Review: Perfect Match (The Aere Saga #4) by S.T. Bende


Goodreads Summary:

For honor. For love. For Asgard.

Valkyrie Brynn Aksel is ready for some downtime. But when an urgent warning arrives from Asgard, heralding the death of a beloved god and the dawn of Ragnarok—the not-so-mythological end of days—it becomes clear there’s no rest for the gods . . . not when the future of the realms is on the line.

Goddess of Love Freya Skönsten can’t shake the darkness that’s clung to her since her Helheim imprisonment. An unsanctioned romantic connection with a mortal is the only thing keeping her in the light, but Freya’s vow to the Norns prevents her from fully uniting with her perfekt match. When Hel returns to finish what she started, Freya must decide how much she’s ready to sacrifice to save the family she loves . . . and whether she’s willing to give up everything for the worlds she’s sworn to protect.

With the forces of darkness aligning to destroy the realms, it’s clear more than just Love hangs in the balance. Ragnarok has arrived. And it’s shaping up to be the perfekt storm.

My Review

S.T. Bende concluded this saga in a lovely manner that tied up all lose ends perfectly. The action and plot developments were non-stop!

This go around, we get to experience the perspectives of Brynn and Freya. These two badass ladies were a great duo to spearhead this story. Brynn is so light hearted and whimsical, and her personality is paired well with Freya, who is fierce and down to earth. Unfortunately, Freya is having a rough go of it in this fourth book. Now that she has been rescued from Hel after spending a length of time as her prisoner, Freya has not been the same. There is a darkness in her that’s holding her back. However, after a certain someone comes into her life, she is at last willing and able to find a way to keep the darkness at bay. Just on time too; Ragnarok is on their doorstep.

Perfekt Match brought with it all of the beloved characters that we’ve grown with throughout the saga. It was fantastic to see all of these couples come together and do life (and battle) together. And believe me, there was no shortage of battles this time. It was interesting to read about Ragnarok from the other side of the story with different characters. I love how Bende interweaves them all into one epic Norse universe! What I would give to be surrounded by what sounds like a plethora of gorgeous men lol! By the time the ending hit, all of the wonderful things you had hoped for as a reader came to fruition, and brought with it all the feels.

I would definitely recommend you continue your journey with this series and pick up Perfekt Match! And if you haven’t started the saga yet, then most definitely get your hands on these books!

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Review: Redeemer (Night War Saga Book 3) by S.T. Bende and Leia Stone


Goodreads Summary:

Hunt down the weapon pieces, destroy the night goddess, protect Midgard (Earth). That was always the mission . . .

When an unexpected sacrifice turns Allie’s world on its head, she discovers her true function within the Asgardian world. Her new purpose has much higher stakes—and significantly bigger dangers—than she ever could have imagined. And as the Goddess of Night unleashes an unparalleled wave of fury across the realms, Allie’s dream of a peaceful future with her favorite protector all but disappears. Nott’s determined to control Midgard. But Allie has more to fight for than ever before, and she’s determined to end the Night War . . . no matter what it costs her.

My Review

After that ending in book two of the Night War Saga, I was more than ready to dive back into the story and these lovely characters. After Tore discovers his mother he believed to be dead for most of his life is alive but remembers nothing of him, he is more than determined to bring back her memories, and Allie is determined to help do that. Amidst the emotional turmoil that comes with looking your mother in the face and seeing no recognition, there are still three more pieces to find of the only weapon that can kill Nott!

The romance between Allie and Tore was absolutely adorable throughout, as usual! I would expect nothing less from this series. And once again, the dynamic among her group of protectors is fantastic and flows so smoothly. Each character has a role to play in the shaping of the story.

Allie has certainly come a long way since the books first started, and it was lovely to see her character evolution! There were definitely some heart wrenching moments in this last book, but it was all worth it! The ending was beautiful, and though I’m sad to see it come to an end, I am so glad I went on the journey!

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Review: Protector (Night War Saga #1) by Leia Stone and S.T. Bende


Goodreads Summary:

Love. Honor. Protect.

As an Environmental Studies major, Allie knows the planet is in trouble – a series of natural disasters recently rocked the northern hemisphere, and species across the globe are going extinct. What Allie doesn’t know is that her world’s decline is a casualty of an ancient battle called the Night War – the Norse goddess Nott’s crusade to control the weakest of the light realms. And Allie most definitely doesn’t know that her existence is the only thing stopping Nott from dragging the earth into total darkness.

When four gorgeous guys show up claiming to be Allie’s Asgardian protectors, she thinks they’re delusional. And when they order her to hunt down the pieces of an immortal weapon, she’s convinced they’re insane. But when Allie’s attacked, the guys’ crazy stories of demigods and dark elves begin coming together. And Allie’s not sure what scares her more – losing her life to the Goddess of Night . . . or losing her heart to one of her protectors.

Let the hunt begin.

My Review

S.T. Bende strikes again! I love this girl’s books and Leia Stone added an awesome touch! It’s always nice to delve back into the world of Norse Mythology and I love learning about a new god and goddess each time I open one of Bende’s books!

Protector follows the story of Allie, a freshman in college whose world becomes rocked when she finds a weird necklace that won’t come off of her neck and meets a strange guy claiming to know about her gift of seeing peoples’ energies. Before she knows it, Allie gets thrown into a brand new universe in which the gods from her Norse Mythology class are far from myth. Allie is a part of a prophecy that could mean the end or the saving of earth as she knows it. She is far from alone in her journey though. She has four smoking hot protectors on her side in her quest to save the planet from the destruction.  One of which, Tore, is bound to steal her heart along the way. Not a bad deal, am I right?!

Protector was a lovely start to what is sure to be a wonderful series! The movement was constant and the universe that these two ladies created was epic to say the least. That was probably one of the best parts about the book. The travel between planets and the different settings provided a fantastic backdrop to the events.

The romantic tension was a constant throughout the story, which of course led to romantic frustration, but the ending made it all worth it. I look forward to seeing where things go between Tore and Allie, cause I’m sure it’s bound to be hot! This book was definitely an introduction, I can tell that the best is to come.

If you are looking for an action packed Norse Mythology young adult book, then Protector is the book for you! Buy it on Amazon here!

Review: Perfekt Balance (The Aere Saga #3) by S.T. Bende


Goodreads Summary:

Become what you believe.

Elsa Fredriksen knows there’s a thin line between love and fear. As High Healer, she rights the wrongs committed by Asgard’s enemies. But even the gods’ secret weapon can’t undo every injury—especially when her fate is completely entwined with the god she’s trying to save.

Elsa’s in love with the Norse God of Justice. But Forse’s heart is ruled by fear—fear that the past will repeat itself; fear that opening his heart will compromise his ability to do his job; fear that he’ll hurt the one girl he desperately wants to protect. Again.

When Elsa faces off against the very monster she once swore to protect, her survival depends on a power she isn’t sure she can control. And when Forse’s worst nightmare unfolds in front of him, Elsa has to decide whether it’s more important to hold the realms in perfekt balance . . . or hold onto the guy she can’t imagine existing without.

My Review

The lovely S.T. Bende has done it again! Perfekt Balance was a beautiful addition to The Aere Saga! We all knew that Forse and Elsa were in love since book one, but it was wonderful to finally experience it! Not to mention, it’s always a pleasure getting to read about the other characters as well!

Elsa’s perspective was definitely different from the past POVs in the series since it was coming from the “High Healer.” It was really interesting to see what the process of healing is like, and watching her grow into a “unifer” was super cool! The story took me to places I never thought it would. Elsa has such a kind and gentle heart and it was new for me as the reader to experience a POV from a character who really isn’t in the fight at all, but who stands mostly aloof from the violence. You would think this would make the book less exciting, but I was utterly riveted the entire time!

The action, twists, fights, and danger were nonstop! Although, I will say that the romance was not nearly as heavy in book 3 as it has been in the past installments, only because Forse and Elsa knew they both loved each other all along. It didn’t take too much to finally bring out the love between them, but it was beautiful once they admitted their feelings! By the time the ending rolled around, I was completely satisfied with the way events played out and eager for more! And I’m so glad book 4 is from Brynn’s point of view (she’s my fave!).

If you are a reader of The Aere Saga, then I would most definitely recommend you continue your journey through the series! And if you haven’t started the series yet, then what are you waiting for?! You can buy Perfekt Balance on Amazon here!

Review: Perfekt Control (The Aere Saga #2) by S.T. Bende


Goodreads Summary:

Brynn Aksel is a valkyrie—a battle goddess tasked with protecting both the God of War and the future of Asgard. She fends off giants and dark elves with an iron fist, a glossy smile, and no less than perfekt control. She’s focused one-hundred-percent on rising through the valkyrie ranks, and not at all on her lifelong crush on Henrik Andersson—the one guy in all the realms who could be her undoing.

Henrik serves as War’s other bodyguard, and he’s too focused on protecting their shared charge to realize that Brynn’s a girl. When an unprecedented surge of darkness abducts the Goddess of Love, Brynn’s already-steely focus is singularly directed on her new assignment—accompany Henrik to recover the realms’ source of light before the cosmos descends into chaos.

While battling demons, dragons, and the not-quite-dead, it becomes clear that immortality does not equal invincibility. And when Hel herself puts a hit on Brynn, the valkyrie has to decide if staying in control is worth losing everything . . . or if it’s time to rule the realms.

***I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.***


My Review

So after completely loving Perfekt Order and Mia’s romance with Tyr I was so excited to read about Brynn’s story and her romantic struggle with Henrik. Their feelings for one another were so blatantly obvious in the first book that I knew the sequel would have to be an emotional ride! Well it certainly didn’t disappoint!!

Brynn is such a lovable character, and a total badass! Her skills as a valkyrie are unparalleled and she’s the “perfekt” partner for Henrik! This second installment saw the characters racing across the universe from realm to realm in order to save the captured God of Love Freya before her absence leaves the world full of hate and darkness. The action and suspense was non-stop and the world of Norse Mythology was really opened up! There were encounters with mythical creatures of all sorts and it just kept coming! All the while the romantic tension continued to grow between Brynn and Henrik, it was definitely frustrating, but the outcome was SO worth it! And don’t worry readers, Mia and Tyr and the rest of the beloved characters of book one make frequent appearances as well!

By the time the ending rolled around, the suspense was high and the conflict came to a head. I was oh so romantically satisfied in every way, and have to say that I’m pretty sure I enjoyed Brynn’s POV even more than Mia’s. It was just so fun to read from the perspective of a warrior immortal with an epic past and beautiful relationship with an  equally skilled mega hot assassin immortal! You see the appeal??

S.T. Bende you’ve done it again! I loved Perfekt Control and would definitely recommend it to any fans of the series or paranormal romance!

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RELEASE DAY LAUNCH & REVIEW: Perfekt Order (The Aere Saga #1) by S.T. Bend



Goodreads Summary:

All’s fair when you’re in love with War.

For seventeen-year-old Mia Ahlström, a world ruled by order is the only world she allows. A lifetime of chore charts, to-do lists and study schedules have helped earn her a spot at Redwood State University’s engineering program. And while her five year plan includes finding her very own happily-evah-aftah, years at an all-girls boarding school left her feeling woefully unprepared for keg parties and co-ed extracurricular activities.

So nothing surprises her more than catching the eye of Tyr Fredriksen at her first college party. The imposing Swede is arrogantly charming, stubbornly overprotective, and runs hot-and-cold in ways that defy reason . . . until Mia learns that she’s fallen for the Norse God of War; an immortal battle deity hiding on Midgard (Earth) to protect a valuable Asgardian treasure from a feral enemy. With a price on his head, Tyr brings more than a little excitement to Mia’s rigidly controlled life. Choosing Tyr may be the biggest distraction—or the greatest adventure—she’s ever had.

***I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review***

My Review

I was a big fan of The Elsker Saga and was more than excited to get my hands on another S.T. Bende Norse God tale!! She does wonders with Norse Mythology let me tell ya folks!! All I have to say after reading her books is: take me to Asgard and never let me leave!! I found myself enjoying Perfekt Order even more than The Elsker saga! It was just so darn good!

Mia is the picture of the perfect student living her life around structure and organization. So when she starts college she has no trouble fitting her new schedule into her “perfekt” life. However, she quickly learns that there is no order and certainly no normal, when she meets the devilishly handsome Tyr, who turns out to be the Norse God of War himself!! Get your fans out ladies cause you’re gonna need them! As she begins to learn more about Tyr she gets more and more caught up in the excitement and dangers of his world, particularly Tyr’s enemy who threatens the lives of all those he holds dear.

Mia reminded me a lot of myself, which was probably a big reason why I enjoyed her character so much! I need order in my life and find myself planning out everything; I don’t always handle curve balls well. So I felt like it was relatable watching her deal with new unseen events (not that I’ve ever come across a Norse God myself…I wish!). I loved that there was a more gradual build up in her relationship with Tyr; watching their romance bloom made the plot all the more worth while! Bende is so creative and that really came out in this first book! The action was abound and the developments kept coming!

I loved this book and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the characters in the next installments! Though I will be sad to see Mia’s POV go. I would definitely recommend you pick up Perfekt Order, especially if you’re a sucker for a good romance!


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