Release Date: October 9, 2012
Challenges: 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenges, 2012 Debut Author Challenge
Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson was an absolutely delightful debut venturing into a primarily unexplored area of mythology and a new setting.
Valkyrie Rising starts out with a bang. Right off the back, within the first chapters, you are swept into the the magic of the world of Valkyrie Rising and right into the action. It was an intense ride right from the start and I just loved it. Valkyries are just so badass.
Norse mythology is just so cool! I loved Ingrid Paulson‘s take on it and how addicting she made the story. I loved exploring how she would portray the mythology and really makes it her own. I loved seeing how everything would play out.
I loved Ingrid Paulson‘s writing and storytelling abilities. She is an author I will be anxiously awaiting more from! Her prose had a lyrical quality to it and was just a joy to read. There was a perfect balance of intense scenes, humor, and absolutely adorable moments.
Ellie was just awesome. She was such a great main character. I loved Kjell and Tucker and all the guys. Ellie’s grandma is clearly the coolest grandma ever.
Seriously, what is not to love? Badass girl heroine? Hot boys? Awesome action! I just loved Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson. It was refreshing and new and just all around wonderful. I cannot wait to read more from Ingrid Paulson in the future!
Make sure to check out the prequel to the story, Valkyrie Symptoms. You can read it for free right now!
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