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FLUX by Ellie Carstens — A Book Review

June 25, 2014

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The last thing sixteen-year-old Alaina Oftedahl-Miller expected was to watch her mom brutally destroy their life.

But, in the wake of tragedy, strength forms. Shipped off to live with her birth father, Alaina finds herself dealing with more than just being the new Canadian girl in a Norwegian school. Juggling the formation of a relationship with the man who abandoned her as a child, and a budding attraction to Kaius Vargøy–the mysterious, beautiful classmate who’s been assigned as her personal translator–Alaina can’t shake the feeling that every move she makes is being watched. Judged.

She soon learns there’s far more to this sleepy Norwegian town than she ever imagined. Kaius and his friends aren’t exactly what they seem, and the repercussions of that could send her traveling through the most unexpected experience of her life. Murder and relocation is one thing, but add in supernatural occurrences and Vikings, and even she may not have the strength to survive.




My Review:)

Sexy Vikings? Check. Adorable father figure? Check. Funny dialogue? Check. Epic badass-ness? Check. Interesting and in-depth Norse mythology? Double check!

Flux by Ellie Carstens has all the above and more. I’ll admit, the somewhat depressing beginning had me slightly wary of what was to come. It had a strange Twilight-esque feel to it. Sad teenage girl is relocated to a new place and meets mysterious, handsome boy who ends up being much more than he first appeared to be. Not being a big fan of Twilight, I wasn’t too excited about the similarities. However, Flux ended up being what I wished Twilight would have been.

The heroine’s somewhat depressing outlook on things really bothered me at first. Unlike other heroines from other popular stories, she didn’t remain that way. Thank goodness! Alaina slowly came out of her depression and, bam!, even kicked some immortal booty. I wish there had been a little more time spent on her training and development into a stong heroine. In my mind, this would have strengthened her character even more. I did like how Carstens made her vulnerable even while she was being awesome, though. Kept her real throughout the entire story.

The hero and supporting characters were great! I do wish Carstens had gotten more into the back stories of some of the characters, specifically the villain. But, I’m thinking she is saving that for the next book 🙂

Yes, there is a sequel. However, mercifully, Carstens gives us a happily ever after for the moment. It’s obvious that things aren’t finished, but you still get that fulfilled feeling when you’re done reading. Thank you, Ms. Carstens! Getting to the end of a book after dedicating so much time to it only to find out you don’t get any kind of conclusion-that the book ends practically mid-sentence-is never a good feeling.

I recommend Flux to anyone interested in Norse mythology. So much information!!! You know what? I recommend it even if you’re not’s just that good.


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For as long as she can recall, Ellie Carstens has been a huge fan of reading. The genre and content are not important as long as the story holds her captive. She believes that life is too short to be taken seriously all the time and to lose one’s self in a good book is an escape worth taking. Now, she writes science fiction, fantasy, romance, and beyond, creating stories that will hopefully bring that same passion for reading to others.

Flux is her debut title and the first in a Young Adult sci-fi/romance trilogy.




*I was provided with a free copy of Flux by REUTS Publications in exchange for an honest review.


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