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Blog Tour: Between the Blade and the heart (Amanda Hocking)

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Hello fellow bookworms ⚔️ I was fortunate enough to be asked – through Netgalley – if I wanted to join my very first blogtour – of course I said yes! The book in question is Between the blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking, so let’s get started on what the book is about and what I thought of it.

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Amanda Hocking NEW--credit Mariah Paaverud with Chimera PhotographyAmanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

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Summary

When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested

Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.

Review

Thank you to Netgalley & Wednesday Books for providing me with a digital arc in exchange for an honest Review

I’m a huge lover of Norse Mythology which is why I was looking forward to reading Between the blade and the heart, was it deals with Valkyries. Overall, I found that the book had a lot of interesting aspects to offer and indeed had a lot of potential. Especially the world building stood out for me, as I found myself in a very vivid, complex world. However, there were also a few elements that could have been improved and further developed.

What I liked

⚔️ The world building was perfectly vivid and interest. The world building was my favorite aspect of the book, because it had so much to offer. I loved seeing the world inspired by Norse Mythology and how the Valkyries were ingrained in the world order to take the life of those meant to die. There were so many creatures that populated this world, that it amazed me, especially as the author made this world her own. There were so many little details that we got to see and I’m curious to explore this world that Malin lives in even more, because there has to be so much more beneath the surface.

⚔️ Oona and her friendship to Malin. I really liked Oona, she was a good friend to Malin and I loved seeing their interactions. Out of all the characters, I liked her the best, because she was caring, loyal but also determined. She was more of a family to Malin than her own mother was and always ready to take care of her best friend.

⚔️ The writing style was very pleasant to read. Alongside with the world building this was a great combination, because it was very easy to get through the book. The writing style surely helped to convey so many information about this complex world in a way that never felt too much. I was never left hanging about any information, but also didn’t feel overwhelmed by them – everything was left in a very good balance.

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What didn’t quite work for me

⚔️ I didn’t really connect to the protagonist Malin. Throughout the book I tried to relate to her or connect in any way, but it didn’t really work. I got that she was raised by a mother who disregarded emotions and wasn’t really there for her, but maybe that is the reason why I couldn’t really connect. Therefore, I wasn’t as invested as I could have been in her story, because there was not much that made me root for Malin. Often I felt like she was letting things happen to her more than actually acting.

⚔️ The romantic relationships could have been better developed. This might be my main complaint when it comes to this book, because here things were lacking the most. I was actually excited to see a love triangle with a bisexual main character, caught between a boy and a girl, but that excitement vanished. I didn’t really like Quinn – Malin’s ex-girlfriend – because she was really pushy and didn’t really respect Malin’s wishes. Therefore, I wasn’t a fan of their relationship, as I didn’t think Quinn was good for Malin. The way she was always demanding more and overwhelming Malin just didn’t sit well with me. However, at least their relationship was actually complex and had a background story. While, I liked Asher – Malin’s second love interest – a lot better, I felt like there wasn’t much complexity to his romance with Malin. They get to know each other, but then suddenly they are really attracted to the other and are filled with lust. I didn’t really see a reason for that, this transition felt too disrupted and sudden. It felt too rushed and there was not any buildup to anything romantic before, Malin only suddenly began to realize how attractive Asher was.

IN CONCLUSION: Between the blade and the heart offers a fresh perspective on Norse Mythology and Valkyries that you don’t want to miss. Full of vivid creatures and action, it’s perfect for fans of Mythology and kick ass characters! However, I feel like the romantic relationships and the main character could have been further developed.

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Do you like Norse Mythology? What books can you recommend? ⚔️

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