November 29, 2021

BOOK TOUR: The Undiscovered Descendants (The Nordri Series Book 1) by Jo Visuri

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE UNDISCOVERED DESCENDANTS  by Jo Visuri Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Title: THE UNDISCOVERED DESCENDANTS (The Nordri Series, #1)

Author: Jo Visuri

Pub. Date: November 15, 2021

Publisher: Pohjola Press

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 316

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A captivating modern-day fantasy filled with intrigue, suspense, mythology, magical objects, and special abilities, Jo Visuri’s adventurous tale will sweep you away to mystical Auor Island—where nothing is quite as it seems!

A remote island. Old secrets. And a cascade of unintended consequences.

Long ago, four clans from earth’s four corners were given magical abilities to help save humanity from oblivion. For generations, their descendants have lived in hidden communities and occasionally intermingled with regular humans—leading to whispers of unforeseen consequences.

Now, in the present-day and for unknown purposes, one Clan quietly and desperately seeks the rumored, undiscovered offspring.

Meanwhile, in the heart of a northern archipelago, Elin Bodil leads a perfectly ordinary, happy life on Auor Island with her family. When, through accident and circumstance, she meets both a motorcycle-driving stranger and the new mysterious boy next door, Elin's world is turned upside down.

As Elin is drawn into a brewing supernatural conflict—with her two unusual acquaintances on opposite sides, she must decipher who to trust while unearthing her island's secrets and those buried deep within herself. But when the search for answers triggers the Clan’s sinister schemes, Elin and her companions will have to confront far bigger and deadlier secrets than they ever imagined. And they’ll need much more than themselves to survive!

Welcome to Auor Island…and the legend and magic within its ruins!

Reviews:

"Jo Visuri does an outstanding job of juxtaposing fantasy and real-world concerns as the tension and action escalate [in The Undiscovered Descendants]...readers who want a story about new and evolving relationships, changing life purposes and perspectives, and threats to family and community connections will find The Undiscovered Descendants an excellent, satisfying story...highly recommended for teen fantasy readers who look for more than action and adventure in their stories." — D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW  Highly Recommended

"Secrets emerge as two young men try to find out if their classmate Elin is secretly a Dormant Descendant. Suspenseful and intriguing, The Undiscovered Descendants will have its readers halfway out of their seats. Brilliant characters, ancient Clans, special abilities, magic objects, and teenage relationships all wrapped into a fantastic adventure." — MANHATTAN BOOK REVIEW

"The Undiscovered Descendants is told from three different perspectives, and I love the seamless way that Elin's, Aeden's, and Tristan's tense stories weave together. The characters are fun and easy to both love and hate. Jo Visuri has introduced a unique world that combines modern teenagers and Scandinavian mythology in a delightfully refreshing way with a steady, action-fueled pace that makes it impossible to put down." — Amy, READERS' FAVORITE 
★★★★★

"I loved every bit of the story right to the very last page. The descriptions of the scenes are so vivid that they seem like a 3D projection. Additionally, the thoughtfully constructed story covers an interesting range of themes: jealousy, ambition, infatuation, secret societies, friendship, family, and more." — Foluso, READERS' FAVORITE 
★★★★★

 

REVIEW of The Undiscovered Descendants (The Nordri Series Book 1) by Jo Visuri

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: November 15, 2021

Format: eARC

Publisher: Pohjola Press


Jo Visuri set the Nordri series off with a bang, in the first book The Undiscovered Descendants. I would recommend this series to young adult fantasy readers who love action-packed adventures inspired by mythology. It would be a good fit for fans of books like Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard or Twilight. 


My mythology-loving heart was quite happy to find a new series featuring Norse mythology. I loved all the references that Ms. Visuri threw in, like Mjolnir and Ragnarok. It’ll be quite interesting to see how that’s explored further, especially when we get to finally see the clan headquarters. My one wish is that there would have been an appearance of some figure from the stories. For example, some type of monster or god or historical figure. 


Books with more than two points of view can get hectic. This book features three points of view (Elin, Aedan, and Tristan) and I think Ms. Visuri did a good job of managing everything. There was never a point when I was confused over who was talking. I did get some Twilight vibes in the dynamic between Elin, Aedan, and Tristan. Aedan and Tristan are both parts of a hidden, supernatural world and on opposite sides (akin to Edward Cullen and Jacob Black). Elin, the female main character, ends up being brought into said supernatural world. She ends up being vastly unprepared for everything that entails (which felt very similar to what happens with Bella Swan). For the record, I am one hundred percent a member of team Aedan. Tristan is way too intense for me. 


I loved how the author balanced the level of details provided. provided just enough detail on how certain things work (like the clans) for events to make sense, but withheld the rest such that I was hooked on continuing to read so I could puzzle everything out. They also did a great job in building the setting such that it's easy for readers to imagine themselves in their world of fantasy and mythology. The ending of The Undiscovered Descendants was a very painful cliffhanger (why must authors be so cruel?) I’m committed to reading the next book and finding out whether or not Elin and the others get a happy ending. Fingers crossed everything turns out well! 


As a side note, I want to express my appreciation to Ms. Visuri and her team for including a translation dictionary in the book’s appendix. It really helps readers keep track of any new vocabulary the author might introduce in the book. I would love to see a pronunciation guide in book 2 of the series. There are some words like mannlegur where a pronunciation guide would be helpful in making sure I’m not mangling it going forward.  


Thank you to the author Jo Visuri, Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours, Pohjola Press, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an early copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed The Undiscovered Descendants. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.



About Jo Visuri:

Jo Visuri was born and raised on an island in Finland’s famous archipelago, where she found her one and only Viking coin at the age of six. After spending a few formative years living by a Norwegian fjord, Jo’s family uprooted to the sunny beaches of Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of Brown University, Jo has been privately writing stories since she could read one and launched her debut The Undiscovered Descendants in Fall 2021. She now lives and writes in San Diego, CA, when she isn’t distracted by her cuddly and demanding senior dog. To catch up on the latest news and updates, join Jo Visuri’s newsletter at: www.jovisuri.com

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive an eBook of THE UNDISCOVERED DESCENDANTS, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/22/2021

BookHounds YA

Guest Post

11/22/2021

Writer of Wrongs

Guest Post

11/23/2021

Living in a Bookworld

Excerpt

11/23/2021

The Momma Spot

Excerpt

11/24/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt

11/24/2021

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Stop

11/25/2021

The Girl Who Reads

Review/IG Stop

11/25/2021

tmbacorbett.com

Excerpt

11/26/2021

Coffee and Wander Book Reviews

Review

11/26/2021

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Review

 

Week Two:

11/29/2021

Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

Review

11/29/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Stop

11/30/2021

@curlygrannylovestoread

Review/IG Stop

11/30/2021

Triquetra Reviews

Review

12/1/2021

BookBriefs

Excerpt

12/1/2021

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

12/2/2021

Simply Daniel Radcliffe

Review

12/2/2021

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Review/IG Stop

12/3/2021

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Excerpt

12/3/2021

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Review/IG Stop


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