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Beyond a Darkened Shore

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The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to C
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 on Kindle US 4/4/19

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I loved the book just like I hoped I would!!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
this story is everything i wanted when i picked up this book.

it has a strong heroine, an enemies to lovers romance, a plot where the girl has to save her kingdom, rich norse and celtic mythology, fast pacing, enjoyable writing, and a satisfying ending. its a very typical YA novel, and i know that might not be enough for some readers, but i like this kind of story. there is a reason this kind of book sells so well.

this is the exact easy-going entertainment that i was looking for and i loved the
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a lovely surprise!

I hadn’t heard of Beyond a Darkened Shore until it was featured in Fairyloot’s April box themed “Whimsical Journeys”, and it couldn’t be more suitable because it was a whimsical, all-encompassing journey indeed! With an intricate blend of Norse and Celtic mythology, a rejected heroine with mystical powers and a Valkyrie endorsed hero on a quest to defeat flesh-eating monsters, Jessica Leake crafted a tale of war and love that deserves more attention.
“In all the wor
mxa ☂︎
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
buddy read with amr*am 🌚


you know it's going to be a good book when there's a freakin crow on the cover 🌚
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-release
Wow. I am at a loss for words. I loved this book SO much! The story captured me right from the start and I was rooting for Ciara and Leif so hard. On top of the fantastic characters and story, I loved all of the Celtic and Norse mythology. Everything was just perfect and I never wanted it to end! Love!!!
♛ may
this was good, more than good, it was great for these reasons

- enemy to lovers trope, you cannot convince me a greater trope existed
- norse mythology (even tho i know next to nothing about it) was really fun and gave it a unique spin on the plot
- sisters who love each other 😭😭😭
- brothers who love each other 🤧🤧🤧
- interesting plot, fast paced, and action packed
- wasnt scared to get gruesome but not TOO gruesome
- that cover
- butt kicking warrior princess who literally makes arm
Jul 23, 2018 marked it as dnf
DNF @57%

Okay, I think it is time to part ways with this book. It's just not holding my interest and the dialogues are subpar
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every single aspect of this book!!! The romance was ON. POINT. ladies and gentlemen. I’ve also been really into the “Enemies to lovers” trope lately (don’t judge me I’m just a poor little fangirl and my heart simply cannot take it) so this was a delicious, suspenseful and just all around adorable read for me. Looking for something to make you happy? Read this book! Looking for two dumb idiots that are too proud to admit they deeply care for each other? Read this book! Looking for a stron ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: Beyond a Darkened Shore is a young adult fantasy written by Jessica Leake. It will be published on 4/10/18 by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, 432 pages. The genres are young adult, fiction, fantasy, mythology, and historical. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. This book is the author’s debut and a standalone fantasy.

My Experience: I started reading Beyond a Darkened Shore on 11/16/17 and finished it on 12/8/17. (It didn’t really take me this long
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2017
Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

tw: mention and attempt of rape in the book, this happened around 37%/38% of the novel, chapter 11.

There are so many unique things about Beyond a Darkened Shore, the setting, the characters, the plot and more. I was ensnared from beginning to end. I haven't read a book with Vikings and Norse Mythology so this book was a treat. I really enjoyed the battle scenes, the imagery and description was so good.

A warrior princes
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
first read • april-may, 2018
second read • feb-march, 2021


this turned out to be far better than expected!

❝The laws are clear: there are only two strong enough to defeat them. One born for it, the other through great sacrifice.❞

everything I loved:

• vikings
• Ireland!!!
• norse/celtic mythology
• a badass MC
• a romance to die for *swoon*
• Leif Olafsson (my man and dream husband)
• and the action scenes were 👍🏼

it was brutal, dark and violent, and all of it w
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it

I loved the richness of the Norse and Celtic mythology set in Irish history, but the pacing of the story dragged for me.
Soooo I kinda got this book 3 time this month in boxes and crates, and I was nervous after seeing a 3.7 rating, but I actually loved this book, and I honestly can’t tell you why.
It had a few flaws that would usually take some star power and deductions, but y’all! I actually really enjoyed this story.
And felt very satisfied with the ending.
A more thorough review to come :)
enqi ☁️✨
Jul 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
things i need:

- sleep
- this book
- more sleep
- this book
- this book
- t h i s b o o k
Beatrice in Bookland
"Who knew you Northmen were so delicate?”
“We’re as fragile as petals."

There's nothing wrong with this book it's just... so plain.
For me, in order to enjoy a book (and get at least a four stars rating), it needs well written characters, an interesting plot, a shippable couple and good writing style. Beyond a darkened shore checks only one of those requirements, the good writing style.

Ciara and Leif are the two protagonists, they are enemies and they discover that they've played in the hands of th
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"

I got this book in my April Fairyloot box.

I was surprise to find this book but also happy and intrigued as it hasen't been hyped. I would dive in blind!

I read it in three days due to work, chores, etc. and if I liked reading about Leif and Ciara's story I can't say that I was fascinated to the point it would have been painful to put it down.


No clue as this book at first glance has all the ingredients to be a bestseller.
-Norse Mythology? Yes (Ana I am thinking of you here!);
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Plot - 5
Writing style - 4.5
Characters - 4.5
Romance - 5

In which a powerful Christian princess fought alongside with a clingy Norse warrior to stop the giants from conquering the world.

Plot - I would be lying if I'll say the plot was very original because the conflict somehow resembles Magnus CHase (obviously) , despite that, Beyond the DArkened SHore managed to surpassed my high expectations.

Though I have to say, I would prefer if this is a trilogy or something. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed th
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“The laws are clear: there are only two strong enough to defeat them. One born for it, the other through great sacrifice.”

I will always pick up a mythology book. It’s one of my book buzz words that almost guarantees I will be interested in reading a book. I’m happy to say that Beyond a Darkened Shore did not disappoint me.Beyond a Darkened Shore follows Ciara and Leif, two people with special powers, who might be the only ones capable of stopping a looming destruction. Yes this syno
2.5 stars?

I was all over that synopsis and the bird on the cover and sadly it took a lot for me to get through this one.

I really liked Ciara and Leif. She stands up for herself and he’s cocky and together they’re fantastic. I loved the scenes of them bantering or kissing or pushing each other’s buttons.

Plot wise it was booooooooring and yet not. When there are awesome things happening, they’re mostly awesome. It’s the parts in between where I struggled to keep going. Eventually things got repe
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful surprise! Love the Celtic and Norse myths and Ciara is an incredibly strong girl who makes selfless decisions but never loses herself completely.
Sheila Goicea
Read this full review along with others on my blog: Foals, Fiction & Filigree.

I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this influence my rating or review.

All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: War, Death, Mentions of Slavery, Attempted Sexual Assault
”We have nothing to fear, lads. Not with Princess Ciara leading us.” He meant it ironically, of course—I was the
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was really fun! The start was a tad slow in places but after 40% it got epic! The middle portion of the book had me absolutely hooked!
Helena of Eretz ✰
This was so much fun! A blend of Celtic and Norse mythology, following a Celt and a Viking as they take on various mythological creatures!!! Plus, an enemies to lovers romance! There’s nothing I didn’t enjoy about this one. My only regret is that it took me this long to get around to reading it. I can’t wait to jump into the next one!
Brenda Waworga
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I like this book but not love it

so lets start with things i like: The main character Chiara is so powerful but i love her attitude, The Hate to Love romance (my fav trope) and the easy to read writing style! Things i didnt like: The freaking plots! some were boring and drag, esp there were so many creatures and names and myths from Norse and Celtic mythologies, i think it will be so much more fun to be less with better exploration about the myths rather than trying to combine so many things all
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes! Yes!

No cliff hanger, but please let there be another book!! I need more of Leif & Ciara!!!!
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
Very much a 3 star read for me. It was fine, but not great, and ultimately I won't remember it.

I really love the premise, and the historical Irish setting is one I enjoy, but the problem I had is that, for me, this book just didn't deliver like I wanted it to. I can't help but compare it to Juliet Marillier's books, and unfortunately it just doesn't hold up well next to those. Marillier's books are beautifully written stories that are both complex and subtle, and feature multi-layered characters
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
I'm not even sure where to begin with this. I can't remember the last time I disliked something so much. Well I kind of can but it's not worth mentioning.

I'm pretty much a 'if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all' kind of person. When it comes to books especially, I hate to be just negative because it takes a lot to put yourself out there and writing a book is not an easy thing but sometimes, sometimes it's just got to be said and I have got to say that this was just terrible.

Ann (annreads)
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
“There is greatness in you, Ciara of Mide, beyond even what you have accomplished so far. It matters little where your power comes from”

That was absolutely fantastic and so unlike anything I've ever read, freaking amazing!

*Review coming soon*

Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
There were many times when I wanted to put this down because I felt myself losing interest, but I trudged on and was happily content with the book in general.

As the story progressed, I found myself being able to connect with the characters and lost myself in the story.

I am going to keep this author on my radar to read more!
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
2.5 stars
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Once upon a time, Jessica Leake was a psychotherapist, but even though she loved her clients, she couldn't stop writing. She wrote and wrote until she got her first book published, and then she wrote some more. In between all that writing she had four beautiful and hilarious children with her husband (best friend and man she's known since high school; also hilarious), moved back to her adopted hom ...more

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