Title: Perfekt Order
Author: S.T. Bende
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.
S.T. Bende is the USA Today bestselling author of The Elsker Saga. Perfekt Order is the first book in her second series, The AEre Saga. These two sagas are very similar considering that they both involve college age women falling in love with Norse Gods. However, their concepts are very enticing, and I enjoyed both.
S.T. Bende has the gift of writing a contemporary novel that incorporates mythology accurately. I don’t find a lot of novels that incorporate Norse Mythology, let alone conemporaries, and even though Perfekt Order is an older young adult novel I found that it was suitable for all adults. It doesn’t focus on what I call the “cheese” of early adulthood college life, but instead chooses to focus on the mythology and growing up.
S.T. Bende’s writing, itself, is very clean, and she doesn’t over describe or include filer of any kind. Her writing is full of action and romance, and I was pleased to find that it wasn’t just direct at women. I particularly enjoyed her descriptions of Redwood State Unviersity, particularly the forest, and I felt myself falling into the novel along with Mia. It reminded me of when I was thirteen and reading Twilight by Stephanie Myers for the first time. I rarely am able to feel that magic that I felt when first reading Twilight due to the mass of books that I go through on a daily basis, and it was nice to fall back in love with a setting and cast as beautiful as those in Perfekt Order.
Perfeket Order is everything that I want in a novel. It has mythology, action, romance and suspense, and not once did I find myself bored and wondering whether i should finish the book or not. S.T. Bende’s writing is beautiful, and she is a wonderful storyteller. She shows me what she sees, instead of telling me, and that is all I could ask for.
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