Sunday, August 18, 2013

*REVIEW* Deadly Crush by Ashley Stoyanoff

Title: Deadly Crush
Series: Deadly Trilogy #1
Pages: 165 (PDF version)
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Release Date: August 23, 2013
Source Of Copy/Format: Author/ARC
My Rating: 5/5
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.

Writing Style:
Deadly Crush is written using alternating point-of-views between Jade and Aiden. I'm a huge fan of books written in this manner because I feel it brings more depth to the story. It also gives you a chance to connect to the characters and plot on a whole new level. There are two sides to every story, and in this case you get to read about both!

What I love most about Stoyanoff’s writing is her ability to make fiction feel realistic. The dialogue exchanged between characters is so natural; you can clearly imagine their voices. I am always amazed at how her writing plays like a movie in my mind; she literally brings her stories to life! 

Character development and world building = Sheer Perfection!

My Opinion: 
Ashley Stoyanoff had done it again; she has made me addicted to her writing! I adored this book and I could gush about it for hours! It’s a quick read because once you start it, trust me, you won’t put it down! Jade is an independent, fiery, and passionate protagonist. I love any book with a strong female lead, maybe because they sometimes remind me of myself? Either way, I connected to Jade in so many ways…I would totally be her friend! Aiden and Dominic, just saying their names makes the temperature rise, both are seriously smokin’ hot. The werewolf action scenes had me on the edge of my seat, so intense, so animalistic, and so genuine. The ending tugged at my heart but left me with such hope for Jade and Aiden… I think they make the perfect pair! 

I instantly fell in love with the concept of this novel: Werewolves! Who doesn’t like a good wolf story? The shifter characters had a great balance of wolf and human personality traits that blended together beautifully. The customs and rules of the pack played an important role in how the story progressed, which I found to be absolutely intriguing. In most typical werewolf books the shifters tend to hide from humans but not in this one. In Dog Mountain, the local town folk are aware that werewolves live among them. Most embrace them while others despise them. A bit of a unique twist, would you want to know if werewolves lived near you? I would!

I have read a lot of Stoyanoff’s books and each one just keeps getting better! I have been a fan of hers from the moment I read her work and I can’t wait to read more in this series. Deadly Crush reminds me a bit of her other series The Soul’s Mark. I will say if you liked The Soul’s Mark books, you will also love this novel! If you love a notable paranormal novel, filled to the brim with action and a bit of romance, go read Deadly Crush now!

Ashley Stoyanoff, the award winning author of The Soul's Mark: FOUND, lives in Whitby, Ontario and loves diving into the magical world of creating fiction. When not writing, she can be found reading sappy novels, watching cheesy chick flicks, and buying far too many clothes.

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