Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Soul's Mark: Changed by Ashley Stoyanoff

Title:  The Soul's Mark:  Changed
Author:  Ashley Stoyanoff
Series:  The Soul's Mark #4
Published:  December 2013 by Ashley Stoyanoff Books
Page Count:  228
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

My Review:

This was a very fact paced, enjoyable read. Right at the beginning Stoyanoff gives a good recap of previous novels without ever breaking out of the new, very well laid out, storyline. She also gives this vamp-tastic world one heck of a hilarious twist. There was definitely a comedy of errors going on here for a bit; at the same time Stoyanoff infuses an intensity into this novel that keeps you riveted. As an author, Stoyanoff makes you feel like you’re part of the story instead of just someone reading it. Stoyanoff’s natural yet vivid descriptions continue to set the scene perfectly. She also really makes use of allusion in this instalment to paint an entire mural with her words.

Although Stoyanoff’s characters are all quite well developed coming into this final novel in the series, she takes a bit of a different twist with further development here. Development in this novel has shifted to a more real and personal level. Her characters have become more developed on a very down to earth level here. Confusion and strength of character really shine through now. They are real people, just in vamp-form. Also, even though Mitch and Amelia are still the main characters, the entire cast takes on more major roles in this story to create a ‘main family’ of characters.

I must say that I love Mitchell in this novel. He’s so real and he no longer seems disjointed from reality. In earlier novels in this series Mitchell always seemed stuck in the past, and considering his age that is quite understandable. Now, courtesy of the time he’s spent with Amelia, you can still see his past but he’s living in the present. It’ makes for a very nice change of character which happened quite naturally.

Overall, this was a brilliant wrap up of the series. Parts of this story broke my heart, others put it back together, and others yet just plain made me laugh. Stoyanoff ties up all the loose ends and leaves you with a sense of completion at the end of the novel, even if you do wish that there were more to come so that you could stay in Willowberg forever.

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