The Soul's Mark: FOUND (The Soul's Mark, #1)

Rated 4.35/5 based on 18 reviews
Eighteen year old Amelia Caldwell has just moved to college when she realizes that her birthmark is more than what it seems. She has been marked by a vampire’s soul. She is forced to unlock the painful memories of her past, and make life changing decisions. Just when she thinks that life couldn’t get any worse, Amelia’s meeting with a psychic reveals a prophecy that could change her entire life. More

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About Ashley Stoyanoff

Ashley Stoyanoff is an author of paranormal romance books for young adults, including The Soul's Mark series and the Deadly Trilogy. She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband, Jordan, and two cats: Tanzy and Trinity.

In July 2012, Ashley published her first novel, The Soul’s Mark: FOUND, and shortly thereafter, she was honored with The Royal Dragonfly Book Award for both young adult and newbie fiction categories.

An avid reader, Ashley enjoys anything with a bit of romance and a paranormal twist. When she’s not writing or devouring her latest read, she can be found spending time with her family, watching cheesy chick flicks or buying far too many clothes.

Ashley loves hearing from her readers, so feel free to connect with her online.

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Reviews

Review by: Jonel Boyko on May 10, 2013 :
Finally, a new take on vampirism. No one sparkles, no one is indestructible, and no one fights a werewolf. And don't get me wrong, I do love my werewolves too, generally more than vampires, but this book has me rethinking that.

I picked this book up this morning and couldn’t put it down until I was finished. I was enthralled by Amelia’s character and couldn’t believe the changes that Mitchell went through in just one book. Not one single character in the book is a cardboard cut-out place holder, but rather, all characters are well developed and can hold their own as real people. As a reader, you come to identify with many characters on a personal level, not just the main characters. They all talk like real people as well. It was refreshing not to have sentences full of colloquialisms or characters who speak like they are defending a thesis at an Ivy League college.

The concept of a soul mate is also taken to a whole new level in this novel. I can’t wait to see how it progresses in the upcoming (or recently published) sequels. I also just cannot wait to read the sequel. Maybe tomorrow....
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Ricketts on March 01, 2013 :
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review through the We Love YA Books group on Goodreads.

I thought the author gave an interesting new take on vampires, witches, and the idea of soul mates. After moving away to escape her past, Amelia Caldwell soon finds out what she thought was a simple birthmark is actually where she has been marked by a vampire. She holds the vampire's soul and is his soul mate. In this book, the idea of soul mates isn't just an idea, it's a physical reality for Amelia and Mitchell, and I think that was exactly what gave this story a boost and made it different from other vampire novels.

Amelia was a strong character and didn't fall all over herself in Mitchell's presence. She remained her own person as much as she could even though Mitchell's hold over her was intense. It was a relief to finally read a book with a strong female character in a plot involving the idea of soul mates. I ended up resenting the control Mitchell tried to exert over her and was hoping against hope that Amelia would find a way to undo the spell. By taking away her freewill, Mitchell created exactly what he feared--their love soon turned to hatred, and I knew that was going to happen. Love just doesn't work that way.

I rated this 3.5 stars out of five because I felt there could have been more action; the story lulled at times. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment of the series and finding out more about Amelia. What memories from her past are painful for her? What's her powerful secret? I really want to know!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Echoing Star on Dec. 31, 2012 :
Originally posted here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/489102925

I Got this ebook in exchange for an honest review

Okay, where to start...the plot was really strong (as it had strong support). The storyline was obviously better than Twilight (sorry for all those Twilight lovers, but I just HATE it with capital H A T E). The vampires were so realistic, they didn't sparkle like little girlies mixed with glitter and they took everything nice and slowly. Although they told her the truth near the end/middle, the story progressed in a nice pace, showing that this story was obviously not rushed. The story stared of with the prologue, making me a bit confused and curious, which made me keep reading. The start of chapter one hada strong impact on me. I don't know why but it completely grabbed me in. I wanted to keep on reading so I sat there, in front of my computer, actually reading and staying on track (which usually doesn't happen). That just shows how strong the beginning is, considering the fact that I usually get distracted by things easily when I read the beginning of books.

The fact that this book was about vampires kind of amazes me because after reading the first few pages of Twilight, it made me really dislike vampire books. This completely changed my view on vampires. So what if they sparkle like princesses in one book? That doesn't mean that all vampires are total daisies. Well anyways, this book made me think that ALL vampires (excluding the ones from Twilight) are really that dreamy, handsome and strong. If this book changed my perspective on vampires this much, it deserves 5 stars already.

Anyways, the characters are awesome. Although it took me a bit of time to like Amelia after she broke down, I still believed that she was a strong character with everything that had happened in the past to her (I won't say anymore before I spoil it). She still kept her head up high after finding out many things. Although she wanted to leave, it was obvious that she still had the stong will inside of her that insisted she should stay.

As for Mitchell, he is a completely mesmerizing character. Even though he is overprotective and a little possessive, he still finds a way to make that all show that he just does it out of love. Although he seemed so much like he was thick-headed and strong, in reality, he shows that all in order to protect his fear of losing Amelia again.

What I would really like to see are all the other relationships develop a bit more. I really want to see more of Angelle and Ty, and Lola and Luke. I would also want to see a little love story blossom for Eric too!

so overall, this story was amazing with stead progress and a great plot. Can't wait to read the second one!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lace Vintage on Dec. 21, 2012 :
You Can Not Run From Destiny

"The first thing you should know is that soulmates are real. They are not just some romantic idea. We are made for one person and one person alone."

The Souls Mate:FOUND Has made me fall in love with vampires again, I'll still having a love/hate relationship with YA novels but hey I'm super happy because I haven't read a good vamp novel since Dracula, I'm more of a shifter kinda girl but I read the synopsis then I was hooked, I just had to read it and it didn't disappoint it actually got me quite addicted.
I was soooooooo hoping there was more in the series!...no more it was more demanding, demanding more in the series and thank god those demands have been heard in the form of The Soul's Mark:HUNTED!

Ashley has a wonderful way of making the reader feel the characters emotions, I seriously could not stop giggling, it was terrible & those feelings of first crush's ekkkkkkk so embarrassing!

"Hot, she thought. Green hair, hot? Well, on him, yes, it was really hot."

I think I forgot to mention in my first review how original & totally epic the Soul's mark is, like the concept I mean it's has to be one of the most original concepts I've ever read + ash pulled it off perfectly. I can't believe I've never thought of it before, a vampire's Soul linked to a human... it just makes so much damn sense! & it's quite romantic.

"He was close enough that she could feel the heat of his skin. But even with this closeness, Amelia felt as if they were painfully far away from each other. She felt a tug, as if she was being pulled towards him by an invisible chain and without realizing it, she slid closer. He reached out, brushing away her tears and leaving behind a sizzling trail of sparks where his fingers had touched her skin. Her heart beat erratically, thumping like a jackhammer."

All tho i liked all the characters each in there own special way, I'd have to say the character I loved most was Amelia, she just had that crazy, lovable, loyal charm.

The Heroine:
Amelia was a fresh take on a female lead..if only for her curly locks (I'm naturally curly so I love lead females that are too... Crazy I know but it makes her more relatable) Smart Strong & Confident just want a female lead Needs to be but she was also stubborn, emotional & not Submissive! (Thank God!)

The Hero:
Mich the Male lead was a bit over protective & dare I say it possessive ( but not to the extreme some books take it).
His ridiculously hot & despite his faults his a compassionate & loving character.

The Hottie:
Eric....omg his not a total lead but as you probably guessed already I'm in total book lust! His just the kinda guy I go for insanely hot, with Crazy Hair (mmmmmmm), maybe not the smartest guy around but with a heart of gold & a wicked sense of humor!

Ashley Did a great job of weaving this light hearted romantic novel together with a devious paranormal twist, I'd defiantly recommend it to all lovers of YA, Vamps or just anyone!

"And she loved the way he made her feel, the way her heart beat when he was near, the electricity she felt at his touch, and the nervous butterflies he always caused in her stomach."
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dii on Dec. 14, 2012 :
I LOVED this!!!!!!!

Imagine finding that a birthmark you have is the mark of your soulmate, a vampire.

This held my interest from the start, with a strong, independent heroine and a not-so-perfect, but basically good, hero. The tension between each of them is out there.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Helena Ison on Sep. 09, 2012 :
Once I picked up this book, I could not put it down! (I read it over a course of two days, the fastest I've ever read a book of this length) I loved everything about this book and hated that it had to end. Trust me, this is not your traditional vampire novel. It's a love story of sorts with a heart-wrenching past. The supernatural aspects of this book blew my mind, I love the approach Stoyanoff took to express them! Clever and modernistic!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katie Cody on Aug. 13, 2012 :
Amelia Caldwell just wants a fresh start and hopes that by moving to Willowberg she will get just that. Unfortunately things only get worse when she finds out that her birthmark is more than it seems. Amelia finds out that she has been marked by a vampire’s soul and is his soulmate. Her vampire soulmate is Mitchell Lang. He has been searching for Amelia for almost a century and fears that he will soon lose her to another man. In a desperate attempt to keep her he takes away her free will and intensifies their bond. This turns her once budding love into hate. Amelia fights the bond tooth and nail, not wanting to belong to anyone.
While she is fighting for a way to escape she unlocks the painful memories of her past and finds a powerful secret. Before she can explore this any further she is caught in the middle of deadly game of revenge. She’ll realize fast that you cannot run from your destiny.
I really haven’t been reading many vampire stories lately, but this one caught my eye and I was glad it did. This story was fast paced and engaging. It was so hard to put down and I actually pulled a couple all nighters to finish it. I loved the suspense and mystery to this story and it really kept me guessing. The action was exciting and had me on the edge of my seat. The characters were really interesting and made me want to find out more about them.
Amelia was a tough and spirited girl who just wanted to be normal. I could really relate to her and had fun getting to know more about her personality and her past.
Mitchell was interesting and very deep. He had his faults, but I liked that he wasn’t just flat and too perfect like some characters. He had a good heart, but was a bit too impulsive at times.
This is an exciting new story that vampire/paranormal romance lovers won’t want to miss!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maritza Lafferty on Aug. 13, 2012 :
I was given the opportunity to read this book for free through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. Although the book is well written, I just didn't like it that much. It starts off with Amelia being insecure and shy, graduating from high school with no friends. She is described (or perhaps it was my wrong interpretation) as timid. Suddendly when she moves into Mitchell's home, she is forceful and very vocal. Mitchell is her soulmate who has visited her in her dreams for the past 5 years and she is in love with him. But when she meets him in person they are ready to kill each other even though they love each other. They can feel each others feelings yet say and do hurtful things to each other. For me, this just didn't feel true to me. For years you dream of the perfect man and you love him but when you find out he is real and your soulmate you are angry and want nothing to do with him? Really? There is much action and Amelia turns out to be a very powerful witch and Mitchell is a vampire which is supposed to explain their strong reactions to each other. Of course it all works out in the end and they have their HEA. The rest of the plot did hold my interest, but the characters reactions just didn't seem believable to me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Toni Hemion on Aug. 11, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book! Once I started I couldn't put it down I was up all night finishing it! The book started off really good and I loved the characters .. Ameila was great she fought for what she wanted and well Mitch (HOT) I love and hated him but he really grew through the book, and in the end he didnt disappoint!!! I hope to see more from this series! I also hope we get to see what all Eric has to offer! I highly recomment this book!

You Can Not Run From Destiny!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rhomy pelegrina on Aug. 11, 2012 : (no rating)
Well, I loved this book! But somehow I can't find the appropiate way to review it, that's why it took me so long to post it.

Above all, it was a fun reading with an impeccable writing and unique storyline combined with perfectly constructed characters. A nice twist on soulmates, a refreshing premise with vampires and some magic. Definitely a fantastic start for a series!

The whole book goes around Amelia, and the story begins when she earns a scholarship and move to her "dream house" and meet her new friends. She has quite a temper! She is strong and brave and even after a dreadful past, she is funny and easy to relate to.


"Jeez! Is this the attack of gorgeous people?" (that line seriously made me giggle!)


In my opinion, one of the most important moments in a book is that exact second when the lovers meet.
Here, as we have a love triangle (well more like a love square at some point lol), we have 2 main encounters.

When Amelia and Eric met I couldn't stop grinning. The situation was perfect and hilarious.

With Mitchell... well... the moment wasn't that awesome, but the truth is I'm biased here lol, for me Eric is totally amazing and Mitchell is not lol, he summoned a rollercoaster of emotions and there were not always good: I loved him, despised him, loved him again and so on.
Sometimes he annoyed me completely, he was selfish and childish, at some point I thought he didn't care about Millie at all. There were many things he did that made me wonder if he was that in love with her or was simple infatuation.

On the other hand, we have some other characters such as Angelle who is sweet and unnerving at the same time, and I believe there is more of her story to come, there was a sneak peek of her past and was great, a little sad, but interesting nonetheless.

Also, there is Erin, the friend. She is such a complex character as well, one of my favorites, witty, loyal and caring.

There was a moment within the story which I personally found to be extremely sad, it was Amelia's talk with her mum, it made my heart stop. So emotive!!!

What else can I add? Eric is delicious and I wanna read more about him. And of course, this book goes to my favorite shelf for sure!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hazel G on Aug. 11, 2012 :
Fantastic! Great start to a new series! THIS BOOK ROCKED!!!

The Soul's Mark: FOUND is the first book in The Soul's Mark series written by Ashley Stoyanoff.

The Review:
This book was seriously cool and I enjoyed it a great deal. The writing flowed smoothly, the story was amazingly well done and the characters were fun and exciting.

Stoyanoff does a terrific job painting an entertaining and picturesque background for the world she is creating. Everything from the mansion to the town to the college where her characters interact was captivating and well thought out. I loved the idea of soul marks, what they mean and how they came into play. I also loved the familial feel to the characters and how they cared for and protected one another.

Amelia was a wonderful female lead whose tragic past and the ever changing world she was thrown into kept me sympathetic to her emotional state. Though at one point, her "huffing" over trivial things started to annoy me, the story quickly moved on and her character began to develop.

Mitch, Millie, Angelle, Eric, Luke, Lola, Mabel, Ty and Erin were so much fun! The cast of characters ranged from passionate to neurotic and I loved every one of them, even the antagonists who played their parts well.

Dislikes:
There aren't many dislikes for me in this book! However, the beginning started off a bit slow but quickly picked up about three chapters in. Don't get me wrong, the information was necessary for the story set up, but it felt like it dragged on a bit too long. Also, the ending, though very exciting, left me scratching my head at one point. Regardless, I really liked the whole book so these points are minor.

The Wrap Up:
Im totally recommending this book to my friends. I loved it, I loved the writing and I loved the story! All the characters were fun and each one brought a little something special to the story. This was an amazing start to what I feel will be a wonderful series and I'm anxious for the next book!

NOTE: I read this as an ARR with We ♥ YA Books! at Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kim Pyrros on Aug. 02, 2012 :
I won this ebook in a contest sponsored by the author, Ashley Stroyanoff. I had been following her blog and had really wanted to read this story. I really enjoyed this book, and once I started, I couldn't put it down. This book is not your average vampire story and in fact is less about vampires and witches and more about about the unexplored topic of soul-mates. It is a love story but also a story of overcoming obstacles and finding strength through difficulty and loss.

The heroine, Amelia, believes she is nothing. Insecure and lonely, following the violent death of both her patents, she struggles through foster home after foster home. Finally her life takes a turn, she wins a scholarship and begins the life she has always dreamed of. Of course there is a twist and what follows is a nightmare. Amelia finds out too soon that getting what you wish for is not always as perfect as you
believe.

This is a must read book for anyone who has ever dreamed of finding their soul-mate or believes in true love at any cost.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Liz on July 31, 2012 :
The Soul's Mark: FOUND by Ashley Stoyanoff was a quick, easy and fun read. I'm very glad I had the opportunity to read this book through the Goodreads' We Love YA Books ARR Readers’ Corner. Once I started this story, I had a very difficult time stopping. Books featuring vampires are everywhere lately, but this one gave an interesting twist with the idea of the Soul-mate.

The main character Amelia is very likable and it is interesting to see her struggle between embracing and rejecting her new family of vampires and friends. Mitchell, Amelia's soul-mate, proves to be a great challenge and equal for Amelia while they attempt to make their relationship work despite all the conflicts. Angelle, Luke, Eric, Mabel, Erin and Tyler makeup the well-knit group of family and friends and provide great support during all the struggles. I can't wait for the next book to get more of the characters' histories and see where the story can go.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Alyssa on July 30, 2012 :
I received this through We
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sara Gordon on July 28, 2012 :
I was so glad I got this book to review as an ARR. It was so good! I debated between 4 and 5 stars, but the 5 won out:D I definitely recommend this to everyone.

Amelia is a broken girl that has been in foster care after her parents were murdered. She wins a scholarship for a university that pays for everything and finally has a chance to get away. During the first chapter or two I thought she would be a weak, shy young woman. But then as she met the people she moved into a castle with, her personality started to come out, and she turned into a strong caring young woman with a beautiful temper.

Then Mitchell finally comes more into the picture, and I just love him! He isn't perfect and also has a nasty temper at times, but he is Amelia's perfect other half. There is also Eric, Luke, and Tyler that I hope all have more parts in the next book.

I think I only gave away the first of the book, so I didn't spoil anything. This book has a lot of trials and conflict and enough going on to hold your attention. I cannot wait for the sequel!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mixi R. on July 25, 2012 :
If this is Ms. Stoyanoff's first novel, I can't wait until she really gets going! I really enjoyed this book. The pace was good, and all the characters were wonderful. I loved this author's take on the vampire history and the whole soul loss and search for the other person. It was romantic, but had a nice amount of action for a YA book.

I understand that readers have had vampires shoved down their throats in recent years, but this had such a nice take on the more "human" aspects of the vampires, and the author included some great twists and conflicts to keep it unique. I also liked the idea that all of Willowberg knew exactly who their town benefactors were, and accepted it, even if they kept their distance. Sounds like most towns even without the paranormal aspect.

There were a number of grammar/editing errors, but it didn't take away from the story, just caused me to re-read the sentence to get the correct meaning from the context. It certainly didn't bother me enough to take away a star, or to do more than mention t in passing for this review.

I agree with many other of the reviewers: Please give us more of these characters!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lace Vintage on July 23, 2012 :
 You Can Not Run From Destiny


The Souls Mate:FOUND Has made me fall in love with vampires again, I'm still have a love/hate relationship with YA novels but hey I'm super happy because I haven't read a good (non adult) vamp  novel since twilight, I'm more of a shifter kinda girl but I read the synopsis then I was hooked, I just had to read it & it didn't disappoint it actually got me quite addicted & I'm soooooooo hoping there's more in the series!...no more like demanding more in the series at least more of Eric. 


There's not much to put down that synopsis hasn't already said So I'll just give my honest opinion. :)

The Book started off really great, The characters were engaging & enjoyable. Even tho you knew what was happening early on, you still wanna know more.
I was defiantly going 5 stars but towards the middle near end I became confused then that confusion turned to annoyance.

The book was written in third person but was set solely on Amelia the female lead which became frustrating I wanted a greater understanding of the characters & their interactions with each other.

while I'm at it I do have one more winge There's no Sex!...I'm not talking Erotica Its YA so that's not gonna happen but for a relationship to blossom & be realistic There's needs to be a bit more sexual love/hate tension to make it more believable, basically When you don't know wether you want kiss them or punch them

The Heroine:
Amelia was a fresh take on a female lead..if only for her curly locks (I'm naturally curly so I love lead females that are too... Crazy I know but it makes her more relatable) Strong & Confident just want a female lead Needs to be but she was also stubborn, emotional & not Submissive! (Thank God!)

The Hero:
Mich the Male lead was a bit over protective & dare I say it possessive ( but not to the extreme some books take it).
His ridiculously hot & despite his faults his a compassionate & loving character.

The Hottie:
Eric....omg his not a total lead but as you probably guessed already I'm in love! His just the kinda guy I go for insanely hot, with Crazy Hair (mmmmmmm), maybe not the smartest guy around but with a heart of gold & a wicked sense of humor!
 
The Ending was the perfect mix, in a way it was what I expected but at the same time I was surprised.

All in all it was a great book with a great story line plot & characters, it's just could of been so much more.
Ashley did a great job & like I said before I really hope fore more books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Christina Smith on July 20, 2012 :
At first when I heard this book was about Vampires I was a little disappointed. As we all know, that genre has been done to death, but the story was so original, it didn't take long to get past my vampire prejudice. I had just read a book that was quite a disappointment and was thrilled that this one grabbed hold of my interest and wouldn't let go. I read this book in one day, and didn't want it to end.

What I love about stories of soulmates is the intensity of the two characters, especially the male, and this book had that in spades, although I would have like to have witnessed when they first met, when they first fell in love.

All the characters were believable and interesting, I loved and hated Mitchell and was so glad he didn't disappoint me in the end.

A great read and one I highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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