Title: Dead Radiance
Author: T.G. Ayer
Description: 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?
While reading the book:
This was a fast read. Nothing too scary, but not monotonous either. The mystery was evident in every chapter. Bryn, a girl who sees people glow before they die, finds out that she is a Valkyrie, a reincarnation of the Warrior Brunhilde to be more exact.
Main Character: Bryn was someone you could easily follow her point of view. She didn’t have any friends, and people called her a “freak”. They mostly judged her for being an orphan, and that made me extremely mad.
The extra element:
The YA genre has had its fair share of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, etc. It’s difficult to find something new. Norse mythology! I love books with strange, unique mythology. Even though the Norse mythology has been known for quite a while on TV, I still enjoyed the book. Just for your information Valkyres, put simply, are females with wings, who choose those who may die in battles, and those who may live.
What I didn’t like:
Personally, I think that Bryn’s relationship with Aidan escalated quickly. They just met, and the next day they were making out, then he tried to save her life. Calm down, people! I wish their relationship would have developed in a slower pace. Their lives drastically changed, and their romance was kind of unnecessary. They were faced with mythological creatures, for God’s sake. They didn’t have time for romance. If there would have been just a tiny bit of chemistry hinting the romance for the next book, I would’ve enjoyed the reading much more.
YA lovers, who are getting sick of the usual creatures, and legends.
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Happy Scary Reading!