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(Freya #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  570 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Freya is myth. She is legend. And she’s about to make one hell of a comeback.

Sara Vanadi is more than she appears to be.

In her prime, she was Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, and death. Now all that’s left of her legacy is herself. Her power comes from belief, and for an ancient goddess in the 21st century, true believers are hard to come by.

She’s been lying
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Imprint
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Matthew Laurence That's a really hard question, actually! Gods are fascinating, and I have lots of favorites, Freya included. I think if I had to pick one, it might be…moreThat's a really hard question, actually! Gods are fascinating, and I have lots of favorites, Freya included. I think if I had to pick one, it might be Coyote, from Native American culture and mythology. I'm a sucker for a good trickster god.(less)
Matthew Laurence To steal an answer from a previous Q&A, I wrote Freya because I’ve always loved myths, fables, magic - the kind of stuff that makes our world seem mys…moreTo steal an answer from a previous Q&A, I wrote Freya because I’ve always loved myths, fables, magic - the kind of stuff that makes our world seem mysterious, with a new adventure under every rock. Thing is, I feel like, as you grow up, you start losing sight of that wonder; life starts getting in the way. I regret that - I'm sure a lot of us do - and I started thinking: The world’s kind of grown up, as well. If those myths were real, would they regret that, too?(less)

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Odette Brethouwer
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inbezit, 2016
This is the last book I read as an ambassador for the Dutch publisher BlossomBooks last year. I loved this book, but I haven’t heard anything yet about whether they are going to translate it or not. But the book is published now, so let me post my review :)

First of all, I love the idea of the book, and I love the cover. The idea is also not just good, but also worked out in a great way. I love the world and the interaction between characters and other gods.

I also love how amazingly badass Freya
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it

The main character, Sara (a.k.a. Freya) was often a lot of fun to read. She is spunky and has some good quips, especially when she is verbally sparring with a bad guy. Her fight scenes were well plotted and easy to follow. The magic system she uses is not complicated and feels original. She occasionally struggles with morality as she tries to justify using her divine powers to attain her goals, which is a nice layer of three-dimensionality for her character. Unfortunately, there aren’t more l

Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Totally awesome - it broke my Sarah J Maas-induced reading slump!

First things first – Freya is a debut novel by a cool dude about a badass woman. I always check out reviews of books before reading them, but this time, I was the first to post a “review” of sorts on Goodreads and in going back to read the new reviews since the book was released in March (I read it in November), I have to say, I understand the complaints, but the pros outweigh the cons and the promise of more outweighs what the fir
Kylara Jensen
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read until about 30% and then just had to give up on it. At first I was intrigued but Freya and Nathan are just written super shallowly. There is no depth whatsoever.

And the premise is so damn intriguing too so it's kind of a bummer.

Freya doesn't really read as a God of Love AND War. Or even a real woman actually. Dude needed a few more ladies in his manuscript critique group.

But I just had to quit when Dionysus becomes like this mad rapist. Like dude. I have a soft spot for him because of
Kathy Martin
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Freya has been hiding out at the Inward Care Center for some years under the name Sara Vanadi. Due to a lack of worshippers, she hasn't very much power. When Mr. Garen comes to recruit her for a shadowy corporation that wants to control or destroy all of the gods from all of the pantheons. If she doesn't agree to come voluntarily, he won't hesitate to use force. She manages to defeat him temporarily but she knows he'll be back.

Sara grabs Nate, a new orderly, and makes him fall in love with her l
Apr 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Cassandra Fay
May 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2018
DNF 26%: I'm not totally digging this currently. The writing confuses me. It reads like it is meant for a younger audience, middle-grade, but the mild sexual themes are,, not. I heard this compared to Percy Jackson & I got excited, Booklist actually went so far as to say “Move over, Percy Jackson ...” but he's not budging, not in my books. The author has a creative mind yes, but the execution wasn't the most grand. I might continue though, just because the sequel is a solid 4.30 stars.

//May 24th
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was sooo different from what I thought it was going to be but in the best way! I loved everything about it but specifically I loved the way that God’s and Goddesses were portrayed in this book! It was so different and unique! The only thing that I didn’t care for was at times it seemed to drag slightly and I had to push through some points in the book. Other than that I am really looking forward to reading the conclusion of this duelology!
Books are TARDIS
DNF at 16%.

I love Norse mythology and all, but this book's pacing is doing nothing for me. I'm completely unattached to the characters. And since this is a Library loaner, I've zero qualms about quitting while I'm still ahead.
Tanet Higgins
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very entertaining book. It really felt like freya wrote it so we would believe in her again. There were a roller coaster of emotions where I honestly thought she wouldn't win. I would read more books by this author. ...more
Rashika (is tired)
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I feel pretty let down by Freya? The question mark is there because I am not even entirely sure how I feel, just that Freya wasn’t what I wanted it to be when I was looking for a book with norse myth in it. I love books that are set in the modern world and feature heavy doses of mythology and yet, while Freya-the book-was absolutely adorable at times, Freya as a character was kind of annoying. She was obnoxious and while it sometimes made sens
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this (and the title) caught my eye at the library. And then the premise took it from there.

I vastly enjoyed that. It was funny and exciting and suspenseful and interesting.

Freya and the other gods are delightfully flawed, but I'll speak about Freya (known as Sara in this book) since she's the main character. So even though (or perhaps because) she's a goddess, she's got a lot of flaws. She's short-sighted, vengeful, impatient, and brutal toward enemies. But she's also witty, clever,
Awesomesauce! I loved how Freya was so good at heart with some things, and was so frank about her faults as well. I thought it was really interesting how gods knew their faults, and the paths of right and wrong, but had to follow their natures. On a side note, that thing with Samantha at the end...well, I don't know what to think now. Also, I feel like Nate is going to snap one of these days. I really liked Pele, Nāmaka, Hi'iaka, and Sekhmet. I hope Freya lets out her inner Valkyrie one of these ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
So. I love Freya. She's by far always been one of my favorite deities. I love her duality of love and war. She she has a chariot drawn by cats. What is not to love?!

Naturally this book caught my eye. I mean in part LOOK AT THAT COVER ART! (Course after reading the book, I'm not sure it really fits the book...) And... I wasn't disappointed. Maybe that sounds lame. But after seeing countless books/materials treating Freya and a simpering pretty girl who's just sooooo pretty and barely touching th
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
What a fun romp! Freya is a blast throughout and is a fast and furious read. Fantasy seems awash with "what if the gods are real and still hanging out in modern life" but this is a unique take on the idea that is informed by, but not copying, predecessors such as American Gods or Supernatural.

Freya (the character) is a mix of godly haughtiness and human foibles. At times vain and selfish (she is literally the goddess of vanity, after all), she tempers her divine persona with charm, cleverness,
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All the young and young at heart.
I loved Freya from the beginning. The Norse Goddess of Love, War, Sex, Beauty, and Death, finds herself in modern Florida weak from lack of believers and passing her time in a mental institution. That works for her until she's kidnapped by the Finemdi Corporation to be added to the long list of gods they control. What follows is a romp in search of escape and vengeance-in the opposite order-with her brand new-and only-worshiper and High Priest, the mortal Nathan, at her side.

Mr Laurence has crea
This is a fun one!
In the 21st century belief can be hard do come by, especially when you are a thousand year old Norse goddess whose worshippers have long since died off or found other gods to worship. When a creepy guy named Garen turns up making Freya (who now calls herself Sara) an offer she won't be allowed to refuse she has no choice but to run and hide - dragging the hapless Nathan with her. Settling into a new life Sara realises the only way she'll have a chance is to find some true beli
3.5 - 4 stars

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would on picking it up at the library. Interested to see what happens next for Freya. Definitely one for mythology geeks and a fun ride in general.

Still would have liked to see the cover show a Freya who is a little more as described in the text, but at least she's remotely similar unlike some cover versions. But really, a few more curves wouldn't have hurt anyone. ;)
andrea caro
4.5 stars.

This book had some pacing issues, but man, was it a fun story. Seeing deities from different cultures was amazing. Immediately after finishing I went and preordered the second book on Amazon. GOOD STUFF.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This one was fun. Freya, Norse goddess of war, beauty, love, and death (talk about opposing ideals!) has been hiding out in a mental hospital because the gods get their power from believers and believers are in short supply. Add in a young man (of course) who helps her escape an evil power that tries to kidnap her, lots of action/fight scenes, some great god magic from deities from all over the world, and... DISNEYWORLD (where she uses her magic to con herself into a princess job!), and you get ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rated 5 stars!
Ages 13+
There's a bit of sexual stuff mentioned in this one, as well as quite a bit of swearing. Just a warning.
But it's super funny, read it at some point!!
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it enough, the premise is interesting, but I think the plot got bogged down in one too many 'things'. ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked it up as I needed something nice and fluffy. It was entertaining enough but I disliked the main character and ended up rolling my eyes a lot.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
The beginning was good, but everything else just seemed to drag on forever.
Blaise Kyrios
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fine. It wasn't anything super exciting or innovative, but it was fun. I stand by my wish that it was just "Goddess posing as a Disney Princess" rather than "Goddess trying to take down Evil Corporation," and I wish we had gotten more of the Hawaiian goddesses. ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Interesting concept. Did not like the execution.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3-3.5

*MY Thoughts*

*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

Freya is the first installment, I think, in author Matthew Laurence's Freya series. I say I think, because the ending leaves me with the impression that this is not, nor should it be, a standalone. There is a book called Slay: A Freya Novel listed on Goodreads. So, one can presume that this would be the sequel to Freya

Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I finished Alex & Eliza and went to pick this up, I fell into a reading slump. I had a lot going on and I was super stressed and just couldn't focus on reading. I didn't read for nearly a month! And then a 6 hour flight forced me to read and I FINALLY picked this up and got into it and HOLY CRAP I LOVED IT SO HARD!!!! This was definitely one of my favorite reads of 2017! The cover is gorgeous, the writing is amazing and the characters are epic!

I loved Freya (the character) so much. She has
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I loved the premise of this book - modern-day God who relies on 'belief' from devotees to maintain God-like powers discovers DisneyWorld job as a "princess" and gains young believers to increase powers.
Intro evil corporation and Freya, God of Beauty and War, finds the need to destroy the company.

I enjoyed it!
This started as my lunch-time read at the library and when COVID-19 closed the library, I brought the book home to finish the story. Will highly recommend to my YA readers!
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