Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Soul's Mark: Broken by Ashley Stoyanoff & Giveaway Launch

Title:  The Soul's Mark:  Broken
Author:  Ashley Stoyanoff
Series:  The Soul's Mark #3
Expected publication: April 1st 2013 by Ashley Stoyanoff Books
Page Count:  160
Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Shelf:  Advance Review Copy
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

At first glance, Willowberg seemed like any other college town to newcomer Amelia Caldwell. But after a whirlwind of strange events, she now knows the truth—Willowberg is run by vampires—and her soulmate, Mitchell Lang, is their leader. And if that wasn’t enough, Amelia also learned that she is a witch.

The vampires and humans coexisted with relative peace, or at least they did until the vampire hunters arrived. Now, Amelia finds herself at the center of a showdown, fighting not only for her freedom and that of her new vampire family, but also for the lives of Willowberg’s residents.

But when Amelia’s branches of destiny cross paths, a long forgotten darkness falls upon the town. For any chance at victory, she must revisit her past and come face to face with the ultimate challenge: a fate that was decided by a force much closer to her than she could ever have imagined.

Will darkness prevail, or will Amelia find the strength to mend what has been broken?

My Review:

When it comes to series, consistency is the key. Stoyanoff has nailed that on the head. The beautiful town that she created for her novels never has a face lift, becoming something different from novel to novel or scene to scene. Her descriptions remain as vivid and detailed as ever without becoming redundant or drawn out. There is also a very similar writing style that runs through the series as a whole. Above all, however, I appreciate the fact that Stoyanoff’s novels are consistently well written, with this one being no exception to the rule.

Don’t get me wrong, the storyline itself definitely does not stay consistent. There are so many twists and turns in the storyline that you can barely guess where it’s going next. Stoyanoff keeps you perpetually on the edge of your seat. Looking back, you can see how the story and the characters got from point A to point B, but while reading it, you’re along for one very exciting ride. This novel is so unique that you can’t help but want to dive in and keep reading.

Ok, so before I get started on characters, you should know that I’m a huge Eric fan. Like drool and fawn, want to make him mine Eric fan. That said, Mitchell absolutely kills me in this installment. He is priceless. Stoyanoff doesn’t give him a magical personality overhaul, but yet is much more engaging than he has been in the past. I absolutely love the fact that Stoyanoff’s characters remain consistent throughout all of her novels. All of the main characters were quite well developed and rounded by the end of the second novel in the series, but you still get some new tidbits about them here. These characters draw directly at your heartstrings, which pulls you further and further into their lovely world.

This installment in the Soul’s Mark series is definitely a must have. It might be a bit difficult to read as a standalone novel as you would be missing some background information from the initial two novels, but that’s the joys of reading a series. It also does wonders for the storyline of the series as a whole. At the end, you’re left wondering: How in the world are they going to fix this one?


Ok, so this book isn't available for purchase until April 1st, but guess what! I've got 2 giveaways for it running until then. Enter below and you'll be notified on April 1st if you've won!



The first is for participants in Canada & the US only.  Enter to win 1 papberback copy of The Soul's Mark:  Broken by Ashley Stoyanoff, coupled with a 'book cushion' (may not be exactly as pictured).





The second contest is open Internationally.  Enter to win one of 3 sets of The Soul's Mark series.  That's right, each of the 3 winners will win a copy of The Soul's Mark:  Found,  The Soul's Mark:  Hunted, and The Soul's Mark:  Broken.



37 comments:

  1. I forget what I am suppose to post here, Id rather be a vampire then a vampire hunter lol

    and great giveaways.

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    1. I'm sure that someone else will be in the same boat, so.... The questions were 'who's your favorite character' and 'would you rather be a witch, vampire, or vampire hunter'.

      I'd be a witch, and based on my review, I'm sure you guys can guess my favorite character.

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  2. I haven't read her books & rather be a vampire :)

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  3. In response to your question i would choose to be a Vampire - probably becuase i adore YA fiction such as the Vampire diaries, Twilight saga and morganville vampires.

    Thank you for a fantastic giveaway. x

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  4. I haven't read the book, but I'd rather be a vampire. I love vampires!

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  5. I haven't read the book yet, But I plan on it real soon! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I'd rather be a vampire then a vampire hunter after all who wouldn't want to be beautiful & immortal forever.

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  7. As for my favorite char actor, I haven't read the books yet so I haven't got one but I plan to soon!
    Great giveaway by the way thanks for the chance to enter 66& win all 3 great book.

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  8. Vampires! They my Fav Supernautrual Being! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I haven't started the series yet, but it sounds fantastic. To answer your other question ... I'd rather be a vampire hunter :D Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  10. New Follower from GoodReads, thanks for the giveaway invite.
    Love ur review, looking forward to talking books with you
    Danielle@ Coffee and Characters
    www.daniellecromero.blogspot.com

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  11. I have to choose a witch, blood makes me queasy!

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  12. I'd be a witch! Broomsticks are awesome, and I look epic in black!! And I already have a black hat....and I'm good at revenge...am I ranting yet? Is that a trait of a witch...?

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  13. I would rather be a Vampire since a Were.. was not an option. LOL

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  14. Well that's tough since I am a witch. Does that count as my answer, since I clearly want to be a witch or I wouldn't be practicing. :-)

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  15. I have yet to read any of the books so I do not have a favorite character, but the books sound amazing and I definitely want to read them. As for who I would be...I guess I would have to go with witch. I just couldn't kill anyone, for food or because they were a vampire.

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  16. I haven't read the books, so no favorite character yet, and I think a witch sounds a whole lot more fun than either of the other choices.

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  17. I think Amelia is my favorite character and I would fancy myself a witch!

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  18. I'd be a vampire.. definitely! ;)

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  19. I like Amelia's Character.
    Thank you for the review and giveaway.

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  20. I would rather be a witch, I guess -a good one.
    I cannot think of drinking blood but it would be nice to have
    all the other vampire qualities. I do not like killing and am not
    a very violent person.
    Thank you for these tremendous giveaways.

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  21. My fav character is Amelia! I like her spunk and her personality ;)

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  22. Today I'm feeling kind of witchy!

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  23. Eric would be my favorite character.

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  24. I would like to be a vampire hunter

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  25. I've actually never read the series before, so I don't know my favorite character, but I hope I win this!

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  26. I'd rather be a witch, but a vampire would be super cool, too.

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  27. I havent read any of the books yet :/ but I hope I can get a chance to!

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  28. I like witches the best and I think I would side with Amelia as being my favorite character, even though I haven't ready the book yet. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  29. I haven't read any of the books, but I'm glad I was introduced to them. I can't wait to pick them up. :)

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  30. Havent read them yet but definitely will be looking for them now!

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  31. I want to be a vampire hunter. They tend to get the sexy vampires.

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  32. So far my favourite character in this series is Amelia. :)

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  33. I would probably want to be a vampire, but a really good one, like Carlisle Cullen.

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