Sunday, May 4, 2014

Deadly Mates by Ashley Stoyanoff

Title:  Deadly Mates
Series:  Deadly Trilogy #2
Author:  Ashley Stoyanoff
Published:  April 25, 2014
Length:  222pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  YA paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Jade never thought she’d embrace being a werewolf, but after having accepted her new role as alpha female of Dog Mountain’s pack, she finds herself doing just that. She’s training with the enforcers and learning to use the alpha within her to her advantage. And for the most part, Jade is content, well at least with her training she is.

But Dog Mountain is a small town with big problems. The new alpha pair is divided, splitting the already unstable pack with them, and to make matters worse, Jade’s father is on his way home. Except Jade’s father and his twisted pack of werecourgars aren’t the only threat.

When Aidan brings in a new set of enforcers to weed out the problems within the pack, Jade is forced to delve into the center of the issue. She soon realizes that she is the indirect cause of the uneasiness within the pack, and if Jade doesn’t fix it, she’ll lose everything, even Aidan.

My Review:

This might just be Stoyanoff’s best writing yet. This book never left my mind from the moment I started till… well, I’m still thinking about it... Stoyanoff’s descriptions are vividly real, yet almost poetic. The entire world surrounding Dog Mountain comes to life for the reader. Not only does this novel engage your imagination, but your emotions as well. Stoyanoff definitely had me in tears by the ending. She also had me cheering for her characters (or booing them, depending on who we’re talking about). I also absolutely love the take on alphas & alpha pairs. It’s so unique yet completely real and believable. It adds that extra bit of something that so many paranormal stories are missing.

I love the change we see in Jade throughout this novel. I also appreciate the fact that it isn’t a magical, overnight, ok now I’m someone else, change. It was gradual, and because you have insight into her thoughts you can understand where it’s coming from. It really helps you connect with her. It helps you connect with the team as well. I really am enjoying them and can’t wait to get to know them better in the next novel. Same with Aiden. Knowing that he grew up in an alpha family and being able to see the inner working of his mind really help you understand where he’s coming from and why he acts how he does.

This novel definitely proves why you should read a good book on a busy week. Every time I had to put it down to go to work, walk the dogs, etc. it was all I could think about. It never left my mind and still hasn’t. I can’t wait for the final instalment in this gripping trilogy.

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