Goodreads Rating: 4.29 Stars
Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown. But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska. The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead. Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun. Once there, she begins to suspect Mani’s friends know more about his death than they’ve let on. Skyla, an ex-Marine, is the only one willing to help her.
As Solina and Skyla delve into the mystery surrounding Mani’s death, Solina is stunned to learn that her own life is tied to Mani’s friends, his death, and the fate of the entire world. If she can’t learn to control her newfound gifts and keep her friends safe, a long-lost dominion over mortals will rise again, and everything she knows will fall into darkness.
Quick Reasons: LOVE the play on mythology, particularly in regards to the sun and moon; huge cast of awesome, kick-butt characters; lots of romantic tension and suspense; Thorin, you’re a huge butthead, but I love you so frakking much I can’t even; beautiful prose; action-packed, intriguing, entertaining plot; huge cliff-hanger ending (I NEED BOOK TWO!)
Huge thanks to Karissa Laurel and Red Adept Publishing, LLC for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
This was my first foray into urban fantasy, and let me just tell you all—it was pretty rockin’, in my opinion! Let’s start with first things first, yes? The prose is action-packed, filled with kick-butt characters, and pretty awesome! But more than that, it’s filled to the brim with mythology—particularly of the Norse variety—and a ton of fun to read. Seriously, the small snippets of stories we get throughout, especially pertaining to the sun and the moon, were some of my favorite moments.
Of course, some of my other favorite moments had more focus on the characters than on the plot line. I really enjoyed watching Solina grow and thrive in a place not beneath her parents’ thumbs. I had an immediate connection to her, first off, for her feelings of “obligation” to the family and family business—I, also, grew up under a fair amount of pressure from my mom. While I managed to get out from beneath these obligations much earlier than Solina, I still feel a kinship toward her and had a blast watching her come into her own in the midst of chaos and tragedy.
Which brings us to the romance…or…frustrating lack thereof? I don’t know what I’m trying to get at there, but SERIOUSLY, can this girl ever catch a break?! First off, there’s Val, who…UGH. Val, you started out as a decent enough character. In the beginning, I was even willing to like you and give you a chance. But somewhere along the way, you became literally the most annoying, self-centered, stuck-up character EVER! (Yes, I am shouting. There will probably be a lot of that in this section. Forgive me.) I get that you think you like Solina, but trying to control her every move and thinking that you are somehow “entitled” to her does NOT a romance make! That just makes you gross. Go away, dude, and figure out what love really is, okay?! And Thorin. THORIN, YOU ABSOLUTE NUT-HEAD! I could spend the next seven paragraphs raging at how stupid you are when it comes to “wooing” the girl of your dreams, so let me just stick to this: You’re an idiot, and I adore you. You better figure yourself out in book two, though, or I’ll be coming after you and you can BET your butt your immortality will quail in the face of my frustration. In other words: it won’t help you. Though I have to admit: seeing Solina interact with you? Definite awesome-sauce amounts of snark and wonderful.
What this all amounts to: an entertaining, fun, action-packed read with a cast of kick-butt characters who, for lack of a more sensitive way to put this, don’t know what to do with themselves when it comes to love. I mean…you’d think immortal beings spawned from Norse Gods would have SOME sort of clue!? Also, I AM DESPERATE for book two…which doesn’t come out until August. Book Gods, WHY must you torture me?! I need answers. And a steamy mushy romance. Er… Mostly the romance bit, because what can I say? I’m dying for all the butterflies! Ahem. This book is great, the characters are complex and well-rounded, and the plot is pretty fantastic. I definitely recommend to lovers of urban fantasy, books interspersed with mythology, and frustrating romances that make you want to bash a character’s head into a brick wall. (Oh…is that just me? Huh…)