[Review] Claimed by Gods

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Title: Claimed by Gods

Series: Their Dark Valkyrie #1

Author: Eva Chase

Genre: Fantasy

Published: May 16, 2018

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

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The gods walk among us. And they just might steal your soul... or your heart.

I thought I'd survived everything life could throw at me. All I wanted was to keep my distance from the criminals I work for and get my little brother out of the hell that is our mother's house.

Then I died and woke up to four stunningly hot gods telling me I'm now a valkyrie.

Sly, sharp Loki. Jovial but ferocious Thor. Dreamily compassionate Baldur. Grim and secretive Hod. They all have something to teach me. And around them, my walls start to crack.

But the gods didn't summon me just for kicks. Their king is missing, and they need me to find him. The first three valkyries they sent on the job never made it back.

More power is awakening in me than I could ever have imagined—and the gods' enemies are more devious than even they knew. It's going to take every trick in the book for me to save myself, my brother, and these divine men who're getting under my skin in the most alluring way.

I'm Aria Watson, and Valhalla ain't seen nothing yet.

*Claimed by Gods is the first full-length novel in a medium-burn reverse harem urban fantasy series. This action-packed, heart-wrenching ride gives you a kickass heroine, four irresistible gods, and Norse mythology like you've never seen it before.* 
Claimed by Gods is an exciting story containing a badass protagonist with a heart. Because of my love for strong, female characters, I immediately found myself liking the book. On top of my favorite type of character, it contained Norse mythology, my favorite type of mythology, so it definitely helped in my enjoyment of it.

Let's start with the plot. It was interesting and I found myself loving the concept. While Norse mythology is one of my favorites, I'm not too educated on the Valkyrie stories. Even so, the premise of the Valkyrie was engaging, keeping me wanting to read more, to learn more. There was plenty of action inside the pages of this book, keeping the story flowing without bogging you down too much with information.

The characters. Okay, I have to admit any time Loki, Thor, and Odin were mentioned, I couldn't help but only ever imagine their Marvel counterparts. They were still pretty rounded out, though I would have liked to see more of Baldur. Regardless, the characters seemed realistic, making them believable.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. Could it have been better? A little. Sometimes, I felt like certain scenes were a bit too fast-paced, but for the most part, it made me FEEL and that's a really good feat for a story to have. The sexual content made me a tad uncomfortable because of the way it was written, probably mostly because I don't usually read that kind of explicit sex scene. The types I'm used to are vague. My poor virgin eyes (lol). The ending has one of those cursed cliffhangers so there's undoubtedly more to the series. I'm looking forward to reading more and finding out what happens!

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