Book Review: Beasthood (The Hidden Blood series) by A. Z. Green

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I received this book directly from the author to review.  Since I have been on a “paranormal romance” kick this summer, I dove right in.  Here is the synopsis from amazon.com:

‘The bloody, raw meat was tantalizing her; calling to her. She hated it and yearned for it all at once. 
“Stop.” She ordered. “What are you doing?!”
“So hungryyyyy,” snarled a primal voice deep within her.
“Don’t you dare!” she screamed back.
But it did dare.”

What would you do if you discovered you weren’t human? That you turned into a bloodthirsty monster against your will?
What if your instincts, emotions and desires were torn between your own and the dark, dangerous animal lurking inside of you?
If it could make you yearn for someone you shouldn’t, make you say and act in ways you wouldn’t and overwhelm your whole existence?
If everything you’d ever known about your life was a lie?

In a world where a deeply hidden community is swathed in mystery, deadly secrets, betrayal and murder, Jaz Barker struggles to fight against the dangerous Beast within her and the emotions and desires it thrusts her way.
When tensions ride high and people she cares about are put in danger, she will have to decide how much of her newly awakened animal side she’s willing to let in.

And if it is worth the risk…

This is the first werewolf book I have read from outside the North American continent.  Most of the books of this type take place where they naturally find wolves in the Pacific northwest of the United States and Canada.  Nicky Charles’ werewolf romance series comes to mind.

It was intriguing to read a take on this genre from “across the pond”.

There were some confusing bits, especially in the beginning where only descriptions were used to identify people.  Also the dates that head each chapter can be confusing.  The reader has to keep a calendar in her head to figure out the timeline.

The entire “philosophy” of werewolf society is unique as well.  Like the other books of this genre, most of the shifters live in “packs” and have a leader known as an “alpha”.

But this book provides more, excruciating, detail on what this society is like.  What “changing” actually feels like (apparently it is very painful).  The corporal punishments for rules infractions are very brutal.  Overall, it is more violent than similar books.

In the case of Jaz, she was raised completely separate from this society by parents who are human.  Up until she is “kidnapped” by a mysterious family member, she has no idea she is even adopted.  She gradually learns more and more about her true nature, her “family” and her future.

She slowly adapts to this knowledge, but not willingly.  Feisty is an understatement for this girl.  I absolutely love her tenacity.

I do feel for Jaz.  Her anger at being kept out of the loop and being spoon fed the truth is palpable.  She is going through something so mind boggling, it is hard not to sympathize with all of the information she is learning.

And coping with her feelings that she doesn’t understand to someone who may possibly be her mate, and just so happens to be very important in the pack.

Overall, a good paranormal read with a different twist.  If you can handle the bits of confusion in the beginning, it is well worth the read.  I look forward to the following books in the series.

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