Author: Aurora Whittet
Series: Bloodmark Saga #1
Publisher: Wise Ink
Publication date: November 1st 2013
Book Length: 333 pages
Genres: YA, Fantasy
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?
I’ll make this quick and get to the point. Bloodmark could have been a great book. Ashling Boru is a werewolf princess who has been sent to live away from her family, she's both feared and adored for her ability to shift in wolf form from birth, for other wolves it usually happens during puberty. So whilst running away from those who would seek to harm or claim her for themselves, she discovers shocking secrets about her heritage and how she might be the key to uniting all wolves.
This was extremely intriguing, for one I love werewolf stories, this coupled with royalty, tricky politics and according to the synopsis ‘a passionate romance’, I thought this was going to be a win, win, win read.
I give you two little words as to why this was anything but:
Now sometimes I don’t mind insta-love, sometimes it’s obvious as to which characters are going to be together, sometimes the subtle looks and gestures of a character are not so subtle and it’s clear what going to happen. These are the types that I can sort of get over, as in if the plots good it overrules my issues with the romance. But then you come to Bloodmark and it was such an in your face insta-love that I didn’t even know what was happening within the book outside of the characters.
Let me put it to you this way, Ashling and Grey exchanged I Love You’s before they had even kissed and it was basically after a few encounters with another…. I was only 25% done. This wasn’t even the icing on the cake, even after the somewhat premature confession’s of the heart, the story just revolved around how each other was completely, utterly obsessed with the other, you get where I'm going with this?
It saddens me to give this book a low star rating because it showed great promise but the romance overshadowed the entire book and unfortunately the romance wasn’t for me.