Series: Sisters of Fate #1
Author: Rinda Elliott
My Rating: 4 Stars
Good Reads Rating: 4.25 Stars
Content Rating: 16+
Series: Sisters of Fate #1
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance/Mythology
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Good Reads Summary:
It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power
to change the world’s destiny.
But only if they survive…
The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun.
Raven finds herself the secret protector of Vanir, a boy with two wolves, a knowledge of Norse magic and a sense of destiny he can’t quite explain. He’s intense, sexy and equally determined to save her when it becomes clear someone is endangering them. Raven doesn’t know if getting closer to him will make a difference in the coming battle, but her heart isn’t giving her a choice.
Ahead of the sisters is the possibility of death at the hand of a warrior, death by snow, death by water or death by fire.
Or even from something else…
Well, one thing you can be sure of, this book is not lacking in insta-love or sexual tension. Is that a bad thing? In this case, no. There were certainly some eye-roll moments, like when the main character would repeatedly say “I only met him yesterday, but I am so drawn to him and I don’t know why” again and again, as if the author is apologizing for the use of insta-love.
Regardless, I kinda loved Vanir and Raven. They were adorable. So even though it’s heavy on the insta-love, at least it’s super cute. And honestly, the insta-love makes sense by the end, so it’s all good.
I loved that it was from Norse Mythology; the biggest upside to this was that I kept picturing Chris Hemsworth as Vanir. There was some really interesting and clever stuff from the mythology side that I hadn’t heard before. It was nice to get a different type of apocalyptic world than YA is used to; I found all of the myth elements quite interesting and well thought out and explained.
I almost would have liked to see more of Raven’s sisters, Kat and Coral, as most of the story was spent with Vanir (which was totally ok, but still). I’m sure we’ll see more of them in the second.
There’s a lot of mystery swirling around the story, with murders occurring, but no clear murderer and then lots of weird supernatural stuff going on with little explanation. Raven knows some about her magic and the ancient soul living within her, but a lot of what happens is unclear to her as well.
The plot flies along, and the writing is fluid and well done. I liked all the secondary characters-Vanir’s brothers are great fun, and their extensive family seems to be never ending. And animal side-kicks are ALWAYS a plus, especially when they are loveable wolves. Highly recommended to fans of romance and mythology retellings.