Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer | Book Tour Review

Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer (Valkyrie #1)
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Reading Addiction Book Tours)
Genre: Paranormal, Mythology, Young Adult
Publication Date: 25 February, 2012

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras - Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn't helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human. Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she'd never belonged?

It's no secret that I love reading mythology fiction. I just love imagining the lives and powers of those only known in myths. This book has a lot of good mythological aspects, and goes into great detail about Odin, Loki, the valkyrie, and such.

But aside from that, there wasn't much that held my attention. Key relationships in the book are formed instantly, with very little substance, yet are supposed to be deep and trusting connections. The main character seems to always know the answers to her many questions--including who is friend and who is foe--right off the bat, because of an inner instinct that comes and goes whenever is most convenient. Conversations between characters were often awkward, especially when they represented a depth of emotion that hadn't been justified by previous actions or knowledge of the people's feelings.

So many things happen throughout the book, that it felt like enough time wasn't given to let things set in properly. It felt like two different books could have been made out of this one...either that, or the slower parts at the beginning could have been shortened to give more time to letting the details of the story come out (showing, instead of telling).

Ultimately, I think this just wasn't the book for me, although I was interested to know how the characters fared, despite all of the above. I think it was the mythology aspect that kept me reading, wanting to know what mythological tale would come into play next. And there was just enough action and drama to keep me guessing what would happen next.

End thoughts: Not for me, but I think it's definitely worth giving a try, if you like Norse mythology.

Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...you want to learn about Norse mythology.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Kissing, some fighting, death, and murder.}

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

Other Books in the Series:
Book 2: Dead Embers

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1 comment:

  1. Awwwww...I love mythology books. I'm sad you didn't like this one, I'm not as excited to read it now.


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