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 ...more
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 ...more
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 lay...more
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 ...more
Sara grabs Nate, a new orderly, and makes him fall in love with her l ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
Mr Laurence has crea ...more
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 ...more
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. ;)
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.
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*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
I loved Freya (the character) so much. She ...more
First of all, Sara is an amazing heroine. She's awesome an she knows it, but at the same time, she recognizes her own faults and weaknesses. She knows what she wants, yet has the patience to wait, and, as if that wasn't enough, she is an awesome representation of "body positivity"- she likes to look nice, but she doesn't care that not everyone appreciates her figure.
Then, there's Nate. Nate, Nate, Nate. He's not a particularly outstanding character, but he's relatable. Secretly, ...more
Sara Vanadi has spent the last twenty-seven fairly comfortable years living in a mental hospital. Sure the clothing options are limited, and maybe it's not the most happening place. But it turns out it's a great option for a former goddess who needs to keep a low profile.
Sara's twilight ...more
Sara Vanadi is not all who she says she is. In fact, she’s more. The truth is that Sara is an old Norse goddess who went by the name of Freya. She was the embodiment of love, beauty, fertility, war, wealth, divination and magic. The only problem now is that there are fewer and fewer believers. Freya is starting to diminish. Her hopes were almost gone when a stranger s ...more