Valkyrie Rising

Valkyrie Rising

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by Ingrid Paulson
     
 

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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,

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Readers who like a strong, talented heroine who can save the day but still lose her heart to a roguish equal, in the spirit of Cashore’s Graceling and Melling’s The Chronicles of Faerie, willfind much to enjoy in this complex, clever fantasy.
Booklist
New elements such as the isolated Norway backdrop and the coldly beautiful Valkyries adda fresh touch. Teen girls will empathize with Elsa’s feelings of unsure independence and courage.
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
Readers who like a strong, talented heroine who can save the day but still lose her heart to a roguish equal, in the spirit of Cashore’s Graceling and Melling’s The Chronicles of Faerie, willfind much to enjoy in this complex, clever fantasy.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Readers who like a strong, talented heroine who can save the day but still lose her heart to a roguish equal, in the spirit of Cashore’s Graceling and Melling’s The Chronicles of Faerie, willfind much to enjoy in this complex, clever fantasy.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Readers who like a strong, talented heroine who can save the day but still lose her heart to a roguish equal, in the spirit of Cashore’s Graceling and Melling’s The Chronicles of Faerie, willfind much to enjoy in this complex, clever fantasy.
Kirkus Reviews
This debut introduces readers to Norse mythology, apparently still operating in modern times. Sixteen-year-old Ellie travels to Norway to visit her grandmother and finds that she has an identity she never expected. She learns that both she and grandma are Valkyries, the mythological maidens who transport dead warriors to Valhalla, where they join Odin's supernatural army. But it seems that Odin has decided not to wait for more battles to supply him with warriors. He wants new warriors now, so he sends his supermodel-gorgeous Valkyries out to kidnap living boys. As soon as Ellie arrives, she learns that the local population hates both her grandmother and her, with the exception of handsome Kjell, who can't stay away from her. But when both Kjell and Ellie's recently arrived brother Graham fall prey to the Valkyries, Ellie vows to get them back. Meanwhile, she's in love with Tucker, Graham's best friend and traveling companion, who seems immune to the Valkyries, and Ellie will learn the reason why in due course. Paulson does a nice-enough job of incorporating the Norse legends, but she laboriously explains every detail of the story, every decision Ellie makes, every feeling Ellie experiences and every move she makes. Even with the decisive battle raging, the action stops for more explanations (and some flirting). A good idea that needs better delivery. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Sixteen-year-old Ellie is used to being an outsider: she's blond, statuesque, and Graham Overholt's little sister-no guys dare get too friendly with her as long as the golden boy, high school sports star is watching. Normally her visits to her grandmother in Norway are different. She blends in with the locals and everyone is typically friendly. But not this summer. Instead, she is greeted with suspicion and even hostility. Young men have been disappearing at an alarming rate, and a ridiculous-sounding rumor has begun that these vanishings are the work of Valkyries: beautiful women from mythology who were seen around battlefields gathering the souls of young men for Odin's army of the undead in Valhalla. Ellie would think the rumor was ridiculous, too, except she's seen the strong, beautiful women who've appeared in the clubs just before some men have gone missing, and suddenly her grandmother is acting strange as well. To complicate matters, Graham's infuriating and irresistibly handsome best friend has also come to Norway. What Ellie doesn't know is that Tuck has a secret, and it might save or doom the young men of the village. With guest appearances from Odin, Loki, and even the Morrigan, the plot in this creatively imagined but incompletely executed book creeps along for the first half, then struggles to gain its footing as Ellie accepts who she is and what she is up against. If readers ignore the flat characters and stick with the book to the end, they will be rewarded with a thrilling climax where the mythological characters intersect and become better realized.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062025722
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
345
Sales rank:
384,890
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
HL800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter and enjoys long-distance running, eavesdropping, and watching science docu-mentaries. She has always loved books and writing short stories but was surprised one day to discover the story she was working on wasn't so short anymore. Valkyrie Rising is Ingrid's first novel.

Ingrid's grandmother might actually be a Valkyrie; Ingrid is still waiting for her to come clean.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book held my attention all the way through and I would be excited if I found out that the author decided to turn it into volume one of a series. Great if you are into Norse mythology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To the person that only gave this book one star because of someone elses ridiculously long review, YOU ARE JUST AS BAD! You bring the rating down on what could have been a 4.5/5 star rating and could potentially damage the books reputation! If you see that the review is a freaking half page DON'T READ IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest from beginning to end..hope there is a 2nd book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. As an avid reader i would highly recomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really grew to like these characters a lot,despite the books slow start.looking forward to the prequel novellas release
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all this fantasy stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow start I will admit, but by chapter 6 I was hooked! Great mystery/romance novel with some fun ghostly encounters! No sleezy sex scenes which I loved. I look forward to reading this again and again. I will also be checking out other books by this author!
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book, and I really hope the author will turn this into a series! I cant believe this was free, but would have paid for it! Loved all the characters, especially Tuck! This is my first review! I'm an avid reader but felt very strongly about how great this book was. I hope the author gives us more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very written, had a wonderful flow, a great storyline, was perfectly edited, had mystery, a dab of violence and no sex, but romance. There was no cursing. It was a perfect YA book. I even enjoyed it. I will recommend it to my students. It was a nice free Friday selection. I only have one question, which prevented this book from being 5 star, the father died early from a heart attack, so the genetics were not his, the mother did not seem to have the genetics or be aware of the them, soooooo, which parent passed the genes on and who was the grand mother the parent of, the mother or the father? An important but unanswered question. We hope there is a sequal. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paulson introduces a fast paced story that incorporates elements of Norse mythology. The author spends little time in world building, but makes up for the lack of detail with a plot that unfolds with a brisk pace. The main character is a young woman who becomes entangled in a centuries old conflict that involves mythological entities, of which she is kin to. Written in a first person narrative, the reader experiences the inner conflicts of a young woman's coming of age and the challenges of her Nordic ancestry. Sadly, the other characters are not fleshed out or developed, and the tone is condescending when she refers to the young men as 'boys' throughout the book. Tweens and young teens will enjoy this book because it is NOT another spin on Greek Mythology. Hopefully the second book will have greater depth and character development.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Nice to see a female who is going, strong and not traumatized to get the a way
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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