Review: Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
October 9, 2012
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 is an imaginative mythological YA debut that I can’t stop thinking about! While it does take a while to get into in the beginning, it soon picks up speed and will leave the readers guessing at what is to come. I am so glad that someone finally decided to write a YA with Valkyries! They are fierce, gorgeous, and frightening at the same time. Who wouldn’t want a book with Valkyries involved? Readers are sure to enjoy Paulson’s take on them.
Ellie is basically everything that a Valkyrie is not when the story begins. While she has their physique, she’s shy and is not at all a fighter or trained warrior in any way. It was so fun to see her open up and embrace her heritage as she discovered more about her heritage and her true purpose. While Ellie had some moments where I wanted to shake some sense into her, I still liked getting reading her story.
The mythology surrounding Valkyries definitely could have been explored more. There was a lot of potential to take the story to another level and really make it stand out among the YA world. That being said, what was introduced was carried out well. I gobbled up every piece of information that I could!
VALKYRIE RISING is a great attempt at tackling the Valkyries. While it isn’t quite as good as it maybe could have been, I loved what was there. Take a chance on this one and venture into the cut throat world of Valkyries.