Cold Blood, book 2 Dirty Blood series [NOOK Book]

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Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they're kicking your butt in the process.
At least I've got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De'Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he's ...
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Cold Blood, book 2 Dirty Blood series

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Overview

Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they're kicking your butt in the process.
At least I've got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De'Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he's destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn't going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point's evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?

Cold Blood is Book 2 in the Dirty Blood series. To read more about the Dirty Blood series visit www.accendopress.com
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013473843
  • Publisher: Accendo Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2011
  • Series: Dirty Blood Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 67,632
  • File size: 296 KB

Meet the Author

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com
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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    Amazing new addition to the Dirty Blood series!

    This book picks up exactly where Dirty Blood leaves off, which I thought was great. Wes is pretty busy taking over duties for the Cause while Jack is still recovering, so unfortunately we don't see him much in the beginning (or at all really). The story follows Tara as she gets settled in to life at Wood Point Academy, a school specifically for aspiring werewolf hunters. She's pretty reluctant at first, not seeing why she needs the extra training and not wanting to be away from Wes for such a long period of time, but in the end she doesn't have much of a choice, as both her mother and grandmother think it is what's best for her. Tara was amazing, once again. She was thrust into an unfamiliar situation, at a new school, with kids who despised her just for the fact that she was half-werewolf, half hunter. There was certainly a lot of animosity toward her, but luckily she makes two new friends, Cambria and Logan, to make it at least tolerable. I really enjoyed both of these new characters, but especially Cambria, who was spunky, outspoken, and didn't really care what other people thought of her. Also, new hot guy alert! In Cold Blood we are introduced to Alex, who is assigned to help Tara with her hunter training, to be able to catch up with the other students. He's handsome and confident, but what makes their dynamic even more fascinating is the fact that Alex absolutely hates werewolves (for very personal reasons). Some other familiar faces are seen throughout as well, such as Jack and Fee, Miles, and Cord, and it's nice to get reacquainted with them. As I mentioned before, there's a new hot guy on the scene. Honestly, usually I take a side when a love triangle enters the picture, but I'm really torn on this one. I absolutely adore Wes and at the time I read Dirty Blood I couldn't imagine anyone being better for Tara. Then along came Cold Blood and with it came Alex, Tara's hot, broody tutor. I was crushed to learn that Wes wasn't in this book much at all, and when Alex is introduced I felt kind of annoyed, like how dare the author try and break up such a cute couple! Once I got to see more of Alex though, I started to fall for him too, even though he was extremely conflicted with Tara being half Werewolf. I think that made their interactions so much more interesting and I enjoyed seeing how they both changed as the story progressed and they got to know each other better. So in this case, I'm torn. I still love Wes, but I'm drawn to Alex as well. Only time will tell where Tara's heart will lead her and I'm anxious to see who she chooses; I know in Vera's vision she saw Tara and Wes together leading the Cause, but I'm guessing things could always change. I'm absolutely loving this series. It's a lot different than the other Werewolf books I've read in the past and so much more entertaining. Once I started reading this one, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. That's when I always know I have a good book on my hands; even when I have to put it down, my mind keeps wandering back to it and wondering when I will be able to get back to reading. The characters are amazing, the story was superb, and the ending packed a punch, leaving us with a very tantalizing cliffhanger. If you're looking for a new YA book, I highly recommend the Dirty Blood series; you definitely won't be disappointed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

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    Could not put it down

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  • Posted June 7, 2014

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    Cold Blood (Dirty Blood #2) by Heather Hildenbrand  4 ½ of 5 sta

    Cold Blood (Dirty Blood #2) by Heather Hildenbrand 
    4 ½ of 5 stars

    Tara Godfrey was sent to boarding school at Wood Point Academy to learn about being a Hunter.  She is disappointed to be separated from her boyfriend, Wes, who needs to stay home to lead The Cause. If that is not enough, she is shunned by her classmates for having Dirty Blood (being half-Hunter-half-werewolf).  Her assigned tutor, Alex, seems to hate her, and her insane cousin, Miles De'Luca, is stalking her.

    Tara is a worthy heroine.  She is strong and able to endure scrutiny.  Nevertheless, her character is very believable with flaws like self-doubt.    She is put in a difficult situation and tries to handle it to the best of her ability.

    I enjoyed Tara’s relationship with Alex. It was interesting to see how the two developed as they got to know each other better.  

    The supporting characters, including the bad guys, are credible. They made the story interesting and unpredictable.  The non-human entities are well described and fascinating to read about.  
    Heather Hildenbrand created a convincing world.  The plot was well done and exciting.  This was a hard book to put down.  There were a lot of attention-grabbing events and developments.  I will definitely want to continue reading this series.  

    Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    AWESOME

    I absolutely dove into book two. This is a great read fast paced lots of action and realistic friendships. Tara is a badass chick. Wes or Alex?..hmmm. chas or the cause.? Must read this book and on to book 3.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    very good read

    I really liked the series. Happy endings and truth revealed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Loved it

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Great book

    This book was a great read. #2 in the series.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    I was disappointed when Tara leaves Wes and they decide they can

    I was disappointed when Tara leaves Wes and they decide they can't see each other for a semester. Bummer and no fair. I needed my Tara and Wes fix.

    Then Tara arrives at a school for hunters and we are thrust into a whole other life for Tara. She enters here on a journey of self discovery and learns she is the one unlikable person in school just because she's a dirty blood.

    Not only do we have some Wes in our story, *sigh* but then we also have Alex competing for her attention. Did I mention that I am fascinated with love triangles? Oh it's good.

    The plot to this one was just as good as the first. I really felt and understood Tara in this book. She was coming into her own and discovering a lot about herself.

    I am thrilled that this book was even better than the first one. I give this addition to the series five glittery stars for being awesome sauce!

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    just AWESOME

    you wanna talk sexy werewolves... I've got you!!! *sigh* this series makes me VERY happy... I need to say that there is fantastic writing going on in here. I feel emotionally connected to these kids :) Ok, so when Tara is forced to go to Wood Pointe (which is supposed to be the most esteemed for hunters), her whole world kinda turns topsy-turvy... She has to leave Wes, then starts finding out secrets about her family, and things that go on. There is some serious crazy twists in here... I NEED BOOK 3 NOW, so I am not gunna need to be checked in somewhere with withdrawl symptoms LOL! You know how there is always the mean girl, well, Tara meets her own new mean girl :) But she also finds some AWESOME new friends too. This promises to help Tara on her way of self sidcovery & choices. Now, I know this may come as a shock, cuz I was totally all up in team Wes, but I think I am put off by him right now. *sigh* you know, I have Alex on my brain so that may not help either :) Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty

    Tara- I kinda just want to hug her in here. She was quite independent (even if freaking out in the first book, which she should) but I wanted her to just know that things would be alright, but then again, she found friends and they help her, regardless of consequences, and she has found a new place that's perfect for her... in their circle :) I cannot wait for this kid's story to continue!!

    Cambria- yep, she's my favorite. I love her sarcasm, her loyalty, her flippant ways, and most of all, her style. She was so unique! I need her for my new best friend :)

    Logan- the other posse member, he's kinda hot, even if he is a geek, and I wanna wrap him up & stick him in my pocket to carry around with me :) There is always that brainy kid who will FIND the answers no matter what... that's Logan... did I mention that he's hot too :)

    Wes- I know that his is a "mix" like Tara, & I do love him, but there is something going on here... I can't quite put my finger on it, but I think he is gunna break Tara's heart. Yes, he loves her, and she him, and they have this bond that is so unbreakable, but I've got my eye on him... I guess we'll just have to see *wink*

    Alex- *sigh* you know you always love the hot, broken, bad boy... Well then I DO!! Alex is hot, and kinda mean, and sometimes rude and prejudice (but with good reason)... and then he turns all sweet and sexy & well, you get it when I say HOT :)... yeah I think I've officially switched teams when he says things like, “You’d kiss me back right now if I kissed you,” he said, and I tried to decide whether to even attempt denial. “But then you’d remember him and you’d feel bad for it.” Who wouldn't think this dude is hot :)

    So, if you have any doubts about this series, you seriously need to reconsider :) GO READ THEM NOW!!! & GIMME GIMME book 3 :)

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

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    Good 2nd book in Dirty Blood series

    Tara¿s mother and grandmother have decided that she will be safer away from Frederick Falls and have shipped her off to boarding school ¿ an exclusive school for Hunters named Wood Pointe. They figure that not only will she be safe among Hunters, but she will also have a chance to train. No one asked Tara what she wanted to do, of course, but she is not able to do anything about it, so she is uprooted and sent packing. However, word has circulated that she is a dirty blood, and most of the students will have nothing to do with her, if they aren¿t outright antagonistic. She does manage to make a couple friends ¿ Cambria and Logan are misfits like she is. She is assigned to a boy named Alex ¿ a Senior ¿ to assist her in catching up with her training. Things become complicated when Alex appears to be falling for her, leaving her conflicted due to her feelings for Alex. Also, Miles is stalking her, and alumni of the school are going missing. Will Tara have to make a decision between Alex and Wes? Will she be able to avoid Miles? And what is happening to the alumni and other Hunters who are going missing?

    There are two huge plot issues that make me have a bit of trouble with my suspension of disbelief ¿ first, most of the Hunters start training when they are as young as five. How is Tara supposed to get caught up, showing up to this school when she is 17? Also, there is an incident where her roommate ¿ her archrival ¿ destroys every piece of her clothing in a fit of spite; how is Tara supposed to explain that to anyone? Yet she somehow manages to have clothing by a couple days later. But overall I was able to move past that and enjoy the book a great deal. The plot is becoming thicker, the action sequences are intense, and the characters are developing in a very interesting manner. I enjoyed this book a great deal and I¿ll definitely be looking for the next book in the series, whenever it is scheduled to come out. Recommended!

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

    Wonderful!

    I really enjoyed this second book in this series. I had been watching for it to come out, and read it right away. This book brought iin a new guy that brings about some fun conflict. Tara becomes an even stronger female character, and I love when the writers make the females strong instead of always relying on a guy. I am anxiously awaiting book 3!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    BookWhisperer Reviews Cold Blood

    Cold Blood takes a leap into the Hunter¿s world. After the battle that concluded Dirty Blood; Tara find herself enrolled in the Wood Point academy for Hunters. At her Grandmother¿s demand Tara agrees to attend the prestigious Hunter Academy, but little does she know that lies ahead. Jack and Fess have explained the reluctance that Werewolves and Hunters alike hold towards mixed blood. The reality of this truth becomes a harsh reality when Tara finds herself with more enemies than she can count. Tara¿s life becomes a living nightmare.

    Fortunately, two of the school misfits Logan and Cambria accept Tara with open arms. Cambria seems to have a bit of a dark side, but Logan seems altogether genuine. Alex which happens to be Tara¿s tutor/trainer is a delectable addition to this novel. His shocking outburst the first day of school will leave readers questioning her character, but as the layers peel back his is just as twisted and a complicated as Tara. It is easy to see Tara struggle with feeling for his character. Personally, I must add that in my opinion he is no Wes. I was frustrated with her for allowing this emotional attachment to build in this book. Although, it does add for some obvious male dominance altercations that adds a little spice for the reader.

    Overall, this was another good read for this loveable series. I honestly expected a little more action and intensity after book one; but as an avid reader I can also recognize the need for the build that this novel offers. I look forward to the next book, and can¿t wait to see what is to come. BOOKWHISPERER RECOMMEND!!

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