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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