Saturday, April 13, 2013

TOUR STOP: Found by Ashley Stoyanoff

Today it's my turn to host the WINNER of the 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Award
Author: Ashley Stoyanoff
Series: The Soul's Mark (#1)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 19th 2012
Pages: 224
Read in: 3 days

Overview

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.

Found is a hot, steamy, paranormal romance that'll make you want to redefine what a 5-star book reads like. From the mile-thick tension to the passion-filled revelations, Found proved to be one of the best novels I've read in 2013. ( So far ;) )

Found tells the story of a girl named Amelia, who has the kind of life that puts the hope in hopeless. Amelia 's childhood went something like: watching the murder of her parents, to being shipped off from foster family to foster family. (And if hopeless is any indication, then it's safe to assume that these families were anything but the Brady Bunch.) Not that she lets her miserable childhood hold her back, in fact things are finally looking up for Amelia. She's awarded with a scholarship, where her roommates in the house might as well be her family. But when strange things she can't explain start appearing and disappearing in a far-from-human manner, Amelia is forced to search for the answers that her roommates seem to be set on refusing her, all while her wildest desires and love for a man, named Mitchell who she's dreamed of since she was a little girl, intensifies. There's only one problem (or not) - Mitchell isn't a dream.
If I could, I would say there wasn't anything I disliked ... BUT that would mean this book was perfect. So here we go... picking some needles out of the haystack. Okay, I wasn't a fan of how Amelia's personality changed. One minute she was shy, and reserved (which kind of irritated me), the next she was feisty, and kick-ass (which I loved). It didn't feel ... steady. I felt as if her personality would change based on the particular situation she found herself in.

Found was the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae I've been waiting to have for a loonnnnng time. This novel will forever be engraved in my mind and heart  The characters, the plot, and the settings were beautifully developed. As we all know, vampires are pretty popular in the YA realm right now ... but Found was one of those novels that stood out from the mix. Found is 100%  a must-read novel.



What you need to know about 'found'

The Soul's Mark: FOUND Won 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Award With a Perfect Score for Young Adult Fiction.  
Read pressrelease  or see the Full list of winners 




Not convinced yet? Here is an excerpt:

“Crap,” Angelle said, relaxing her stance slightly.  “It’s coming from the kitchen.  This can’t be good.”  She shot Amelia a frazzled look and then dashed up the steps of the porch.  At the glass double doors, she turned back and waved, gesturing for Amelia to follow.  “Come on, honey,” she called, before rushing into the house.


The screaming grew louder and another clatter echoed through the doorway.  Amelia rushed after Angelle, jogging over the inter-locking stone, dazed, as if she had stumbled into an alternate universe.  She climbed the three steps of the stone-covered porch and peeked through the open door, trying to stay out of the way of whatever chaos had been unleashed.


A faint smell of smoke washed out, followed by a man’s agonized yell.  Amelia glanced around, realizing she was walking into the kitchen.

“Ouch,” he groaned, sounding a bit amused.  His arms were raised in an attempt to protect himself from the blows of a broom swishing furiously at him.  “It was an accident!” he cried out.


On the other end of the broom was an elderly woman who looked to Amelia like she was made of circles, with a round pudgy face and plump round body.  She had on a flowery apron splattered with some kind of yellowy goo and she was screaming unintelligible utterances at the man as she continued to beat him relentlessly.

Suddenly, Amelia saw the stove light up, fire crackling and blazing.  Forgetting the scene in front of her, she dropped her bag and rushed in.  What had her mother said about grease fires?  Baking soda, use baking soda, Amelia thought, that was it.  She whipped open the fridge, frantically searching and grabbed a box of baking soda from the door.  She dumped it on the burning grease-lit frying pan.  The fire extinguished in a billowing cloud of smoke and she coughed when she sucked in a breath.

“What the hell is going on?” Angelle yelled, jumping in between them.  She snatched the broom out of the woman’s hands and tossed it out of reach.  It flew across the room, and slammed into the wall before clattering to the marble floor.  “That’s enough.”  She grabbed the man by the shoulders and shoved him away.
“He’s ruining my kitchen.  Look at this mess,” the elderly woman said in a tizzy, surveying the mess.  Amelia followed her gaze and noticed that the yellowy goo was splattered everywhere, smeared across the large cherry island, globbed on the weathered black wall cabinets, dripping from the ceiling, as if a bomb of stickiness had gone off.

The man was rubbing his shoulders, looking at Angelle as if she had really hurt him.  Amelia stood back and watched, trying to stay out of the way.  He was just as tall as Angelle, and bulky with muscles like a football player, a really hot football player.  “I was just trying to make pancakes for Amelia,” he said, smiling bashfully at Amelia.  Then he looked back over at Angelle, “And in case you missed it, she was hitting me.  Why did you shove me like that?”

Angelle rolled her eyes in a dramatic show of annoyance, “I’m sure you deserved it Eric.  You usually do.”  She looked over at the woman, who was now scurrying around the kitchen trying to clean up the mess.  “What did he do, Mabel?”
That’s Eric, Amelia realized.  She giggled.  He really was looking green.  That’s what the guard had been talking about.  His shaggy, uneven, punk style haircut was dyed in a vibrant, bright green.  Hot, she thought.  Green hair, hot?  Well, on him, yes, it was really hot.  He was covered in the same sticky goo—pancake batter?

“He used a blender without the lid,” Mabel said.  Her voice was stern and a touch motherly and she had a soft accent, maybe English, Amelia thought. And she looked absolutely fit to be tied.
He just shrugged.  “Stirring was taking too long.”
“You’re such a dork—and what’s with the hair?” Angelle laughed.  “You look like a little punk.”
“Don’t knock the hair,” Eric said, leaning back against the island, arms folded across his chest.
“You can’t go to the office like that,” Angelle said.
“Don’t have to.  I’ve been promoted to personal chauffeur.  And I think it looks great.  I thought you would appreciate it.”  He batted his eyes and struck a pose.  “It totally matches my eyes.”  He looked Amelia over and then pushed off from the counter, strolling towards her with a mischievous grin on his face.
Amelia had hoped they had forgotten about her and she really hoped she wasn’t drooling, because man, he was sexy, like head to toe sexy.  He stopped about a foot away from her and she met his eyes, which indeed matched his new hair color.
Eric dropped into a gallant bow and she giggled like a little schoolgirl.  He took her hand in his, and kissed it lightly.  “Welcome my lady,” he said playfully.
Angelle groaned.  “You are such a moron.”

Link up with the author!

Ashley Stoyanoff lives in Whitby, Ontario and loves diving into the magical world of creating fiction. Over the years she has written numerous short stories. The Soul's Mark: FOUND is her debut novel. When not writing, she can be found reading sappy novels, watching cheesy chick flicks, and buying far too many clothes.



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Tour Schedule 
March 25: Black Lion Tours Blog: Introduction.
March 26: MK McClintock Blog: Promo.
March 27: Le Vanity Victorienne: Promo.
                 Lindsay's Scribblings: Promo.
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ch 28: Tina's Book Reviews: Promo.
March 29: Clean Romance Reviews: Promo.
March 30: Vanilla Moon Blog: Promo.
Mar
ch 31: Paranormal Book Reviews: Promo
April 1: Marked by books: Review.
April 2: Laurie's Paranormal Reviews: Promo.
April 3: Kimberly Lewis: Promo.
April 4: Bookworm Lisa: Review.
April 5: 
A Dream within a dream: Review and Promo.
April 6: I Know That Book: Promo.
April 7: 
Bunny Reviews Blog: Promo.
April 8: 
Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer: Promo.
April 10: My Serynity: Review.
April 12: A Book Lover's Library: Review.
April 13: 
Characterized Blog: Review.
April 14: 
Makayla's book Reviews: Promo.
April 15: 
Chapter by Chapter: Review.
April 16: Deal Sharing Aunt: Review and Promo.
April 17: Libby's Library: Review and Promo.
April 18:
 Le Vanity Victorienne: Review and Promo.
April 19: Black Lion Tours Blog: Wrap-up.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for having Ashley today and I absolutely adored your review!

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  2. You sold me. I've added this book on to my TBR pile! At first it sounded a little weird, but it actually sounds really good. Thanks!

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  3. p.s. My favorite paranormal creature is a vampire of course!

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  4. Vampires and demons

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  5. Yes! My evil plan has been completed >:) Mwahaha. Lol, you're most welcome.

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  6. Thanks a bunch. It was an honor. (:

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  7. Thank you for having me and for taking the time to read and review my book. :)

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  8. I haven't read a good vampire series in soo long but this book sounds awesome! Thanks for having me and I hope you've been having a good week!
    Dylena Menard

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  9. No problemmoo (: It was an honor! <3

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  10. Yes, this series definitely made a mark on the paranormal genre. Especially, in regards to the vampire sub-genre.

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