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Review: Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

Hey all, Dani here.

Today is an exciting day for me, because I am participating in my first ever blog tour. Woohoo! I was approached about this a couple of days after posting my Most Anticipated Winter Releases post, where I talked about being excited for this book, and then I got to read it early because of this.

Anyway, I enjoy Amanda Hocking’s writing style. I have read her Trylle series, her My Blood Approves series, the Kanin Chronicles, and her Watersong series. So discovering that she was going to do her own take on Valkyries..well, I had to read it.

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Summary

Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

This was an enjoyable read, and had the same easy flowing story I expect from an Amanda Hocking novel. I like her writing style, and I have enjoyed most of the books I’ve read, but honestly my favorites are the Trylle trilogy and then the Kanin Chronicles.

Thankfully this one had a bit of a similar feel to it, which is much nicer for me than the last Hocking book I read. I enjoyed the mythology and the blend of creatures and technology. It was really interesting. It is typically always cool when an author can blend ancient creatures and mythologies with the modern world.

But do we really need yet another fantasy story with a tangled knot of a love story. I get it, Malin the Valkyrie is an awesome and badass character, and obviously there are those who are into her. And okay, yeah, I appreciate that Malin is bisexual and so we get some nice diversity because of it. I just also think it a little unnecessary to have two characters competing for Malin’s heart.

Nevertheless, I did find the Valkyrie concept to be well done, and the action was really fun to read. Watching Malin and Asher try to track down this immortal helped make this read fly by. I will very likely be picking up the sequel here in a few months.

Where to Buy

Happy Book Birthday to Between the Heart and the Blade. You can pick up a copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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