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"Between the Blade and the Heart", by Amanda Hocking

Book: “Between the Blade and the Heart”

Author: Amanda Hocking

Rating: 3/5

For anyone that wants to read the blurb for the book, I have placed it right at the bottom of the review!

Favourite Quote from the book, “Between the Blade and the Heart”:

“That’s the funny thing about love,” he said. “it doesn’t wait for perfection – the heart loves who it loves, exactly as they are, faults and all.”

I think the timing for this review is a great start for Pride Month! I loved this quote because it defined love so accurately and so delicately. I want to isolate this quote from my review and I hope each of you takes a moment to read the quote for yourself. Your heart acts on instinct, and your instinct to love is not always governed by rational thoughts/logic. The fact that Malin (main female character of the novel) has an ex-girlfriend is honestly the smallest yet nicest integration of love into the book. Best advice I can give on love: Never love by head, always by heart.

Okay, let’s start with my honest review of “Between the Blade and the Heart”, by Amanda Hocking.

In all honesty, this wouldn’t have been a book that I picked up myself, because I have yet another nasty habit of reading only books in a certain genre or type. However, after reading the blurb, I was curious to explore this rather new type of novel (new for me at least!).

Mainly based on Norse mythology, the book explores the division of our world into mortals and immortals, with Malin (main character) as a Valkyrie in training. Malin is trained and taught to murder immortals, who are then returned to the Underworld. Along the progression of the story, Malin discovers a secret about her mother, which seems to throw the whole course of Malin’s life onto a unpredictable course – exploring themes of revenge and trust (no more because I don’t want to spoil).

Even though my favourite quote from the book was about love, I have to say, that the love triangle (yes, I know, I thought we already finished our conversations about confusing love triangles in Twilight *cue my dramatic act of being a sparkly vampire* – Stephenie Meyer fans, please don’t hurt me)  in the book annoyed me to a certain extent. It just seemed frustrating to me, as Malin constantly went between pining for her ex-girlfriend and the new guy she meets. I have nothing against love and romance, but love triangles can be irritating, especially if they are not delivered in a more impactful manner. The way Malin had feelings for both, and continued to act on her feelings for both, not only confused me but also established her relationships with these characters as rather dry. The relationships or Malin’s internal thoughts didn’t evoke any connections with me, as I thought of the language as rather weak in areas concerned with the love triangle.

The book was okay, a bit far from the best plot possible with the idea of the novel. It seemed like it had a lot of potential at the start and it did deliver, just not as much as I thought it could have. Amanda Hocking has a rather nice writing style, and that did make the overall reading experience enjoyable. I just wished she could have integrated more emotion and feeling into the areas of love.

If you’re into an easy read, with a fast-paced plot, this book is a good one to start. Filled with references to mythology and a BISEXUAL MAIN CHARACTER (love the diversity *cue my dramatic dance with the flag because my space is a safe place for members of the LGBTQIA + community*), it’s a good read.

THANK YOU FOR READING MY REVIEW! I hope everyone is doing well and as always HAPPY READING ? Comment how life’s going and how your week has been J I love talking to everyone! School is currently killing me, but I’m somewhat proud of the fact that I have been able to read. However, I don’t want to place too much pressure on myself, because that often leads to me not fully enjoying the books I read. Remember, while we do have a goal for reading, it’s important to remember to take a break – too much of it can lead to us thinking of reading as a chore, and not something that we love to do.


Malin is a Valkyrie-in-training. It’s her responsibility to slay immortals, returning them to the afterlife to maintain balance in the world. She also struggles to maintain balance in her own life – between her studies, her duties as a Valkyrie and her conflicting feelings for her ex-girlfriend.

But when a beguiling stranger breaks into her home on a quest for vengeance, Malin’s carefully balanced life falls apart. Asher is hunting the rogue immortal who murdered his mother, and he thinks Malin may have information. Her loyalties are tested, as she uncovers a betrayal that unravels everything she thought she knew. And she must decide if helping the mysterious Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk – to the world, and to her heart.