Secrets and Myths: A Review of VALKYRIE RISING by Ingrid Paulson

Ingrid Paulson
352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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.

   Ancient myths, disappearing boys, and secret missions VALKYRIE RISING is a book that will keep you up way past your bedtime.

   Ellie’s visit to Norway was supposed to be like any other visits. But things have changed in the usually quiet Skavopoll, boys have been disappearing and people are getting angry. The Valkyries, mythical female warriors, have returned, and they’re looking for brave, heroic, and courageous young men. Graham, Ellie’s flawless older brother, fits that description perfectly. Fearing that her brother might be the next to be taken, Ellie does her best to ignore the powerful tug connecting her to the beautiful Valkyries. With the help of Tuck, Graham’s best friend, the two of them uncover stunning history, that may just help them find the disappearing boys.

   I didn’t really have any high expectations for VALKYRIE RISING, because I’m not really a huge fan of myths. The first sentence wasn’t what I call hooking. But wow was I taken aback! The writing and plot just blew me away. Flawless and captivating, Ingrid Paulson’s prose will have you enchanted in minutes. My favorite character is Tuck, with his sarcasm and witty replies, adding humor to the tensest of situations.

    Not many author’s can write a fantastic first book, but Ingrid sure can. Ingrid Paulson is an author that I’ll definitely be keeping a lookout for.

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    Enchanted by Books

    October 20, 2012

    I don't think I heard of this book before but it sounds great! I love the cover and the review made me interested. Will definitely be checking this one out!

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    October 20, 2012

    I've heard so many people rave about this, but it took until about a week ago to learn that it had to do with Norse mythology. It sounds really good, and knowing that you aren't a big fan of mythology and loved it basically guarantees that I'll love it. Great review!

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    October 21, 2012

    I can't wait to read this book. I love mythology and witty characters so I can't wait to meet this Tuck guy!

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    October 21, 2012

    OMGGG! I got this book on my shelf and I didnt know it was about ancient myth, made me more excited. Glad that you loved this book Asma. Great review.

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    Randi M

    October 21, 2012

    I'm sooo excited to read this! I've never read anything about Norse mythology, so that really intrigues me. Glad you liked it, Asma. :) Great review.

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    October 22, 2012

    This book wasn't really on my radar until now, but I do love me some good mythology. I'm not too familiar with Norse mythology, but it looks good. I just went to check it out on goodreads, and apparently I lied since it's on my to-read shelf. I guess now I'm just even more convinced I should read it? haha

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    October 22, 2012

    thanks for the review! I've got major book lust for this title and glad to hear that it lives up to the hype :)

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    October 22, 2012

    I keep hearing about this one and like that it sound original. Thanks for the review! I'll have to add it to my to-read list!

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    Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels

    October 26, 2012

    Ahh, I'm so excited about this book. It sounds so good, and your review makes me want to read it even more! EEP!

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    Christina K.

    October 29, 2012

    Oh I LOVE Norse mythology! Your review really highlights everything awesome about this – including the setting:)

    Thank you:)

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    Ileana A.

    October 30, 2012

    I'm waiting for my copy of Valkyrie Rising to arrive!! I'm so excited to read it and i'm really glad you liked it! I have never read a book about mith, but since the release of this one, I'm really looking forward to. Thanks for the review.

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    November 12, 2012

    I'm really looking forward to this one, thanks for the review!

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    November 26, 2012

    I rather enjoyed this one!! It was so refreshing to read about Valkyrie's! I'm glad and disappointed this was a stand alone.