Brittany's Reviews of Elsker and Endre by S.T. Bende (@stbende) ~ Plus Exciting News About the Elsker Series!
In case you haven't heard, the Elsker Saga has a brand new look & will be re-releasing very soon! I'm so very excited about this news and can't wait to get my hands on these NEW gorgeous books! In honor of the release, I'm sharing my reviews of Elsker and Endre from way back when, and some info on what the lovely ST Bende has going on for the release, so you can join in on the celebration!
Elsker, book one in The Elsker Saga, will be available on May 29th!
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Endre, book two in The Elsker Saga, releases July 17th
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My Review of Elsker, Book 1:
Elsker by S.T. Bende
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was fortunate enough to "meet" ST while we were both campaigning for our guys in the NA Crush Tournament. Bianca and I are advocates for Kellan Kyle from Thoughtless and ST, of course, was Team Ull! She's super sweet and was generous enough to get me a copy of Elsker! Reading the post that his advocates wrote up for the tournament had me sold on him and I was really excited to read this one! It did not disappoint one bit!
Sometimes when reading books that have a lot of mythology woven into them, it's easy to get overwhelmed with it. At least for me. This wasn't the case with Elsker. There was just enough to keep my attention and create a really interesting and exciting story, but not so much that I had trouble wrapping my head around it, especially considering that I knew nothing about Norse Mythology going into this novel. Well, unless you count drooling over Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
As far as Ull goes, I loved him. I loved his chivalry, his protective nature, and his romantic side. I especially like his tight sweaters and church waffles (he eats them with jam, and he shares... you'll see). I also loved Kristia. She was real and relatable and extremely brave, the kind of girl I could see myself being friends with. As far as the supporting characters go, they were all wonderful. I was especially fond of Inga, so I'm really excited to start reading the prequel, Tur.
I won't go into too much detail about the plot because I would hate to spoil anything, but I will say that there are quite a few little surprises! There are laugh-out-loud moments and I was pulled right in from the very first page. This book was nearly impossible to put down and I'm dying for the sequel. There isn't a cliffhanger in this one, but it will definitely leave you wanting much, much more. The next book in this series, Endre, is due out in September!
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My Review of Endre, Book 2 :
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If you haven't yet read Elsker, this review contains a tiny spoiler or two!
Endre by S.T. Bende
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've been obsessed with all things Elsker (Who am I kidding? Ull, I've been obsessed with Ull) for a while now, so I was SO excited to finally get this Endre ARC into my grubby little Norse loving hands. I was definitely not disappointed with Elsker's sequel-- I only wish it could have been a bit longer! As with the first book in this series, I was so wrapped up in Ull's and Kristia's world, that I finished this book in the blink of an eye.
As much as I loved Endre, I'm going to have to give it 4 stars instead of 5 because I was left wanting a bit... more. Although we got a lot of action and romance in this book, I would have liked to see more of what was mentioned in the synopsis. Was Kristia "knee deep in wedding plans?" I'm sure she was, but we didn't get to experience too much of that. As for "goddess lessons," those seemed brief as well. Now, as far as "stolen kisses," they were in abundance and Ull's sweet side never disappoints! Both the main and supporting characters were as lovable as ever and Kristia really proved how tough she can be when fighting for those she loves.
Overall, I really enjoyed Endre and found it very difficult to put down. And, while there is no cliff-hanger, we are given a glimpse into some pretty exciting things to come in the lives of these characters. If you're looking for a different take on New Adult that has plenty of swoon-worthy moments, some nail-biting action, and a mythological world you can lose yourself in, this book is for you.
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Party Asgard style as Ull, Gunnar, and the rest of the Elsker crew celebrate their official book birthday with the help of some FABULOUS author friends. Laura Howard Starla Huchton Aly Martinez Stacey MostellerJessica L. Brooks JC Emery Pk Hrezo Stephanie Wardrop and more will be on hand to talk about their awesome new releases, and give away some epic prizes. Join us -- the Norse God of Winter commands it. ;)
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About the Author
Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.
You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.