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Amarok [Kindle Edition]

Angela Townsend
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Book Description

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.

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About the Author

Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music, and Irish dancing. She resides on a ranch in rural Montana with her two children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; 1 edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009RW0A2K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Whole New Angle on Shape Shifting November 20, 2012
AMAROK by Angela J. Townsend is another wonderful paranormal romance from Spencer Hill Press. I really enjoyed the world building - Angela Townsend did a terrific job making me feel the cold and dampness of Alaska, as well as its vastness and isolation. And her use of legends from both the Old World and the New World gave AMAROK a delightful twist to the same old werewolf legend. (And I learned what Amarok means!)

While I had a little trouble getting into the character of Emma, I really liked the other protagonist, Amarok. And I really, really enjoyed Jock. For a secondary character, he was actually more interesting than the others because of the mix of good guy and oops-I-screwed-up. I wanted more scenes of him and Amarok.

For readers who enjoy a fresh twist on paranormal romances, this is a book for you! And here's hoping there will be a sequel.
Five Stars: Highly recommend
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Letters Inside Out October 31, 2012
From the synopsis, I saw a lot of similarities between Amarok and, one of my favorite books, Tiger's Curse. The whole concept of a person locked into the body of an animal, I suppose. That alone was enough to make me have to read Amarok. Once I got to reading the book, I realized that Townsend had crafted a concept that was intriguing and magical. Much in the same way, but with a completely different feel. It was refreshing and very entertaining.

The book opens with a super intense moment with Emma trying to escape from her abusive situation. Emma has been through a lot and needs to get away for her own safety. You learn just enough early on that you can't help but feel for her and as the book goes on the intensity of her situation increases. This girl goes from one bad situation to another when she's kidnapped by a mountain man with a pet wolf.

Amarok follows Emma as she tries to survive the cold and this cruel man who has taken her hostage. I really enjoyed Townsend's usage of a shaman and a curse. I also loved how she described Alaska and captured the isolation in this cold, unforgiving environment. My only real complaint was that with the short length of the book it really hampered the development of the story and the characters for me. While things were explained, I'm a reader that likes more in depth explanations of mythology and concepts.

Townsend's debut book is fascinating and definitely one to check out if you enjoy books dealing in different types of mythology.

I received Amarok from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Fable January 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this story - finally a YA book where the female MC never does anything stupid and the male MC doesn't do anything to betray her - which seems to be the formula in these books.

It's a great supernatural tale that weaves (what I believe to be) Native legends with modern twists. I thought Emma was awesome - she never gives up - she fights one of the villains who is probably two feet taller than her. She is tough. Amarok is an awesome wolf/man - you get his story mostly through his thoughts. Ms. Townsend is able to convey his character with very few words. The secondaries are quite good also.

Despite what another reviewer said, there is an unequivocal happy ending. Spring is not that far off (read the book and see).

We need a sequel, and Tok needs an iPhone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my thoughts about book November 13, 2012
By alicia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found this book captivated my attention as soon as I started reading it. It has a mixture of suspense,love story,and native american beliefs and have and will re commend this book to all my friends and family.This book was focused on younger generation but i feel alll ages will enjoy the book im 49 and i can not wait until the second book to the series is released..If I could give it more then 5 stars it would be a 10 in my opinion. ALICIA
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book ! November 11, 2012
This wonderful book is a fast, exciting read. Can not wait to read more about Amarok and look forward to the second edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.75 AMAROK STARS!! October 25, 2012
The setting for this book is Alaska. Emma is trying to flee an abusive step father and sneak out in the middle of the night for her journey to California.

She doesn't make it.

A bull moose , an iced over highway, an accident waiting to happen.

And it does.

The start of this book is quite frightening. Emma finds herself kidnapped, falling nicely into the hands of a killer.

The chapter POV's alternate between Emma and Tok . Both in their own way are being held captive by Weasel Tail.

Throw in Uncle Jock, who I really liked and Ben and you have a story of survival and rescue.

I liked the whole idea of the evil ice aged Sharman and how he captured his victims and what he did to them.

Tok aka Amarok is a seventeen year old from the gold rush era. He is more wolf than man. I really enjoyed being in Amarok's head and learning of his pain.

Emma is fighting for her life and she doesn't waiver in helping even though she doesn't fully understand, but knows she is Amarok's only hope.

This is the story of a girl who went from fleeing an abusive step father to finding herself captured by an evil mountain man and saving more than her own life.

Two characters who are trying for a way out, an escape from a life they have been forced to endure find themselves and a hope that wasn't there before.

I enjoyed the whole concept of this story, but I would have liked to have learned more and possibly built a stronger connection with these two lead characters. The start of this book was very exciting in a frightening way and it really grabbed you.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story!
I enjoyed this book. Even though the story ended with all its ends tied up neatly, I still felt it ended abruptly. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wish there was a sequel!
Published 26 days ago by Shorty101
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Did not flow or hold my interest. I did not finish the book.
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Pence Rhadigan
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
I really enjoyed this story. I was moved by the plight of both Emma and Amarok. Can't wait for book 2.
Published 4 months ago by Monica Partida
5.0 out of 5 stars Amarok
Very gripping story right from the start. Once I started reading this book I had to finish it. Had to know how it ended. Some of the characters made you cringe , and want revenge. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kadie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very different fantasy read but really very very good
Published 6 months ago by Clarebear
5.0 out of 5 stars Like nothing I have ever read before!
As an audiobook, I was totally transported to Alaska in Angela J Townsend's Amarok. I knew I would enjoy it as I already love this author's work, but I was unprepared for how... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kimberley
5.0 out of 5 stars A new voice in romance
's Townsend newest work reflects her eclectic spirit.
A recommend read for young adult romance readers
Hopefully more will follow
Published 20 months ago by W. Marias
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book is so pleasing to the eye! I went to high school with the author and am so proud of her. Plus it's my kind of book, love adventure!
Published 21 months ago by E. Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival Story
Amarok is a story about survival in the toughest of situations. With a strong female lead and a beautiful but desolate setting in remote Alaska, readers will root for the heroine... Read more
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More 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 has two motion pictures based on her books coming soon.

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