The Soul’s Mark: Found (The Soul’s Mark #1)

by Ashley Stoyanoff

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published:  May 24th 2012 

Rating: 5 super stars!

Anxious to leave her destructive past behind, Amelia Caldwell moves to Willowberg, excited for a fresh start. Once there, she discovers that her birthmark is more than it seems. She has been marked by a vampire’s soul. Not only does she hold his soul, but Amelia is also his soulmate.

After almost a century of searching for his soulmate, Mitchell Lang fears the worst—he is going to lose Amelia to another man. His heart takes over, and his impulsive decision to take away her free will and to intensify their bond quickly turns her growing love into hate.

When they become trapped in the emotional rollercoaster of their souls’ bond, open conflict erupts. Amelia has no intentions of belonging to anyone, not even her soulmate, and Mitchell refuses to let her go.

While she frantically searches for a way to escape his grasp, Amelia unlocks the painful memories of her past and uncovers a powerful secret. But before she has a chance to explore her newfound edge, she finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly game of revenge and is forced to realize that YOU CANNOT RUN FROM DESTINY.

MY REVIEW:

I’m sure you all heard the “don’t judge a book by its cover” phrase, well it totally applies here because let’s face it… the cover is awful! And the book is amazing!

Well, I loved this book! But somehow I can’t find the appropiate way to review it, that’s why it took me so long to post it.

Above all, it was a fun reading with an impeccable writing and unique storyline combined with perfectly constructed characters. A nice twist on soulmates, a refreshing premise with vampires and some magic. Definitely a fantastic start for a series!

The whole book goes around Amelia, and the story begins when she earns a scholarship and move to her “dream house” and meet her new friends. She has quite a temper! She is strong and brave and even after a dreadful past, she is funny and easy to relate to.

“Jeez! Is this the attack of gorgeous people?” (that line seriously made me giggle!)

In my opinion, one of the most important moments in a book is that exact second when the lovers meet.
Here, as we have a love triangle (well more like a love square at some point lol), we have 2 main encounters.

When Amelia and Eric met I couldn’t stop grinning. The situation was perfect and hilarious.

With Mitchell… well… the moment wasn’t that awesome, but the truth is I’m biased here lol, for me Eric is totally amazing and Mitchell is not lol, he summoned a rollercoaster of emotions and there were not always good: I loved him, despised him, loved him again and so on.
Sometimes he annoyed me completely, he was selfish and childish, at some point I thought he didn’t care about Millie at all. There were many things he did that made me wonder if he was that in love with her or was simple infatuation.

On the other hand, we have some other characters such as Angelle who is sweet and unnerving at the same time, and I believe there is more of her story to come, there was a sneak peek of her past and was great, a little sad, but interesting nonetheless.

Also, there is Erin, the friend. She is such a complex character as well, one of my favourites, witty, loyal and caring.

There was a moment within the story which I personally found to be extremely sad, it was Amelia’s talk with her mum, it made my heart stop. So emotive!!!

What else can I add? Eric is delicious and I wanna read more about him. And of course,this book goes to my favorite shelf for sure!

Crushed (The Witch Game #1)

by K.C. Blake

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published: July 13th 2011

Rating: 5 stars

The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers.

Each year they play a secret game: Crushed. The girls pick their targets carefully and blow enchanted dust into the boy’s faces, charming them, but this year Kristen makes a grave mistake. She chooses the wrong boy and almost dies that same day. Coincidence? Maybe.

But something isn’t quite right about Zach Bevian. He doesn’t behave like a boy who’s been Crushed. He goes from hot to cold, from looking at her with contempt to asking her out on a date. She doesn’t know what to think. Does he hate her or is he truly falling for her? Is he trying to kill her, or is he trying to save her?

MY REVIEW:

Oh my! Usually when I finish a book I have tons of things to say but this one just left me speechless!

Witches are not my favorite topic but this book looked appealing, I liked the description and decided to give it a shot!
Lucky me! Because it was totally awesome.

I would have loved a little more “Witch game”, I mean, more playing between Kristen and Zach and with the other crushed boys but aside from that it was a very good book.

Original and well written, with no loose endings.

Kristen and Zach’s stories are compelling and while they look one way on the surface, their personalities are very different and they are such complex characters 🙂 The love part sometimes was a little cheesy but nevertheless, sweet and made me smile.

Morgan is perfectly developed, Britt and Cyndi are impeccable themselves, one is the careless, brave and grumpy sister while her twin is shy, caring and sweet. They make an ideal contrast and embellish the story. Grandma Noah is the coolest grandma on Earth! lol
Kristen is a complete heroine and you can see how she matures through the book.
Zach is just so *sigh* sexy! Hotter than hell.

“Zach stood off to the side of the basketball court, too cool to fight for the ball. They had split into two teams, skins against the shirts. Naturally he was on the team without shirts.”

The only thing that disappoints me is that we don’t get to read more about them because the next book is about absolutely different characters, anyway this author made a great job and I plan to keep reading her works 🙂