My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased ebook
Publication Date: February 2017
Publisher: Æclipse Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Genre: Fantasy Romance
This book was unlike anything else I read this month . . . and I LOVED it.
WHAT I LOVED
Th style of writing was really gorgeous. This author really captures a classic sense that suits her material, but it's not difficult reading ever. Just the perfect balance between sophisticated and entertaining. Once more, I find myself surprised by the incredible talent and polish of indie authors! You might think that it would take a traditional publishing house to produce work of this high quality, but not at all. Laura VanArendonk Baugh can hold her own with the greats!
The premise was fantastic, and the author pulled it off brilliantly. Basically she novelizes many of the most famous Norse myths by having her heroine observe and end up involving herself in them through the course of her own, personal adventure. It all ties together brilliantly, creating a mini-epic (the book isn't that long, but there is SO MUCH great storytelling packed in here, it feels like an epic). I wasn't familiar with all of the Norse myths, so I was taken by surprise over and over again. Maybe someone more familiar wouldn't be, I'm not sure. However it was, I, with my limited knowledge of Norse mythology, was SUPER impressed.
The Cupid and Pysche retelling aspect was really well handled. In fact all of the tying in of Greek and Norse mythology was fun to observe! The author creates a compeling and likable heroine in Euthalia, so you really feel for her when the inevitable (if you're familiar with the story of Cupid and Pysche) happens!
Seriously, I'm not sure how to clearly express my love for this book. It's just so different from my usual YA fare . . . I'm not sure I'd even quite classify this as YA, though it isn't particularly adult either. It's smart, elegant, gripping, an unexpected treasure.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH
I honestly can't think of anything I disliked about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end, though, as I have said, it's different from my usual go-to reads.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to YA fantasy readers and mythology enthusiasts. It's exciting, romantic, unpredictable, and heartwrenching. There were plenty of Gasp Out Loud moments and even a few tears . . . everything I want in a read, really!
Also, isn't that cover to die for? It was my pick for Cover of the Month in March! You can check out its competition here.
Because it won Cover of the Month, The Songweaver's Vow will be part of my two-book giveaway for the end of this month! My Book of the Month will be revealed tomorrow, so come back then to learn the other half of the giveaway. And in the meanwhile, sign up for my mailing list! All subscribers are automatically entered into the giveaway!