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  • Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Teen!

    Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Teen for allowing me to read and review this book! All thoughts and opinions are my own. Enemies to lovers. Valkyries. Sapphic romance. Animal companions. All of these fantastical ingredients should have made for a great story but fall just slightly flat. I did like the book overall and thought the romance between Sigrid and Mariam was done very well. With this being published by Entangled, you really can't go too wrong in the romance department. I like the animal companions, the Valkyrie aspect and friendships. What fell slightly flat was the pacing. The beginning is very slow and I did have a hard time getting through it but after the hump, I was able to read right through and enjoy this creative story. 4 stars

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  • What an Adventure!

    This story is a very engaging read. It is packed full of wonderful moments, breathtaking settings, interesting characters, and history. I loved the relationships, the realistic aspects of Valkyries life, the engrossing plot, and the inclusion of the animals as they really do play a significant role. The author does an amazing job of creating a world that the reader cannot help but become a part of. The fantasy is outstanding, and the Norse mythology is spot on. I loved the details and the intricate aspects that author wove into the characters, as a reader I could feel the minute moments that made the story much richer. This is a remarkable story for any reader looking for adventure, strong characters, fantasy to get lost in and beautifully written realistic moments (as far as Norse life and fantasy mix).

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  • Great Read

    Ratings 3.5 stars *I received an ARC from NetGalley for my voluntary and honest review. When a valkyrie is born at the same time her winged mare is born. They share a connection in their soul as they grow, train, and battle together. So when Sigrid showed up in the Valkyrie nursery paired with a plain brown horse they had no idea how she got there, or what to do with her. Sigrid grows up a stable girl, tending to her horse Hestur and all the Valkyrie’s mares. She loves what she does but deep down she yearns to be a Valkyrie. When Vanaheim is attacked, Sigrid is the only one who overhears what they are after. The eye of Hnitbjorg is the source of the seer’s power and what gives her her visions. In an attempt to save the eye Sigrid is shown a vision of her future riding alongside the Valkyries. Now we see how far she will go to make the vision come true. This is a book very loosely based on Norse mythology. It is also a story of an underdog desperate to change her fate. I enjoyed watching Sigrid fight to be who she knew she could be. And watching her relationship with Mariam blossom from adversaries, to friends, to a blossoming relationship was too cute. As someone who enjoys mythology I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed Warner’s take on the mythology that led to a new and good story. I look forward to the story being continued.

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  • An Intense, Young Adult Norse Thriller

    “The Helheim Princess” by Tiana Warner is an intense, young-adult thriller based on Norse mythology that is an absolute must-read. Full of non-stop action, fierce female characters, Valkyries, and animal companions, this is one whirlwind adventure readers won’t be able to put down. Sigrid’s dream is to become a Valkyrie warrior, defending her home of Vanaheim and fend off their enemies in battle. Without a mere, Sigrid is destined to spend her whole life as a stable hand. Except, she believes her future has more in store for her than just looking after horses and being teased by their riders. When Vanaheim is attacked, Sigrid discovers their true intent and tries to stop them from taking an ancient relic. In the grapple, she learns that her fate is already sealed and it is more than she ever could’ve hoped for. After a successful attack, the Valkyries are sent to retrieve the ancient relic from those who stole it. Left behind, Sigrid embarks on an adventure of her own that coincides with the Valkyries’ mission. She takes one of the hostages from the attack and together, they set off on an adventure of epic proportions to learn more about Sigrid’s destiny and to save Vanaheim. “The Helheim Princess” is an adventure story in which Sigrid must undergo trials and near-death experiences with popular creatures of Norse myth to fulfill her destiny and to save her home of Vanaheim. It’s one of those action-packed stories in which everything that could go wrong, goes wrong. Yet, nothing about Sigrid’s journey is predictable or cliched. It’s gripping right from the start and full of popular Norse myths. For someone who has little knowledge of Norse tales, Warner's tale is easily comprehensible! The characters are extremely likable and distinct. Each voice and personality stand out independently from one another, creating a diverse cast that often adds a dose of humour to the tale. In addition, the romance between the two main characters was believable and didn’t seem easy or instantaneous like many young adult novels. Why the two are attracted to one another becomes very clear throughout the tale and audiences will be rooting for a romance to spark. Having strong secondary characters who don’t fade into the background but become part of the story is another major aspect that makes this tale incredibly unique. Not to mention the villain is someone readers may not relate to but will definitely understand and potentially sympathize with (to an extent, of course). Even if Norse myth is not of prime interest, “The Helheim Princess” still comes highly recommended to all readers. It’s engaging, intense and full of surprises. This is definitely a book one should add to their reading lists. Look for “The Helheim Princess” by Tiana Warner on its publication date of January 4th, 2022. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing: LLC (Entangled: Teen) for providing me with a free e-arc of “The Helheim Princess” and the opportunity to share my honest thoughts and opinions in this review.

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  • Pretty Good Valkyrie Read

    The book started off really well. I loved the world-building and seeing Sigrid's frustration at wanting to do more with her life but not knowing how to accomplish it. It didn't help that the people she looked up to made fun of her. I also liked how the world-building wasn't info dumped. It was given to us in bits and pieces throughout the book. While the beginning with Sigrid started out great, I started to get really annoyed with her about halfway through. She practically begs the valkyries to be open-minded and let her join them but will not do the same for one of her companions. She belittles him and is just plain mean at times. Also, what almost made me stop reading was during this one scene where she was so jealous of Mariam and Fisk sharing a moment that she had the thought that they were plotting against her. I almost just gave up on the book right then and there. It was just too ridiculous for me. She ended up getting better toward the end but honestly, I was a bit disappointed in her character. I really liked Mariam and Fisk. I liked that despite Mariam's hard life she still pushed forward and liked to have fun. I enjoyed a lot of moments between her and the others. While Fisk did feel like just pure comic relief at times I also did enjoy seeing him become more of a person. He is introduced as a weakling henchman but becomes an important ally. Regarding the romance between Sigrid and Mariam, while I liked seeing Sigrid develop a crush on Mariam I had to keep reminding myself that this romance was happening over a couple of days. It didn't give them enough opportunities to get to know each other. I do like the idea of them together though so I really hope to see them develop more of a bond in the next book. I also really liked the tone of the book. There was this seriousness mixed with a lot of fun silly moments that made the book both still have an important goal but actually being fun to read. The plot was pretty good too. I liked how the author put in a few lessons about what you're supposed to do vs what you want to do among other things. Overall, I did enjoy the book. I am glad I didn't drop it and I plan on reading the next book as I do want more of this world and characters. If you love Norse mythology or an easy fantasy to get into then this is definitely for you. I wouldn't pick this up if you're looking for an intense fantasy or huge character development.

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