All’s fair when you’re in love with War.
For seventeen-year-old Mia Ahlström, a world ruled by order is the only world she allows. A lifetime of chore charts, to-do lists and study schedules have helped earn her a spot at Redwood State University’s engineering program. And while her five year plan includes finding her very own happily-evah-aftah, years at an all-girls boarding school left her feeling woefully unprepared for keg parties and co-ed extracurricular activities.
So nothing surprises her more than catching the eye of Tyr Fredriksen at her first college party. The imposing Swede is arrogantly charming, stubbornly overprotective, and runs hot-and-cold in ways that defy reason . . . until Mia learns that she’s fallen for the Norse God of War; an immortal battle deity hiding on Midgard (Earth) to protect a valuable Asgardian treasure from a feral enemy. With a price on his head, Tyr brings more than a little excitement to Mia’s rigidly controlled life. Choosing Tyr may be the biggest distraction—or the greatest adventure—she’s ever had.
Although I read the blurb for Perfekt Order, it was quite some time ago. So, when starting the book, I decided not to refresh my memory and went in semi-blind.
“First impressions took a heartbeat to make, but a lifetime to break.”
Not knowing much about what I was getting into, my first impression of Mia was a positive one. She’s a bit of an introvert, preferring to stay under the radar, although she did seem eager to try new things. Being a character so fond of math and science, such clear-cut subjects, I was immediately curious to see how she would cope with her impending brush with all things mythological and supernatutal. When we first meet Mia, she’s enthusiastically and clumsily moving into her new home at college. While working off some of that nervous energy, she’s thrown off kilter when she encounters something horrifying on her first night in town. The author throws readers right into the action very quickly here, which I loved.
“If my Prince Charming was at this party, he’d better find clavicles sexy.”
While our heroine was modest and geeky in the best possible way, the other characters’ personalities were just as distinguished and strong. Bende really has a knack for writing completely endearing characters that are easy to fall in love with. Jason, Heather, Charlotte, Henrik and Brynn are all fantastic supporting characters. Freya, in particular, was one that I adored. I do wish we would have seen more of her throughout this book, but I’m sure we will in due time. Tyr, of course, is as dreamy as ever. Imposing and mysterious, he oozes quiet charm and protectiveness. And not to worry– his determination to keep Mia safe doesn’t mean he gets away with being bossy.
Our heroine has a backbone. Hallelujah! She puts her foot down early on and I definitely gained some respect for her with that act. She’s a strong, admirable character. One downside to Mia, however, was how slow she was on the uptake for such a smart girl. I’m sure someone’s brain would automatically try to rationalize strange occurrences, but how many events have to occur or very specific, very unique names have to be dropped (right after discussing them, in fact) before things start to fall into place? Of course, her being slow to catch on is part of prolonging the mystery, so it wouldn’t normally bother me, but there were times when it didn’t line up with certain qualities that I knew her character to have. And, hey, at least Brynn agrees with me.
“For a math genius, you’re unusually unobservant.”
But Mia adjusts pretty well once she does put the pieces together, and continues to exude strong-will and bravery. One small issue I have is that, despite all of Mia’s demanding that she is capable and strong, she was never really given the opportunity to prove this. She is clearly a strong girl, I just wish we could have seen more of that, and that she could have had a bigger role in “saving the day” or fighting alongside Tyr. I suppose I was hoping for her to bust out of that protective bubble her friends placed her in and blow everyone away.
Things take an exciting turn towards the end of the book– plenty of action and suspense to keep you flying through those last pages. The romance in Perfekt Order was disgustingly sweet in the best way, something I’ve come to expect from this author. Mia and Tyr, while an unexpected match, are an enchanting couple and I’m looking forward to catching up with them in the future.
Fans of Norse mythology and all things supernatural will love sharing Mia and Tyr’s adventure. And if you’re like me, and aren’t so familiar with certain stories and characters, don’t be deterred. Bende does a great job of giving us a crash course in everything that’s important in order to follow along with and thoroughly enjoy this story! I can’t wait to continue on with this series.
“And I love the way I feel when I’m in the same room as you. Like my heart is warm, and I’m finally in the right place. Like I’m not all alone anymore.”
Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, S.T. Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (where she became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of McVities cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the books of The Elsker Saga and the Ære Saga. She hopes her characters make you smile, and she dreams of skiing on Jotunheim and Hoth.
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