Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Norse, Mythology, Action
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: June 25th, 2013
Medium: ARC from Random House Ambuzzador Program
I loved this novel. Seriously. It was fantastic. A breath of fresh air. This novel takes you on an amazing ride from start to finish, as it brings you into a world like no other.
I will go ahead and say, I have never read anything about Norse mythology before (unless you count watching Thor and Loki in The Avengers) I have only read Egyptian, Roman, and Greek mythology, but none of those novels/series has delved into the mythology as much as this one.
" Fans of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Holly Black's The Curse Workers will embrace this richly drawn, Norse-mythology-infused alternate world: the United States of Asgard. Seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the past. His father, a famed warrior, lost himself to the battle-frenzy and killed thirteen innocent people. Soren cannot deny that berserking is in his blood--the fevers, insomnia, and occasional feelings of uncontrollable rage haunt him. So he tries to remain calm and detached from everyone at Sanctus Sigurd's Academy. But that's hard to do when a popular, beautiful girl like Astrid Glyn tells Soren she dreams of him. That's not all Astrid dreams of--the daughter of a renowned prophetess, Astrid is coming into her own inherited abilities.
When Baldur, son of Odin and one of the most popular gods in the country, goes missing, Astrid sees where he is and convinces Soren to join her on a road trip that will take them to find not only a lost god, but also who they are beyond the legacy of their parents and everything they've been told they have to be." -From Amazon
Again, I was reading this because I was chosen to spread the word about this upcoming novel through the Ambuzzador program hosted by Random House. But after reading this first installment, I can assure you I will be reading any upcoming sequels in this series of The United States of Asgard.
I give it 4.5 stars. Excellent read for anyone who enjoys fantasy, or simply wants to disappear into a completely different world.