Series: The Soul's Mark
Series Placement: #4
Author: Ashley Stoyanoff
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 2013
Published by: Ashley Stoyanoff Books
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Pages: Approx. 200
ARC eCopy Provided by Author
Book Blurb:Ever since college student Amelia Caldwell moved to Willowberg, her life has been in turmoil. But with the evil vampire hunters no longer terrorizing the town, Willowberg is once again peaceful.
With a little help from Mother Nature and a dream for a better future, Mitchell has found himself in a predicament—after eight hundred years of being immortal, he is now a human while his soulmate is a vampire.
Now all Amelia and Mitchell have to do is hide from the world until his body can handle the change. But when Mitchell gets a cold, all hell breaks loose.
With an unexpected resistance rising, and an unexplained deadline from the spirits, Amelia realizes that this is a fight she cannot win alone. One thing is clear, though: to save Mitchell, he needs to change—again. But if he does, what chance does he have of surviving it?
Reviewers Note: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
An Amazing Ride I'm Going To Miss Waiting For!
I absolutely love this series and these characters. And as much as I loved this last book, I'm sorry to see their adventures come to an end... but wow, what an ending!
The Soulmate bond may be back in place but things are uncertain and ever changing in Willowberg.
In the last book, the Soulmates bond took a break while Amelia worked through her angsts, and during that time, the humans, who had a moments taste of freedom, are now fighting their Vampire mates, who are stronger, faster and more demanding than humans, so obviously theres going to be trouble. The bond is causing all sorts of problems, resulting in excruciating plain or deaths on both sides of the species and finding a solution has become paramount, especially as Vampires are becoming increasingly aggressive and possessive.
But each of our mains have their own personal crisis going on as well. Mitchell is now human after eight hundred years of being immortal. Him being out of the leadership role and things resulting into chaos in the Vampire community is the least of his problems. Having been immortal, he never had to deal with sickness so his body never built up immunities to common diseases, such as a cold, which now seems to be killing him.
Amelia is now a magic using Vampire and her urges, rages and temper seem to be flaring at the most inconvenient times. Fear and stubbornness are keeping her from accomplishing the things she needs to in order to fix Mitchell, fix the bond and become what she’s destined to be.
Eric has had to step up in Mitchells absence but he and Megan are finding themselves on opposite sides of the Vampire/Human/Soulmate debate. Luke and Lola seem to be the only stable partners in the household but even Lola is having troubles in her new position as maker. Tyler and Angelle are in the middle of their own crisis as their future is uncertain and the entire Vampire nation has resorted to using their soulmates as feeding bags since the town has cut off their volunteer blood supply.
With everyone going in separate directions, everyone having their own problems to sort out and the bond spell reeking havoc, Amelia must discover her path in her new life as well as a resolution to the bond issue before its too late for her, Mitchell and everyone else she cares about.
Times is running out!
Amelia struggles to find a balance with the Vampire newly raging inside her and the powerful magic pulsing within. She has to really pull deep on her patience to keep from exploding and it doesn’t always work. She’s a ticking time bomb full of out of control power and strength.
Mitchell being human was a real eye opener for him as well as me, the reader. Where as he was this strong, formidable force before, he’s now almost humbled as his strength wanes. He’s having to learn to live life in a way he’s not had to deal with before and its exhausting as well as painful. But he’s still the family’s leader, their protector, the one they go to when things are uncertain... their father figure. Without Mitchell, they all fold and they know it.
Mitchell and Amelia have come a long way since book one but they still struggle to find their balance throughout this read. They both let pride, fear and love cloud their reason and because of that, they both suffer. They know that working together always sorts their problems faster and in better ways but they are both strong in mind and will. They’ve yet to realize their true strengths are in each other... together. But they are getting there.
I really loved the roll reversals we get with Mitch experiencing what it is like being human in the Vampire/Human relationship. He gets a feel for what Amelia went through and he gets a better understanding of what the soulmates feel. He’s fortunate though. Where he tried to impose his will on Amelia, using their bond to try and bend her to his will, she tries hard not to do the same to him when she’s now the one with the power.
But I also loved that Amelia got a real taste of what Mitch goes through too. Having all that control over a person but having to hold yourself steady and avoid the temptations of using it, when it would be so easy. They learned from these experiences and they grew as individuals as well as a couple.
All the other couples came to terms with their issues as well and I loved seeing everyone get a resolution.
The Wrap Up:
CHANGED was fun, thrilling, entertaining, heartwarming and so well written. And it had an amazing Epilogue! All my questions were answered and everything was wrapped up nicely but leaves a bit of room for more should this story line continue, which I can’t help but hope for. I love these books so much! This entire series has stunning visuals, a fantastic story and the characters will keep you entertained throughout all the books! I can’t recommend this series enough and I'm sure if you give it a chance, you’ll love the entire Lang family as much as I do!
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