Publisher: TG Ayer Books
Source: Blog Tour
Release Date: February 23rd 2012
Series: Bright Valkyrie #1
Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras — Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.
Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?
That day I knew for sure. I’d lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe.
I finally knew what the glow meant.
I was a freak and Joshua was going to die.
I absolutely love mythology, so when I heard this was Norse mythology on top of that-had to read it! Norse mythology!
So Thor might not make an appearance, but same idea.
In all seriousness, this is about a girl named Bryn-a girl whose life changes drastically after her friend dies. She then realizes that these auras she has seen her whole life mean death. To clarify, this means that the person with the aura is going to die soon.
A guy names Aidan begins to take an interest in Bryn but he is surrounded by mystery. Even though she doesn’t know much about him, Bryn is drawn to him until things stop adding up. She does a little research and ends up getting knocked out and waking up in Asgard.
There Bryn finds out she one of Odin’s Valkyries and that Aidan is destined to become a warrior there. Freya gives them a mission with extreme consequences involved if they fail.
DEAD RADIANCE was a pretty action packed novel, I never felt like there was a lull in the pace, but I did have some other issues with the book. The romance was one of my biggest issues. It was very insta-love like, considering how we are told Bryn doesn’t usually fall for guys like “Mr. Perfect.”
I liked Bryn as a character in general, she is take-charge female that can fight for herself. Aidan I didn’t care for as much because I am really growing tired of his “type” that we are seeing more and more of in YA.
Overall, I recommend this novel for its originality. I will be checking out the sequel!