Author: Raye Wagner
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology
Publisher: Independent Publishing Paltform
Date Published: April 18 2017
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Aricela Topaz trusts no one.
At seventeen, she learned that promises are nothing more than lies, honored only by the weak or naïve. And Aricela is no longer either.
After Narcos destroyed her innocence, they took her life, but Aricela escaped her childhood village with a new purpose. As Valkyrie, she is charged to take the souls of fallen warriors and athletes to Valhalla to await the final battle. But souls need to trust her before they’ll follow, and Aricela has no trust to give.
When collecting failures, instead of souls, draws the attention of the Norns, they give Aricela an ultimatum. If she can’t collect, she’ll be stripped of her powers and sent to Hel.
But when she meets Chase Adymn and Kai Cipriano in the small town of Kayville, everything changes. Forced to face the myths of her past, Aricela will also have to decide the fate of her future.
THE WRITING. I don’t know how Raye did it but in that short, 12-chapter story, I got so involved in the book. I like how the author weaves her modern world mythology, kinda makes me think of the YA Percy Jackson. The only downside that I saw was there are just some awfully written lines that made me go “ugh”.
THE PLOT. I like how the plot was laid out for the reader and then there were some “baby bombs” that was dropped , especially on Larissa. It’s just that its so fast-paced and quite predictable that made the plot a bit less appealing to me though I love the concept and the world but I think it’ll me much better if there’s more development on it especially the chemistry between the characters since the mating bond between them is the only thing that makes the kinda Edward-Bella type of attraction going on, it kinda felt rushed.
THE CHARACTERS. They are so fun to read especially Kai, there was enough character development that made them remarkable. I like how they have their own key features, maybe not on the physical sense but in their attitude and humor. I like these group of characters so much, I’m excited to see more of them.
THE ENDING. It’s quite satisfying but still left enough hints that the room is big enough for more to come (looking at you Larissa).