Author: Aurora Whittet
Series: Bloodmark Saga, #3
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Werewolves, Paranormal
Publisher: Wise Ink Publishing
Date Published: March 21, 2016
Just months shy of her claiming at Carrowmore and fulfilling a centuries-old prophecy, werewolf Ashling Boru has stepped into her role as the Crimson Queen. She finally has the support of her pack and her love for Grey is stronger than ever.
But it's not easy being queen. Ashling's guardian, Baran, has been captured by the Dvergars, a family of evil wolves who will stop at nothing to possess Ashling's power and destroy everything--and everyone--she loves. Ashling must unite the clans and build an army to stand against the Dvergars before it's too late. Unfortunately, the Dvergars also have armies of the darkest creatures the world has ever known.
Shadows loom, growing ever larger as generations of pack secrets begin to unfold. Ashling's people, the humans they protect, and Old Mother Earth herself all hang in the balance of Ashling's choices. Will Ashling have to forsake her true love to save the world? And will she have the strength to do it? Bloodmoon is the thrilling conclusion to the Bloodmark Saga.
WOWOWOWOW THIS SERIES IS PHENOMENAL! This book is the third and final installment in the Bloodmark Saga and it is an epic conclusion to a great series. A lot of young adult novels have a less than spectacular ending. This was so not the case with Bloodmoon.
This book was so fast paced, I couldn't put it down. I mentioned in my review of Bloodrealms that the book was filled with plot twists. This book had even more. When you think a character is gone forever, they actually aren't. When you think someone is going to die, someone else you didn't expect dies instead (still not over it).
My favorite types of books are the types when you can fall in love and connect with the characters. This entire series definitely falls in that category. Even from the first book, there was so much depth in the characters it was so easy to connect with them and eventually fall in love with them. I personally find it super easy to connect with the characters- even the werewolves.
The last half of the book was heart-breaking. I definitely did not expect the ending, but I liked it (for the most part).
The entire Bloodmark Saga has become one of my favorite series. I didn't have super high expectations for these books since the last werewolf based novel I read was disappointing, but these books went above and beyond and exceeded all of my expectations. Do yourself a favor and read these books! :)
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1. How did you get the idea for the Bloodmark Saga?
I had a dream of Ashling in a scene in the third book. I knew her voice and saw her face and heard her words. And I knew I had to find out who she was and tell her story. And I am so thankful I did.
2. How much research did you have to do for these books?
I spent a year doing research into Celtic mythology, werewolf lore and red hair legends, as well as doing location research and full character outlines. It was long and extensive, but well worth it. I think it helps bring the story to life.
3. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what songs?
I listen to one song on repeat for hours. Sounds awful doesn't it? But it really helps me drown out distractions as well as not being distracted by songs changing. I need a consistent emotion musically. Throughout the Bloodmark Saga I listened to a lot of haunting Celtic music.
4. What is your favorite movie?
Dang. That's hard. Really can't pick one. Childhood Nostalgia: Goonies. Nerd Credit: Princess Bride. Love Movie: Practical Magic. Epic Fantasy: Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Where I like to Hide: Harry Potter Series.
5. What would you do if you were the last person on Earth?
Eat chocolate, read all the books on my TBR pile and take care of all the animals I suppose. I'd probably live with a pack of dogs or wolves and snuggle with them every night.
6. What is your favorite food?
Dark Chocolate. Or maybe Tater Tot Hotdish...but I am from the Midwest. It can't be helped.
7. What was the hardest thing to write in the Bloodmark Saga?
A scene in one of the books where a character I love made the greatest sacrifice. I sobbed writing the whole scene. My editor read it and called me sobbing and we had a horribly ugly cry about it, but it was the truth of the character.
8. What books do you recommend?
Currently fan-girling over Sabaa Tahir's Ember in the Ashes series! She's a genius.
About the Author
Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is just the latest in a string of acclaimed works. Her first official writing endeavor became The Bloodmark Saga, featuring a werewolf princess-turned-ruler who falls in love with a human boy. Her first novel in the Bloodmark Saga, Bloodmark, came out in 2013, followed by Bloodrealms in 2014 and the final book Bloodmoon in 2016.
I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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