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By: Angela Townsend
Published by: Spencer Hill Press
Format of Review Copy: Paperback
Recommendable for people who enjoy: horror/thriller/suspense/paranormal
Synopsis (from Amazon):
Emma’s life has been hell since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Abandoned by her father and living with the guilt of causing her mother’s death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her planned escape leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining.
Dragged across the tundra by an evil mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she learns that love can be found in the most unexpected places. Amarok, as she’s nicknamed the wolf, is a young man from the gold-rush era enslaved by an ancient shaman. Emma’s gentle touch and kind heart win his love and devotion. When a vicious madman–trapped in bear form by the same Shaman–attacks the travelers and injures Amarok, Emma must find the strength to face her fears and free the wolf she’s come to love. But that means she must face down the evil shaman, a Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age, and he has no intention of giving up his power to her.
(I talk about this book at the 3:55 mark)
Amarok by Angela Townsend is one of those books where you really can’t say a lot about the book – without accidentally spoiling one of the major plot points.
It is, like the synopsis states, a story about a girl who runs away from an abusive home life only to be abducted and held captive by a “mountain man”. While in captivity, she befriends a wolf, and the story progresses from there.
I loved the characters in this story. I loved Emma (I kept just wanting to step in and save her!), and thought Amarok was as human a character as any of the “people” in the book. I felt the relationship build between the girl and the wolf was very “real” as they were both being held “captive” so to speak, and they bonded to survive. If that makes sense? I’m sorry, you’ll have to read the book to know what I am talking about, I think. LOL
I really enjoyed this one! It was a fast read (read it in one night), both because it wasn’t very long AND because the action of the story and the writing style just made it whip on by. I didn’t want to put it down, and I think you guys will really enjoy it especially those of you who enjoy suspense drama/paranormal/Indian legend type books!
Contains violence (abduction, etc) and language. (I am not sure if I remember right about language. I am thinking there were a couple of cuss words, but not 100% positive. While I was reading and so into the story I didn’t stop to take notes. So to err on the side of caution, I will say language…) Due to violent subject matter this book would be a ages 13+ book, in my opinion. I wouldn’t have a problem with my kids reading it, but I would want to be available to them afterwards (or even during) if they needed/wanted to discuss it.
About the Author:
Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing.
Angela’s young adult novel, Amarok, will be released November of 2012, by Spencer Hill Press.