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The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston

 

***A complimentary copy of this read was furnished by Kensington through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review***
Not quite ready to share her theories with her sister Crows, Erin decides to check them out on her own first. Raven Stieg Engstrom isn’t too pleased when he’s asked to watch out for banthe tiny, gorgeous, funny, chaos-magnet of a Crow, Erin Amsel. As it turns out she could use a bodyguard. It seems everybody she ever met and some she hasn’t are trying to kill her.

Stieg may be the angry pile of muscle many think he is but he’s terrifyingly protective when it comes to Erin. Because it would be fun to annoy Stieg and keep her sister Crows from asking questions Erin decides she’ll be Stieg’s houseguest. The more the pair are together, the more they want to be together. Erin and Stieg were a good couple, especially after Stieg realized she’d taken liberties with him.

Meanwhile, Raven’s, Crows and the rest of the Nine have met and decided the only one among them all that has a chance of stopping Gallveig’s return and continuing to live was Erin. They just haven’t had a chance to tell her. Erin suspects she knows who is responsible for Gallveig’s imminent return which will bring about Ragnarok and whose ever really ready for an apocalypse?!?

Wrapping the Ragnarok arc Gillvieg had no intention of living her existence in Hel. Given the high stakes, the clans were cooperative and a few of the gods checked in with support. All bets are off and nothing’s off limits as Erin and Stieg suit up in full warrior mode on their quest. This reader loved that the hero moments were plentiful and more than fierce, they were formidable.

However, the sheer number of obvious scenes designed to stress the incessant cuteness of Erin’s antics were too much, too one-note and crossed the line into annoying silliness more often than not for this readers taste, affecting my overall enjoyment of the outing. Based on ratings, this opinion is a minority.
Rating:3.75stars

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The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

the undoing

***A complimentary copy of this read was furnished by NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review***

Jacinda ‘Jace’ Berisha died rudely at the hands of her husband before her second life as a Berserker Crow with Skuld’s blessing. Danski ‘Ski’ Eriksen knew little about Berserkers before enjoying his second life as a Protector working with the Crows in preparatiallicon of beating back Ragnarok until he became enchanted watching the introverted Crow enjoy her work.

It’s not just watching Jace work that has bookish Ski wanting to be wherever she is but it is his interest that guides the reader through his clan and moments of laughter when the Ravens come to flex and floss at the Protectors every chance they get. At the root of this read is Jace’s past comes to haunt her and the three clans unit to see that doesn’t happen even though they’re extra busy with their work.

While the characters were overflowing with chemistry amid the mini clutches, bickering, warring and loving this reader found it difficult to get lost in the read. The story was actually good and the characters great investments with worthwhile villains but the pacing seemed to be off, maybe even jerky for my taste. Ultimately, I liked this read a bit but didn’t love this outing nearly as much as I wanted to love it.
Rating: 4stars

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