Between The Blade And The Heart: Valkyrie Book One by Amanda HockingBetween The Blade And The Heart: Valkyrie Book One by Amanda Hocking

Between The Blade And The Heart: Valkyrie Book One

byAmanda Hocking

Paperback | January 2, 2018

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Between the Blade and the Heart is the first book in a brilliant new YA fantasy duology inspired by Norse Mythology by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested

As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk-to the world and her heart.

Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.
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Title:Between The Blade And The Heart: Valkyrie Book OneFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.26 × 5.53 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:8.26 × 5.53 × 0.9 inPublished:January 2, 2018Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1250084792

ISBN - 13:9781250084798

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much to learn!! This book I must say beats any that I have read with mythical creatures that I might have read up to getting this book, it has so much to discover and I am sucked into the sequel at the moment... I'm not sure how long it will take me before I finish that one.
Date published: 2019-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slightly Disappointing The review (shockingly) was much more interesting than the actual book. I was expecting a large presence of Norse mythology, but there was hardly any. It could have been much better.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun but not the Best Before I started reading this book I was already excited. I have read another series by her and I found them to be very fun and fast reads, perfect for getting out of reading slumps. Right off the bat, I was getting a Mortal Instruments vibe from it which is not my favourite series, so I was a little worried. Once I read a bit further and there was more world development I started to focus more on the differences and the similarities didn’t bother me anymore. While reading I sometimes had a hard time imagining the world and I feel like I probably misunderstood some things. From my understanding, this is set in the future and humans and immortals live on a precarious line of coexisting. So if you went out you would see humans and someone with horns and it wouldn’t be strange. There are also a ton of really cool creatures. My favourite would be Malin’s pet, it is a bunny with antlers and wings. It threw me off at first having fantasy and hovercrafts in the same book. I think that’s because I didn’t realize it was set in a futuristic world, once I realized that it was much easier to visualize and get into. One thing that kind of took me by surprise considering this is marketed as a young adult novel is that she has 3 sexual partners. One of them is her ex-girlfriend, one is her mechanic and the other is a guy she just met and knows next to nothing about. The intimate scenes aren’t overly graphic, but the main character thinks about sex quite often and doesn’t really know the meaning of right time or place. Considering they are going against a powerful drauger you’d think she would be more concerned with how to stay alive instead of how to get laid. While I enjoyed reading this book it is not my favourite read. It was fun, quick and had lots of potential but I feel like it fell a bit off its mark. I would recommend to certain people. If you liked her other books or the mortal instruments this might be the book for you. To me, this book is a 3 star out of 5 stars. I had fun reading it, but I don’t think it was exceptional.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the complex characters I was given this ARC by NetGalley in return for an honest review. A few months ago, the museum in my hometown began their run of a special exhibition about Vikings and Norse mythology and since then I have visited it three times. One can only imagine my excitement when I found this little gem of a story on NetGalley, which combines futuristic elements with Norse mythology. I must confess that recently I took a small step back from reading Young Adult fiction, because of the overused stock characters that came to dominate this genre. The reader always gets introduced to a special snowflake that wasn’t aware of some talent/gift, but is able to overcome whatever peril is thrown in her way with minimum character development. This is not the case in <i>Between the Blade and the Heart</i>. The main character, struggling to establish herself not only in her profession, but also as a person, while dealing with family issues, primarily a lack of maternal love and affection, is interesting enough to carry the story and keep the readers’ attention. The secondary characters are in their own way just as strong as the protagonist, which makes for a great collection of personalities as they embark on their adventure. The plot with its many references to Norse mythology (and here I have to admit, I wish I knew more about this fascinating subject) is catching and intriguing, explores the importance of mother-daughter relationships, sexual orientation and includes a lot of fantasy. The writing has a natural flow that transports the reader into the story, unfolding in the reader’s imagination and stays there long after the book is finished. The author takes her time setting up the story and introducing the characters. It is a slowly unfolding story that shows the author’s love and commitment. Overall, I am extremely glad that I stumbled upon this story and cannot wait for the second installment. The rougher setting of the world the author has built combined with the ruggedness and internal conflict of the protagonist makes for a great read. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Norse mythology, fantasy and unconventional characters that breathe some fresh life into the Young Adult fantasy genre.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Diverse & Mythology Filled I HAVE THOUGHTS. SO SO MANY THOUGHTS. I hadn’t heard about Between the Blade and the Heart until a lovely publicist from St. Martin’s Press pitched me the book as a part of a Blog Tour invite and the minute I read the word Valkyrie, I WAS SOLD. If you haven’t seen me tweeting UNENDINGLY about just how brilliant Thor: Ragnarok was, YOU DON’T KNOW ME. I have seen that movie THREE TIMES in theatres, and I would’ve been there a fourth time if they hadn’t taken it off screens. If you have seen the movie, you’ll know that one of the main characters is a part of an ELITE FEMALE WARRIOR ARMY, the Valkyrie. And so, I went into Between the Blade and the Heart with HIGH expectations. As I actually read the book, I found that each thing I loved also had an aspect that I didn’t like, which feels as confusing as it sounds, but let’s break it down: 1. THE MYTHOLOGY: As soon as I heard that this book was about a Valkyrie, I assumed that it would be filled with Norse mythology. And yet, there were so many OTHER cultures coming into play, including Indian, Sumerian and Indonesian. While I LOVED the diversity, I feel like if the book acknowledged all the different cultures, I would’ve enjoyed it more, instead of feeling like I was reading about X culture and an intruder Y showing up. 2. THE CREATURES: This book was FILLED with paranormal/ supernatural and mythical creatures ranging from fallen angels to vampires. While these are some of the well-known creatures, there were SO MANY MINOR MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES THAT I’D NEVER HEARD OF, and it resulted in me DESPERATELY wishing for a glossary and reaching for the dictionary. I loved the fact that they were there, but it resulted in me being one CONFUSED reader. 3. THE WORLD BUILDING: In relation to what I just wrote above, what I was expecting was Norse Mythology (most of my knowledge comes from the Thor movies) but I was drop-kicked into a world where paranormal and mythical creatures lived side by side, there was advanced technology, schools for children of mythical creatures and I just NEEDED a foreword or some kind of introduction before I was thrown into the deep end. Of course, it all made sense as I read on but STILL. 4. THE LOVE INTERESTS: I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THAT MALIN, OUR VALKYRIE MC WAS BISEXUAL and I loved that there were male and female love interests. It made this book so much more interesting because YAY for diversity. HOWEVER, I am NOT A BIG FAN of love triangles (well, more of a love square/ flowchart) with one minor and two major love interests. It made me groan, because didn’t we all get over love triangles/ squares/ flowcharts after Twilight? 5. THE ENDING: I LOVED THE ENDING SCENE OF THIS BOOK. I made me flail in excitement and scream out loud and just that ONE scene has me so excited about what is to come next! Will I be picking up the next book? YES. That ending was fodder for my fangirl heart. Between the Blade and the Heart was a diverse book filled with mythology and I’d definitely recommend digging in, even if it has its flaws! 3 stars.
Date published: 2018-01-02