Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance (felt more Young Adult though)
Recommendation: Yes, I recommend to people who enjoy YA reads with fantasy and mythology elements.
Type: Series, this is book one in the Norse Chronicles.
Well Priced? Yes, available on Kindle Unlimited. E-copy is less than ten dollars.
Summary: +interesting plot +appealing heroine +decent world building -slow at times +a hint of swooning romance to come
Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown. But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska. The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead. Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun. Once there, she begins to suspect Mani’s friends know more about his death than they’ve let on. Skyla, an ex-Marine, is the only one willing to help her.
As Solina and Skyla delve into the mystery surrounding Mani’s death, Solina is stunned to learn that her own life is tied to Mani’s friends, his death, and the fate of the entire world. If she can’t learn to control her newfound gifts and keep her friends safe, a long-lost dominion over mortals will rise again, and everything she knows will fall into darkness.
One of my favorite things to do is randomly on a whim start a book that I know little about. Honestly, I try not to do too much research on a book before I agree to review it in hopes that I can be as un-biased as possible. I feel like when I find out a book has poor ratings, it gives me a sort of hesitance to read it and I am quicker to think negatively than I would be otherwise. Actually, it goes both ways. When a book has high ratings and reading it feels like trekking uphill in the hot summer sun with no water, I start to question myself and why I despise it when everyone else loves it. With Midnight Burning, I just hopped right in without knowing much about it and I am really glad that I did because it is pretty good. Set in current day Alaska, this story follows Solina, a girl mourning the loss of her twin brother to a violent and unsolved murder. An introvert that hides her shine, Solina travels to where her brother lived to close his affairs, investigate for herself and meet the people he spent his time with. Once there, Solina finds herself in trouble in more ways that one.
The plot of this book for me is interesting, but if you are highly educated in the subject of Norse mythology you may find this less than exciting. A lot of what is revealed to be important can be surmised very early on if you know what you are looking at. I had no idea so I really enjoyed it. The author kept me interested and intrigued through the duration of the story and I actually read it in one sitting. The world building is there, not over the top detailed but enough so that you have a good idea of what is going on. I could have used a little more explanation on the seeming feud between Val, Mani’s best friend, and Alek, his boss. There is a strange dynamic between the two of them that isn’t really explained well. One big positive is the heroine and single point of view, Solina, is easy to relate to and isn’t a complete damsel in distress. She has a spicy edge and tries to make her destiny her own.
The stark contrast between the hate at first sight with Alek and the continued not so subtle advances that Val keeps throwing at Sol is what really caught my eye. I really wanted there to be more heat between Alek and Sol. I have a feeling there is more of that to come though. Val gets on my nerves and there is no swoon factor for me. Cool thing about it is I am pretty sure I feel just like our heroine does about him. There isn’t really a love triangle, but there is enough tension between the three of them to make me want to read the second book. Best part for me was what happened right at the end, pretty sweet twist and I didn’t see it coming.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Karissa Laurel and Red Adept Publishing.