Read from April 6-8, 2017
Synopsis: 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?
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $4.07
The second book in the Bloodmark Saga, Bloodrealms, sees Ashling and her band of merry suitors flailing around trying to win her affections. All the while fighting with each other and generally being total idiots.
Between the excessively overwritten rubbish that spurts from Ashling’s mind when she thinks of Grey and the adolescent lusting whenever they were within thirty feet of each other, the story actually held quite a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. This is the saving grace of the Bloodmark Saga in my eyes, I am curious to see how things progress in book 3, though I’d be happy if Ashling and Grey are separated by a whole continent for the duration (I’ve had enough of that rubbish!). Or I’ll just take another 12 months to eventually get to book #3.
Ashling annoyed the hell out of me in both books, but she felt more ‘mary-sue’ like at the start of this book, HOWEVER, she does appear to grow a backbone and have some character growth by the end of the story. Big green tick! Head to GO, collect $200.
My main concerns for this book (outside of the gut-roiling puke-fest gushing love between Ashling and Grey) was that there seemed to be a whole heap of new plot threads that just appeared in this book and took over from the original ones from book one.
For example, you’re meant to really dislike this one character throughout the whole book, then at the end it’s like ‘TA-DA’ they’re not that bad, they were doing these things out of love. Which was a total and utter surprise because we’d seen nothing about any of it throughout the books. Then, other characters who were kind of bit-parts ended up with some pretty major plot driving scenes. It seemed all over the place to me.
I’m giving this 3/5 because there was some character growth in Ashling, but it’s only a start. Overall the book was flat and rather uninteresting until the last few chapters.
**Note: I was provided with an electronic version of this book in return for an honest review**