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    Love this Romance!

    This is one of the sweetest love stories of Norse mythology that I have read. I love the romance between the mortal Kristia and Ull the God of Winter. Kristia is an adorable girl from a small town in Oregon with a desire for an adventure so she signs up for a study aboard in Wales. Once there she meets Ull Myhr. Ull is a handsome God from Asgard. Even though he is a God and one of the finest warriors of Asgard, Ull is very lonely; which was very heartbreaking to read. Once he meets Kristia he will do everything he can to protect her – even if it’s from him and his destiny. This story shows a great development between Kristia and Ull’s relationship and her acceptance of who Ull is and what his destiny entails. I love the ever sassy Norn, Elsker, especially how she handles Thor. She is one of my favorite characters. “Elsker”, the first book of The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende is an excellent story; can’t wait to find out what is in store for these two and their family and friends.
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    Not bad, could have been better.

    I started getting into the story in the beginning, but didn't fall as in love with it as I wanted to. Not to say it was bad, just not my style. The mythology aspect was great, and I liked Kristia's powers and the romance, but the rest was kind of dull. The bad guy hardly ever shows up and I didn't feel threatened by him. All the issues were pretty easily resolved. I liked Kristia and Ull well enough, but sometimes their arguments got too repetitive. I didn't really get the sense that Ull was as tormented as he made himself out to be. There was a little too much tell, not enough show. Still, it was a free book, and I'll never say no to those!
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    fun take on typical YA girl meets norse gods

    Kristia is an awkward, small-town girl from Nehalem, Oregon. With encouragement from her sassy friend Ardis, she attempts her first adventure away from home: study abroad at Cardiff University in Wales, where no one knows about her crazy visions. What starts out being a big step for her soon turns into one of her typical stumbles at the unexpected romance with the hot, detached Norse, Ull Myhr. It is a surprise for both of them when she stumbles straight into his heart. The surprise for Kristia? Her mythology class isn't so mythical. And for Ull? He's surprised to find himself allowing (wanting) someone else in his complicated life. This first book in the Elsker Saga is a whirlwind introduction to Norse mythology, which I always enjoy, with little bits of Norwegian adding some authenticity to the tales. Although their interactions were sweet, I had a bit of a hard time accepting the rapid tumble the main characters take into each other's lives (instalove); it was a little jarring how quickly an awkward, small-town girl with no ambitions or expectations to meet any guy (let alone the local hunk who is actively hostile towards her at first) jumps into Ull's life. Besides this, the main characters are well-developed. Written from Kristia's point of view, it's quite easy to share her sudden, overwhelming emotions and to empathize with her decision-making struggles, whereas Ull retains a mysterious quality that intrigues. S.T. Bende writes with vivid, clear descriptions and a dramatic, fluid plot that alternates between very rapid and a bit slow but nonetheless kept me engaged throughout. But be warned! Have the second book ready, because with such a cliffhanger, you'll be wishing you had Kristia's visions to know what the fate of the couple and their worlds will be...
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    Love, Love, Love it!!!

    I love Kristia and Ull! They are absolutely perfection together. I can't not wait to read more of what life has in store for them! S.T. has made these characters come to life and I have become a forever fan of hers. This is a great love story that is perfect for any ages. Ull is the sweetest and most protective Norse God I know and when you read more of him you will totally understand! You can't help, but love Kristia too though you may be jealous of her most of the time, she is truly amazing as well!
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    elsker

    Enjoyed it from the begining to the last chapter ...can't wait to read the sequels and the continuing saga series as well. It captures your imagination and all the characters are so well described that you can't help but see them in your minds eye. From Kristia's side to Ull's side of their perspective families and friends.
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