Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves-she was able to switch to wolf form at birth. Instead of bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and as a result she is forced to live in seclusion in Ireland's countryside. Ashling's reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed and defies the ancient laws. When her pack's oldest rivals begin hunting her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine-far away from everything she's ever known.
In Maine, she crosses paths with the dark and rebellious Grey Donavan, and something ignites within her soul. There's just one problem: Grey is human. Their instant connection turns into a passionate romance, and Ashling begins to believe she can create her own life outside of wolf laws. When she begins to uncover long-buried pack secrets-secrets that threaten to destroy all she holds dear-Ashling's courage and tenacity are tested. Will she choose her deep and enduring love for Grey, or will she follow Old Mother's path to her destiny?
When I first found out about this book, I was interested in it because I absolutely love paranormal novels (if you haven't noticed ;)). And look at the synopsis, werewolf princess? Um, yes please! This sounded like such a unique and intriguing book, I knew I had to read it.
The book starts out in an interesting way. After the very first page, you are already left with questions. I loved that. It is so rare that you see something like that in YA, especially paranormal. The descriptions in this book, just in the first chapter, are incredible. The descriptions of the way anything and everything look are so marvelous, you can easily create a perfect picture of the people and the setting in your mind.
Okay, one thing I noticed from the very start was how in-depth and accurate the information about the werewolves was. I'm willing to bet that the author did a lot of research for this book. And the difference in the characters, at the first chapter I noticed how Ashling's parents were polar opposites. All of the characters have so much depth to them, which makes the books so much more interesting and the characters more relatable.
In this book, the werewolves seem to watch over the humans and protect them. This concept in paranormal novels is so rare, this book is one of the only ones I have read with the werewolves doing that.
Throughout the book you really get to see Ashling develop from a child to a bad-ass woman. You also get introduced to so many amazing charaters- both good and bad. It is surprisingly really easy to connect to the characters, considering most of them are werewolves. This book was so good, the insta-love didn't even bother me.
Grey and Ashling's love for each other is truly amazing, against all odds they have made sacrifices and are ready to fight for their right to be together. This is a true page turner, it was so unpredictable- I could not put it down. This book was amazing!
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Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life- no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who's pretty sure things can't get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, if forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.
But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla's powers begin to evolve, and she's offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She's finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay...
This book mainly focuses on Zayne, whereas White Hot Kiss mainly focused on Roth. The book starts out very depressing. Layla basically rehashes losing Roth over and over again. When she goes back to school, the most unexpected thing happens. Dean, a shy guy in Layla's class, punches someone. Hard. In fact, Dean punched him so hard, he stopped breathing. Like holy crap, imagine how hard the punch would've had to be to kill him. After this... strange event, Layla starts to notice something weird. She can't see souls or auras anymore, which means she'll have no idea who has a soul and who doesn't.
"Roth," I whispered." YES!!!! OH MY GOD! HE'S BACK! Hehe... I'm totally not freaking out... Well, sadly, my happiness didn't last long. Roth is back but he isn't the same. He and Layla talk and he is a complete and total douche. I definitely took a double take at this. This isn't the Roth I remember. :(
Stacey, Sam, Layla, and Zayne decide to grab something to eat after school, and of course, Roth shows up. Zayne finds out that Layla hasn't exactly told him everything about Roth. Roth goes to Layla's school, and Zayne didn't know. Wait, what? I completely forgot that Layla had never told Zayne about them staying at the same school. Zayne, Layla, and Roth go to the garage where Zayne's car is parked, and run into some... visitors... what it seems like are church members. And guess what, they know about demons. What? I thought humans didn't know about demons? Let alone the Lilin... Long story short, Layla gets stabbed in the arm and Danika, of all people, stitches her up.
Layla and Roth decide to check out the old gymnasium. They think they may find some evidence or clues as to where the Lilin is. Instead, they find a witch. And a Nightcrawler. The Nightcrawler is definitely not friendly. It attacks them and in the process, Layla gets scratched by one. Roth takes her back to his loft and pours holy water on it. He also calls Zayne to let him know where Layla is. When Zayne arrives, he punches Roth. Let's be honest though, the way Roth has been acting, we all wanted to do that too.
Roth manages to convince Layla to skip the rest of school and "be bad" with him. He takes her to a clud filled with demons. Layla unconsciously tastes someones soul and essentially gets high off of it. Roth lets her sleep in his loft, and as you can probably imagine, Zayne was pissed.
Zayne, Layla, Stacey, and Sam go to the movies and the guy from the church comes back, and douses Layla in holy water. After being rushed to Stacey's house and showering to get it all off of her, Layla is forced to tell Stacey and Sam what she really is.
Okay, Zayne kisses Layla and she tastes his soul. I did NOT see that coming. Maddox, a Warden, basically says enough is enough and stabs Layla. HE STABBED HER. What. The. Hell. Luckily Dex and Nicholai got Cayman and Roth to show up just in time. Roth takes her to his loft. In search of help, Cayman seeks the witches who worship Lilith. Thankfully, what they gave her helps, and she survives.
"I love you, Layla. Do you hear me? I've loved you since the first moment I heard your voice and I will continue to love you. No matter what. I love you." OH, ALL THE FEELS HAPPENING AT ONCE. Team Loth/Rayla forever! I think this is a good note to end the review on. Bottom line, READ THIS BOOK. IT'S AMAZING!
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