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The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can't believe it's really happening. She's the reincarnation of a ...
The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can't believe it's really happening. She's the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun.
Raven finds herself the secret protector of Vanir, a boy with two wolves, a knowledge of Norse magic and a sense of destiny he can't quite explain. He's intense, sexy and equally determined to save her when it becomes clear someone is endangering them. Raven doesn't know if getting closer to him will make a difference in the coming battle, but her heart isn't giving her a choice.
Ahead of the sisters is the possibility of death at the hand of a warrior, death by snow, death by water or death by fire.
Or even from something else
Posted May 11, 2014
From the first page, I was HOOKED. I kind of loved that this story was told in 1st person; it helped to create this sense of desperation and determination in the main character. Raven Lockwood, one of the triplets, is searching for a boy she believes her mother is going to kill. All her life, Raven has heard of the prophecies describing a three-year long winter, warriors who would eventually kill one of the norns. One of the triplets. It's a prophesy that sends her mother on a downward spiral, where she's finally snapped. I loved Raven's character! She was sassy, comically so in tense situations. She was fierce and loyal, a combination that she has to figure out where she falls on the line. Is her mother really capable of this? Should she tell the kind people who have taken her in? Should she tell Vanir, the guy she's starting to fall in love with? When Raven finds Vanir, she also finds death and destruction, magic and chaos. But what if it isn't really her mother behind all of it? And what kind of secrets is Vanir's family hiding?
I loved Vanir's character! He's got the perfect blend of vulnerability and strength. He's a guy who doesn't fully understand what's coming and what part he plays in all of it. He's drowning in grief, but he's protective of Raven. Truths are uncovered, secrets played out. Vanir doesn't understand what's really happening, but he'll do whatever it takes to save the people he loves.
Okay, so their romance was quickly developed. In truth, it'd probably be considered insta-love. It happens quickly, takes them both by surprise, and by the end, they're already in love. But I just don't care that it was too fast. That forever for them isn't totally believable. I thought they were adorable, had great chemistry, and maybe they were even destined for each other because of the souls they hold inside themselves. Whatever the case, I didn't even care that it was sort of insta-love. My love for the both of them overshadows that.
I also loved the secondary characters! I was kind of sad that we didn't really see many interactions between the triplets. I'm hoping those bonds will develop further in the next books. But I liked the additions of Vanir's family, and I also enjoyed the dialogue between the characters.
Like I said above, I didn't care that their romance developed fast. Everything about this book was fast-paced. It was intense. It was suspenseful. However, I was a little disappointed in this post-apocalyptic world. Mostly because it just happened so quickly. There wasn't much background or depth leading up to it, or to the relationships between Raven and her mom, and Raven and her sisters. I just wish this had been longer; it could have easily been 100 pages longer, and I wouldn't have been bored. I just think that if this had been a longer length, the development of the characters and this fantastical story-line could have been much more believable. I still loved the plot, and the fast pace never slowed down for me. But I just wanted a little more of it.
Foretold was such a wonderful retelling of these Norse myths. I don't know anything about them, so I don't know if there is any truth to them or not. As a reader who just wanted a cool story about Norse myths, I got it. It was fast and intense, and I loved the characters. I can't wait for the next sisters' books! :)
Posted May 3, 2014
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
Raven and her sisters have been brought up to believe that they have Nordic Goddesses inside of them, and that one day the end of the world will begin, and one of them will die.
Is this really true? Is snow that falls all over the world the beginning of the end? And what is there mother up to with her iron skillet?
When I first saw this book I had a gut feeling that I wouldn’t like it, and although it was no teardrop, it wasn’t great either.
Raven was an okay character, but I never really warmed to her. I didn’t love her, and I didn’t hate her, I just didn’t really care all that much about what happened to her. I thought she did come across as a little naïve at times, but the whole book had a sort of naïve, immature feel to it, so she fitted with the rest of the book.
The storyline in this was a little shaky. The original ‘triplets with goddesses living inside them’ wasn’t too difficult to accept, but as the story progressed it became more unbelievable, and I really lost interest. By the half-way mark I was really struggling, and had it not been for the fact that I kept switching between this book and another book, I think this would have been even more unbearable.
There was some romance, but it was very much of the soul-mate, made-for-each-other, I-instantly-knew variety, which I know puts a lot of people off. The kiss scenes we got weren’t bad, but I didn’t really feel the attraction between the pair.
The ending was okay, but I was mainly glad to have finished. I won’t be reading any other books in this series.
Overall; okay~ish, but I was glad to finish!
5 out of 10.
Posted April 1, 2014
Absolutely fantastic! Foretold was an absolutely amazing YA paranormal romance. I loved this book! After reading the blurb, I had high expectations going in and this book definitely didn't disappoint. Loved it!
I just love how original the concept for this book is. I've never seen anything similar to this book, with its interesting use of Norse mythology. Three sisters that are reincarnations of Norse goddesses, the onset of the Norse apocalypse, and three warriors who are reincarnations of Norse gods who are also prophecized to kill one of said sisters. Not to mention their insane mother and a certain trickster god on the loose. It was all wonderfully done and I loved it all.
Raven was a wonderful heroine. She was strong and determined to keep Vanir safe and find a way to keep her sister and herself alive. I really liked her. She was a lovely character.
Vanir was just amazing. This guy was so sweet and determined to keep his family safe, after he proved a target for dark spirits. He had a way of going from super hot to super sweet and, overall, totally swoon-worthy. And, he was just a very nice guy in general. He just also happened to have the power of a god if someone really pissed him off. I absolutely adored him. He was perfect.
The romance was lovely. Raven and Vanir were great together. They were both strong and determined and definitely proved themselves a formidable team. And, the heat level between them was on the higher end for YA books. My one issue with them was that it seemed a bit too insta-love. I got that they were fated to be together and the souls of the gods that they housed led them to have an instant connection, but I wish we had seen them actually gotten to know each other more. But, they were a little too busy with an apocalypse to worry about going on dates, so I understood it. Overall, I thought they were perfect together.
The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. It was a little all over the place at first because I didn't understand what was going on and it took a while to explain things fully. But, once I got it, I was riveted. There were tons of thrills and one hell of a surprise to keep you on the edge of your seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me excited for book 2.
Foretold was a fantastic YA paranormal romance. I loved this book! The romance, myths, surprises, and thrills were all wonderful. From beginning to end, it was just lovely. YA romance readers, this is a book you don't want to miss.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review