Perfect combination of action, drama, suspense, and romance.
*****The author provided a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.*****
Pretty close to 5 stars. Until a couple of weeks ago, my knowledge of Norse mythology was limited to the movie Thor and the TV show The Almighty Johnsons. Last week, however, I started reading Ednah Walters’ Runes, which gave me a little more insight into that world. This week, I had the amazing opportunity to read Perfekt Order. With the help of S.T. Bende, I not only learned quite a bit more about Norse gods; I was also transported into a world of action, drama, suspense, and romance.
Mia Ahlstrom has her whole life planned out … at least until her first college party, where she meets Tyr Fredriksen. Following her brother’s advice, Mia decides to step outside of her comfort zone and give a relationship with Tyr a chance. What she didn’t realize is that she would be stepping (literally) into a world full of Norse gods and mythical creatures.
In terms of heroines, Mia is about as good as they come. She’s smart, determined, nurturing and kind. She’s a great cook, and she’s also strong and athletic, so she doesn’t easily fall into the damsel in distress pit. Instead, rather than complaining about what’s going on around her, she tries to understand the problem and contribute to its solution. Even though she has all of those things going for her, I think the thing that readers (woman especially) will like the most about her is that she refuses to sacrifice her own desires to make someone else happy, but she does it in such a way that you admire her instead of resenting her.
As the God of War, Tyr is your typical Alpha male — sexy, hard-headed, protective, and occasionally overbearing. To make matters worse, he’s also secretive and occasionally aloof. Fortunately, at the same time, he’s so thoughtful, sweet, romantic, flirty, affectionate, and vulnerable that it’s impossible not to like him.
With such great main characters, you have to have great supporting characters, and Mia and Tyr are surrounded by a lot of incredible people. Those people include Mia’s brother Jason, her roommates Heather and Charlotte, Tyr’s sister Elsa (who is in a coma most of the time), and Forse, a bodyguard. Still, the real standouts are Mia’s other roommate Brynn (a Valkyrie) and Tyr’s friends Henrik (who’s also Tyr’s bodyguard) and Freya (the goddess of love). Brynn is a spunky and fun-loving girl, but she’s also incredibly strong and brave. Like Brynn, Henrik is strong and brave, but he’s also super smart, mechanically inclined, and very funny. Freya, the goddess of love, could have been really intimidating and actually was a little at first, but she’s so thoughtful and kind, you quickly realize that she’s not a threat to Mia and Tyr’s relationship.
We learn that there are a few villains, but the primary one in this book is Fenrir, a wolf that used to be Tyr’s pet as a child. Fenrir is a great villain because even though he is a huge threat to everyone, after hearing about his past, you kind of feel sorry for him.
Perfekt Order very easy to read, not just because the story is compelling, but also because the book sis so well edited. There were a couple of paragraphs I wish had been shorter, but there was really nothing else to complain about. Bende is great at world building, and she did a remarkable job of explaining the mythology in a natural manner, so it doesn’t seem to come completely out of nowhere. And she’s able to squeeze in a lot of explanation without things becoming boring. There is some cursing (a lot of it in Swedish) and a ton of violence. There is also a lot of sexual tension, so if the book were a movie, I’d probably rate it PG-13.
Everything about Perfekt Order was spot on. It’s a great plot with extremely likable characters, plenty of action, and just the right amount of romance. Most of the problems are resolved by the end of the book (no cliffhanger … yay!), but Bende gives you plenty of incentive to read Perfekt Control, the second book in the series. I can’t wait to see how Brynn and Henrik’s relationship progresses.
Perfekt Beginning to A New Series!
ST Bende just has a way with words! I instantly fall in love with her characters! This story was very well detailed with Norse facts (but not overkill) and descriptions that you could just picture scenes in your head! This was full of humor, action, romance, and great food ideas that I want to research and try. :D
I loved this part and had me chuckling just envisioning the scene! I'm sure I'd have thought and said the same thing!
"Here's the thing." He took a deep breath. "I'm a Norse god."
"Of course you are. Look at you." Talk about stating the obvious.
It wasn't quite insta-love either. Some stories, the characters fall in love in a week and are telling the other they love them etc. Perfekt Order had a nice build-up in the romance department. Their first kiss? *fans myself*
Tyr is protective, sweet, sexy, stubborn, and loyal to those he cares for.
Mia is smart, can take care of herself even though she's mortal, and very loyal, not to mention stubborn just like Tyr! I really loved her independence! Get a flat tire? She can take care of herself and change it on her own.
The secondary characters were just as awesome as the main characters! I can't wait to see more on Jason, Brynn, Henrik, Elsa, Force, Freya, Heather, and Charlotte!
I also loved how ST mentioned some of the Asgard crew! Maybe we'll see some of them in later stories! No, you don't have to have read the Asgard series in order to read this new series either.
All in all, this was a great read!
Received an ARC for an honest review.