Between the Blade and the Heart

Between the Blade and the Heart

Between the Blade and the Heart is the first book in a brilliant new young adult fantasy duology inspired by Norse mythology by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. The balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin...

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Between the Blade and the Heart Reviews

  • Carrie

    Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking is the first book in a new young adult fantasy series, Valkyrie, which is inspired by Norse Mythology. The series features a main character that is a Valkyrie in training who finds her whole world turned upside down from everything she has ever known.

    I will admit to picking this one up half based on the beautiful cover but also the fact that instead of the Vampires and Werewolves that seem to be everywhere in young adult fantasies it was about a

    Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking is the first book in a new young adult fantasy series, Valkyrie, which is inspired by Norse Mythology. The series features a main character that is a Valkyrie in training who finds her whole world turned upside down from everything she has ever known.

    I will admit to picking this one up half based on the beautiful cover but also the fact that instead of the Vampires and Werewolves that seem to be everywhere in young adult fantasies it was about a Valkyrie and inspired by mythology. Not a subject you normally find to read about just dealing with that alone gave it a fresher feel than the next Vampire novel would have done.

    When starting off reading I found Malin to be somewhat unlikable with a rather brash personality but while getting to know her I thought she was perfectly done to fit a young Valkyrie and the background from which she came. She’s one tough cookie and once getting into the story more I actually did end up liking her. I also quite liked a few of the other characters and all seemed to be well developed.

    I would warn with this comes a bit of a love triangle if those are something readers like to avoid. Malin meets a guy named Asher who starts her on her journey in the story but also involved is her ex-girlfriend. There are feelings for both involved but none of this bothered me at all and seemed to fit well in what we know about Malin herself and the journey she takes in self discovery and in her duties as a Valkyrie.

    Overall, I thought this was a great beginning to this new series and will definitely be interested in continuing on in the next book with an ending that definitely left room for more to come in the story. The series is fast paced and action packed which I always enjoy to keep the pages turning and hints at book two being even more so.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Beth

    is a brand new series by Amanda Hocking that is based on Norse Mythology and more specifically the training of a young Valkyrie who discovers that her life and all she believed was twisted lies and hidden agendas.

    Easy, entertaining a full of potential for another series that will be added to the must pre-order list, I am looking forward to seeing where this story goes.

    I'm a fan of Hocking's novels but I had a difficult time connecting with the characters, mostly

    is a brand new series by Amanda Hocking that is based on Norse Mythology and more specifically the training of a young Valkyrie who discovers that her life and all she believed was twisted lies and hidden agendas.

    Easy, entertaining a full of potential for another series that will be added to the must pre-order list, I am looking forward to seeing where this story goes.

    I'm a fan of Hocking's novels but I had a difficult time connecting with the characters, mostly Malin. I'm chalking this lack of connection up to a newly developing series and hoping that the connection is going to build with the progression of the story/series.

    The story is fast paced, action filled, quite unique.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from St. Martin's Press. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication Jan. 2, 2018

    My Rating: 4 stars

    Written by: Amanda Hocking

    Series: Valkyrie (Book 1)

    Paperback: 336 pages

    Publisher: Wednesday Books (January 2, 2018)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 1250084792

    ISBN-13: 978-1250084798

    Genre: Urban Fantasy

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  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    About: Between the Blade and the Heart is a young adult fantasy written by Amanda Hocking. It will be published on 1/2/18 by Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 336 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, mythology, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 12 to 18. This

    About: Between the Blade and the Heart is a young adult fantasy written by Amanda Hocking. It will be published on 1/2/18 by Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 336 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, mythology, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 12 to 18. This is book one to a duology.

    My Experience: I started reading Between the Blade and the Heart on 12/9/17 and finished it on 12/18/17. This book is a great read! It’s my second Norse Mythology inspired read after Beyond a Darkened Shore. I’m still not too thrilled with this Norse mythology because there are so many terms for names, places, and things I can’t pronounce and so many demons/gods/in-between I’m not so inclined to get to know. Other than that, I enjoy the story and I like following Malin’s adventures. I like that Malin is independent and in control of herself. I like the way the story is moving, it is like a little puzzle that lead forward from one step to another.

    This book is told in the first person point of view, following Malin Krigare, 19, a Valkyrie with the responsibility to execute immortals and return them to the underworld. The reason to kill off the immortals is because there isn’t enough space for everyone on earth. In this new world where immortals and mortals co-exists and if the immortals are left to live forever then the earth will be over capacity. Malin’s mother, Marlow, also is an immortal executioner. As a Valkyrie, she has more strengths than others and the vengeance for her death is even riskier because she’s slaying other’s loved ones. One day, Asher Varja give a surprised visit to Malin and wanted vengeance against Malin’s mom, Marlow. Marlow didn’t kill an immortal, who in turn becomes dangerous and killed Asher’s mom. Now Malin and her mom have to help Asher chase down that immortal to get rid of him so that Asher can find closure, but more happened than what they bargained for.

    This book is well written and developed. I enjoy the humor. I actually enjoy the love triangle in this book, especially the awkward moments when the three are together. I like Oona, Malin’s best friend/roommate and her ability with crystals. The romance is a bit quick for my liking, but it’s hot and most definitely with Asher. I like the mentions of how we are only pawns in the games of the gods. I can’t imagine human living among demons and other less humanoids. My goose bumps set itself free just thinking about it. This book is an interesting read and there were hardly any dull moments. I highly recommend everyone to read it.

    Pro: humor, diversity, fast paced, love triangle, actions and adventures, a lot going on

    Con: probably just me but those places, names, and things are super difficult to pronounce

    I rate it 4.5 stars!

    ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Amanda Hocking, publisher St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review. I appreciate the invitation to host a blog tour with a giveaway for this book! Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    When Amanda was an indie author I remember buying her books like crazy and devouring them. I loved them all and just couldn't get enough. And as much as I loved her writing, for some reason, her past couple of releases have been good, but I haven't felt that frenzied loved for them or her characters like I once did.

    Maybe it is me and my tastes have changed or maybe her writing has, either way, as much as I wanted to love this and connect with it, I just didn't. That doesn't mean it was a bad rea

    When Amanda was an indie author I remember buying her books like crazy and devouring them. I loved them all and just couldn't get enough. And as much as I loved her writing, for some reason, her past couple of releases have been good, but I haven't felt that frenzied loved for them or her characters like I once did.

    Maybe it is me and my tastes have changed or maybe her writing has, either way, as much as I wanted to love this and connect with it, I just didn't. That doesn't mean it was a bad read because it wasn't, in fact I loved the Norse mythology attached to it, it was interesting and something different which was nice but again, with as much as I liked a lot of it, a lot of it also didn't resonate with me. Doesn't mean I will stop trying this author or reading her, maybe I just need to set my expectations on a different level than they once were.

    Having said all of that though, I do think a lot of readers, old and new, will like this and enjoy it because it really is a good story overall.

    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Joshua Gabriel (조수아)

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    Being a fan of

    , I was very excited to delve into

    , Amanda Hocking's new novel about a teenage girl tasked by Odin to gather the souls (kill) of chosen individuals. After reading the first f

    .

    .

    Being a fan of

    , I was very excited to delve into

    , Amanda Hocking's new novel about a teenage girl tasked by Odin to gather the souls (kill) of chosen individuals. After reading the first few chapters, I felt like I was devouring a revamped version of

    . The setting was dark and urban, filled with creatures that were angelic, demonic, and something in between. Intrigued by the book's great premise and familiar world, I was able to fly through each short chapter.

    Essentially, this book had a strong beginning but lackluster ending. As a result, I had a hard time sorting through my conflicted feelings. Thankfully, this book had strengths that prevented me from giving it a lower rating. For example, most of the characters were diverse; there were many people of color, and the heroine's bisexuality wasn't such an issue in her society. Moreover, there was an emphasis on female empowerment; it was impossible for males to be Valkyries. Gender equality obviously wasn't shown, but it was nice that the female characters deviated from stereotypical weakness. Finally, the author's application of Norse mythology was concise and excellent. I particularly loved learning about the history of Valkyries and the gods that governed mortals and immortals.

    Romance was the thing that nearly ruined my overall enjoyment. The love triangle was refreshing since it involved a straight dude, a bisexual girl, and a lesbian. After all, queer love triangles are rarely seen in YA. However, I really disliked how Malin always compared Asher and Quinn. Her comparisons made Quinn (who was lesbian) seem inferior to Asher (who was straight). In spite of that, Malin couldn't make up her mind. She claimed that there were more important issues to deal with than her complicated love life. I understood the urgency of her world's destruction, but I couldn't help but wince at her insensitivity. Asher was my favorite character, and I was annoyed that Malin was inadvertently toying with his feelings.

    In the end, I decided to give

    3.5 stars because for the most part, it was fast-paced and entertaining. Its premise made it one of the most unique books in my library. Regardless of its flaws, I look forward to reading more books by Amanda Hocking. ^^

  • Sara

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Marlin is a Valkyrie, born and raised to slay the immortals and return them to the underworld before they can wreck havoc in the world. But when Malin’s mother fails to carry out a mission, and lets one of the immortal escape, she sets in motion a series of far reaching, life changing events that could change Malin’s life forever.

    I was drawn to this initially because of the mythology and background. It’s an interesting take on the

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Marlin is a Valkyrie, born and raised to slay the immortals and return them to the underworld before they can wreck havoc in the world. But when Malin’s mother fails to carry out a mission, and lets one of the immortal escape, she sets in motion a series of far reaching, life changing events that could change Malin’s life forever.

    I was drawn to this initially because of the mythology and background. It’s an interesting take on the Norse myths, told in a modern futuristic way, which I found unique. It’s also a quick read, wih a consistent pacing filed with plenty of action and fighting that made it really easy to read. I do think it helped that I’d read up on some Norse myths before I started this however, as I found a lot of the background information isn’t really explained well and at times it could have got a little confusing. Sometimes the plot itself was also a little all over the place, bouncing from one area or character to the next, without any clear idea of where it was going to end up. It really could have done with some more coherency, and tightening up of the text.

    I also didn’t really feel any connection with the characters. They were overly simplistic, with little depth to them. I think the characters really suffered because of the short length of the story, and they had little chance to develop beyond the one dimensional. I also didn’t really see much of a relationship between Malin and her friends and lovers (although I loved the fact that she was bisexual), and I disliked the love triangle element. I found it slightly cliched, and harked back to more stereotypical and unoriginal YA fiction.

    The premise for this is wonderfully unique, but ultimately I felt that it failed to deliver on some key points, which was a shame.

  • Katerina

    I am familiar with

    's work, since her Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles hold a special place in my heart. That is why it saddens me to no end to admit that

    was

    .

    is the first book of a duology based on

    . The world is divided between Mortals and Immortals; Mortals have a short lifespan, but they can determine their own fate, whereas Ιmmortals live

    I am familiar with

    's work, since her Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles hold a special place in my heart. That is why it saddens me to no end to admit that

    was

    .

    is the first book of a duology based on

    . The world is divided between Mortals and Immortals; Mortals have a short lifespan, but they can determine their own fate, whereas Ιmmortals live forever, but their path is set in stone, and fundamental choices about their nature do not belong to them. In order to maintain the balance, the gods created the Valkyries, mortals bestowed with supernatutal strength and abilities, assigned to murder immortals and return them to the Underworld. Malin is a Valkyrie in training, but when she discovers a horrible truth about her mother's past, she becomes a pawn to a conspiracy set into motion hundreds of years ago. In the end, it seems that her mother's choice will cause the end of free will, and humanity.

    Perhaps I shouldn't read this one so soon after

    . I was mesmerized by

    's storytelling, and the way he preserved an authentic, nostalgic vibe to his narration of nordic myths, and as a result

    . I was introduced to a world which at first seemed like a cheap imitation of the Mortal Instruments, only to later realize that humans and supernatural beings coexist (for example your car mechanic has horns and it's totally cool, even sexy if you're into those things), and then hovercrafts and flying motorcycles were thrown into the mix and my expectations were scattered to the wind.

    's universe did not lack imagination, but I wanted something more traditional, I guess, and the futuristic element took me by surprise.

    To be fair, my not so enthusiastic reaction towards the world-building is something entirely subjective, and I would propably overlook it if that was my only issue. Sadly, the characters and the romance did not help either. The relationships were

    , they didn't evoke any emotions, and their backround was poorly established, they were friends or lovers because the author told you they were, not because she showed you the way their bonds ran deep and true.

    , I was totally

    to their fates, they could live or die, hurt or smile and still I didn't give a damn. And it only gets worse.

    Most of you must know by now that

    . So yeah,

    had one of those, too.

    There's your girl, Malin, who broke up with her girlfriend for reasons I can't quite comprehend but still pines over her and salivates at her glowing hair and her crooked smile, and then she meets this gorgeous guy who makes her feel safe and warm and gives her palpitations, and she has a thing for them both. And she acts on the thing she has for them both.

    The world is literary burning but

    . She is overcome with lust at the most inappropriate times, and the heat fogs her brain and she can't make rational decisions. I haven't encountered the need to play savior so far, but I'd rather think that my mind would be on the demons I'm facing next day instead of kissing the one love interest and ten minutes later cuddling with the second. Or maybe it's just me, I don't know.

    I skimmed the last chapters because after a while

    , but I still wanted to learn the conclusion of the story, and that's how I made it to the end. I may sound harsh and bitter, but believe me, my heart is full of sorrow because I know Amanda, I know she is capable of magic and great things, and it kills me to say that

    was not one of her best works. It was still fast-paced and action-packed, and the ideas behind it full of potential, so if you're up for the task, please give it a try.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    DNF so I'll leave off a rating. I think a lot of people will have fun with this story! I mostly just picked it up for the Norse elements, but didn't realize it would have such a strong urban/paranormal YA fantasy feeling. I'm realllly not into that scene anymore, so whatever rating or review I would end up with probably wouldn't be super positive. So it's entirely a case of "it's not you, it's me."

  • Sh3llraiser

    This is an unfortunate comparison because it is nothing like either. I don't know why they do that. I requested this from Netgalley because I liked this author's vampire series and the zombie one too. I haven't read anything by her in years!

    There is nothing wrong with the writing or story. There is some good world-building here with some obscure supernatural, mythological creatures you don't see much in fiction. I just found it kind of flat and meh. So maybe I

    This is an unfortunate comparison because it is nothing like either. I don't know why they do that. I requested this from Netgalley because I liked this author's vampire series and the zombie one too. I haven't read anything by her in years!

    There is nothing wrong with the writing or story. There is some good world-building here with some obscure supernatural, mythological creatures you don't see much in fiction. I just found it kind of flat and meh. So maybe I'm the wrong audience. It's probably just me.

    A Valkyrie in training finds out her Mom didn't kill her mark like she was supposed to and it has caused a chain reaction that basically culminates in an end of the world fiasco. Insert a romantic interest and a sort of love triangle (the main character is bisexual and her "ex" is the other side of the triangle).

    Insert the funny, loyal BFF and a cute pet. Insert a bit of Mean Girl vibe when main character is at magic school. I just don't think there is anything really new or spectacular going on with this one. Sorry!

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