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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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Great read

If you could sum up Dirty Blood in three words, what would they be?

Dirty Blood is a fun, action-packed and intriguing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tara is my favorite. I admire her determination and willingness to accept change. I liked that she wasn't a very whiney teenager and only had a few self pity and indecisive moments but overcame them quickly.

What does Kelly Pruner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think that she really gave the characters their own personality and helped bring them to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book had a few laugh out loud moments. It also had suspenseful and frustrating moments.

Any additional comments?

Dirty Blood is a new, intriguing take on the werewolf world. It is well paced and written. The story and plot line are fluid and developed with strong main characters. I thought it was easy to follow along but still contained plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. I loved the detail Heather incorporated within the story without being overtly detailed.

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Great book

fast paced hard to put down. Narration brought the characters to life, you could feel what they were feeling.

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Great story.

What did you love best about Dirty Blood?

I loved this story, it started slowly and I thought I was not going to like it. Then as it progressed it got more and more exciting and I sort of fell into it and got really engrossed. So much so I forgot everything else except listening to the narrative. During some points it was so exciting I was practically hyperventilating lol.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Tara, she was so brave and strong yet at the same time she is a typical teenager with the normal anxieties that go with being that age. Boys and girlfriends and wanting to pull away from parental authority. She is thrown into situations not meant for a young girl to have to face. I think she is a lovely girl with a beautiful character and I can't wait to see how she develops in future books.

Have you listened to any of Kelly Pruner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I have heard Kelly Pruner read so I have no comparison to go by.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think this is a very emotional story and there is not a lot to laugh about in it. Tara and Wes are very much in love and young love is always very heavy going. They are being kept apart and even a day can seem like a lifetime at their age. Then the whole story about trying to make peace between the hunters and the werewolves is violent and sad because of the loss of lives. So yes, I did have an extreme feeling of empathy forTara and everyone fighting with her for peace.

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Fun Exciting Book

Excellent book. It was hard to stop listening when I had other things to do. The narrator at first was hard to get into her performance but it quickly became very good and easy to listen.

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Very good read

Great plot. Story ended well, but leaves you guessing about the future. Probably will read the next one. Only problem was wolves speaking. Anyone with half a brain knows that would be physically impossible for them to talk and the sound be the same as a human. Even fantasy can't make that happen. Should've had them mind speak! There's some fantasy!

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Amazing on audio

Having read this book before, I absolutely loved it on audio. Story was just as strong as it was to read. Loved it!

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The alternative to a vampy story. Me likey!

What I appreciated most about this story was that it wasn't so much about mates and were shifting. It dealt with a heroine of course who knew nothing about who she was or where she came from. She later findds out a slew of information and is left with how to cope and fight to survive. There were a few giant AHA moments, and for me that's big. Two thirds into the story I was completely in shock. I mean jaw dropped, mouth opened shock lol.

Kelly did a good job with the characters. In the beginning I thought her voice was too bubbly and didn't match the story. However, I had to remind myself the story is YA and she is a 17 year old, so that helped me rethink her delivery.

This is a book appropriate for all YA lovers alike and those who enjoy shifters, and paranormal creatures. Looking forward to Cold Blood!

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Love the story

Would you consider the audio edition of Dirty Blood to be better than the print version?

I have read and listened to both versions of Dirty Blood. While I do not prefer to listen to the book, I did enjoy listening to Dirty Blood. I got a ton of stuff done while I was listening to Dirty Blood.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the suspense that was throughout the entire book. There wasn't anytime that I was completely relaxed, there was so much that was happening in the book that I was constantly needing the reader to hurry up so I could find out what was going to happen

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the scenes when Wes was with her. Tara became more relaxed when he was around. That isn't to say that the whole time he was with her was she relaxed, she just seemed to be more relaxed when he was with her.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, I can't say that I was moved at all in the book, and I don't think that this is that kind of book.

Any additional comments?

I received this in exchange for my honest opinions.

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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