The young adult fantasy novel Elsker, by S.T. Bende, was an excellent read. It was very similar to many other books I have read lately in that the romance was between a seemingly ordinary girl and a not so ordinary guy, which is okay. But then the author decided to switch things up and throw out the whole vampire, elemental, etc., idea and went with the lesser known Norse mythology. Because of this, I absolutely loved the book, as well as the story line behind it.
The story began with a young woman named Krista, who was living in Oregon at the time. Her whole life she has suffered from dreams, or visions, and in a spur of the moment decision decided to study abroad at Cardiff University in Wales. While there she meets a handsome and mysterious man called Ull, who at first is very rude and indifferent. Then as time goes on, his attitude towards Krista changes, and they begin to fall in love. Of course, Krista begins to notice that there is something off about Ull, as well as his roommates and she discovers that he is the Norse God of Winter. She also discovers that Ull's world is in danger, and that he ultimately must decide between his love for her and his responsibilities as a Norse God.
As I mentioned above, this is a very good book. It was so interesting that I read it in only a few hours, and I was sad when it was over. I cannot wait to read the second book and see what happens in the characters' lives. The author created some awesome characters and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to learn about them and their personalities. I also really enjoyed the Norse mythology part, and how it was interwoven so well. The author also made a good decision in introducing it later on in the book after we already knew a bit about the characters and their past. For me the romance was enjoyable and not terribly mushy. The best part was the way it was not just love at first sight. They fell in love slowly, and it was beautiful. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I highly recommend this novel to all.
Note: I received this book in exchange for my honest review.