Elsker by S.T. BendeeBook, English, 305 pages
Debut: April 20, 2013
Genres: Norse Myth, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Read First: December 18-22, 2014 | Snuck from: Author -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs. But when she transfers from her one-stoplight Oregon town to Cardiff University in Wales, she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. His cashmere sweaters and old world charm mask a warrior who's spent an eternity fighting for his very existence. Ull is an honest-to-goodness Norse god — an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. On top of being marked for death, Asgardian law prohibits Ull from tying his fate to a mortal. No matter what she feels for Ull, Kristia knows she's the one thing he can never have.
With Ragnarok on the horizon and a lunatic haunting her dreams, Kristia has to find a way to convince Ull that breaking the rules is the only way to survive; that defying the order he's sworn to uphold is their only chance to be together. And when someone starts asking the wrong questions, Kristia realizes the crazy visions she's had all her life might be the key to saving their realms... even if they end up costing her her life.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 139
recommended by Jenny @ Book Sojourner
I'm reading cross-country through everything paranormal, vampires mostly, and enjoy it alot; so much that I actually forget that Norse mythology is my favorite. They are all so kick-ass and somewhat brute, and all those different realms, their mystic beasts and Ragnarok! I just love it, and I think the whole defying destiny thing works the best for them. Thus, Ull and Kristia were right up my alley!
Ull really had that old world charme working for him, totally unhinging my brute comment. I was missing the fire, either temper or passion wise, but I guess he's the god of winter for a reason... so closed off and in control, although Kristia tried very hard to poke the dragon. I sure hope she succeeds in the future, 'coz I know it's in him... and it'd be beyond awesome. Just thinking about it has me tingling all over! *swoon*
Kristia decided to have a do-over, be a new person, better to herself, and she stuck to that. I liked that she had to beat back her old self now and again, which surprisingly wasn't bothersome, although it was repetative. She was very stubborn and she wanted to help where she could, even if that possibly gained her the wrath of some Nordic gods... And as much as she is doing it for the love of her life, she's also doing it for the sake of all life on earth as well as Asgard. She's really a good, small-town girl raised right by her grandma. She's smart too, and knows how to hold a grude and even make a god work for it. She rocked!
I also loved all the side characters in this -- a very close-knit group of friends watching out for each other, but a nice mix right after my own heart.
Plotwise, we don't really get anywhere into the action yet, but Kristia had a vision I would very much like to see come true, and know it will! ... but not before book three, I'm afraid. However, there's also some nice hints as what to expect from book two, and I'm very much looking forward to the plot thicking, and to get a better look at the inner workings of the Asgardians like S.T. Bende sees it. I've already put the box set on my wishlist.
Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 4/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 3.5/5 -- Suspense: 5/5 -- Idea: 5/5
Discovered: 5+ Hoods
The Elsker Saga:
#0.5 Tur | #1 Elsker | #2 Endre | #3 Tro
Thank you for approval of a review copy goes to:
author S.T. Bende