The Soul's Mark: FOUND (The Soul's Mark, #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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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.

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  • BN ID: 2940044732636
  • Publisher: Ashley Stoyanoff
  • Publication date: 7/19/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 36,476
  • File size: 356 KB

Meet the Author

Ashley Stoyanoff is an author of paranormal romance books for young adults, including The Soul's Mark series and the Deadly Trilogy. She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband, Jordan, and two cats: Tanzy and Trinity.In July 2012, Ashley published her first novel, The Soul’s Mark: FOUND, and shortly thereafter, she was honored with The Royal Dragonfly Book Award for both young adult and newbie fiction categories.An avid reader, Ashley enjoys anything with a bit of romance and a paranormal twist. When she’s not writing or devouring her latest read, she can be found spending time with her family, watching cheesy chick flicks or buying far too many clothes.Ashley loves hearing from her readers, so feel free to connect with her online.ashleystoyanoff.comfacebook.com/AshleyStoyanoffTheSoulsMarkgoodreads.com/ashley_stoyanoff
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    A truly fantastic read! The characters are unusual with realisti

    A truly fantastic read! The characters are unusual with realistic human elements and emotions that draw you into the world of Stoyanoff's vision. This is a definite first, as the conflicts are authentic to the real world while infusing the supernatural in a unique way not touched on in other books within this genre. The main character of Amelia is an authentic young woman whose backstory intrigues the reader. Her feelings are always justified, without compromising her vulnerability, and she finds the ability to assert herself in a refreshing, honest fashion. She is definitely a character to admire. Mitchell is a character with whom the reader develops a love/hate relationship. His faults are countered with acts of genuine affection and sensitivity. It is because of his faults, not despite them, that allows the reader to identify with and ultimately cheer on. Highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get lost in the fantastic world created by this author. Can't wait to see what happens next! Hopefully there will be a Part 2!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

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    The Soul¿s Mark: FOUND is a powerful story of a love that spans

    The Soul’s Mark: FOUND is a powerful story of a love that spans across the vastness of time. Millie has been through so much. She is lost, trying to find her way. From the beginning the reader is drawn to Millie. She is so sad and alone, desperately trying to find some happiness in her life. When she comes to Willowberg to attend college through a special scholarship, she believes this is her chance to start over, to be someone else. What she finds is more than she has ever bargained for.

    Mitchell Lang has been the man of Mille’s dreams…literally for five years. When she comes face to face with him and finds out that he is not only flesh and blood, he is a creature straight out of legend…a vampire, she is floored. The intensity of the bond between Millie and Mitchell is overwhelming. Millie resents Mitchell for taking her choices away from her. She does everything that she can to fight the bond that ties the two them together. To make matters even worse, she finds out that she is a witch. Drowning in all the sensations that Mitch causes in her, she cannot deny that she loves Mitch with every fiber of her being.

    Ashley Stoyanoff is a captivating writer that ensnares readers from the beginning and keeps reeling them in. The passionate way that she writes her characters, the attention to detail that she gives to everything in the worlds that she builds, makes readers devour each page hungry for more. Each character steals your heart from their goofy grins, their soul penetrating glances, sarcastic comments, and their overprotective behavior. The overall feeling of family and the bonds that hold people together is a very prominent theme throughout the story.

    The Soul’s Mark: FOUND is a must read for fans of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Charmed”. Be prepared to stay up all night reading this bewitching tale of immortal love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2014

    What a great twist on the Vampire/Witch story. This was a great

    What a great twist on the Vampire/Witch story.

    This was a great read and I would highly recommend to any reader that has interest in this type of book.

    All souls have a match and life is not really about living but the endless search for the other half of ones soul. Each soul is reincarnated to continue the search until they find and merge with their other half.

    Unlike the classic Vampire stories we learn that Vampires had souls at one time until one of them happen to kill the lover of a witch who then in a rage banished the souls from Vampires and cursed them to be alone, always searching for their souls. Creating soulless monsters to roam the earth.

    This turn of events skewed the balance of good and evil and as nature is want to do the balance was restored when all the banished souls were gathered up and attached to their other human half leaving a mark that connects them to their Vampire other half making it a homing beacon of sorts.

    A very interesting premise for the story and the author really does a great job with the writing. We don't really get good background on all the characters but in this case it seems to work out OK. There is the slight annoyance of the "love him hate him" thread being dragged out over and over again but it is not totally unbearable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    No thanks

    If this was my soulmate l believe i would prefer to be single. He hurts her several times because she makes him angry AND he enjoys it. No thanks.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    The Soul¿s Mark: FOUND by Ashley Stoyanoff This is a really int

    The Soul’s Mark: FOUND by Ashley Stoyanoff

    This is a really interesting vampire based novel. The soulmate twist does make it very different than most books of this type.

    I really started to like Amelia more as the story progressed. At first I thought she was pretty passive and emotional. However, she turned out to have quite a strong personality and stood up for herself which I really liked. Even though Mitchell was very powerful Amelia did not let him rule her.

    Some of Amelia’s strength showed when she was always ready to help her friends, no matter how tough it may have been for her. Amelia’s friend, Erin, changed often throughout the story but was always Amelia’s friend even when it made Erin’s life more difficult.

    I liked the change in Amelia’s vampire friends personalities as the story progressed. They kept trying to help her but that didn’t always work.

    There was a nice mixture of humans and vampires in this story. The writer gave lots of demonstrations of how they can get along together.

    I felt Amelia’s conflict in whether to accept Mitchell or not. She was constantly trying to figure out how they could live together and stay in-love - not hate each other. Mitchell has a very dominant personality but always tried to do what he felt was best for Amelia.

    The only thing I could find wrong with this book was a few technical errors.

    I’m hoping this is the first of a new series and not a novel that turns out to be a stand alone, as I’d love to read more about Amelia and Mitchell. I highly recommend this to all fans of young adult vampire novels. This book will appeal to a wide YA audience, as well as many adults.

    I rate this 4.5 stars.

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

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    Ms. Stoyanoff has taken the much-used theme of vampires and give

    Ms. Stoyanoff has taken the much-used theme of vampires and given it her very own unique twist, making this book stand apart from the legion of vampire stories currently flooding the market.

    Centuries ago a witch cursed all vampires to lose their souls. In doing so she created the ultimate killer - a soulless vampire that simply fed on humans with complete disregard. Humans became a walking buffet for the vampires, as they felt no guilt over killing the helpless humans. Luckily Nature stepped in to help restore balance by attaching each vampire's soul to a human, so that if they were lucky enough to find their 'soul-mate' both parties would become whole. And the vampire, now possessing a soul, was no longer a mindless, remorseless killing machine.

    Enter Amelia, a young woman who suffered a terrible tragedy in her youth. As a result she ended up in the foster care system. A determined young woman, Amelia applies herself to her studies with a laser-like focus and unwavering intensity, ultimately earning a full scholarship to a good school. The scholarship was unusual in that it provided housing, paid for all her supplies, and gave her a modest stipend to purchase other items she might need. It was a dream come true for Amelia, who did not question it too closely.

    As Amelia gets settled into her new digs & begins to get to know her roommates, she learns more about her scholarship and the entire gated community she now resides in. All of these things keep coming back to one Mr. Lang, which of course sparks her curiosity about this mysterious man. When she finally does meet the notorious Mr. Lang, the sparks begin to fly. Amelia can't get over just how uncanny Mitchell Lang's resemblance is to her dream lover, a man she has dreamt of for several years. Yet unlike her with dream lover, Amelia and Mitchell fight non-stop. Amelia doesn't know it yet, but she is in for a wild ride, and we get taken right along with her.

    This book has several potentially strong characters, but only a few are really given a chance to develop, which they manage to do rather well. It is my hope that in the next two books we will get a chance to know some of the other characters better, and learn something of their stories. The story arc starts out fairly strong and continues to remain so throughout the bulk of the book, with only a very few places where it seems to get bogged down for brief periods.

    A fun and easy read, this book took just a few short hours to devour. And it was certainly entertaining enough to ensure that I will be reading the next book in this series.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

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    I'm not going to say that this book was perfect because there we

    I'm not going to say that this book was perfect because there were a few issues with suspension of disbelief, but I did enjoy reading it and usually found it very hard to put down. In general, the idea wasn't exactly one of a kind, but I never felt like Ashley Stoyanoff was directly drawing plot points from any particular book. And, unfortunately, that's a trap that so many books about vampires tend to fall into.

    I really appreciated that Mitchell wasn't your typical male lead (vampire or not) and had a story that expanded larger than just the one needed to carry Amelia's along. I didn't like him very much as a person, but I did really like his character, if that makes any sense. He could be irrational, jealous, and extremely violent at times, but at least there was something more to him than being your typical trophy husband (err.... I mean, soulmate).

    I kind of hate to say it, but I wasn't Amelia's biggest fan. She seemed like a pretty nice girl, but just getting that little peak into her thoughts almost made me feel a little insulted. We're pretty close to the same age, and I can personally vouch for the fact that teenage girls are not quite that, well, testosterone obsessed. I mean, sure, we may notice stuff like that for a little while, especially when we first meet someone, but I'm pretty sure that most of us are more than capable of getting past it. Take this for example:
    "'Cool.' He gave her one last grin, got up and strolled away.

    Amelia watched him walk away, enjoying the view. She admired the way his jeans hung loosely on his hips and perfectly cupped his round and all-too-grabbable butt."

    Really?! When I read this, I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped. Amelia's a very smart girl, and stuff like this comes up way too often for me to think very highly of her. I'm not going to say that no young woman has ever thought something similar to that before, just that it seemed a little too stereotypical to me.

    My only other problem was that towards the end, I felt like things stopped being explained. All of the sudden Amelia just knew things out of the blue without any sort of reasoning behind it, like right here: "Suddenly, as if the knowledge had always been a part of her, what she had to do became clear." Then it just kinda stopped. No explanation, just action, and I'm left to wonder what in the world just happened.

    In the beginning, this wasn't a problem at all. Amelia's thought process seemed very clear, and I could relate to just about everything she did. It was so much fun being introduced to all of the new characters. Meeting Eric and Mabel definitely definitely took the cake, or should I say pancake? Read the excerpt at the end of the post, and you'll understand.

    Even though I had my issues with both Mitchell and Amelia, I have to say that their relationship was probably my favorite part of the novel. If you ever feel like you have problems with relationships, just read this book, and you'll realize just how good you have it. Love-hate doesn't even begin to describe what's going on with them. I'm pretty sure they tried to kill each other a few times (or at least thought about it), but they still had some very sweet moments together. You'd think that it would be a little ridiculous for them to jump around so much, but Ashley Stoyanoff does an incredible job of making it seem believable.

    Taylor

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

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    I thought the author gave an interesting new take on vampires, w

    I thought the author gave an interesting new take on vampires, witches, and the idea of soul mates. After moving away to escape her past, Amelia Caldwell soon finds out what she thought was a simple birthmark is actually where she has been marked by a vampire. She holds the vampire's soul and is his soul mate. In this book, the idea of soul mates isn't just an idea, it's a physical reality for Amelia and Mitchell, and I think that was exactly what gave this story a boost and made it different from other vampire novels.

    Amelia was a strong character and didn't fall all over herself in Mitchell's presence. She remained her own person as much as she could even though Mitchell's hold over her was intense. It was a relief to finally read a book with a strong female character in a plot involving the idea of soul mates. I ended up resenting the control Mitchell tried to exert over her and was hoping against hope that Amelia would find a way to undo the spell. By taking away her freewill, Mitchell created exactly what he feared--their love soon turned to hatred, and I knew that was going to happen. Love just doesn't work that way.

    I rated this 3.5 stars out of five because I felt there could have been more action; the story lulled at times. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment of the series and finding out more about Amelia. What memories from her past are painful for her? What's her powerful secret? I really want to know! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review through the We Love YA Books group on Goodreads.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    Finally, a new take on vampirism. No one sparkles, no one is in

    Finally, a new take on vampirism. No one sparkles, no one is indestructible, and no one fights a werewolf. And don't get me wrong, I do love my werewolves too, generally more than vampires, but this book has me rethinking that.
    I picked this book up this morning and couldn’t put it down until I was finished. I was enthralled by Amelia’s character and couldn’t believe the changes that Mitchell went through in just one book. Not one single character in the book is a cardboard cut-out place holder, but rather, all characters are well developed and can hold their own as real people. As a reader, you come to identify with many characters on a personal level, not just the main characters. They all talk like real people as well. It was refreshing not to have sentences full of colloquialisms or characters who speak like they are defending a thesis at an Ivy League college.


    The concept of a soul mate is also taken to a whole new level in this novel. I can’t wait to see how it progresses in the upcoming (or recently published) sequels.
    I also just cannot wait to read the sequel. Maybe tomorrow....

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

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    Amelia Caldwell just wants a fresh start and hopes that by movin

    Amelia Caldwell just wants a fresh start and hopes that by moving to Willowberg she will get just that. Unfortunately things only get worse when she finds out that her birthmark is more than it seems. Amelia finds out that she has been marked by a vampire’s soul and is his soulmate. Her vampire soulmate is Mitchell Lang. He has been searching for Amelia for almost a century and fears that he will soon lose her to another man. In a desperate attempt to keep her he takes away her free will and intensifies their bond. This turns her once budding love into hate. Amelia fights the bond tooth and nail, not wanting to belong to anyone.

    While she is fighting for a way to escape she unlocks the painful memories of her past and finds a powerful secret. Before she can explore this any further she is caught in the middle of deadly game of revenge. She’ll realize fast that you cannot run from your destiny.

    I really haven’t been reading many vampire stories lately, but this one caught my eye and I was glad it did. This story was fast paced and engaging. It was so hard to put down and I actually pulled a couple all nighters to finish it. I loved the suspense and mystery to this story and it really kept me guessing. The action was exciting and had me on the edge of my seat. The characters were really interesting and made me want to find out more about them.

    Amelia was a tough and spirited girl who just wanted to be normal. I could really relate to her and had fun getting to know more about her personality and her past.

    Mitchell was interesting and very deep. He had his faults, but I liked that he wasn’t just flat and too perfect like some characters. He had a good heart, but was a bit too impulsive at times.

    This is an exciting new story that vampire/paranormal romance lovers won’t want to miss!

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

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    Fantastic read! Great start to a new series! THIS BOOK ROCKED!!!

    Fantastic read! Great start to a new series! THIS BOOK ROCKED!!!

    The Soul's Mark: FOUND is the first book in The Soul's Mark series written by Ashley Stoyanoff.

    The Review:
    This book was seriously cool and I enjoyed it a great deal. The writing flowed smoothly, the story was amazingly well done and the characters were fun and exciting.

    Stoyanoff does a terrific job painting an entertaining and picturesque background for the world she is creating. Everything from the mansion to the town to the college where her characters interact was captivating and well thought out. I loved the idea of soul marks, what they mean and how they came into play. I also loved the familial feel to the characters and how they cared for and protected one another.

    Amelia was a wonderful female lead whose tragic past and the ever changing world she was thrown into kept me sympathetic to her emotional state. Though at one point, her "huffing" over trivial things started to annoy me, the story quickly moved on and her character began to develop.

    Mitch, Millie, Angelle, Eric, Luke, Lola, Mabel, Ty and Erin were so much fun! The cast of characters ranged from passionate to neurotic and I loved every one of them, even the antagonists who played their parts well.

    Dislikes:
    There aren't many dislikes for me in this book! However, the beginning started off a bit slow but quickly picked up about three chapters in. Don't get me wrong, the information was necessary for the story set up, but it felt like it dragged on a bit too long. Also, the ending, though very exciting, left me scratching my head at one point. Regardless, I really liked the whole book so these points are minor.

    The Wrap Up:
    Im totally recommending this book to my friends. I loved it, I loved the writing and I loved the story! All the characters were fun and each one brought a little something special to the story. This was an amazing start to what I feel will be a wonderful series and I'm anxious for the next book!

    NOTE: I read this as an ARR with We ♥ YA Books! at Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    I received this through We <3 YA Books ARR program. So overa

    I received this through We &lt;3 YA Books ARR program.

    So overall this book was a nice quick read and I absolutely enjoyed the plot. It was a rather interesting take on vampires and soul mates. Actually my favorite part was probably the plot and the fact that the whole community was made up of vampires and the town knew about it! How awesome is that? This book was actually one of the better vampire books that I have read. The author wrote the book well and I was hanging on every word. Erin was my favorite character especially because she went against her soul mate to help her friend which I thought is very noble. A few of the other characters were pretty cool too including Angelle, Luke, Tyler, and even Eric during some parts. But a few of the other character didn't fall under this category. I really wanted to like Amelia but I found it impossible. She was whiny and cried constantly... not to mention her emotions were everywhere. Talk about hot and cold. And Amelia wasn't the only character like this. Mitchell acted the same way... one minute he loves her the next he's trying to choke her death... bipolar much?

    All in all the plot was great, the writing phenomenal, but the main characters held the book back and kept me from loving it.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    I was so glad I got this book to review as an ARR. It was so goo

    I was so glad I got this book to review as an ARR. It was so good! I debated between 4 and 5 stars, but the 5 won out:D I definitely recommend this to everyone.

    Amelia is a broken girl that has been in foster care after her parents were murdered. She wins a scholarship for a university that pays for everything and finally has a chance to get away. During the first chapter or two I thought she would be a weak, shy young woman. But then as she met the people she moved into a castle with, her personality started to come out, and she turned into a strong caring young woman with a beautiful temper.

    Then Mitchell finally comes more into the picture, and I just love him! He isn't perfect and also has a nasty temper at times, but he is Amelia's perfect other half. There is also Eric, Luke, and Tyler that I hope all have more parts in the next book.

    I think I only gave away the first of the book, so I didn't spoil anything. This book has a lot of trials and conflict and enough going on to hold your attention. I cannot wait for the sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    At first when I heard this book was about Vampires I was a litt


    At first when I heard this book was about Vampires I was a little disappointed. As we all know, that genre has been done to death, but the story was so original, it didn't take long to get past my vampire prejudice. I had just read a book that was quite a disappointment and was thrilled that this one grabbed hold of my interest and wouldn't let go. I read this book in one day, and didn't want it to end.

    What I love about stories of soulmates is the intensity of the two characters, especially the male, and this book had that in spades, although I would have like to have witnessed when they first met, when they first fell in love.

    All the characters were believable and interesting, I loved and hated Mitchell and was so glad he didn't disappoint me at the end

    A great read and one I highly recommend.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    Although this book left me frustrated while reading, after I fin

    Although this book left me frustrated while reading, after I finished I thought how great of a story it was. Not much happened in the first half of the book and it isn't until the halfway point that the book catches up with the blurb description. And the other downfall was that despite having 19 and 20 year old characters, the book is written like a MG. No sex scenes. PG kissing and violence. That said, if Amelia and her vampire soulmate were twelve or thirteen years old, I would rate this book a solid FIVE stars. I love MG books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. But with older characters, most of the reading audience is late teens or adult. It's too sugarcoated to be a YA novel. I would strongly suggest the author try a MG novel as her second, because that seems to be a better fit for her writing style.

    The relationship between Amelia and her Vampire soulmate was a breath of fresh air. They had a very dynamite love/hate relationship and as a reader I was constantly going back and forth on whether or not I wanted them together in the end. Not until the last chapter did I know if they ended up together.

    I loved the concept of the novel. The fact that Amelia was tied to a vampire without any say or possibility of escape. It was like an arranged marriage but with a paranormal twist.

    I also thought that the minor characters were unique and well developed. The only one that felt cliche was Fiona - the bad girl. All the others kept surprising me with how they behaved towards the main couple and evolved with the main characters by the end. Speaking of the end. There was one part with Madam Crystal that I thought was completely out of the blue. I wish there was some foreshadowing towards that twist in the plot.

    Characters 5/5

    Concept 5/5

    Pacing 1/5

    Grammar 4/5

    Ending 4/5

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