My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves–she was able to shift to a wolf at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and she is sent to live in Ireland’s secluded countryside. Ashling’s reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed, defying the ancient laws. When her pack’s oldest rivals begin to hunt her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine, far from everything she’s known.
When she crosses paths with dark and rebellious Grey Donavan, 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 uncovers long-buried pack 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?
Bloodmark is the first installment in the Bloodmark Saga.
So, I have a problem. I read this book and then read the second installment and will read the third when it becomes available, but and this is a big BUT, I really had a difficult time with the writing style. There were over 500 buts. I felt if I had to read the word but one more time, I would scream. Also, the instant love connection that left nothing to the imagination between Ashling and Grey was a bit much. I wish there was some actual character development before falling into a deep never-ending obsessive love plot.
The reason I continued reading the second book was because I did like the idea behind the story. I loved the idea of werewolves and royalty and rebellion. I liked the fact that Ashling had major obstacles to overcome, and that she did it with gusto. I loved getting to know all of the characters and seeing the roles they would play throughout the series. I think Baran was my favorite character in the book because of his ability to love unconditionally and his fiercely protective personality.
Thank you, NetGalley, Aurora, and Wise Ink Creative Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book.