Norse Mythology Book Tag

Góðan daginn (good day), everyone!

I haven’t yet been able to do any reading this month or really August either (thank you, school, for sucking) and I’m a wee bit behind on my reviews, which makes this the perfect time to avoid all my responsibilities and do a tag!

Fellow book bloggers, for those of you who find tags nice because they’re quick and easy…YOU ARE MAGIC. I put soooo much thought into these things, they end up taking longer than my–usually also long–reviews!

But will I stop? Probably never.

The Norse Mythology Tag was created over at Kyera’s Library–which is fabulous by the way, especially her series recs, so you should all go check it out if you haven’t already! I first saw it pop up on Book Princess Reviews and a ton of other wonderful people started doing it, then Birdie Bookworm did it not too long ago too and every time I see it I swear to do it, then I don’t. SO I’M FINALLY DOING IT!

I would like to thank myself over on my own blog, obsessionsofabookaholic, for thinking about my love of mythology and Nordic history and tagging me to do this! Really, her blog is just so great it’s, like, my favourite 😉

Shall we?


ODIN – Favourite Standalone

Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse Gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine, and war, among other things

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In case you haven’t heard by now, I’m SUCH a romance lover. Taste Test follows BBQ-er Nora in a cooking show contest where contestants are being mysteriously sabotaged and chemistry is flying with a certain fierce competitor. Bonus? They can’t stand each other.

The plot is fun and the mystery is surprisingly difficult to determine, but most of all the back and forth weirdness of Nora and Christian’s relationship gives me so much life, which is obviously my priority.

Hey, I did warn you that I loved romance. What did you expect? 😉

THOR – A Book That Hits You Right in the Feels

Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms, so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful Lady Sif.

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LITERALLY. EVERYTHING. ABOUT THIS BOOK. HURTS ME.

LOKI – Biggest Plot Twist or Character Betrayal

Loki is the god of mischief and thieves, and thrives on chaos.

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As y’all will hear when I finally get off me arse and finish this review, Red Queen didn’t exactly live up to my expectations. Also unfortunate is that the plot twist everyone freaks about was sort of hinted to me before I read it, so I can’t actually figure out if I just wasn’t surprised or if I was spoiled. GAHHH! Despite all of that, though, THIS WINS SO HARD FOR BETRAYAL. I mean, holy hells it’s evil!

FRIGG – OTP

Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility, and fate.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW LONG IT HAS TAKEN ME TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION?????

OTP? OTP?! ONE true pairing? Nuh-uh, I don’t think so.

I went through a good six of my beloved couplings trying to sort through this one (Feysand? Will and Tessa? Percabeth? Hex Hall‘s Archer and Sophie?). Clace (my loves! My true loves!) is usually my go-to answer here but I’m trying reeeeeeaaaal hard to only use a book once in this tag and I use City of Bones later. So what I’ve decided on is my first hardcore literary ship, which is Zach and Cammie from Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. I love these books so much–who doesn’t want to read about crazy missions and a secret spy school?!–but they carry an extra special weight for me because this is the series that turned me into the full-on obsessive reader I am today. Zammie’s pretty damn amazing–their banter is on point and, even when they’re separated or hiding things from each other, it’s always clear how much they genuinely care for each other. We get a lot of sexy romances now, but this is a more romantic romance which, much as I love the new stuff, is kind of something I miss.

BTW, if you’re interested in reading, Zach doesn’t show up ’til book two (pictured above!) but book one is totally worth reading to get to him 🙂

HEIMDALL – Favourite Second in a Series

Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and he is who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds.

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No explanation needed. My love is just too strong.

BALDUR – Favourite Male Character

Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.

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JAAAAAAAAAAAACE. Jace, my dearly beloved, how are you so incredible? I love his sarcasm, and his confidence, and his devotion to Clary, and his bravery, and his determination, and literally every single thing about him. Jace is my hero and, if it weren’t for Clary, also my husband. They’re too perfect though, so I can’t steal him away.

SIF – Most Beautiful Book Cover

Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.

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Shatter Me defines the term ‘glow up.’ The original cover? Enh. This one? BEAUTIFUL. SO BEAUTIFUL. SUCH BEAUTY. Apparently I have a thing for eyes on covers, as also evidenced by my enthusiasm for Lisa McMann’s Crash all those ages ago, but the Shatter Me books take gorgeous eyes to a whole ‘nother existential plane of prettiness. I mean, just look at it! *unashamedly swoons over cover art*

FREY – A Book or Series That Made You Happy

Frey is the Lord of weather, god of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.

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Basically anything by Kasie West makes me happy, but this is my favourite thus far! Camden and Xander have their ups and downs but their relationship is so cute and the story is so cute and everything is just so happy and lovely even when it’s not happy that I left the book with such a big grin on my face.

FREYA – Favourite Book Setting

Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.

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I find Middle Eastern culture fascinating so the very fact that The Wrath and the Dawn is set there already puts the book pretty high on my favourite setting list. Ahdieh’s writing is what takes that one step further. I love how rich and real everything is! I could taste the food, I could smell the incense, I could feel the fabrics, I could see everything as if I were experiencing it there.

TYR – Favourite Book With a Huge Upheaval or Epic Fight Scene

Tyr is the god of war.

SO MANY BOOKS TO USE HERE! ACOWAR was my first instinct because REASONS butttttt I also wanted to throw in Eternally Yours, the finale to Cate Tiernan’s Immortal Beloved trilogy (which is great and has both a hilarious narrator and a sexy Scandinavian lover boy), because, yes, there is a huge fight, but mostly because of her instructions on decapitating someone, which I enjoyed probably a lot more than I should have…

ULLER – Character Death That Affected You the Most

Uller is the god of death, winter, archery and hunting.

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Sobbing, gasping, ugly cries.

NJORD – Favourite Book With an Epic Journey in a Water/Sea Setting

Njord is the god of the wind and sea.

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To be fair, I haven’t read a ton of books with watery settings (I should probably get on that…) but Of Posiedon is the first that came to mind! Galen, the lurrrrve interest, is the Syrena (essentially mermaids, but don’t tell him that) prince and human ambassador of an underwater kingdom. Only a direct descendant of Triton (Galen) and of Posiedon can have the special abilities that make them fitting for Syrena royalty, so when human Emma starts talking to fish Galen’s understandably confused and heads up to check it out.

The characters are loveable and hilarious, the plot is different and interesting, and the romance is swoon-worthy and utterly adorable. Plus, the whole book is about figuring out Emma’s fish-talking powers and stopping a desperate dolphin-wielding Syrena gal from becoming Queen so, ya know, I think it fits pretty well here .

VALKYRIE – Strong Female Character

The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.

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Celaena/Aelin is such a freaking badass (especially in the later books) that I will give her every possible award imaginable. I think she works especially well for ‘Valkyrie’ because she’s not only a strong female character, but a fierce female fighter/warrior as well.

Also, I just love her. End of.

AESIR/VANIR – Favourite Book Crew

The Aesir and the Vanir are the two groups of Norse gods, believed to be the old and new gods.

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So everyone and their uncle’s been using the Gregs gang for this one but, errr, I haven’t actually read Six of Crows yet… (cue Game of Thrones shame bells). But you know who else is awesome? BLUE AND GANSEY AND RONAN AND ADAM AND NOAH. Their relationship dynamic is perfect as they all individually are in my heart.

SEIPYRTS – Favourite Non-Human Sidekick

Seipyrts is Odin’s trusty eight legged steed; yes, you heard that correctly – eight legs.  I promise that he is the god’s horse companion and not a giant spider that he rides around on… although that would probably strike more fear in the hearts of his enemies than a pretty horse does.

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Oh Derrick, you honey-loving pixie, you. He’s definitely not as freaky as an eight-legged horse (yeah, I know you say it’s not a spider, but it feels like a spider *shudders*) but he’s just so freaking cute! Also loyal, and caring, and sweet, and protective.

Anyone know where can I get an adorable pixie companion? Asking for a friend.


And on to the tagging! Since I’ve seen this going around already and I don’t want to tag people who’ve already done it, I’m only going to tag a few of you. That said…

Rhea @ bookchanted

Em @ Keystroke Blog

Casey @ adoptabookaus

…consider yourselves tagged!

Their blogs are wonderful and you should go read them if you haven’t!

I also challenge anyone else who likes mythology, likes Norsemen, likes shirtless Chris Hemsworth as Thor, likes tags, or just likes books to do this tag too! No matter how long it may have taken me, I swear it’s a lot of fun.

At last, I shall leave you with a strange Norwegian proverb I found on a random website while I was busy having no life:

Dei galne har mange morosame stunder som den vettige ikkje har.
(The maniacs have many funny hours that the sane guy does not have)

Three cheers for Vikings promoting insanity. Hurrah!

Sjáumst! (See you!)

xoxo, Brittney

Deception’s Princess

17866944Deception’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Pack your suitcases, friends, because today we’re jetting off in a time machine back to Iron Age Ireland! Deception’s Princess is inspired by old Celtic stories of the legendary Maeve of Connacht who from my research after reading seems a lot more evil than our Maeve. The book follows the feisty favourite young daughter of the High King of Connacht as she navigates the treacherous field of over-eager suitors to carve a path for herself in her hostile expectation-laden world.

Sound familiar yet? Because I’m channeling a certain other fiery red-head here, though her name isn’t Maeve. It’s Merida. Continue reading

Recreated

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Recreated is another one of those surprising instances where the second in a trilogy is much better than the first.

If any of you read my review of Reawakened last year you’ll know that I did not feel it did my dear beloved Egyptian mythology justice. Or, rather, my too-many frustrations with the MCs rendered me unable to enjoy the history. If it weren’t that Egyptian mythology is basically never used in any form of text nowadays (*wink wink* *nudge nudge* authors!) and my undying love for (read: obsession with) Ancient Egypt, Recreated probably would have been one of those sequels that got put on my TBR list just because I don’t like not finishing series and then remained mysteriously unread until I forgot about it. Not that that’s happened before. Haha. Ha. Nope…

A thousand thanks to the old gods and the new for depriving me enough of Egyptian goodness that I was forced to read this. Please accept the sacrifice of a virtual goat in tribute for my thanks. Continue reading

The Fire Wish

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You ever find a hidden gem on the bargain bookshelf? This is one of them.

The Fire Wish follows two girls from very different worlds in the (I think Ancient? Or medieval?) Middle East. Zayele is a human girl forced into an unwanted marriage with the young prince of the caliphate in Baghdad while Najwa is a jinni hiding from humans in underground caverns with a peculiar ability to breach the palace’s magical wards. By chance encounter the two meet and Zayele, desperate to escape her betrothal, makes a desperate wish on Najwa to switch places. And because making magical wishes on errant genies is such a fantastic and not at all dangerous ordeal, Zayele gets what she wants…in a totally wrong, completely dangerous, 100% so-not-worth-it-way-but-also-kind-of-necessary way. Continue reading

Sweet Venom

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You know, it’s been a reeeaaaal long time since I read a Greek Mythology novel. Long time as in not-since-the-whole-Percy-Jackson-fad (Rick Riordan fan in da house!). Which makes sense because, you know, Sweet Venom has been on my shelf ever since then. Oops.

Okay but seriously guys, this book was really good!

Sweet Venom follows long-lost triplets Grace, Gretchen, and Greer, descendants of Medusa and her powerful Gorgon sisters. Turns out, not-yet snake-haired Medusa was getting a little too friendly with Posiedon for Athena’s taste so bibidi bobidi boo-hoo for you, Athena cursed Medusa, turned the gods against her, et voilà! Medusa’s a villain and her descendants are all forced to carry on the gorgon duty as guardians by saving the human population from mythical monsters plaguing the city of San Francisco. Continue reading

The Raven Boys

17675462The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is a goddess.

Seriously. I love everything I’ve read by her.

The Raven Boys begins when Blue, the teenage daughter of a family of psychics, sees the spirit of rich boy Gansey on Spirit Road. This means either a) she’ll kill him or b) he’s her true love. Given that Blue is destined to kill her true love by kissing him, I’m inclined to think it’s probably be both. Tragic! The book also follows dearest Dick Gansey III in his quest to follow the supernatural ley lines in Henrietta, Virginia to locate the tomb of a long-dead Welsh king. What follows is a fast-paced and suspenseful adventure complete with reluctant romance, an irresistibly eclectic group of heroes, and a mysterious murder that’s more connected than anyone dares to think… Continue reading

Reawakened

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Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Book 2 of the EpicReads Decathlon, CHECK!

So before we get started a little background info: I am absolutely obsessed with Ancient Egyptian history. Absolutely. Obsessed. I’m actually studying history in university right now thanks to my discovery of Egypt long ago–it launched my love of history in general. That said, it is possible that despite my sincerest efforts to avoid it, when it comes to this mythology I may be just a liiiiiiittle bit, um, particular. Picky? Something along those lines. Anyway, once I realized Reawakened was an Egyptian story, it almost didn’t matter what the rest of the novel was about. I did my best though to avoid getting caught up in the minute details. Surprisingly enough, the issues I had had nothing to do with the use of the history and everything to do with the story itself. Continue reading