Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

Valkyrie Rising

byIngrid Paulson

Kobo ebook | October 9, 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 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 that something powerful and ancient will awaken in her and that strange whispers will urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, suddenly there's 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.

Title:Valkyrie RisingFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062190296

ISBN - 13:9780062190291

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from A pleasant surprise I wasn't expecting much from this but I went through a Valkyrie phase, this was one of the books i could find for an affordable price but I will admit that I was definitely not disappointed. it was way better than i was hoping for and it was very informative when it came to the history of Valkyries, as well as Norway.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A pleasant surprise I went through a bit of a Valkyrie phase and this was one of the books I could find for an affordable price. it was relatively good, very informative and opened my eyes to Valkyries
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised Picked this up for $2 and was not expecting much, but I liked the characters, and the writing was pretty good. The plot was iffy but very typical YA, so I'm ok with that. Liked the Norse mythology. Overall, I like it.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Not only was it a great story and well written,but It was a change from all those vampires and werewolves. The story is set in Norway, instead of the US, which is a huge plus since it seems every single supernatural book takes place in some small town. And there's a lot of Norse mythology thrown in along with the powerful Valkyrie ladies. And while there is some romance it wasn't the main focus nor was Ellie dependent on Tucker, she was a strong female lead. Loved it
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Debut FINALLY! A book with Valkyries set in NORWAY! I cannot tell you how happy those two things made me while I read Valkyrie Rising. Seriously. I'm sick of mythological being appearing out of the blue in the U.S.A. I don't know why but it really irks me. So the fact that Ingrid Paulson wrote a young adult novel about the Valkyries that took place in Norway was a huge deal for me. Plus the fact that she made some attempts to talk about places in Norway showed she did a bit of research on the country which I totally appreciated since the book was read for my Around the World Reading Challenge. I've always loved Norse mythology so when I found out about this book months ago I couldn't wait to read it but like always when I got the book from the library I didn't get around to reading it until the night before it's due back...which was last night. However, the book had me hooked from the first page so it worked out remarkably well since the writing was so addictive I could not put the book down at all. Ingrid Paulson brought a fantastic debut novel to the table that has a lot of action, Norse mythology, a wee bit of romance and a kick ass heroine that comes into her own. I absolutely loved Elsa (Ellie)'s character. She started off very unsure of herself and very shy but by the end of the novel she matured, and became a lot stronger sand more self confident which was great to see because I hate characters who are pushovers. I loved how much she cared about not only rescuing her older brother Graham but also rescuing all the other boys Astrid the leader of the Valkyries kidnapped for use in Odin's army. The other characters in the novel were great too. Graham, Ellie's brother was the typical annoying big brother. He was always butting his head into her business and trying to make decisions for her completely ignoring the fact that she is her own person. Tucker was a great love interest for Ellie because of his teasing nature he balanced out her more serious nature and he added a lot of humour to the book which was needed and I thought he was really endearing despite the fact that he was a little annoying in the beginning. Hilda, who is Ellie and Graham's grandmother on their father's side was unlike any grandmother I've ever read about and if you read the book you'll find out why that is. I thought she was a wonderful chsaracter and you csn tell that Ellie gets a lot of her strength from her Grandmother. Overall all other characters were great. I was a little bit worried that there wouldnt be very much attention paid to the side characters but they were wonderfully created and they had just the right amount of depth to make the interesting and to make me want to read more about them in the next book in the series. The plot was also wonderfully written. There was a lot of action that was interwoven with the mythology and romance themes which were not over done or cheesy but were just right. I liked how the story was mainly focused on Ellie's search for her brother and learning about who and what she is as well as a bit of the mythology behind the Valkyries. The romance between her and Tucker thankfully too a backseat for most of the novel and I am so glad that their relationship wasn't another dreaded case of the wretched insta-love fad that's been plaguing young adult novels as of late. The pace of the novel was great and it kept me reading late into the night and I couldn't put it down until I finished it because I couldn't wait to see how it ended. The story will draw you in and you'll be thinking about it long after you finish it. Ingrid Paulson wrote a great debut novel and I highly recommend this novel to everyone especially if you're a fan of young adult novels that deal with mythology especially Norse mythology. I think she's a talented author and I can't wait to read the next book in the series and this is definetly one of the best books I've read in 2012.
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Norse Mythology, Thrilling Action and Romance! For months now, I've been highly anticipating Valkyrie Rising, so I was incredibly happy to finally get my hands on a copy. With fast-paced, fun and exciting storytelling, the book was well worth the wait... and I loved how it was set in Norway! Ingrid Paulson's debut novel Valkyrie Rising is an addicting combination of Norse mythology, thrilling action and romance. When Ellie heads to Norway to visit her Grandma Hilda, her dreams of a peaceful summer vacation crumble when she learns about the mysterious disappearances of the boys in the small fishing town her grandmother lives in. Many of the locals are less than welcoming, scowling at Ellie's very presence even though she's done nothing wrong, and rumours swirl that beautiful and powerful women called Valkyries are taking boys to Valhalla. But when Graham becomes the next young man to be stolen away, Ellie and Tucker must race against time to save him before it's too late... Ellie was definitely a strong heroine! She's always felt she couldn't escape the shadow of her perfect, older brother, Graham, but she really steps up when the time comes, embracing the warrior heritage she never even knew she had. Graham has always been rather overprotective of Ellie, but she was ready to finally show him that she was perfectly capable of taking care of herself and making her own decisions. She was courageous in the face of danger, and fought for what she believed in. The ever gorgeous Tucker loved to infuriate Ellie, having a talent for getting under her skin and pushing her buttons... but you could easily see the signs which proved just how much he truly cared for her. He was always right by Ellie's side when she needed him most in the novel, offering strength when she needed the encouragement. I couldn't get enough of Ellie and Tucker's bickering to each other – their snarky comments were loaded with flirtations just waiting to burst through the surface as they both tried to always get the last word. Valkyrie Rising is a standalone novel for now, but I'm seriously hoping there will be a sequel one day because I'd love to read more about Ellie and Tucker! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2012/11/valkyrie-rising-by-ingrid-paulson.html
Date published: 2012-11-21