Book Review: Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking + Giveaway!

Book Review: Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking + Giveaway!

Between the Blade and the Heart is the first book in a brilliant new YA fantasy duology inspired by Norse Mythology by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

I was excited to read it because I’ve been a huge fan of Norse Mythology since I was a kid, and I wanted to see how the author would incorporate it into her story.

It turned out to be a captivating and fun read.

The story centers around Malin, a Valkyrie, who is learning her job of slaying immortals and returning them to the underworld under the tutilage of her mother, also a Valkyrie.

But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows and lead to the destruction of the world, Malin along with her best friend Oona, and her ex-girlfriend Valkyrie Quinn, must decide where their loyalties lie.

It doesn’t help she’s also attracted to Asher, the son of a Valkyrie, who got her into this mess in the first place.

The book ends on a cliff-hanger following a battle, and the introduction of three formidable characters, and it definitely leaves you wanting the story to continue…which it will in the next book of the series.

Hocking does a good job in creating a world for her story that is both familiar and strange, combining the lore of mythology with a sci-fi edge.

I really enjoyed reading Between the Blade and the Heart, and recommend it for those who enjoy sci-fi/fantasy or paranormal romance. Discover more about Amanda Hocking at


Want to win a copy of the book to enjoy for yourself? Thanks to St. Martin’s Press, I have a paperback copy of Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking to give away to one lucky reader!

Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. You can even earn extra entries by doing things like tweeting about this giveaway.

Deadline to enter is 11:59pm (ET) on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Winner must be a U.S. resident (sorry to all my international readers!).

Winners will be drawn at random from all valid entries during the contest duration, and notified via email. St. Martin’s Press will be sending the winner’s book, so I will need to share the winner’s name, email, and mailing address with the publisher, to be used strictly for fulfilling the prize giveaway.

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Disclaimer: I was given a digital copy of the book to read and review by St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley. As always, my review is honest, and my own. This review also contains Amazon affiliate links, which will add nothing to your order should you decide to purchase the book via the link.

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Comments: 3

  1. Oyinkan Ogunleye January 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I’ve never heard of this book before. I have to get back to reading more!

  2. Farrah Less G. January 5, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I’m trying to manage my time more now so I can go back to my reading habit again. This book is as nice as it’s review. I anxious to have a copy of my own.

  3. stacey January 4, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Awesome giveaway, nothing better than having a great book to read on the weekend.