Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet

Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves-she was able to shift to wolf form at birth.  Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and as a result, he is force to live in seclusion in Ireland's countryside.  Ashling's reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed and defies the ancient laws.  When her pack's oldest rivals begin hunting her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine-far from everything she's ever known.

In Maine, she crosses paths with the dark and rebellious Grey Donavan, and something ignites within her soul.  There's just one problem:  Grey is human.  Their instant connection turns into a passionate romance, and Ashling begins to believe she can create her own life outside of wolf laws.  When she begins to uncover long-buried pack secrets-secrets that threaten to destroy all she holds dear-Ashling's courage and tenacity are tested. (taken from inside book jacket)

First, I sincerely apologize to the author.  I read this book months ago and thought I had already posted the review.  The fact that it's months later and I can still tell you everything in the book is a testament itself for the book's worth.  This is an epic and beautiful tale.  It's been crafted to the point that you don't even question the races other than human.  Each point has been finely tuned and it comes off naturally.

The highs and lows of the story will keep you continuously reading.  Passion, joy and romance rival with fear, anxiety and immorality.  It really is a nonstop journey through all emotions and several times past some of them.  It's written in such a way that you don't even realize you're experience the ups and downs until it's over.  You're just along for the ride and at the end you look up at the roller coaster and realize all the twists and turns you've taken.

For me, personally, the selling point was Ashling.  Honestly, she's one of the best heroines I've read.  You know that point in the movie where the large-chested blonde walks upstairs when the killer is waiting for her?  That point when you're screaming at her because you know at some point she's seen a scary movie or read a scary book and she knows without a doubt that what she's doing is stupid?  That point when you lose all sense of caring for the character because she's too stupid to live?  That point when you're thankful the killer takes care of the issue and puts her out of her idiotic misery?  Yeah...that doesn't happen here.  Ashling is an intelligent girl filled with  morals and sense.  She doesn't always take the same path I would, but she does explain why she's taking the path she is, and it always makes sense.  I didn't just enjoy her character, I actually respected her, which is unusual.  The's a strong lead female character who isn't portrayed as a dimwit.

Terry Spear fans will definitely enjoy this one.  It's different in that it's much darker and more medieval, but you'll devour it.  There are a lot of books out there in the werewolf genre, but even if you're feeling overwhelmed by them, you'll still want to pick this one up.  It's definitely towards the top of my favorites list.

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