Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet (Bloodmark Saga, #1)

by Aurora Whittet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Bloodmark, Book 1
Publication Date: October 27, 2013
Publisher: Wise Ink
ISBN-13: 978-1940014012
Number of Pages: 480
Genre: Tween/YA Paranormal Fantasy/Romance
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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, she is forced 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. Will she choose her deep and enduring love for Grey, or will she follow Old Mother’s path to her destiny?

My Review:
Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet
From my Hidden Gem pile comes Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet, a paranormal fantasy/romance for young adults and tweens. Ashling Boru, a werewolf princess, has a role to play in the destiny of both the human and werewolf worlds, which makes her both prized and feared. As are the archaic traditions of her kind, her father has arranged for her to marry a prince from another pack, an agreement was struck to give her a reprieve and the chance to find her soulmate on her own. Being who and what she is means her life will be in danger and having been kept in the dark about her true self, she is ill-prepared for how her life will change. Is it possible she has found her true mate the day she meets Grey, a human? There is something different about Grey that even he doesn’t understand and even though their love appears doomed from the start, he will do anything to keep her safe, even stand up to a werewolf. Even better, he respects her as a person, no matter whom or what she is, and he has reason not to. Sounds like a keeper to me!

Aurora Whittet has built her world and filled it with ancient mysteries, traditions and conflicts, as well as contemporary high school drama and attitude. The best part? She did it seamlessly at a pace that is quick, characters that are very well-fleshed out, action that keeps you white-knuckling your way through it. The dialogue transcends time, too, from the stuffy pomp of the ancient traditions to the halls of angst-filled high school banter.

Paranormal romance novels are always larger than life, isn’t that part of the draw? The intensity of the moment, the emotion, the action and the tension is like a magnet for me. Bloodmark has it all, thanks to Aurora Whittet’s amazing pen! What makes this stand out for me is that even with all of the above, that invisible age appropriate line has not been crossed! The blood and guts are there, yes, and the romantic tension is there between Ashling and Grey, but it never crosses over to NA, adult territory, yet feels “grown up” enough for younger readers or readers that prefer less “spice” in their reading. Two of my paranormal loving granddaughters will be getting Bloodmark for their Kindles from Grandma!

I was fortunate to receive a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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