{Review+Giveaway} Elsker by S.T. Bende

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{Review+Giveaway} Elsker by S.T. Bende

{Review+Giveaway} Elsker by S.T. BendeElsker by S. T. Bende
Pages: 286
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on May 29, 2014
Series: Elsker Saga #1
Genres: Love & Romance, mythology, New Adult, Paranormal
Source: ecopy from Author
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ELSKER - Featured in USA Today

You don't win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn't exactly what she was expecting. He's an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth.

Kristia's crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms. Her orderly life just got very messy.

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Elsker is the first book in the Norse mythology centric Elsker Saga. I love all things mythology and Norse mythology is particularly fascinating to me because I don’t know as much about it as I do greek and roman mythology. I knew a little bit before I read this book and I have read a Valkayrie book before, but I feel like I learned so much about Norse Mythology from Elsker. I really enjoyed how much it was woven into the story. The main character, Kristia is taking a mythology course while she is studying abroad in Wales and her class lessons were a perfect way for S.T. Bende to work in some details and background information on the Norse Gods. It all worked really well.

The book is told completely from Kristia’s point of view, which was nice because it kept Ull mysterious, but I think I would have liked to have gotten some of his point of view as well. It would have been interesting to poke around in his head a bit at the beginning to see what his inner conflict was with Kristia. We eventually get to find out, but it comes much later in the story.

Ull is a big ole softie. I know he was described as being an intense warrior, and while we do get to see a hint of his fierce temper, he mostly seemed sweet, sensitive and like a super hot cuddly bear. I enjoyed watching Ull court Kristia. How could anyone say no to him? I certainly wouldn’t. And I loved how Kristia continually challenged him and put him in his place. She has more than a little spunk in her.

Elsker’s part in this book was a pleasant surprise in the plot line. I loved how it tied everything together. There is some solid foundation laying for what looks like it will be a very interesting and high energy series. There is a free novella available for #1.5 of the series. And after this, book #2 seems like it is going to be pretty action packed and intense. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen with that. Fans of norse mythology will really enjoy this book. (and yes, Thor does make an appearance)

Side note: this is a very clean New Adult book.

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About S. T. Bende

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.

You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to stbende@gmail.com.

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27 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} Elsker by S.T. Bende”

  1. kindlemom1

    I love the cover on this and I really do like Norse Mythology, but like you don’t know as much about it as I do it’s more popular siblings.
    It sounds like this was a pretty solid start to a series though.

    • ST Bende

      Thanks so much for reviewing Elsker Michelle! I’m glad you enjoyed the boys. 🙂 And thank you KindleMom! I adore the Norse myths. I think they’re so much darker than some of their counterparts… plus in my head all the boys look like Alexander Skarsgard. 🙂

      • ST Bende

        Aw! Thanks Michelle! I love the myths so very hard. Do you have a favorite story – Norse, Greek, or otherwise?

          • ST Bende

            Ooh, I’m not very familiar with Egyptian. I want to read more of the Irish myths too.

  2. Brittany

    Nice review, Michelle! Ull is a big softy, don’t you just love him? 🙂 Love the look of your blog, btw!

  3. Amalia Dillin

    The free novella is actually something of a prequel, and I think you’ll find that it gets us a little bit more background on Ull’s inner-conflict! Tur is a pretty interesting look into the behind the scenes/Asgard angle!

    Great review!!

  4. Christina @ Booksniffer Review Tours

    I love mythology too, and I really enjoyed Elsker, because I didn’t know much about Norse mythology either. Now the Elsker Saga is one of my favorite book series. S.T. created a world and characters that I couldn’t help but love, not to mention the author herself. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed the book, too! Great review!
    #TeamUll

  5. kimbacaffeinate

    Nice cover and ya, something besides contemporary in NA. I am a little disappointed it doesn’t have both perspectives. I will be watching to see if book two is stronger.

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