Monday, June 17, 2013

Review: Valkyrie Rising

Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
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.

Oooh, I really enjoyed this book! And after that synopsis how could you not expect to love it? Valkyrie Rising is an action packed novel that sucked me in and kept me in Norway until I finished the book... amazing! I am so excited to tell everyone about this book...

The characters were nothing short of amazing. Ellie was a great and relatable (and sarcastic) character. I enjoyed reading the story from her perspective. Also, her brother, Graham was a vivid character who learns the some valuable lessons about being a big brother. Tuck, Graham's friend, was also pretty great. Astrid, an evil valkyrie in the beginning, was also fun to read about because her personality and traits were unique and vivid. I hope we see more of all these characters in the second book.

Okay, Norse mythology. Kidnappings. Valkyries. What could be cooler? This novel definitely had a plot to die for. The audience will never be bored, or at least I never was, with all the end-of-your-seat action. I think I read this in half the airplane ride. (P.S This is fun to read on a plane because then you can pretend to be going to Norway!)

There were several "plots" (I may be using this term loosely.) One was about the kidnapping of young men in the Norwedgian fishing village. Another one was the war including the gods. There was the part where Ellie tries to figure out some family secrets, and what she is. And finally, there was the romance between Ellie and Tuck, plus the relationship between Ellie and Graham. All these "plots" joined together to make an awesome story!

The conclusion solves most everything and there was no cliff-hanger, which I liked. However, there is definitely room for more books in the series. And I hope the second one comes out soon! I want more gods, goddesses, valkyries, and action! What will happen next in the war of the gods?

Overall, Valkyrie Rising was an epic read. Fans of mythology, action, and romance will love whipping through the novel like I did.

4.5/5 bookcases

Notes on what is currently happening on the blog:

  1. I have changed the title. Counting in Bookcases is now Reader Rising. What are your thoughts?
  2. My blog will be custom designed by a design site during late summer. This as left me short of money so there will be less giveaways than I wanted, but there will still be some! Don't worry :)
  3. Google Reader is closing down in two weeks, so take this opportunity to follow via blogovin!
  4. I have reached 150 bloglovin' followers!
  5. It is Summer Break for me! Let's celebrate!
  6. I am constantly amazed by how many awesome book blogs are out there, just thought I should mention it! If you want to, leave a link to your blog so I can visit :)
Wow, there is a lot happening!


  1. I tried reading this book but it was during a reading slump so I didn't enjoy it. But your review has made me want to try again! And by the way I like your new name :)
    K @ My Favorite Escape

    1. Thanks... I am so nervous about the new name! I'm glad you liked it!

      Hmm, you might (hopefully) like it more if you read Valkyrie Rising when you are not in a Reading Slump, preferably read it on a plane like I did! (just joking) :)

  2. I really enjoyed this one, so glad you did too! I'm crossing my fingers for a sequel... but I haven't heard any news either way... =S

    1. I know, I really hope there is a sequel coming soon! :)

  3. I always want to change my name but I never manage to decide on anything. I was wondering how this book is. Good review

  4. Review sounds amazing, but I think the old name, counting in bookcases, was pretty clever and I liked it more. Reader Rising is okay, but the word Rising is a) over used and b) doesnt exactly fit the conxext of a reader rising.

  5. This book sounds really good and totally up my alley. :) Thanks, Emily!