Early Review: Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

October 8, 2012 Review 0 ★★★

*This title will be released on October 9, 2012*

Valkyrie Rising

by Ingrid Paulson

Genre: Paranormal YA |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (October 9, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0062025724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062025722

Rating

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

Kissing

Description

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.

Review

Norse Mythology, beautiful and deadly Valkyries, and teen romance blend together in Ingrid Paulson’s VALKYRIE RISING.  There’s a slow building mystery involving the abduction of teenage guys, a sweet if not especially exciting love interest, and an action packed showdown between members of the Norse Pantheon.

Ellie was a really level headed protagonist.  Between her older brother’s constant overprotectivenes and Tuck’s teasing flirting, Ellie is quick to loose her temper, but just as quick to cool back down and apologize when needed. She’s also not afraid to confront people in her life when they have information she needs. These characteristics helped make her Valkyrie nature all the more believable as she began discovering who she was.

As the best friend of her brother, Tuck was the guy Ellie could never let herself fall for.  I didn’t exactly see what made him so desirable apart from his ‘killer smiles.’  He seemed to toy with Ellie’s emotions, and lacked enough backbone to tell her brother he was interested.  I was hoping for something more in a love interest.  I did like that Ellie didn’t get all hot and bothered by the other gorgeous guy who was interested in her.  He came on way too strong and totally freaked her out.

All in all, I loved the Norse mythology involved in VALKYRIE RISING, especially the trickster god Loki, and Ellie’s transformation from semi-invisible teen girl to save the town warrior Valkyrie was a lot of fun.  But the romance was never that exciting or surprising and the mystery didn’t end up being as thrilling as it could have been given the source material.  The ending does tie up most of the loose threads while still leaving room for a sequel.  Given the growth of Ellie and the challenges that await her as a budding Valkyrie, I’d be interested in reading more.

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