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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  197 ratings  ·  75 reviews
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 t ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Spencer Hill Press
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Kaitlyn Francis
Ever feel responsible for something you love dearly, and have it taken away forever. For Emma losing her mother was just the start of it, she had to now deal with her step-father swinging punches every so often, life isn't all that great, for Emma its hell. Of course leaving isn't always so easy, his keys are there its just getting out of the house undetected. Once outside and on the rode everything seems on course unless of course your driving down a icy paved rode. The next Emma knows is she i ...more
Kate Kaynak
I read the MS in a single sitting; it's an amazing story that's edgy, scary, and beautiful. We're delighted to have this book at Spencer Hill Press.
Darby Karchut
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
Sherry Ficklin
Loved, loved this book! It's not often I come across something totaly new in ya, but this book took me somewehre I'd never gone before. It's a unique and beautiful love story. Emma isn't just any shrinking voilte, but she's also not the steryotypical sassy-ass heroine I'm seeing in most teen novels today. She has a quiet strength that really drew me to her.

All in all a wonderful read. My only nit pick is that I wish it was longer! I would have loved to spend more time in the story. A great book
Lisa Maurice
I really enjoyed reading Amarok from beginning to end it held my attention with its twists and turns not just a love story cant wait for the sequeal to be written and released.
Aug 17, 2012 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arcs
I haven't read a great deal of werewolf series yet, but it seems this year I've gotten more into them for some reason. When I saw the blurb for Amarok, it intrigued me and I was excited to get my hands on it. A huge thank you to Spencer Hill Press for sending me an ARC for review, because I very much enjoyed this beautiful story!!

Amarok is the story of a 17-year-old girl named Emma who is fleeing from the abusive home she lives in with her stepfather. Scared, with no one else to turn to, she rus
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A huge THANK YOU to Spencer Hill for allowing me to read and review this ARC of Amarok. I have to say that everything and I mean everything I have read from Spencer Hill has been FANTASTIC! Amarok is no different and I have to say I was hooked right from the very first page.

Amarok is a story about love and survival and over coming the odds. Emma just wants to start a new life. She has moved from Sunny Cali to Alaska with her step father. She is not happy because her father ignores her and her mo
Keshia Swaim
Spencer Hill Press has a knack for putting out stories with unique characters and plots. Amarok was no exception. I'll post a full review closer to the release date, but for now I'll say I've never read a story quite like this one, and I probably won't be looking at seemingly intelligent animals the same way for a long time. :)
Emma wants nothing more to escape the bitterness of Alaska and her abusive step-father and go back to California where she use to belong before her mothers death. But on her desperate attempt, her car skids off the icy road and her rescuer is no other then a crazed kidnapper who captures Emma and takes her deep into the Alaska wilds with a savage wolf she affectionately calls Amarok-her only comfort.
Amarok use to have a human name, he was once called Tok, a seventeen year old boy who was on the
Moonlight Gleam
What if you were trapped inside the body of a wolf, and as the years pass, you desperately cling to any humanity that is left within you as it all slowly begins to slip away? How would you hold on to it, and keep from forgetting all that you knew before enslavement?

After running away from an abusive household, Emma is captured by a sinister man and dragged to his cabin deep in the woods. The man is accompanied by a wolf that Emma comes to nickname Amarok. Emotions stir within Amarok when he mee
3.5 stars

Emma life had been no less than hell since she moved from sunny California to frosty remote town of Alaska. Guilt ridden by her mother's death and abused by her step father, Emma was desperate for freedom. But when her car skids of the icy road, she was hold captive by a madman and dragged away from her desired freedom, where a big black wolf was her only friend in solitary. Tok or Amarok (as Emma named him) was actually a teenage boy cursed by a evil Shaman and trapped in wolf form. Em
Emma's life is a walking disaster since her mothers tragic death. Her stepfather is abusing her and is drunk most of the time. Then one night, a big opportunity for escape appears, and Emma snatches it. But her freedom is short lived, because she has a car accident and some very strange and scary man kidnaps her. Along with him, comes a sad and lonely wolf. The wolf for some reason protects Emma from her kidnapper. She soon learns that the kidnapper is a Shaman and that Amarok, as she have nickn ...more
Candace (Lovey Dovey Books)
Angela Townsend shares a delightful, engaging story. Amarok is immediately gripping and escalates in action as the hero and heroine fight the force of evil. Emma's soul, so battered with guilt, reaches out to find solace in the wolf, Tok, with whom she has an undeniable connection. Their story is unique, haunting, and tinged with paranormal mystery.

Amarok is highly descriptive and exudes an imagery that takes you right to the very Alaskan wilderness in which the novel is set. It may be a cold, d
Michelle Pickett
It doesn't matter what Spencer Hill Press publishes it's going to be great, and Amarok by Angela Townsend is no exception.

The book follows the journey of Emma, a strong female lead, physically and mentally, and Tok/Amarok, a...well, you have to read the book to understand exactly what role he plays. Both are troubled souls held hostage literally and figuratively, who rely on each other for support, love and hope. Fiercely loyal to each other, they have the sweetest relationship.

Townsend starts o
Kendra Saunders
If you enjoy romance, shape-shifting and brrrrrrr, coooolllldddd atmospheres, you'll enjoy this book. Angela Townsend creates a world with fear, mystery and intrigue as a young girl is taken from her already miserable life and sent into a spiral of increasingly more frightening situations. She's kidnapped and forced to trek across sparse countryside, and must find solace in a sort of "friendship" with a wolf. The wolf turns out to be a teenage boy, trapped in animal form, and the two characters ...more
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Shifters/Magic/Romance

Amarok is a book full of emotion; each character has to over come something from their past that forever changed their life. Townsend wrote a fast paced and well written journey of two young people trying to survive and protect one and other.

Emma’s life in a nutshell is horrible, her mother was taken from her at a young age after a tragic accident and she is left with an abusive stepfather. E
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June Stevens
I was lucky enough to get an ARC for Amarok. I really enjoyed it. It was a fast, sweet read I would definitely recommend to young teen readers. It isn't your typical teen werewolf book, actually I wouldn't call Amarok a "werewolf" at all. The reality is both simpler and more complicated than that, which is what makes the story so great.

I loved the fact that Emma wasn't perfect. She has had quite a few bad turns in her life and she hasn't dealt with them in the most constructive way in the past.
good stuff.
quick read, only took a couple of hours.
Full review to come.

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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 bef
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3-3.5

*Full Review coming shortly*

This is such an interesting story. Ok, so, I'll say was a cute story with characters (Emma and Amarok) that you will come to enjoy and even love. Emma is a character that is far from perfect, yet, she doesn't allow anyone to toss her around like she was nothing more than a piece of garbage. This includes her alcoholic-abusive stepfather, and Kidnapper who holds the lease to Amarok's well being.

Amarok is a unique character in that he was c
Scott-robert Shenkman
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.
Doug Solter
What a wonderful book! AMAROK exceeded my expectations. The story moves at a fast pace, yet it's deep enough to keep you immersed in the story. Ms. Townsend creates this micro-world deep in the Alaskan wilderness, a world with its own mysticism and ancient lore that plays well into the story. This novel is a great example of simple story telling done well with fascinating characters, a hostile environment, and great story threads that are woven together extremely well. For a book under 200 pages ...more
Tyler Jolley
What a cool concept. Amarok is an original idea that combines Native American Folklore with early settlers and present day Alaska. Often times in the romance in the YA genre is a bit over the top but it's the perfect amount in this book, so it's great for a guy or a girl. The book was very descriptive and easy to get into. The ending was great and was left open for a sequel, can't wait to see what happens next.
Amarok was an intriguing quick read that had me hooked on the very first page. I would love to get to know Emma and Amarok better and am so excited to hear there may be a sequel! I love the original and creative story line Angela created...the ending definitely left Me wanting more adventures from these interesting characters!
Alicia Munoz
I really enjoyed the book from beginning to end has some romance native american culture Alaska wilds Sharman and can't wait for the 2nd book to series to be published would recommend this book to all ages.j
Gwenyth Love
Any book that combines my two favourite subjects, shifter wolves and native story telling, can't be bad!
Interesting story. A quick read.
Highly recommended!
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
An unique YA story that combines native story telling / lore, and shifters. Amarok takes readers on an journey that's edgy, dangerous, and tests the limits of friendship and love. The rugged Alaskan wilderness is the perfect setting for Emma and Tok (the Alaskan wolf shifter)'s story. Emma and Tok have not had an easy life. Emma's is still grieving the loss of her mother, and is escaping an not so stellar father. Her path unexpectedly crosses Tok's on a fateful night in the remote wilderness of ...more
The BookWhisperer
Amarok was a story unlike anything else that I have read. I expected something paranormal, because it is obvious from square one that are dealing with a shapeshifter. As I drove into this story I was awestruck by the unique and inventive story that Townsend offers here. This is not your typical kid that winds up lost and kidnapped. This is a heart wrenching and terrible story about the abuse and torture that this young girl as lived though. Although, the past she has leaved would leave many vict ...more
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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 ...more
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