Elsker (The Elsker Saga, #1)

Elsker (The Elsker Saga, #1)

by S.T. Bende

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Book one in the internationally bestselling YA Fantasy series, featured in USA Today! 

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs. But when she transfers from her one-stoplight Oregon town to Cardiff University in Wales, she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn't exactly what she was expecting. Ull is an honest-to-goodness Norse god — an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. And Kristia's crazy visions smight be the key to saving their realms... even if they end up costing her her life. 

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BN ID: 2940152208634
Publisher: S.T. Bende
Publication date: 05/03/2015
Series: The Elsker Saga , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 34,276
File size: 948 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

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Elsker 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
As an avid fan of the Marvel movies, including both Thors and the Avengers, I love that this story is includes a great deal about Norse mythology. It’s a fresh take on the paranormal genre. When Kristia decides to spend her sophomore year of college abroad, she settles on Cardiff University in Wales where she falls for the hottest guy in school, and quite possibly the planet. He has an unusual name, Ull Myhr. And as it turns out, he is Thor’s stepson and his destiny is not pretty. But, you can’t help who you fall in love with and Kristia has some tough decisions to make. Plot Considering the whole God/Asgard/Ragnarok thing, the story has surprisingly little action. It’s more a love story than an action/adventure, but the love story is sweet. There’s a generous helping of heat, particularly for a story that is completely devoid of sex, which just further proves that new adult fiction doesn’t need sex to be steamy. But even without adventure or sex, the plot moves at a good pace. There are a couple of plot points that felt rushed. For instance, Kristia seems to accept Ull’s true identity pretty easily. She says she doesn’t, but not enough attention is paid to her coming to terms with the reality and fate of the guy she loves. The other is how quickly she seems to fall in love with him. I’m not opposed to stories of love at first sight, but this doesn’t feel like that either. Rather she falls in instant attraction with him, but she seems to go from being intoxicated with him, to making her entire world about him without any additional development. It doesn’t make the story implausible, but I think it would have been more enjoyable to watch it unfold at a slower pace. Characters The characters are interesting enough. Ull especially seems well fleshed out. I love the way he talks without using any contractions. He sounds exactly like you would expect the stepson of Thor to speak. The two flatmates Kristia meets in Wales are delightfully British and Ull’s Asgardian friends are equally fun. Kristia is the only character I’m unsure of at this point. She doesn’t come across as especially deep or developed. Since the story is from her point of view, I wanted more from her. I wanted to see the deep wound she must overcome. Sure, her parents checked out a long time ago and she was raised by her grandmother, but it doesn’t seem to really impact her that much. She doesn’t seem damaged as a result. But it does play in nicely with the bigger plot point of the impending implosion of the universe. Bottom Line Elsker tells an interesting tale, but feels almost like it’s a prequel to whatever happens in the Elsker Saga #2. The romance is well done and important to the overarching plot. But I do feel like it’s lack action. That said, I will definitely be reading the next book in the saga. I believe that’s when this story is really going to take off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the romance and action!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me interested from beginning to end, it was very hard to put down.  I can't wait to see what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this, I thought it was going to be stupid but to my delight, its so much more. I couldn't put it down and now its 3:30am!!!! Must read.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of reading Tur before Elsker, and I recommend you do too. It's free, so why not grab a copy?? ;) Although you don't have to necessarily read Tur first, I just think it is a great set up for the love story that unfolds in Elsker. I was really excited to get to know Ull more, and if Inga's thoughts in Tur, on his reaction to knowing Kristia would step into his life any minute were anything to go by, I had no doubt this was going to be one fantastic, romantic story. It was adventurous, fun, and I loved the mythology that went with it. All I know of Asgard is everything I've learned while drooling over Chris Hemsworth, and I enjoyed getting to know the other gods and goddesses. For me, this story was a wonderful and refreshing read because it took on the Norse mythology in a fun way, that stuck to everything I love about this genre but was also different and exciting.  I cannot wait to read the next book in this series to see where Bende will lead her characters. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it! Just buy it, read it and rate it for yourself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...actually pretty good. I was just gonna read the first one, but it has such a cliff hanger that I will probably buy the rest of the series. The reaction to him being a GOD was a little under played and unrealistic, especially since she was from small town America. It would have made more sense if she was from a city, where so many weird things are just common place (like packing ourselves into a can that hurdles underground to get from place to place). Pretty good read overall, I guess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the rest ! !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt really think I would care much for this book, but it proved to be full of surprises. Check it out. Looking forward to furthur events in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing I could not stop reading. I can't wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. Just purchased the next book in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unique and engaging. Likeable, relatable characters. I want to read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wnderful book read it in a day and couldnt put it down, can't wait to start the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daisy44 More than 1 year ago
This was more love story than anything and everything happened so quickly! I love mythology though, so this story drew me in immediately. Of course, once I was in all the YA tropes bombarded me. Big, bad, overprotective, older, gifted boyfriend trying to protect the human he loves. The girlfriend is young, small town, a bit awkward, and gifted in a way "normal" society does not approve or feel comfortable around. At their first encounter, the extremely good looking Ull becomes visibly but not physically hostile toward Kristia when he notices her necklace. When Kristia sees him again at the university she confronts him. The two fall in love and plan to wed. Challenges arise with his family and choices must be made. The characters are nice. Kristia's roommates are fun. Ull's friends are outstanding. Kristia grows from shy and retiring to confident as she learns more about Ull and herself. Ull can be trying. he has that old-fashioned, "I'm the guy and you will do as I say" thing going on for a bit. It gets tiresome as we near the end of this installment. Overall very enjoyable. I will look into getting the rest of the saga. One note, I rarely put my books down when I fly. This did not grab me right away and I almost thought about watching the free in-flight TV instead. thankfully, there was nothing worth watching and I kept reading. Bits of this story evoked a decidedly Twilight vibe, but not the same strength of emotions for two reasons. One, it was only 181 pages long. Two, I'm a fan of the movie Thor.
amarie76 More than 1 year ago
Not too long ago, my friend, Lolita (Lola‘s Reviews), recommended Elsker to me. I had been looking for a different kind of New Adult book, and this is a modern story that had Norse Mythology tied in to it. I had never read any books about Norse Mythology, so I was very intrigued. The other day, I decided to read it, and I am SO glad that I did! I was hooked from the very first page. Everything seemed to flow and I could not wait to see what was going to happen next. The story begins with twenty-year-old, Kristia Tostenson, who comes from a small town in Oregon. It’s one of those communities where everyone knows everyone, and one eventually marries someone he or she grew up with. The kids grow up and take over the businesses or occupations held by their parents. Kristia is seen as somewhat of an outcast for her ‘gift‘, something she has little control over. She was raised by her late grandmother who taught her to be polite and respectful, but she also told Kristia tales of Norse myths. One day Kristia, a college senior, decides that she wants to have one more adventure before she settles down into life in her small town, so she decides to finish her education in Cardiff, Wales. Once her plane touches down in Britain, her life will never be the same. I really liked Kristia’s character. She is a bit OCD, but she is also kind, thoughtful, and loyal. Ull is tall, blond, handsome, and mysterious. It wasn’t long before I was rooting for the two of them. They both have some secrets though, and they will have to learn to trust one another with them. I also grew to love the other minor characters in Elsker- Emma, Victoria, Gunnar, and Inga. They added some humor and other fun elements to the story. I really enjoyed the Norwegian culture in Elsker, such as the food and the language. I hope we get to experience even more of that in the next book, Endre. I am really looking forward to the continuation of Kristia and Ull’s story, as they are about to encounter even more trials and problems. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but lets just say I loved this and I’ve been recommending Elsker to my friends! *There is a recipe at the end of the book for Olaug’s waffles, and I am definitely going to try it out!
BusyMomsBookReview More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of meeting the author of this book, ST Bende, at the Roanoke Author invasion. She is so nice and is an amazing author. I loved this book and can't recommend it highly enough. I am a sucker for a good romance and when it has a great story to go with it that makes it all the better. In this book the main character, Kristia, is a college student who is bored with her everyday life. She decides to have one last adventure before settling down to her life in her small town. She applies to be an exchange student at Cardiff University in England and there she meets Ull Myhr. She and Ull begin dating and Kristia learns that Ull is a Norse god. The book follows not only their romance but how Ull being a Norse god affects not only their relationship but the rest of the world and that of the other Norse gods. If you like a good love story with action and adventure you will love this book. I give this book 5 stars.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It's such a fresh story on an old tale! Must read! Rashelle F
RabidReader1 More than 1 year ago
Norse Gods, prophecies and love are combined in the first book of the Elsker Series. Krista has a gift, but she sees it as more of a mental glitch than an asset. Then she meets Ull, a tall, sexy God (literally) of a man and her world changes as prophecies unravel and true love grows. This entertaining read tells the start of Krista and Ull's relationship and sets the stage for the next books in the series. It is a quick read that has an easy to follow story line and very likeable characters.
Rea16 More than 1 year ago
loved this book was a great read. Had both excitement and mystery and of course the romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story line. Cool characters with a good amount of romance. I liked that the main characters showed restraint instead of getting sexually involved right after they met like in many romance stories. Left me wanting to read the rest of the series. Talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know how to I say that this book IS so VERY GOOD, I dont think it says just how much I loved reading this book!!! I love to read about the Gods, the end of the world, people finding their True loves, and then doing what ever it takes to be with them. Loved the hole thing. So can not wait to read the next book! I just know I will not be able to put down till I have finshed! So thank you for wrighting this book about Norse Gods, finding true love. Also for making reading about Norse Gods so very good. L.J.B
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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