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Bloodmark
     

Bloodmark

4.3 14
by Aurora Whittet
 

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ISBN-13:
9781940014012
Publisher:
East Wind Ink
Publication date:
11/28/2013
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Bloodmark 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT 9 months ago
Okay, this felt very familiar. I couldn’t help but feel the resemblance to a certain vampire series. Though this is about werewolves, the plot seemed similar. I’m sure that’s hard to avoid with the explosion of fantasy books. This worried me as I was truly wanting to enjoy the series. Turns out I did. Those similarities quickly vanish as the author builds her world and weaves intrigue and danger into her character’s lives. Ashling’s ability to shift into a wolf at birth is viewed as a curse by her father. She’s sent away to live a secluded life until time to receive her mark. When that time comes, her father has other plans for her. Plans she can’t abide. Shunned by her father, pursued by her enemies, Ashling must leave her family and winds up in Maine, trying to blend in with the humans and hide among them. There were some things about this story I really liked. The idea that werewolves are humanities protectors. The inner workings of their royal court. And there were some intense action scenes. What didn’t work for me was the insta-love. I’ve never been a fan of character’s falling deeply in love without really knowing each other. That and love triangles irk me. Needless to say, Ashling and Grey barely know much more than each others names and profess undying love. This bothered me. I’m sure many enjoy this in a story, just not my cuppa tea. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the main characters, Ashling and Grey, that I connected to. It was a couple of secondary character’s. They aroused my curiosity. I hope the next books in this series reveal some of their stories. The beginning of the story intrigued me. The middle was more about romance and slowed things down somewhat for me. Then, the last third of the story took off and I couldn’t stop reading. Overall, a fun read, and I have a good feeling about the rest of the series.
lifeasleels 10 months ago
I very much enjoyed this book. It had a very familiar feel about it – like I had read or watched something similar – but I still have not been able to put my finger on what it was that I am thinking of. It semi-resembles Twilight but Bloodmark is very werewolf based. No vampires… per se. The book is based on a werewolf teenager who has been kept in hidden, although she doesn’t fully know that or know why. She is kept as an outsider of her family (and her pack) and a lot of the traditions are very old fashioned (or worse). She is given the opportunity to live in the modern world and I think I really got sucked in at this point because things were so different for her and we got to learn more about the author’s depiction of how werewolves function. I lost a lot of sleep over this book. I stayed up all night one night reading and finished it the next night leaving me with way less than 8 hours in a combined of 48 hours! If you like the paranormal world of werewolves and the such; you will thoroughly enjoy Bloodmark.
dwatson 11 months ago
Ashling Boru wasn’t your average werewolf princess. she was able to shift into a wolf from birth while others of her kind were not able to until they were older. She also never received her bloodmark which is a brand that wolves get at birth when they are initiated into the pack. Her father is the king of their pack and instead of initiating Ashling into his pack he has promised her hand in marriage to a man she doesn’t know. Ashling defies her father and the ancient laws of the pack and ends up going from Ireland to York Harbor, Maine. When she gets there she meets and falls in love with a rebellious human named Grey Donavan. Ashling is now leading a new life far away from everyone she has known but her wolf packs ancient traditions and secrets come back to haunt her and she has to make a choice between Grey or the path that she was meant to follow. Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet is the first book in a trilogy and a pretty good YA novel. What drew me to this book was that it got into werewolf mythology and it was partially set in Ireland. I really enjoyed that this book was written from the first person perspective, in the beginning it had the feel of a diary as Ashling talked about her family. Bloodmark has a good story to it, I loved the character of Ashling and I think she is someone who teenage girls can relate to. This is a book that young readers will love.
Bookaholic_Banter 11 months ago
First let me start by saying that I absolutely adored this book! I am a huge fan of paranormal, especially werewolves. Throw in a setting like Ireland, and you make this Irish girl very happy! The writing in this book was fantastic. The descriptive writing was on point. Everything was described so perfectly that I felt like I could see everything right in front of me. This story was very easy to follow and I never felt confused while reading it. I loved the glossary, and reference in the back-it made it so easy to know who is who and what is what if you forget or get confused. I honestly didn't feel like I needed to use it at all though. The characters are well fleshed out. We get to know them well, with back stories. It is easy to fall in love with them. I felt like I knew them on a personal level. I also loved the names of the characters in this book as well. They were very original and creative. The adventures in this book are plentiful. There is never a dull moment. It was so much fun to read! I would read this all over again. This is one of those books that I will definitely revisit in the future. I am definitely going to be making room for this series on my bookcase. A series like this is a rare treasure. This was one of those books that you want to curl up with and read in one sitting. It was very hard for me to put this book down for one moment. I just wanted to drop every other responsibility that I had at the moment and just get back to reading this one. This is one of those books that you want to savor. I wanted to read it at a slow pace and take in every beautiful, poetic, descriptive word. I just seriously couldn't get enough of this writing. The beginning chapters of this book take place in Ireland and they were honestly my favorite chapters. I felt like I could see Ireland. What made this book even better was that it is absolutely gorgeous as well. It's beautiful without the dust jacket. The inside of this book was designed gorgeously as well. The author even threw in a character drawing in the back. I have found a new favorite author. I can't wait to read the rest of this series and can't wait to read even more books from this author.
Cody-Literary-lyObsessed More than 1 year ago
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: Insta love. 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.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Ashling Boru is a 16yr old werewolf princess that has basically been shut away from her very old and traditional pack because of her abnormal trait of being able to shift right from birth. After she denies her chosen mate and a pack enemy makes her endangered, she's sent to Maine to hide. While there she meets Grey Donavan and it's love at first sight. The biggest problem is that he's human. My feelings on this story were kind of back and forth. I'm at the point where love at first sight doesn't always work for me if not written right and unfortunately this one was a little flat. However, overall not a bad read. I was kept interested enough that I would probably read the second one, given the chance. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
I did a mashup review of this book and the next in the series. I received these books as part of a blog tour hosted by Fallen For Books!  This is no way influences my review. I basically have the same things to say for both of these books so I decided to do a mash-up instead of a separate post for each.  So here we go! I really liked these two books.  They represented such a different take on werewolves and the life they live.  In this series, the werewolves are actually connected to the earth and are the protectors of humans.  They have a mission which really directs the story-line. Overall, these were very well done books but they just aren't 5 star material for me.  I won't fangirl over them (although I'll probably read the next book) or speculate or anything.  They were just pretty good. Even though I really don't like patriarchy (where a society is dominated by men) it does fit the story very well.  Old werewolves from ancient times who don't want to change?  Definite patriarchy.  So it fit very well with the characters and the plot and kept me reading because I was scoffing every time a guy talked and I wanted to see how Ashling defied that.  She didn't disappoint. It's safe to say I loved pretty much all the characters.  One stands out in my mind that I hated though - Ashling's father.  I couldn't believe him!  His character was very well written so that he came across evil, but he was also looking out for Ashling's best interests (well... sort of at least).  Every line he spoke I was shuddering.  I mean someone has to go screw his head on straight!  This is one of those books where I'm glad I can't trade lives with the MC. It also was a bit cliche when Ashling fell in love with Grey with the whole forbidden romance and everything but once his true lineage was revealed, I was sort of okay with it.  It still wasn't exactly the best for me though. The Final Verdict: Overall, a very well-written, unique book however it just isn't 5 star material.  The characters are very well done and the patriarchy was very convincing as well. 4 stars Quotes: “I wanted desperately to be part of our pack; I felt a hole inside myself where my pack should have been.” “Our love transcends space and time. No culture or creed could ever keep us apart. Even death is just the beginning.” 
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Bloodmark is the first book in the Bloodmark Saga by Aurora Whittet. This book was so good in so many ways. It brought out a new spin on Werewolves and Bloodsuckers. We get to see a lot of the pack dynamic among the wolves which was interesting to say the least. I'm not entirely sure that the bloodsuckers are actually vampires, as they don't hunt humans. We don't know too much about them (and we don't necessarily need to just yet), but I think we'll learn more as the series progresses. This book was packed with passion, suspense, danger, and a touch of humor. It was hard to put down! I don't even remember what I was expecting when I first started reading, but I got so much more! Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Livin2Dream More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first about this book, new author and all that. However being the genre of book that it was, I decided to give it a try. I must admit I was thoroughly impressed with the flow of the story, something you typically only see in a seasoned writer. This book left me wanting more, I can't wait for the next!!
ICanOnlyBeHele More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read in 2014, if I'm lucky every other book I read this year will be just as good as Bloodmark. It has set my expectations high for any book that will follow! Writing Style: Bloodmark is nothing like what you would expect from a debut novel. The writing style has the feel of a veteran writer, superb in every aspect. The pleasingly addicting writing paired with the beautifully created characters is integrated into a world that is absolutely breath-taking. An impressive plot filled with elements of romance, action, and suspense that will pull you into the world of Bloodmark from the very first page, you won’t be able to put it down. My Opinion: Every so often I come across a book that no matter how hard I try, my review doesn’t show it justice; sometimes the book is so stunning that words cannot fully describe how I truly feel... Bloodmark is one of those books for me. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, but it had everything I look for in a novel plus so much more! I was an emotional-wreck the entire time I read it. The story came to life right before my eyes and drew me in, leaving me craving more. The worst part about reading this book is the wait for the sequel, for me it cannot come soon enough! Ashling is everything I wish I could be, spicy like a jalapeno, loyal, rebellious, and witty. She is brave and will do anything for the people she loves, even if means defying death. Her journey and the struggles she experiences would break most, but it seems the more difficult a situation becomes the harder she fights. You can’t help but to admire her. The support she gets from her family will melt your heart. Their love speaks in volumes; her brother Mund and her guardian Baran will stop at nothing to protect her. She is a very lucky girl indeed! I have to admit, I normally HATE instant-love romances because they are superficial and unbelievable. Ashling and Grey have a connection that some would describe that way, but I see it more as a love at first sight/soul mate connection. While similar to an instant-love romance, they vary in one big distinctive way… the relationship is believable, it feels genuine. I honestly couldn’t picture them having a “normal” relationship because they are extraordinary. I love their relationship and will defend how it came to be because I feel it happened how it was supposed to. I can't wait to see what other obstacles they will face and surpass! Lastly, I want to touch on the royal and wolf aspects of the book. I loved how this book incorporates royal family traditions (kingdoms). I’ve always been a sucker for castles, princesses, and anything of the sorts and this book has it all! What I enjoyed most is how the royalty customs are blended with werewolf clans. It makes perfect sense for werewolves to live by royal standards because the customs and rules they must yield to are very similar in structure. Normally the traditions held by royalty and clans are ancient rules/laws, but a bit of modern changes are present in Bloodmark. Laws were meant to be broken and traditions meant to change after all right? I love a good loop-hole in any strict-rule. (I’m a rebel at heart) I also loved how werewolf folklore is mentioned in the book, some classic tales and some new…together they make for an interesting take on the werewolf genre. So to read or not to read that is the question… I say without a doubt in my mind… READ!
Syreeta-Kuddleygal More than 1 year ago
My Review Cover: The cover's color is beautiful, in shades of burgundy. A symbol of two wolves facing opposite directions with a knotted type of body. Its very clean and simple, yet elegant. Defiantly an eye catcher. The Book Review: I can first say that I am excited that this will be a series because there is so much to learn and so much that can happen that the notion of more to come, is very exhilarating. Author Aurora Whittet introduces the sweetest ginger, Ashling Boru who is a young wolf who has learned her father has betrothed her to another pack. The poor young wolf is saddened that her father would do such a thing. But wolf laws are wolf laws, and Ashling is a rebellous teen wolf, which equals some fun adventure. All things change for this young wolf when she finds out that she is wanted by an enemy pack of her family, and her family sends her into hiding. She is transported from Ireland to the United States. When she gets to the US and starts learning the ways, she meets this mysterious young man, Grey Donavan and there is just something about him that she is drawn to, and the clincher is that he is human. But that is where her life begins anew. Author Aurora Whittet writing style draws the reader in and traps them in the world of Ashling and her journey. The reader can easily visualize exactly what is going on and become part of the book. Isn't that the ingredients of a great book. If you enjoyed the Twilight Saga (which I did of course!), then I would say this is a must read for you. This book was a HOT PAGE TURNER!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  What an awesome new series. I'm so excited that I finally caught on to a great series before all the books came out! I was late to Twilight, Hunger Games, Harry Potter...LOL.  But seriously, I love this book. I got it from my grandma with a bunch of other books for my birthday. I read this one first, and I'm so glad I did! Now I just have to wait for the midnight release party for book 2! ARG!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who like Twilight and The Mortal Instrument series, you will love this series. You will fall in love with the main characters and root for their unconventional love. I look forward to the next book in the series. Well done, Aurora Whittet. You are on your way to a succesful new series. I look forward to watching your success.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
From my Hidden Gem pile comes Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet, a paranormal fantasy/romance for young adults and tweens. Ashling Boru, a werewolf princess, has a role to play in the destiny of both the human and werewolf worlds, which makes her both prized and feared. As are the archaic traditions of her kind, her father has arranged for her to marry a prince from another pack, an agreement was struck to give her a reprieve and the chance to find her soulmate on her own. Being who and what she is means her life will be in danger and having been kept in the dark about her true self, she is ill-prepared for how her life will change. Is it possible she has found her true mate the day she meets Grey, a human? There is something different about Grey that even he doesn’t understand and even though their love appears doomed from the start, he will do anything to keep her safe, even stand up to a werewolf. Even better, he respects her as a person, no matter whom or what she is, and he has reason not to. Sounds like a keeper to me! Aurora Whittet has built her world and filled it with ancient mysteries, traditions and conflicts, as well as contemporary high school drama and attitude. The best part? She did it seamlessly at a pace that is quick, characters that are very well-fleshed out, action that keeps you white-knuckling your way through it. The dialogue transcends time, too, from the stuffy pomp of the ancient traditions to the halls of angst-filled high school banter. Paranormal romance novels are always larger than life, isn’t that part of the draw? The intensity of the moment, the emotion, the action and the tension is like a magnet for me. Bloodmark has it all, thanks to Aurora Whittet’s amazing pen! What makes this stand out for me is that even with all of the above, that invisible age appropriate line has not been crossed! The blood and guts are there, yes, and the romantic tension is there between Ashling and Grey, but it never crosses over to NA, adult territory, yet feels “grown up” enough for younger readers or readers that prefer less “spice” in their reading. Two of my paranormal loving granddaughters will be getting Bloodmark for their Kindles from Grandma! I was fortunate to receive a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.