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Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

October 10th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

Source: Picked up at ALA

Publication date: October 10, 2012

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from 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.

I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love mythology based books and up until now that’s mostly been Greek mythology.  With Valkyrie Rising I can now say expand that to include all sorts of mythology because I loved reading about the Valkyries, Odin and the stories of how everyone is tied together.

I loved the characters though Ellie does have her moments where I was thinking “I can’t believe  you just did something that dumb” but for the most part she was a fun heroine.  Tuck was by far my favorite character.  He was the popular, outgoing and yet sweet kind of guy that I would be head over heels over and we learn that he just may have a secret or two of his own that he’s hiding.  And of course the bad girl Valkyries are led by Astrid, a beautiful woman who literally kicks ass without breaking a sweat.  She was wonderful written and isn’t just a straight up villain.  There are other sides to her that we see throughout the book and made her another favorite of mine.

Everything else about the story I loved as well-it takes place in Norway which is a nice change of pace (not a boarding school in sight!), I’m a sucker for romances that form between friends or friends of siblings and the banter back and forth between Tucker and Ellie made me laugh.

I only wish we had a chance to learn more about Tuck’s secret and the background behind that.  And I can’t believe I’m saying this because I know I complain about how every book seems to be a part of a series lately which drives me nuts BUT right now there are no plans for a sequel to Valkyrie Rising!  I think there is the potential for so much more so keeping my fingers crossed we will see more of Ellie, Tuck and the rest of the Valkyries.

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