I thought the characters and plot were well developed, however I thought some of the personal stories, particularly about Ethan and his son, were just thrown in and didn't pertain much to the overall plot. Other than that I loved this take on a mystery with much of the focus being on computers and hacking. I work in the r I received this book through a first reads giveaway. I work in the research side of health care and we are constantly reminded of the importance of securing our data that is often reflected in this book.
I thought this was a fairly fast read and it reminded me why I enjoy mystery books. Jul 19, Andrea rated it really liked it. It has interesting characters and the plot thickens as you keep reading to find out what is going to happen at the end. At times it can be predictable, though, but it is a quick read and maintains a fast pace throughout. It needs some editing for punctuation and spelling, but those are not the kind that makes you put the book down at all. The story is well developed and the sequence of events makes sense.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this debut story by Paul Mudgett and would recommend it for those who like a nice action story. Well done! Disclosure: I received this book as a prize in a First Reader Giveaway. Sep 02, Bruce Hamilton rated it really liked it. I received this book as a prize in a First Reader Giveaway. This book was a pleasant surprise. I thought a book by a first time author on computer hacking and medical records would be dry and heavy on advanced computer terms.
Instead Mr. Mudgett wrote a well paced and easy to follow mystery.
The characters were interesting and not cookie cutters. However I did drop my rating 1 star because of a character risking everything for someone who they had very little interaction with bothered as it seemed I received this book as a prize in a First Reader Giveaway. However I did drop my rating 1 star because of a character risking everything for someone who they had very little interaction with bothered as it seemed forced to help set up a series of books.
I do hope this does become a series of books as I feel Mr. Mudgett could grow into a top notch writer. I will look forward to reading his work again.
Bruce Hamilton Jul 19, Jerry Husak rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads. I got this as a first reads giveaway, and I was pleasantly surprised to really like this book. Let me say that I would easily give this 4 stars, but three things made me give it 3. First the positives: good pace, believable characters, satisfactory ending. This would make for a great series!
My issues: 1 the getaway vehicle was totally ridiculous, 2 Evelyn was too flat of a stereotypical "fiery redhead" for me, and 3 the increasing number of typos and total disregard f I got this as a first reads giveaway, and I was pleasantly surprised to really like this book.
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My issues: 1 the getaway vehicle was totally ridiculous, 2 Evelyn was too flat of a stereotypical "fiery redhead" for me, and 3 the increasing number of typos and total disregard for commas got distracting in some places. Overall, very fun, enjoyable mystery. Jul 23, Cara Cole rated it really liked it Recommends it for: anyone. Shelves: first-reads. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book captured my attention from the very first page and kept it up until the last few chapters.
From there it was a marshmallow dipped in chocolate and sugar coated after. I felt the author should have kept to the grit from the rest of the story to not have a wham bam happy ending. Also, spelling and grammar mistakes. Jennifer rated it did not like it Jul 17, Where can I find some cool people like her at? The descriptions were vivid, plenty of action, and so much quirk that this is another book that this is another one that I wish were a movie.
Plus I think This is the second book I've read by Jacques, and her writing is so much fun! Plus I think you'll be familiar with a certain character in this book! Need another book in this world! View all 3 comments. Review from Author If you enjoy madcap adventures, mythological mayhem, and amusing deities, you might enjoy this book. Sep 19, Laura rated it liked it. ARC provided by NetGalley for reviewing purposes. As much as I ended up enjoying this story, I really struggled in the beginning, mostly because it was hard at first to keep up with who the characters were and what powers they possessed and to whom they were related, but once the plot started developing the story took a turn for the better.
Furthermore, the melding of both Norse and Hawaiian mythology was something I did not expect to happen as the summary leads us to believe this story is about Norse Mythology but loved.
The story was fast paced, leaving no time for the reader to come up with theories of what might come next or to have time to assimilate the plot twists. Oct 03, Fiona rated it it was amazing. This is a mythological story that follows our main character Ikepela Ives, who has the ability to change fate, as she tries to discover who has changed the Fate regarding Ragnarok and how she can put it to rights.
I have read a fair few books on various mythologies, so I did go into this knowing the basic premise of Ragnarok, however I did find the first few chapters a little confusing with all the different characters being introduced and trying to remember who was who. But when it finally clicked I really got into the story and I loved every moment of it! I found it really interesting how the author, Kristin Jacques, wrote some of the relationships between the characters and I am hoping that we will get to see more of these develop in any future books which I will certainly be reading.
I also sense that there could be future spin offs with certain characters, there is so much possibility in the world that Kristin has created here. This book is due out on January 8th and I am very excited to see it in all its finished glory! I will definitely recommend this to all of my friends!
Dec 17, Emma rated it liked it Shelves: new-adult , fantasy , myths-fairytales. Ragnarok Unwound by Kristin Jacques pulls world myths into modern day and spruces up the idea of fighting fate. Ragnarok Unwound follows the story of Ikepela Ives as she and her fae friend are dragged into helping a young Valkyrie stop Ragnarok. With a power passed down from her mother, Ives is the only person who can possibly save the world from a Norse ending. This b Ragnarok Unwound by Kristin Jacques pulls world myths into modern day and spruces up the idea of fighting fate.
This book was a very fun read for me - a fan of modern mythic retellings. Not only was the story never rushed, but Jacques manages to pull off some prime comedic timing. There were plenty of times I gripped my e-reader, excited to see who would land the next blow and how the battle would finish. Jacques also handled one of the most important aspects of the book really well: the Fate Cipher. This character could have easily been an overpowered character, but Jacques made sure to present limitations that made sense in the world she was developing.
One of the biggest issues for me was how heteronormative the book was. Are we to assume one is deep while the other is higher pitched? But then what about cis women who have deep voices? Or cis men who have high voices? Overall, this was definitely an enjoyable book. It had a very strong beginning and ending that managed to tie up some of the major loose ends, but still leave the adventure open for future books in the series. As a final note, I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley so that I could write an honest review.
Dec 15, Isabelle rated it it was ok Shelves: from-netgalley , arcs-review-copies , rep-asian-pacific-islander-desi. I received a free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Plus, the diversity is limited to "bronze-skinned" characters on the Hawaiian side and "inhumanly pale and attractive" on the Norse side. I especially appreciate I received a free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I especially appreciated the strong female relationships, particularly since they took precedence over the too-convenient heterosexual romances.
This one had an interesting idea, but I found it generally underdeveloped. I wasn't quite sure what was going on in terms of worldbuilding - it's implied that all the mythologies are true, a la Riordanverse, but besides a couple of exceptions it's limited to the Norse pantheon and Hawaiian deities - and the Fate Cipher role itself seemed to be defined as "whatever keeps the plot on track," with far too many instances of perfectly-timed divine intervention and frankly illogical developments, leaning heavily on the "main character doesn't know her own strength but will somehow manage to save the world through good intentions and sheer force of will and convenient magical abilities" trope.
In addition to the unnatural progression of Ives' powers, the plot development seemed a little contrived, hinging on offhand comments and random remembrances, and it was far too easy to figure out what was happening because the POV jumps gave the reader much more information than the characters could know - the villain and their plot were completely obvious.
While I've found that excellent prose can make up for a formulaic plot, that unfortunately wasn't the case here. The action was bogged down by an excess of description, ominous statements, and a lot of cliched turns of phrase; the characters were pretty archetypical and lacked nuance.
I also found the attempts at modernization a little jarring, and not altogether relevant to the story. So with all that said, it definitely wasn't for me, but if you like modern mythology with strong female leads and you're less nitpicky than me, it's probably still worth a try. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The idea of this novel is really cool, the cover is nice too and I always love a mix of mythology and modernity in books, so I was very excited for the book. The book is mostly focused on the adventure and the 'quest' or 'hero journey' with some modern bits, some magic, some strange creatures, gods, giants, family issues, intrigue and mischief and Las Vegas.
I love the concept and I liked some of the characters, like the ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I love the concept and I liked some of the characters, like the Valkyrie and Loki's children, especially Hel. But still it took me ages to read it. At first it bothered me that the point of views changed without warning. I feel like it could have been resolved with just stating the perspective in the beginning of a chapter and such a small detail can change the reading experience drastically.
For me personally it would have been better if I didn't have to question whose perspective I was witnessing from chapter to chapter when the story was new to me anyways. Then the descriptions also didn't draw me in and the plot didn't keep me focused as much as I thought it would. There is a lot going on and partly I felt like it was too much to keep straight what exactly was happening and what it meant. Ikepela Ives can relate. Unfortunately, Ragnarok is about to kick off and Ives might be the only one who can stop it. And Loki appears to be fighting it altogether.
So who exactly wants this? Ragnarok Unwound is a first entry in a fantasy series centered around a young woman of color. I struggled with some of the elements of the book. Ives never Ikepela! Terribly jarring. So, three thumbs up. I look forward to seeing where it goes. Jan 24, Izzie rated it liked it Shelves: arcs , standalones , urban-fantasy , ebooks. Ragnarok Unwound is a compelling clash between mythology and urban fantasy. Ikepela Ives, known simply as Ives, is drinking away her sorrows in a bar one evening when a Valkyrie straight out of legend approaches her and asks for her help in stopping Ragnarok - the twilight of the gods, the apocalypse, whatever you want to call it.
As the Fate Cipher, a role passed down from her mother, Ives is the only one with the power to stop it, but it's a power she doesn't - and doesn't want to - understand. Ragnarok Unwound is honestly just tremendous fun, from the characters, such as Jules, a brownie who is also Ives' best friend, to Hel, the Norse goddess of death who loves video games and was such a badass, to the mythology itself - it seems that in this world, all mythologies are real, though this novel focuses on Norse and Hawaiian mythology. I found that Jacques' version of Norse mythology, while simplified and updated, was actually more accurate than most eg Marvel and it was awesome to learn about Hawaiian mythology.
The characters and their relationships with one another, as well as Ives' eventual acceptance of her powers, were strong points for me. We had strong female friendships aplenty, which is something I always like to see, and I loved how close Ives and her father were. The third-person POV dotted from character to character, but rather than being a hindrance or annoyance, it actually helped to see how Ragnarok was progressing or otherwise!
In the end I gave Ragnarok Unwound 3.
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Ragnarok Unwound is released on August 9th , so please check it out when the time comes! I'm not much into Norse mythology, so I didn't enjoy Ragnarok Unwound. I tried but the story didn't intrest me enough to keep reading. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. Nov 11, J. This novel starts with a bang and hooks you right from the start. Despite what the title implies, this is a story about more than just Norse mythology. It's a world where every pantheon of gods is real, and while Norse and Hawaiian gods seem pretty antithetical, Jacques pulls it off and then some.
Each of the characters, from the main hero Ives to such deities as Loki, Hel 3. Each of the characters, from the main hero Ives to such deities as Loki, Hel, and Pele, are fun to read. Jacques relies on just enough general knowledge of the deities to set up reader expectation before then making a wide turn that makes them unique to this story.
Hel, in particular, is a fantastic character. The action and description in this book are also top-notch. I adore the way that Jacques employs a literal interpretation of the threads of fate. How Ives sees them are an evocative and effective at communicating to the reader how the magic works without unnecessary over-explanation.
Unfortunately, the action itself tends to jerk the reader along with. There are few chances for breathers, and it feels like some more intimate family scenes might have been deleted in favor of jumping to the next conflict or battle. A more minor quibble on the writing side are some recurring point-of-view errors.
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The author also occasionally employs one of my biggest pet peeves, which is when the narrator of a scene hides information they know from the reader for the sake of a reveal later though Dan Brown is still the worst offender in this regard. Part of me wishes that this book had all been from Ives' perspective so that it would have been a more intimate story, but I suppose there's nothing intimate about Ragnarok.
This tale had a satisfying ending that left just enough threads loose pun not intended to set up further adventures. Despite my criticisms of this book, I look forward to reading more! Jan 01, Evelyn rated it liked it Shelves: release , arc , Thanks to NetGalley for providing this arc Full review! Pretty good! It suffers some of the typical flaws of the genre, ie, an overpowered minimally flawed protagonist, who is not nearly as scared as she ought to be.
I often find that nonchalance amusing in these novels - it is never explicitly stated the the novel is set in the supernatural world. We have to assume it is set in the mundane; and yet the protagonist often shrugs off the mind blowing information of gods a Pretty good!
We have to assume it is set in the mundane; and yet the protagonist often shrugs off the mind blowing information of gods and deities and magic, something that is so unbelievable. Its a tried and true cliche of the genre, but it never fails to amuse me. Ives was told on her eighteenth birthday about her magical heritage, we assume she was brought into the supernatural world then, having lived all her life as mundane. So two years later we are told she 'avoided her responsibilities' , she is remarkedly unawed by a literal immortal Valkyrie just dropping into the bar to see her.
It's one of those things that you just have to suspend your disbelief for, and, to be fair to the author, she manages to make it relatively easy to do that. However, it's always a niggle at the back of my mind the lack of these protags just freaking heck out! I did enjoy the fact that the author blends two very different mythologies. Whilst Norse mythology is pretty rife in popular fiction, Hawaiian is not.
So it was nice to have an indigenous protagonist, and some cultural exploration of Hawaiian myth. It was an unusual blend that I enjoyed. I'd recommend this book easily for a quick pleasant read. It's very much of its genre, but is not badly written and I would expect the author to only get better as they progress.
I'll even keep an eye out for future releases. Finally a Ragnarok story I can get into! This is a great tale that the taps it's toes into many different cultures mythos, in a respectful manner. I love the change of pace one she is sent to Hel. Dark Americana seamlessly woven into doomy landscapes. Perfect for a gunfight. Wode gift given. Slowdive gift given. Slowdive doesn't retread old ground or attempt to recapture the erstwhile spirit of 90's indie-rock.
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