BOOK REVIEW: Elsker (The Elsker Saga #1) by S.T. Bende

you can find the book at:

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goodreads summary:

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.

my review:

Rating: ★★★☆☆

When Kristia decides to spend a year of college abroad, she settles on Cardiff University in Wales where she falls for the Ull.  Thor’s stepson and his destiny is not pretty for either of them. But, Kristia can’t help who she falls in love with which leaves her with some difficult decision to make.

Considering the whole Ragnarok angle, the story is lacking little action. But the novel is surprisingly sweet rather than adventurous. Whenever I get books from BookBub, I always end up getting really weird erotic, new adult novel that I delete off my Kindle after reading a chapter or two. But I’m so glad this wasn’t like the usual. But even without adventure or sex, the plot moves at a good pace.

The plot of the novel felt so similar to Twilight- Kristia accepted Ull’s parentage quicker than Bella accepted Edward’s vampirism. The overall execution and idea was interesting, but it wasn’t enough to be executed successfully.

I think the reason I managed to finish this book is because of the whole Ragnarok angle and Bende’s writing style. It was easy to follow and the whole Ragnarok storyline was really interesting.  However, Kristia was kind of an irritating character. Kristia’s a classic mary sue, and just throws herself as the answer for Ull’s problems. And there were some moments of slut shaming which really irritated me, she had that whole ‘im not that kinda girl’ vibe around her and I didn’t like it at all.

Overall, it was an alright book that kept me reading. I’ll probably continue the series but I just think the characters and story could have been developed a little better.


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