Title: Dirty Blood
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Published: April 28th 2011 by Accendo Press
Received: Bought on Kindle.
Rating: 2 of 5
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.
Poorly executed werewolf slayer novel.
I don’t like giving books low ratings, because most books are actually really good, and I usually find at least one thing to like about them.
This book begins with our MC, Tara breaking up with some guy named George. The book goes downhill from there. She fights with a werewolf, and is caught by people, Wes in particular who tells her she was born to hunt them.
That leads us on a tirade of basically Tara dealing with this, learning the rules to werewolf huntery and um, learning how to properly kill a werewolf. There’s a bit of a love story in there, but it’s mostly just a kill or be killed kind of book.
*sigh* And I liked what Tara could have been if she hadn’t been a carbon copy of every female heroine out there. I also would have liked it if we could have had something more original to kill, because vampire slayer, zombie slayer, werewolf slayer, demon slayer, it’s all been done.
I want less books that read like video games, where the character trains, goes into battle, gets hurt, shares a random kiss with the other hero, and ultimately does it all over again. My friends, that’s redundant.
I’m not continuing with this series, but it’s not to say you shouldn’t, it’s just your garden variety stereotypical werewolf story.