Sunday, August 18, 2013

Deadly Crush by Ashley Stoyanoff

Title:  Deadly Crush
Author:  Ashley Stoyanoff
Series:  Deadly Trilogy #1
Expected Publication:  Aug 23/13
Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Dog Mountain is just like any other small town — peaceful and uneventful. Well, that is if peaceful means wolves howling all night, and uneventful means it’s overrun by pesky werewolves, then yes, Dog Mountain is just your average small town.

Jade Shaw has spent the last two years avoiding the pack. But when Aidan Collins moves to town, avoiding the dogs doesn’t seem possible. The pack wants him just as much as she does.

Determined to keep him out of the pack’s grasp, Jade does everything she can to gain his attention. Little does she know, Aidan is in deeper with the pack than she could have imagined, and competing for his attention is a deadly game, one she may not want to win.

My Review:

“Holy sugar sticks” what a novel! It was absolutely awesomesauce.

Stoyanoff’s writing style draws you in to her well developed world and gives you a place to call your own while you escape your reality through her work. She writes the way that people really think, feel, and talk. This adds a layer of realism to her supernatural world. This novel also packs an emotional punch. Not only do you have a supernatural story that keeps you guessing and reeling, but this smoothly written novel makes you feel with and for the characters.

Stoyanoff uses the technique of flipping perspectives to great success. She keeps everything straight between the characters while giving us insight into multiple points of view. As a reader, it gives you a much deeper understanding of the story, the town, and the characters. You become more and more attached to the main characters the more you understand them. This builds with the well developed and very captivating characters that Stoyanoff brings forth in this unique story to create a cast of characters that you’ll never forget.

Stoyanoff has also created a very solid pack law for her town. She takes elements of were-culture and melds it with some very unique wolf traits to create a world all of her own. It is very captivating and extremely entertaining. The uniqueness of this story combined with Stoyanoff’s open and enthralling writing style will keep you captivated. You won’t be able to put this one down.

My biggest issue with this novel is that it ended. Don’t get me wrong. There was a definite ending to the novel. Everything is wrapped up nicely while presenting a brilliant segue into the sequel. But it ended. I didn’t want to let these characters go. And I can’t wait to re-join them in the sequel.

And now, while you're waiting for the release of this novel, 
enter to win 1 of 2 Smashwords copies of Deadly Crush by Ashley Stoyanoff.

Entries Close 11:59pm Aug 22/13.
Winners will be announced and notified Aug 23/13.
Winners will have 72hrs to claim their prize.


  1. Hi Jonel! Loved the review, my favorite supernatural creatures are definitely vampires but I kinda love all of them (except zombies)

  2. Hi Jonel!

    Sounds like a great book. Of course, I love werewolves!

    Loved the review! Thanks!

    1. Perhaps, I should add: I love all supernatural creatures, but my favorite is whatever I'm currently reading (or writing) about. ;)

  3. I am really drawn to shape shifters. They are my current fav. That is until I read the next paranormal book.

  4. Shapeshifters, vampires, angels, demons...too many to pick a favorite! This story sounds great!

  5. I love vampires & werewolves! And Castiel from Supernatural :-P

  6. This one sounds good! Adding to my TBR list.

  7. my favorite supernatural creature would have to be Vampires and Werewolves but next them is angels and demons :)

  8. Sounds like a great book. My favorite supernatural creature would have to be werewolves. Thanks!

  9. This sounds great! My favorite creatures are werewolves.

  10. My favorite supernatural creature would be a vampire. But I have a love for all things paranormal, I think they're so interesting. Deadly Crush sounds like a great book! Looking forward to reading it.

  11. I really love shape-shifters, esp werewolves and any kind of dragon-shifter :)

  12. This is really cool the book looks amazing

  13. got it on my tbr list... thank you for the review and the giveaway.

  14. forgot to answer the question, Vampires and Weres, shifters, Dragons....

  15. Deadly Crush sounds totally awesome. Good luck to all who entered!

  16. Wonderful review, Jonel! Sounds like an amazing read, good luck to Ashley!

  17. Hi! thanks for the review. Sounds awesome xD

    I don't really have a favorite but I guess I'll go with werewolves? :P

  18. Just finished The Immortals so it has to be a vampire.

  19. I'm gonna have to say I'm my own favorite supe. :-) And nope, I'm not telling what I am - but if you look at my name it should give you a big, fat, clue!

  20. My favorite would have to be shape shifters with vampires & wares close behind.

  21. Vamps are awesome, but I'm torn between supes and werewolves! ;)

  22. I love vampires and werewolves romance stories. You sent me an invite on Goodreads and to be honest I never heard of you before. I am always looking for new authors and books. I am now going to investigate and see if I like your books. Thanks