Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Published: April 2011
Rating: 3.5 – 4 Birds
WARNING: Review may contain spoilers.
First off let me apologize that the title and author are not hyperlinked. I will attach ways to find both the book and the author at the end of this blog post. Windows Live Writer is having a hissy fit the past few days and it’s not helping me at all. LOL.
You do not have to wait long for the action to pick up in Dirty Blood! It was about 11 pages before you’re thrown into the thick of it. At first it seemed a little too fast but the pace continues through the entire book, not leaving you for long with out an edge of the seat fight scene or love story twist. A refreshing change to the sometimes boring doldrums between the good stuff you can find yourself in with some novels.
Hildenbrand has a real knack for setting the scene and it is a a huge asset to this book. I loved feeling like I was really seeing exactly what she was writing. You will not be lacking for detail, weather it be for the scenery or for the intense and nail-biting fight scenes, which are well plotted and laid out and easy to follow.
The characters are well structured with the exception of Bailey who seemed unnecessary to the story altogether. And I would have liked to seen more from Cord, I felt I waited a long time to find out what had her panties in a twist and the answer wasn’t big or long enough for me.
I have but one major complaint about this book. And that is the undeniable, and frequent parallels to Twilight it has. I know, I know….keep the mob back and put down the torches – I JUST hauled off about how I HATE when people compare everything to Twilight a few reviews back, but if you will recall it was the vague references that were my issue. Where people think it’s a comparison because the hot guy has a big family or that the main characters are so in love but have to fight through everything to be together….things like that. In my case, with Dirty Blood these are very nearly exact and direct parallels.
And while these things alone, wouldn't be something to bat an eyelash at, or maybe even 1-2 could be overlooked, the sheer amount of them appearing in the book is something that I can’t pass over in the review. I honestly groaned each time one popped up because the story of Dirty Blood is so solid that I felt Hildebrand could have easily avoided these.
-Werewolf love interest is russet colored, and described exactly like Jacob Black in wolf form. Of all the colors, of all the possible descriptions why this one?
-Love Interest picks her up from school in a silver Aston Martin, leaning against the passenger door as she comes out of house = Anyone who has seen Twilight knows what scene I thought of IMMEDIATELY when this was described. Not to mention that Edwards main car is silver, he does also own an Aston Martin (which I believe is also silver & we will see it in Breaking Dawn finally)
-In one section the to love birds literally have the conversations where the phrase “how long have you been 19” is used. = same conversation between Edward and Bella in the woods…
-Love Interest won’t have sex with her, citing the need to “protect her virtue's” = same as E&B in Twilight
-One member of the Cause claims to be Switzerland = Same as Bella in New Moon.
I’m sure I’ll get complaints in my comments about this and feel free. But bear in mind I did say that should there have been one or two of these I wouldn’t have thought twice about it. But these above are just a few, and a person wouldn't really have had to ever even read the books or see the movies to have these things burnt into memory. Posters, previews, clips, Twilight saturates everything from time to time and I can see how things like this happen. However, I was disappointed to see so many in Dirty Blood.
Wrapping up, it’s a strong story with a really neat twist on wolves and hunters I had not yet seen. Entertaining and fast paced. It left me with a few questions, and seems to have set itself up for a sequel, which I will read with out a doubt. Downfall being the Twilight things but still I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Werewolf book. In the end I’m giving it 3.5 - 4 Birds.
Find Heather Hildenbrand here: http://www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com/