Sunday, September 29, 2013

Review ~ Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

Valkyrie Rising
by Ingrid Paulson
YA Fantasy
Published: October 9th 2012
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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 form 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 the 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 unexpected-epic coming of age.

My Review: 
**4 Stars**

Oh boy. This was a great book. I really like all the mythology that was integrated into the book. And, oh yes, Tuck is soooo book boyfriend material. He is smart, funny, and loyal to his friends. Oh yeah, and hot.

I feel bad for Ellie in a lot of ways. It has to suck to have such an over protective older brother. He doesn't give her room to even breathe. I also feel bad for her being left in the dark about what is going on over the summer. Her grandmother didn't seem very interested in keeping her safe by telling her what was going on. Why does everyone seem to think that ignorance is best? It is the worst possible thing you could do. Prepare the girl! Tell her what is going on!

Ok, anyway. I really enjoyed the book and very much look forward to seeing if there is another one on the horizon.

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