Author: Ingrid Paulson
Series: Valkyrie #1
I picked this book up because I love ancient mythology
and I also love a young adult coming of age story. Go figure!
Enough said… I had to read Valkyrie
Ellie is the younger sister of Graham, the most
popular, well-liked boy at their L.A. school.
Ellie and Graham, as well as Graham’s best friend Tuck, are shipped out
to Norway for the summer to stay with their grandmother for a few weeks. In this small Norwegian town nothing ever
happens. Until Ellie arrives.
Young men are disappearing around town as
gossip about the culprits circulates around the area. Ellie is at a bar one night when the
unthinkable happens, a tall model thin blonde walks into the room. Haha, no really! The strange beautiful girl Astrid hypnotizes
everyone in the room, calls Ellie a Valkyrie, and tries to take her friend. Luckily both Ellie and her friend emerge from
the bar unscathed but serious doubt is creeping into Ellie’s mind. What is her grandmother hiding from her? Why does she feel power inside of her to
fight and control other people’s minds?
What is a Valkyrie? While Ellie
is trying to pull the puzzle pieces together herself, Graham and her
grandmother have been captured by the Valkyrie’s and now it’s left to her and
the very charming Tuck to save her family and kidnapped young men.
What I LIKED about this book
I loved the Norse mythology. Really, I felt I got cheated, I wanted more
of it. I loved Ellie, but sometimes I
wanted to strangle her. I loved
Tuck. I really need more on Tuck. Without giving too much away, Tuck has some
interesting characteristics himself and I wish Paulson would have spent a
little more time exploring that avenue.
I loved that it was a fast-paced book filled with action, suspense, and
a little romance.
What I DISLIKED about this book
I needed this book to be longer, or take some
parts out and add in more Norse mythology.
I needed more about Tuck’s background.
Perhaps if there is a second book it will go into more detail about his
background. Some parts dealing with the climax of
this book felt unfinished and amidst it all Astrid suddenly soul searching and flipping sides
definitely bugged me (I’m trying not to give too much away).
Overall I'll give Valkyrie Rising 4 out of 5 stars.
Not a must read for me. This book had plenty of action mixed with paranormal mythology, and a
nice sprinkling of romance. Fans looking
for these characteristics won’t be disappointed. I just felt it needed more.