Sigh* Wes!!! Tara has no idea what to make of him at the start because he is so standoffish, add in the fact that she is a Hunter and he is a Werewolf and immediately you have a forbidden romance. I loved Wes. He is stubborn, strong, brave and kind. He is definitely the strong silent type.

I loved the romance in Dirty Blood. It takes time for Wes and Tara to hit it off, despite the pull Tara feels toward him. There's no insta love here and despite George being in the picture at the start, there's no love triangle, which is always a plus!!

Dirty Blood is an action packed, edge of your seat read. Right from the start it pulls you in and won't let go, even after you have read the last page. Heather Hildenbrand weaves a fantastic story that will leave you breathless and turning the pages as quickly as you can to see what happens. Everything about this book is amazing, from the breathtaking plot to the phenomenal writing, Dirty Blood is a must read.

This is one series that everyone should check out. Dirty Blood is a phenomenal first book and believe me when I say that every book is just as good. This is one of my all time favourite series and I can't recommend them highly enough. Go get this book NOW, you wont be sorry!!

Kelly Pruner did a great job with the narration. She performed Tara perfectly!! She had her sass and kick ass attitude down to a t and even brought Wes alive. She didn't try too hard to do a male voice and I appreciated that because often time it can come across forced. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance and look forward to more by her.

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This was a 3,5 stars for me

I like the storyline but felt there was too much emphasis on the term ‘dirty blood’, it made Tara naive, in my mind... and that clashes with the tougher Tara that proves she’s not a naive thing when she gets attacked and such.

I do think that it was written the way it was to emphasize the fact that Tara is completely new in that world and for the most part, it works well but still, that term felt overused. Even as a newcomer in this world where she wouldn’t realize how offensive the term is or rather, how insulting it is meant to be, I don’t think it’s a natural reflex to constantly use that specific term (especially seeing the kind of reactions that term gets), or the other term ‘one of each’, I feel like it would be more normal if she would use the term ‘mixed’ or even ‘half-breed’ or something more explanatory instead of the insulting term (except on the occasions she wants to be abrasive, of course she needs to opt for the insulting term on those occasions).
It kinda threw me out of the story a bit after whenever she used that term after a while, hence the three star rating instead of 4 stars. This one for me is a 3,5 stars.
It’s a good story although there are some less original aspects (a destiny, a sort of chosen one -that will bring peace between the hunters and the werewolves-) but I happen to like those aspects so so they don’t bother me. The hot and cold treatment from Wes however was a bit much at times, he felt a bit inconsistent. Loved Jack and his family though, hope to see more of them in the sequels, same with Tara’s grandma, let’s just say that she is one awesome grandma (keeping it spoiler free)

Eventhough all these aspects keep me from giving a 5 star rating, I definitely like it enough to want to continue this series so don’t let those details deter you from checking this one out because I feel like this is a rocky start but great finale kind of series.

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Kinda Twilight 2.0?

I got to listen to this at the courtesy of the author in exchange for a review.

First, let’s talk narration, because if you’re considering using your audible credit for it, that’s really the most important part right? It was not terrible, but there were things that bothered me. The narrator is a very loud speaker and I felt like she was kinda shouting the story at me. Also, she has a little bit of that James T. Kirk cadence, that’s not horrible, but it is distracting. Like, please, just get out the entire sentence without pausing. Please. On the flip side, I liked the way she voiced the actual characters. They were each distinct and very well done. I think you should listen to the sample before making up your mind to use your precious credit.

Now, story... this was very, very, very Twilight-y. So if you love that series, you’re bound to like this one. There is plenty of emotional angst, as well as action, and the delightful confusion of falling love.

However, there is also a super unhealthy relationship with a guy who a) keeps secrets he shouldn’t, and b) is supremely controlling because he’s “protecting” her, even though she is fully capable of handling herself. There is also a super bitchy and over protective Mom in the picture who is just as bad and WORSE than this love interest guy is. By the end of this, I want to tell Tara to just run for the hills from every single person she knows. Toxic relationships.

So that’s the the bad. The good is, it’s entertaining enough, even through the cringe worthy control being exerted over Tara. There is good character development, and there is definitely more I want to know about some of the supporting characters. The world she has built is well thought out and just complex enough to keep you interested without getting confused.

While this wasn’t my favorite book, I think there are plenty of things for others to enjoy. And it was by no means “bad”, more like, just not quite for me.

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Bla bla bla

Too much fluff. Ohh my I truly tried to get into this book but there is just too much talk and no action. Way to much detail and fluff. I fast forward most of it and quit the book 2 hours in.

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Entrancing

I found myself thinking about this book and wanting to listen to it throughout the day. It made me think of Red Riding Hood and Twilight but in the best way.

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Dirty Blood

This was a good start to a new series. For me being older it's hard to remember how 17 years old talk and think and I cringed sometimes listening to this book but then remember that she is only 17. This is a different take on werewolves. There are no other paranormal beings just werewolves and hunters. One group wants peace the other does not. This of course is what everyone is fighting about. Tara has no idea what she was and has been forced into it. I am happy that the author didn't make it seem like Tara knew what she was doing right away. There is a lot of fighting in this book and it's not all rainbows and sunshine. Which for me makes it more fun to read.

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Intriguing storyline

This book kept me hooked!! The reading was very entertaining. This was my first time using Audible and loved it . The story was action packed.

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The reader, her voice was spot on with teenagers.

This book wasnt for me. I'm 34yo. And main characters are 17-19. I can handle-love books that main characters ages are such. But this book I had a hard time bc of such. HOWEVER it was a incredible story. The plots and twists were on your edge of the seat kind of book. It was holding my interest completely. I just don't think I can read the next. But I definitely recommend for upper teens!

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Good, but oesn’t quite get there

3.5 stars. Good story, but at times I felt like it was trying too hard, and the romance aspects fell a little flat until you got closer to the end. The narration felt a little more mature than what the main character was, age-wise. A little to vocally intense. But it set up for an interesting second book concept, so I’ll likely keep going.

I received this book free in exchange for my honest and fair review.

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  • Helen
  • 10-21-19

fab book not just for ya

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.
enjoyed this book got me hocked straight away but its not just for kids

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  • Heavenly Good Books
  • 06-20-16

Amazing!

I loved this series as an actual book And now I have it in audio also! Which helps me as a new mum with a 3 months old. I can listen to it while little man sleeps during our walks or in the middle of a night while feeding him! AMAZING!

Loved it and can't wait to start 3rd part as 2nd is already listened to!

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  • Bridget
  • 11-30-16

Annoying weak lead character

Such an annoying weak main character- weak and never does anything right and gets saved by others