Friday, October 12, 2012

Blog Tour: Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson Review & Giveaway

Today is my stop on the Valkyrie Rising tour hosted and organized by Shane @ Itching for Books. I have my review and tour wide giveaway. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page.

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Source: eARC provided for the blog tour
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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 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.

My Thoughts

I am pretty sure I have not read a book about Valkyries, but maybe books that mentioned them. Anyways, this was really good and I loved learning about the history of it and the Norse Mythology. I was only aware of the very basics, so this book was really interesting to me. Besides the mythology lesson, the storyline was just fantastic. I really loved Ellie's character and some of the secondary characters. There was plenty of action and adventure in this, and a but of romance. I found that the romance was kind of taking over at some points, but thankfully it didn't totally take center stage. 

Ellie is a girl who is used to living in the shadow of her good looking, super popular brother. She tries to keep to herself. Even her best friends ignore her for her brother. (Nice best friends huh?) She is in no way a weak girl though. She is funny, strong, and smart. Once she gets to her grandmothers house in Norway she starts to just be herself. She is tired of being talked down to by her brother Graham and she will go out of her way to do things just because he doesn't want her to. She discovers new found powers in herself that she must use to save her brother when he goes missing, along with her grandmother. This is one tough chick. She will stop at nothing to save her brother and the other missing boys. She needs to do all of this while she is letting her feelings for Tuck come to the surface. 

The writing was very good and I loved being able to feel and imagine the settings in Norway. I could clearly envision the winding roads, the buildings, the crowds in the pubs. I was very intrigued by the story and it kept me turning pages. The romance got to be a little bit too much at times because I really wanted to focus on the story and what was going on, but I think it was necessary in Ellie really finding herself and letting her inner self out for everyone to see. She always seemed to get walked all over, but now it's her time to shine and be in charge of her own decisions. 

The secondary characters were really great in their own ways too. I really liked Margit, even though she was a moody pain in the butt. I understood where she was coming from. I think I was just really irritated with her lack of open mindedness. I suppose when you have had something put in our head your whole life, it makes you very stubborn to even try to think about it another way. Vague, I know, but you will understand if you read it. Tuck was really great too. He is a bit infuriating, but him and Ellie go way back since he is Grahams best friend. They have grown up together so they have some really fun banter. We get to see a whole different side of him though when he's not picking on her or trying to irritate her. It's quite sweet. The other character who I really liked, was her grandmother. She is one tough woman. She is fun and inviting and I could imagine sitting in her kitchen having some tea and cookies. 

I loved the mythology of this book and loved learning more about Valkyries. I was really excited to read this when I first heard about it, but I have to admit I was a bit nervous since I hadn't really read a book like this. I had no need to be worried at all. This definitely exceeded my expectations. The visual imagery I got from reading this was fantastic in itself, but the great storyline and incredible cast of characters made this a total win! 4 out of 5 stars. 

About the author

Ingrid Paulson lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter and enjoys long-distance running, eavesdropping, and watching science documentaries. 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 any more. VALKYRIE RISING is Ingrid's first novel.

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

Author links

Twitter ~ Website ~ Goodreads

There is also a really great tour wide giveaway. One signed copy of Valkyrie Rising. U.S. ONLY

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  1. So many people enjoyed this book, so i really can't wait to read it either!! Thanks for the giveaway!! For me, i love italy, so i wish i can visit that!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

    1. It was a very good book. Good luck on the giveaway. As for me, I would love to go to Thailand. It seems like it would be beautiful, and that's where my mother is from so I could maybe meet my family from over there.

  2. I've found lately that I love mythology weaved into books! Unfortunately I couldn't really get into this one the repetitiveness was grating and I didn't have it in my to persevere but I think that if I had I could have potentially really enjoyed it. Awesome review, as always!

    1. I hate it when I read books like that. Like Unspoken, I think that I really would like the book, but it just felt like it was dragging on and I had other books that I wanted to get to. I think that some books are ones that you just need to read leisurely at your own pace, with no obligation to review.

  3. I've never read a Valkyrie book either. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.


    1. It was very interesting. I loved getting to know more about Norse Mythology since I really didn't know much about it at all.

  4. One of the series I like, the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep, has some Valkyries in it -- I'm always happy to see a different kind of mythology than Greek, which I already know and love!

    1. That was what I loved about this. I know Greek Mythology really well, and I love reading books that have a lot of different takes on the mythology, but this is the first book I have read that is totally Norse Mythology. I have read books that mention Valkyries, or they are a part of the story, but none all about them until now. It was great!!

  5. I'm really liking the sound of this book the more I see it popping up on my feed or on blogs. It really does have an unusual premise, but I think Paulson did a great job of making it work! I'm really glad you enjoyed this too Amy! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! :)

  6. I just didn't enjoy Valkyrie, I found it to be lacking a "spark" that attracted my attention. But do many readers have enjoyed this book. I'm really glad you enjoyed Valkyrie Rising, Amy. Great review!

  7. Paris, France. Thank you. Jerri Davis

  8. cool review. thanks for participating

    1. Thank you for hosting it! It was my pleasure.


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