Dirty Blood

Rated 4.20/5 based on 10 reviews
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.

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Words: 103,970
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458197580
About Heather Hildenbrand

Heather Hildenbrand lives in Virginia, a hop and a skip from the Atlantic Ocean. She loves vintage tees and if her house was on fire, the one thing she'd grab on the way out is her DVR player!

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Review by: slc333 on Aug. 30, 2013 :
I liked Tara but Wes annoyed me with his hot and cold attitude and I really dislike Tara's mother. I am very interested to read the next instalment though. Hopefully Wes will commit himself ( and stick with it) or Tara will find a new love interest.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sadie S. Forsythe on April 21, 2013 :
I put off reading this book because, frankly, I haven't been enjoying many YA read lately. I'm beginning to think I've just gotten a little too old to relate to the teenagers involved. That being the case, I was relieved to enjoy this one as much as I did. Yes, I still had to sit through Algebra class (or whatever period it might have been) and all of the adolescent angst, but I have no intention of penalising the book for an expected element of the genre. It's just that some books play this particular card too heavily for me. That wasn't the case here. There was enough to remind me that Tara was 17 and Wes 19, but not enough to drown out the rest of the plot.

Tara was a character I could understand. She was strong willed, without being suicidal about it. She very rarely put herself in needless danger just to prove her independence. Plus she was surprisingly observant of the body language of other characters. She gleaned a lot of information from very small things. I appreciated that. Like her, I got a little tired of everyone trying to push her aside for her own protection and I was right behind her when she lashed out about it. You go girl!

I thought that the plot rolled along nicely. There were a few predictable parts, but on the whole the events kept me interested. I also thought that it ended well. I feel like lately half of the books I've read end in the middle of a story. As a result I'm becoming a little wary of any first in a series. This one had a real ending, while still being open for the continuation of the series.
(review of free book)

Review by: The Book Diaries on Nov. 13, 2012 :
With all the wonderful reviews of Dirty Blood on the Internet, I figured I would throw mine in there as well. This was a little late for me considering I read this back in October. I loved it just as much then as I do now and will be forever a fan and follower of Heather. This was the first book I had read by Heather and she had me hooked immediately. I love things that go bump in the night, all the paranormal, fantasy especially werewolves. Heather's story was unique in the fact that she mixed werewolves along with the hunters. In her story they fight each other and co-exist, which added many layers to her story. Although I am a Wes fan now, when I read this I want to yell for Tara to run for the hills away from him, he's infuriating! He's so hot and cold with Tara that I feel so bad for her. Heather has given you action and adventure along with romance and suspense all wrapped into one. She is so good at adding mystery to her characters that you don't know whether they are good or bad which makes the end more of a surprise. Heather is one of the many great authors that you will want to continue following for many years. Enjoy!
(review of free book)

Review by: Regina Linton on July 01, 2011 :
I won this book in a contest on Nightly Readings Blog. It was a delightful novel. Tara kills a girl, understandably it was self defense...she was a werewolf after all. But at the time Tara doesn't realize what is in store for her.

She mets the handsome and uber sexy Wes who becomes her bodyguard to protect her through her legacy. Falling for him is inevitable but it cannot get in the way of the terror that is out there wanting to destroy Tara.

In a world where hunters and werewolves merge, Tara finds her place. This story will entertain those who are lovers of paranormal YA. I look for more from this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ashley @ Book Labyrinth on June 20, 2011 :
3.5 stars

What a fun read! Initially I thought it was going to be a cliche paranormal romance, but I have to say that Heather Hildenbrand surprised me. I pride myself on being flat-out honest, so I have to say that I wasn't really looking forward to reading another werewolf story. I started to read this book because of Indie Author Month and that's it. But very quickly I found myself caring about Tara, the main character. Are there a few cliches in the book? Yes, I would say there are. But was it easy to look past these and enjoy the story? Yes, absolutely. Heather has done some very believable world building, adding structure and a back story to the hunters and wolves. Any questions I was left with were ones that Tara (or even the others) wouldn't have known about, and I believe that any curiosity I have about certain characters or events will be answered in Book 2.

One reason why I really liked Tara is how tough she was. You could really feel her frustration about being kept in the dark, but she was never whiny about it (bonus!). As a reader you got frustrated along with her and cheered when she stood up for herself. Tara might fall for a certain mysterious boy named Wes but she doesn't take any crap from him, which really endeared me to her. Tara doesn't let people baby her, but she also doesn't mind being taken care of, as long as everyone is straight with her.

The whole concept of "Dirty Blood" (you'll have to read the book to find out exactly what it is) and the idea of "The Cause" are absolutely intriguing. The whole story kept me on my toes wondering what might happen or what secret might be revealed next. I'm not sure if the book adds anything particularly unique to the genre, but it sure is entertaining. If you're looking for an action packed paranormal story with a likable narrator and an interesting cast of side characters, then definitely give 'Dirty Blood' a try.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Paranormal Opinion on June 18, 2011 :
I loved this book! It's a wonderful young adult romance about Werewolves and Hunters. It's about a high school girl named Tara who finds out that she was born to kill Werewolves. Honestly, I'm not exactly sure how old Tara is - maybe I missed that part? I'd say 16-17, old enough to drive anyway. In the beginning of the book, a wolf attacks Tara and instincts just take over. She somehow manages to kill the wolf, who then turns back into her human form. Tara starts freaking out when she realizes she has killed a human, and this is where Wes comes into the story.

Wes will have any young girl or *cough* older girl swooning. He calms Tara down, takes her to her house, and later reveals that she is a Hunter. Of course, Wes in a Werewolf so they shouldn't be drawn to each other - but they are. I just love romances where 2 people know they shouldn't be together, but can't help themselves. Really, there was only one thing that bothered me about this book - the wolves can talk while in wolf form. I'm sure the author was just trying to be a little different from all the other wolf stories out there, but it was kind of weird to me.

There is a lot of action in this book, which basically starts at the beginning. It's fast paced, and kept me interested the whole way through. I really liked Tara - she's spunky, stubborn, adventurous, and a very realistic representation of a teenage girl. You have the mother/daughter fights, boyfriend troubles, and other things that teenage girls can relate to. However, Tara is at the top of a list of people who want her dead because of her abilities. This keeps the story action packed and interesting. I was bummed when this book came to an end. There was a bit of a cliff-hanger and now I'm dying to know what happens next. I'm sure I read somewhere that there will be another book, but I don't know when. If Heather asks me to review her 2nd book, I will jump at the chance *hint*hint :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stacey Clifford on May 16, 2011 :
I must admit I have read alot of Paranormal books but mostly about Vampires, fairies etc. This is my first real look at a Werewolf story and it was such a refreshing change.
I was totally blown away by this book, from the 1st chapter I was completely hooked. Heather has outdown herself with this story, it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book, has wonderful, funny and strong minded characters. It's full of adventure, danger and love.


Tara's whole life changed in one night were she met the gorgeous Wes *winks*
Loved Tara she's such a strong minded character that likes to take control of her own life and isn't afraid to tell it to you straight! Now Wes *slips into daydream mode ......... snaps out of it* Sorry about that lol. What can i say he's every womans fantasy guy. He believes Tara is his destiny *swoons* and will do anything he can to protect her from harm.


The secondary characters are just amazing too, Jack had me laughing out loud got some wierd looks from Hubby. He's a strong leader who is a teddy bear underneath. Fee is just gorgeous, she'll help you out with anything and she wouldn't complain a bit. Vera now to me she came off as a little intimidating, she means well. Leo is just plain scary, he's the pure bad guy that we all love to hate.


This book is one you can read over and over and i know i'll be one of the people first in line for Book 2.

A world of Hunters and Werewolves...Whose side will you be on?

I really recommend reading this book if your a big Paranormal fan or even if your not.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rachel Micallef on May 12, 2011 :
Alright, now my thoughts.....I actually really enjoyed this book. I ended up reading it in one go. The story was face paced and interesting and kept me entertained all the way through but I couldn’t help but see similarities with it and a certain vampire novel I’m sure we’ve all read. I try not to compare books with Twilight, because I like to think that they’re all different, and while the plot and idea of this was completely different, I couldn’t help but think that some of the characters and even the individual scenes were too much the same for my taste. Certain things that happened and even Wes himself, who reminded me of Edward and his never ending worry fuelled nature made my mind flick back and forth.

However when I pushed those thoughts aside, I found it really easy to get into the story. It was filled with a range of characters, Tara, Wes, Jack, Fee, Cord, Tara’s mum, Bailey and even Tara’s Grandmother who were quirky, and kind with also being fierce and tough. Hildenbrand has created a rich world and an interesting storyline, one that draws you in and entertains.
Tara was a very somewhat reluctant hero, but who can blame her when it seemed like she was kept outta the loop with practically everything. And let’s not forget that everyone seemed to be so concerned with protecting her that they kept her in the dark about some things she really should have been aware of. I can understand why she’d be frustrated and angry. Regardless thought she was a wonderful gal, who stepped up when she needed too. She was emotional at times and very human in that way—she’s a teenage girl at her very heart, despite all the specialness of what she is, and she acted accordingly.

Alright, so I thought Wes was yummy. Who can blame me? He was very suave and yet had that right amount of wickedness that I love. Wes is a silent character and often finds himself in situations where he doesn’t know what to do. He loves Tara, and yet his honourable and protective nature makes him want to take care of her above everything.
The chemistry between he and Tara was there from the beginning and even before you lean what they both are (Dirty Bloods) you know straight away that they’re gonna fall for one another. I admit I do feel for Tara in this book. She and Wes both love one another, but he worries more about keeping her safe and protecting her than keeping her happy and not breaking her heart. Obviously he never means or likes hurting her, but that’s what he does in an effort to keep her safe. Tara is a slight firecracker in this retrospect as she’s not afraid to stand up to him and tell her what she thinks of this, although it never really changes Wes’s mind.

Similarities aside, this was a fun, intriguing book filled with suspense and mystery. The very first chapter draws you in and doesn’t let go. I’m personally looking forward to the second book, Cold Blood and recommend this for anyone who is a fan of werewolf tales.....
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: A Book Vacation on May 08, 2011 :
Dirty Blood is a really great YA novel, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I was enamored from the very first page and found the overall story of hunters and weres fascinating and fast paced. I love a good story with plenty of action, and Dirty Blood does not disappoint. Tara is a very head strong protagonist, and though I wanted to shake her a few times, due to her ill decision making skills, I love that she is, in fact, a wonderful representation of many teens today. Her self reliant, stubborn demeanor creates a very strong female lead juxtaposed with the tall, dark, and handsome Wes as he tries to help Tara understand her hunter instincts and the danger they bring—to her, and everyone she knows. Of course, like all of us thrown into a situation we do not understand, Tara struggles with herself and her newfound abilities, and I loved watching her come of age as the novel unfolded.

The action was ever present and I had a hard time putting the novel down to attend to life duties, as I was so enamored with the novel. While I did find some similarities to the Twilight series, I think Hildenbrand does a great job making this story her own and creating wonderful characters and situations for readers to latch on to. The idea of a half were, half hunter was intriguing, and I really enjoyed it. Four stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wenona Hulsey on April 16, 2011 :
This is an excellent book with a different spin on werewolves. Loved the story and all the characters. http://wenonahulsey.blogspot.com/2011/04/review-of-dirty-blood-by-heather.html
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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