Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was a mash-up of an ancient society, YA romance, fated mates, and lots of family drama. Oh, and there’s werewolves and hunters. There was a lot going on in this first of a series.
Ashling has always lived apart from her pack. While she hasn’t been ritually branded as a member, she still feels like she belongs there. Sure, they banished her because she could shift from birth, but that doesn’t stop her from hoping for eventual acceptance. When that day finally begins, she realizes that she will never be safe or accepted in the way she wants. On the run now, she ventures to Maine and almost immediately becomes a changed woman. Fated mates hit hard and fast between Grey and Ashling, complete with some use of the L-word at way too early a stage in their relationship (if it was even a relationship at that point).
This might be your typical YA romance if you didn’t throw in some evil wolves hunting Ashling (and some really dark scenes), hunters who aim to destroy Ashling’s one shot at happiness, and some prophecies that are looming over Ashling’s teenage life. Lots of twists and turns along the way led to an entertaining read. The “old timey” lifestyle and the significantly darker passages will probably stop me from picking up the next book in the series, though. This book would better suit a fan of darker urban fantasy and historical reads.
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