Dirty Blood

( 52 )

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
Paperback
$10.03
BN.com price
(Save 8%)$11.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $9.32   
  • New (5) from $9.32   
  • Used (1) from $10.02   
Dirty Blood

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$0.99
BN.com price

Overview

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.

And even now there are two thoughts that are so clear, they feel branded into my mind: One, Werewolves do exist, and two, I was born to kill them.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Amy The Eyes for Editing
The writing was engaging, the characters were well developed, the plot was tight, and the editing was superb. Overall, I say it is a VERY good book, and I will be reading the sequel to this book. Congrats on creating such a wonderful book.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461065715
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 1,212,041
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in northern Virginia, where she was homeschooled through high school. She is a wife and mother of 2 living in coastal Virginia. She loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she'd grab is her DVR player!

You can find out more about her and upcoming books at www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 52 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(28)

4 Star

(18)

3 Star

(5)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 52 Customer Reviews
  • Posted December 28, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Great start to a really good YA Paranormal series

    Tara Godfrey is just a normal girl, living in Frederick Falls, VA on the night her life changed completely. After breaking up with her boyfriend at the pool hall and sending him home, she is unsuccessful in finding a ride home, so sets out to walk to the bus stop. While going through an alley, she comes across a girl who seems to be in some distress ¿ however, before she can try to help the girl, the girl ¿ changes into a wolf, and attacks Tara. Tara, to her surprise, manages to not only survive, but to actually kill the werewolf. With the help of her new friend Wes she discovers that everything she thought she knew about herself was a lie ¿ she is a Hunter, and it is her destiny to fight werewolves. How is it she never knew about this? And what are the ¿sides¿ that Wes alludes to? Will Tara decide to embrace her destiny, or will she decide to go about her life as it was?

    While I don¿t dislike werewolves, I¿m more of a vampire person, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I was a bit astonished ¿ no, taken aback is more like it ¿ when I learned that the favored weapon of the Hunters against werewolves was ¿ a wooden stake. Seriously? Why not a knife? Well, that is actually explained a bit later, but it still seems a bit strange ¿ I hope it is further explained in later books. The characters are well developed and the plot is smooth and quick-paced. Overall the editing and writing style are well-done ¿ at least in the first third of the book or so. After that, there are more editing errors, but still not too bad. This is classified as young adult, since the main character is a 17-year-old girl, and overall it¿s a book I would feel comfortable letting younger readers have ¿ there is some violence, but it¿s not bad, and while there are some romantic scenes, there is no sex. I was also happy that the romance between the characters seemed more or less realistic. Overall, a great book, one I¿d definitely recommend for fans of werewolves and paranormal/urban fantasy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 11, 2012

    Awesome werewolf series that I can't wait to read more of!!

    Dirty Blood is about a seemingly average girl named Tara, who finds herself face-to-face with a werewolf alone in an alley one cold night. With no help in sight, suddenly instincts she never knew she had just kick in, and Tara somehow manages to kill the shewolf and come out relatively unscathed. In shock and clueless as to what it all means, Tara is happy to trust in the handsome boy named Wes who stumbles upon the scene. He seems to know what's going on, and he offers to help Tara at a time when she desperately needs it. Injured, confused, and wanting answers, she is slowly introduced to a whole new world by Wes and his allies. Turns out Wes is also a werewolf, and Tara is a hunter, someone born to hunt and kill his kind. But there's more to these two species than black and white, and Wes and his friends are all members of The Cause. A group of werewolves and hunters who, together, are trying to make peace amongst their kinds. And it may all depend on the secret behind Wes and Tara's bloodline. With enemies on both sides and a werewolf from Tara's past hell-bent on destroying her future, she's in the fight of her life and Wes is desperate to save her.

    I loved the unique twists in this story. There are so many books out where the young heroine with the normal life suddenly realizes that she's actually something more than human, but there was more to it here and it sucked me in from the very start. I loved the mystery behind Tara's true nature and how it plays such a huge part in their fate. She was so infuriated with Wes and the others for not divulging the information she wanted about their world 'for her own good', and who could blame her?! She was flying blind and everyone kept hiding things from her even though there were some things she really needed to know. Tara was really an awesome heroine, she kicked ass and didn't stood up for herself when she felt like it was time for truths to be revealed. With no training, she still managed to hold her own against Leo and his cohorts, and I'm really excited to see what she's capable of later in this series!! And Wes, oh, sweet lord this boy had me melting at every turn!!! I mean, holy smoking hot furball with a protective streak that kisses like you're his last hope of survival...whew!! I adored him for the way he was all Tarzan-like masculine one minute, then tender and loving the next; I was swooning after both sides of him! Yes, I was just as irritated as Tara was every time he decided to keep another secret from her, but I also understood that from his perspective he was protecting her. And how can you stay mad at that??!! I love how destiny is playing a part in their love story; not because they are being forced down a certain path, but that it feels like they were always meant to complete each other and be each other's other half. *sigh*

    Hildenbrand hardly gives her readers a chance to breathe once the action starts picking up in this story! Between the heartbreaking decisions that are made and the attacks around every corner, I never had a spot where I could put the book down and not be worried about what was coming up next! As Tara learns about her past and discovers who her attacker really is, a whole

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Well now this book really surprised me and I really enjoyed read

    Well now this book really surprised me and I really enjoyed reading it. I'm not a big fan of books about werewolves and it takes an amazing story to really captivate me and I'm telling you this book just did that. There is something unique and different about this that stands out from the same old, same old. Okay, before I get carried away, I want to thank the amazing author Heather Hildenbrand for providing me with a copy of Dirty Blood in exchange for my review. And let me tell you I'm honestly blown away with how captivated I was by the story and the amazing characters. It was a simple story yet had so much going on in that it had my head spinning and my heart racing. Heather really knows how to make you live and breath the story as if you are in it yourself. I love that about a book, being carried away without a care in the world, except the one you have escaped to. Totally amazing.

    Dirty Blood really starts off with a bang and does not stop. We are introduced to both Tara and the world she is about to be plunged into within the first chapter. She finds herself in a dark alley, trying to defend herself from a wolf. Something kicked in, as if she was born to do just that, and she defeated the wolf. Utterly confused and shocked by what just happened to her, she is confronted by Wes, who turns out to be someone who knows a hell of a lot about wolves. He is someone she can trust to help her as well as fill her in and explain the Supernatural episode she was just in.
    Tara is a exactly the type of girl you want in this book. She is strong, confident, independent, stubborn and one hell of a kick ass heroine, who would stop at nothing. For someone so clueless, she really held her own and never liked anyone telling her what she could and could not do. I love how infuriated she would get whenever someone tried to always "protect" her from the big bad wolves, and she wouldn't have a bar of it. That someone was always Wes. Oh my, he is my favourite character from this book. He is dark, mysterious, pig-headed (oh how stubborn he is), sexy, hot, damn impossible to reason with and one bad ass you don't want to mess with. Oh man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man, he is RAWR. He had Tara's head spinning and so was mine. He was always thinking about Tara's safety first before his own feelings and this was so frustrating. Oh the tension between them was palpable and you wanted them to go all savage with each other, and the moments they did, the heat was radiating off of the page. Oh boy, I need a cold drink to cool me down. I loved these two together. Their banter, their attraction, their love, their destiny and the unspoken words between them was beautiful to discover. At times I wanted to bang my head against a wall because forces were keeping them apart, and whether they can overcome these forces is just something you all have to figure out on your own when you read the book yourself.

    I loved every minute of this book, and I never like to give away too much in my reviews and I don't think I could say anything more. The plot is complicated, yet simple, and a story that needs to be discovered by everyone. I am super keen and excited to read the next book, and am grateful I won't have to wait too long for book 3 either. The ending was not left on a cliffhanger but has me eager and keen to read on and find out what happens next. Thank you again Heather for providing me with a copy of your book, but for also writing an amazing story about Wolves and Hunters. I'm totally blown away by how unique and different the story is, and I hope the next two are just as captivating and enthralling. Love it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Tara is a great heroine! I love how she is just as in the dark a

    Tara is a great heroine! I love how she is just as in the dark about what is going on as we are. I love seeing revelations through the characters eyes from the beginning.


    This story is action packed from the get-go. Tara has to literally fight for her life against a girl who attacks her.


    I love how independent and stubborn Tara is. She does not deal well with commands and does things her own way, even if the way she does them puts her life in even more danger.... ooops.


    The connection between Tara and Wes is evident from the start. This was one of the teen romances I become consumed with. I fell for Wes right along with Tara. He is hot, protective, and so very alpha!


    If you are looking for a fast paced and action packed YA Paranormal read then this is definitely a great pick!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 15, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I loved this book, the plot was great and I love a good strong m

    I loved this book, the plot was great and I love a good strong main character. Tara is strong, independent and well she’s just kick ass! Her world as she knew it completely changed one night, she met her then boyfriend for dinner and to play some pool, long story short they broke up because football seemed to be more important than anything else. When she was about to leave she realized he was the one who brought her there so she would have to take the bus, she took a short cut though an ally on her way to the bus stop. As Tara got closer to the bus stop she noticed a woman standing there and then her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. Some hidden instinct kicks in and Tara manages to kill the wolf-girl, sustaining some minor injuries. Hot sexy Wes Shows up and poor Tara is in shock He takes her home and makes her forget.

    The next day Wes shows up and starts explaining things she thought where only in books. What happens when things are not the way you thought they were and then some other wolf pack tries to kill you. But when they take someone you love you will do anything to get them back even if it kills you. I’m officially addicted to this series! And I’ll be getting book 2 as soon as I can! I loved the action the way Wes and Tara relationship grows and all the twists and turns and OMG I love Tara’s Grandma you will know what I mean when you read this book she is bad ass!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 10, 2014

    Witty and smart Tara is a wonderful character.   She was immedia

    Witty and smart Tara is a wonderful character.   She was immediately my favorite and I was hoping that she lived to find out what she was.    At the beginning she was stubborn and at every turn almost getting herself killed.    As the story continues you can see her coming to terms with what she is and what is expected of her.   The Hunter in her comes out little by little and I grew to look forward to seeing the aggressive side of her.    Her other side, the romantic side, had me worried.   She had fallen for a boy/werewolf who didn’t seem to return her feelings.   Her feelings were portrayed as a teenager, which is what she is, and were over board at times, childish at other times, and other times very adult like and understanding.  I enjoyed the romance and hoped that it would be a happy pairing.




    Wes is yummy.  His only job is to keep Tara safe and he throws himself into this 100%.  He is protective and strong with a soft side.  He would die to keep her from harm.   The connection between them was electric and felt almost immediately.   Although, he was so stubborn that he didn’t want to give in to those feelings and fought them throughout almost the entire story.    The struggle within himself was fun to watch but I was really hoping he would show her how much she meant to him and quickly.  




    The plot was fast and fun.   Once I started reading I did not want to put it down.   I am thrilled that the book is set up to have follow ups.  I highly recommend Heather Hildenbrand and Dirty Blood.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 28, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and a ru

    I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and a rusty pipe I found lying behind the dumpster. But that wasn't the part that got me. The part that shook me to my core, that scared me more than anything...was the fact that she went from being a girl, to a wolf, and once I killed her; Back to being a girl again. As I stood there, he showed up. In this moment I found two things to be true: werewolves exists, and I was born to kill them.

    Okay, God's honest truth I am not sure what to rate this. At first I didn't like it, but I soldiered on, and then out of no where the excitement begins! I became more interested and more intrigued and finally couldn't look away. Yet there was something still bugging me and it might be, because I am old school when it comes to werewolves...the shouldn't talk. I just didn't like the fact they talked while they were in their wolf forms. It could be some genetic mutation farther into the future, but I wasn't diggin the talking. That is the only complaint I can conjure up. Yes some reviews say its a twilight rip off. To some extent I agree I did see some twilight references but nothing extreme. There were some other questions I had but I am not gonna say because I don't wanna ruin anything for other readers.

    *Reviewer for Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 14, 2013

    I absolutely loved this story.  What a new way of telling the we

    I absolutely loved this story.  What a new way of telling the werewolf/hunter story.  I’ve always been a fan of shifter stories and this one didn’t let me down.
    This story has it all…sarcasm, love, struggles,  action, etc etc.  I couldn’t put it down.  A big thumbs up to Heather for this story.  I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
    I fully recommend this book as a to be read book!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Pretty good

    As far as teen books go, this one was good. I look forward to the charcter development in the next book

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 23, 2013

    The whole series was hard to put down alot of action, love and e

    The whole series was hard to put down alot of action, love and excitement one of the best series I have read for a while. I have also read Imitation loved that book also, hoping a second one is coming out soon.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 6, 2013

    The Dirty Blood Series by Heather Hildenbrand ¿ Review By Momma-

    The Dirty Blood Series by Heather Hildenbrand – Review
    By Momma-Ellen on August 6, 2013
    TheDirtyBloodSeries

    I just finished Blood Bond by Heather Hildenbrand. This is the third book in the Dirty Blood series. I give this book 5 cookies! I know 5 cookies is a lot of cookies, but it really is that good. Werewolf books would normally be out of my preferred genre, but I thought I would give it a whirl and see if I liked it. I have managed to read the first three books in three days! I am burning the midnight oil and I am very tired!

    In Blood Bond, the story of Tara, who is known as a Hunter, continues. She is a mix of Hunter and Werewolf. Mom is a Hunter, Dad was a Wolf. Like the first 2 books, the story is full of action. At this point the story is complex enough that I don’t know where to begin explaining things. There are so many twists in the story. Every time I think I have things figured out, something changes. I like that!
    Each time I think I know who all the good guys and bad guys are, something changes. It is great! I am handing the books over to my daughter to read. I think she will like them.

    Definitely buy the books. You won’t be disappointed. You will get sucked into Tara’s world as she fights, loves, and struggles with being both Hunter and Wolf.
    What does MommaEllen Think?

    The Dirty Blood Series by Heather Hildenbrand 5 cookies!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 11, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    With all the wonderful reviews of Dirty Blood on the Internet, I

    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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Werewolf

    This is a different kind of werewolf story and I like it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    AMAZING!!!

    I stumbled upon a free read trolling through my nook. The title Dirty Blood caught my eye. The story starts off with a young girl Tara who by chance stumbles into a life of hunters and warewolves. The story is fast paced and the characters are likeable. Not your typical girl lets boy rescue her kinda story this girl kicks ass.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 24, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I don't think there is anything bad I would be able to say about

    I don't think there is anything bad I would be able to say about this book because I loved it so much. It held my attention from the very beginning and I was hooked. I literally could not put this one down and stayed up to finish it because I just had to know what was going to happen. Tara was such a kick butt heroine. She started off really strong and ended the book stronger than ever. I loved her drive and take no prisoners attitude. She was by no means a push over in any way and I loved that. It's a rare quality in teenage girl characters as a lot of them are just whiny and clingy.




    Tara learns some shocking details about herself but she takes it in stride and learns to deal with it. I loved that Tara was so accepting of things once she realized what she was and decided to make herself better at it. I loved Wes too. He at first had to grow on me because he was bit of a jerk to Tara in the beginning but then once I got to know more about him I loved him too. He was the perfect match for Tara and maybe the only person that can keep up with her. Their fiery spirits made for such off the charts chemistry. I loved seeing them together and all their verbal tirades. It was just so cute and made for some funny moments.




    I loved the uniqueness of the wolves too. It was truly a different take on them and something that made this tale stand out as more than an average Wolf and Hunter tale. These wolves had such heart and were so well written that you could see their personalities shine through no matter what form they were in. I have to say that I really need to read more of this series to see how Wes and Tara are going to handle everything that was thrown at them. I loved this book and can't wait to read more of what may become one of my favorite series if this first book is any indication. Overall I highly recommend this one to others and especially lovers of werewolf tales.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    I really enjoyed the characters and the pace of the book. I read

    I really enjoyed the characters and the pace of the book. I read it in one day! I couldn't put it down. I guessed a few things before they were revealed in the book but it did come through with plenty of surprises to. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA paranormal. The action kept me riveted and the romance between the lead characters kept me on my toes.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Loved it

    Loved it

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Good read!

    I could not put it down!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Great read!

    New twist on the basic werewolves, I loved it and had to go back for the next two!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Great book!!

    Thought I'd try this book since it was free...and I'm glad I did. I've already read the next 2 in the series. I really enjoyed this series. Can't wait for the next one.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 52 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)