Review: Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer

Dead Radiance by T.G. AyerTitle: Dead Radiance
Series: Valkyrie, #1
Author: T.G. Ayer
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
ISBN: 9781469998169
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Norse Mythology, Valkyrie
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

That day I knew for sure. I’d lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe.

I finally knew what the glow meant.

I was a freak and Joshua was going to die.

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?

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Review

It’s so hard to hold in her tears. Everyone gives her the evil eye when she walks to the front, to lay down the rose. In her best friends grave. The only extra stop she had to make was because of Cherise, who just had to make it clear that she’s not welcome here. Like she didn’t know that with all the looks. But now she has accomplished her mission and runs, so nobody will see her tears…

Joshua was her best friend. Why was she unable to rescue him? Why can she see people who will die soon, when she can’t help them? Why was she the only one who survived the accident? Bryn has so many questions, but no answers. And at school everyone ignores her and blames her for the Joshua’s death….

Things change with the arrival of a new boy in Bryn’s foster home. From the first moment she lays her eyes on him there’s an irresistible pull between Aidan and Bryn. One that’s hard to resist. He’s the first person she trust enough to tell about her powers, but Aidan betrays her trust and breaks her heart. But he also gives her the answers she’s so desperately looking for her whole life. She’s just not sure if they are what she expected…

What an awesome book! Although it took some time to build the story, once that was over I was hooked and read till it was finished ^^ At first I thought this story would be about Valkyrie only, but there’s a lot more Norse mythology in this book! We get to know Asgard and the Bifrost. I really liked how detailed the world of the gods was, it was clearly thought through. It was so full of details and written in such a way that sometimes I got the feeling I was actually there! T.G. Ayer obviously did her research on Norse mythology, I even discovered some new facts! Did you know that not all soldiers who have fallen in battle go to Valhalla? It’s actually 50 / 50. One half goes to Freya and the other half goes to Odin.

And now on to our heroine: Bryn. At first I had a little trouble with the roller coaster of emotions that Bryn experiences. In a short amount of time, so many things happen. Initially I thought it would be because Bryn is a Valkyrie, and that’s why she experiences all those emotions. That or it’s because she’s a teenager, and teenagers have a lot of hormones… But it was good to see the change she went through after she discovers her heritage. She becomes more sure of herself, and I grew to love her more and more.

I was less thrilled about Loki and how he’s portrayed in this story. It’s a little easy to go this route. Okay he doesn’t have a good name in the world of the Gods, but I recently finished the movie Thor, and I liked him way better there. He was a lot nicer (of course that was before I saw the Avengers).  Therefore it was a bit hard to put that Loki and this one together as actually being the same person. So I had some trouble with it, since the Loki in this books isn’t sympathetic at all.

The ending could have been better. T.G. Ayer obviously wanted to create one mayor cliffhanger and some things had to happen to build one. It just didn’t have the desired effect. The changes were too sudden and therefore became a little forced. This made some reactions not very likely, especially with the roles they played in the story. Besides I’m not that fond of cliffhangers 😉

Conclusion

4 HEARTS. I enjoyed this book immensely. The world of the Norse gods was written very well, with a lot of details. The story is also rock solid. I’d only prefer it if Loki was given another role and if there was a different build up to the ending, but that doesn’t mean I’m not waiting impatiently till I can read the next book!

A Quote I absolutely loved:

He had the looks of a dark Adonis, only his eyes were a steel grey. A grey that matched, strangely enough, the beautiful metallic grey of Sigrun‘s feathers. Fenrir was Asgard’s answer to the werewolf.

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