Valkyrie Rising (Valkyrie #1)
What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the tr...more
Review to come.
But I bet I'm not the only one thinking kill the wabbit , hee hee.
I am ashamed to admit how little I know of Norse mythology, but really, what measly knowledge I have comes mostly from Kevin Hearne and his Iron Druid Chronicles. I used to resent Hearne for that teacher mode he tends to slip into in the middle of an action scene, but his never-ending lectures proved to be useful after all. And people say reading urban fantasy is a waste of time. But I digress…
I really didn’t think I’d enjoy Valkyrie Rising as much as I did. It took me completely by su...more
Oh, wow. It's just so mystical and beautiful and awesome and paranormal and magical and foggy and mysterious and... and... and WINGS! Those mountains behind the model make her look like she's got WINGS!
I'm on the fence here. At least it doesn't look like the romance subplot will take over half the actual plot (fingers crossed). Another bonus: Norway. How many YA books take place in Norway? How many can you think of off the top of your head? None? Yeah, me too. Hop...more
GRs Rating: I’m thinking this one sits at about 3.5 Stars for me.
I often find that writing reviews for books that were just “okay” for me are the hardest ones to write. Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson kind of sits in the middle for me. There was a lot I liked about the book and other things that I thought were simply mediocre. It’s not like the book was poorly written, it’s not. It's just that there were times where I just could not muster up enough emotion to care what was going on. I’m not t...more
Actual rating is 4.5 stars.
Well this was an unexpected treat! Yeah, I do admit the blurb and the concept is very interesting and that it pulled me in, but for some reason my expectations for this book at the start were just... meh. I wasn't expecting anything special. But I'll say now that I was wrong, cause I really enjoyed reading this.
So we have Ellie Overholt, a seemingly shy girl with an uber-popular and a little too over-...more
- Whiny, pathetic, weak heroine, who loves acting naive and stupid. She constantly moans about being all insecure while actually turning out to be a super-special snowflake. Unfortunately, there's no character development and she never even grows into her powers.
- Every single character is a complete cliché
- Obvious, predictable plot
- Beyond predictable, eyeroll-inducing 'romance'
- There's no...more
when i saw that this book was about valkyries, i was excited. i don't think i have ever read a young adult valkyrie book and it seemed like a breath of fresh air. unfortunately i didn't like this too much. the actual rating i'm giving is 1.5 stars.
Ellie is not a likable character to me. she annoyed me to no end. i could tell the author wanted her to be a true heroine. someone that didn't really have confidence but grows into...more
Unfortunately it didn't add up to what I was hoping for. I don't think it was because I had high expectations, though. I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style. At times I felt there was to much description. Then when it came to the world, I would have liked to see more. I didn't get a feel for the world. The plot, to me, felt...more
I found this book sort of at random, and last night I was looking for something a little different to read, so I decided to give it a try. And BOY am I glad I did! I would have zipped through it all in one sitting if it hadn't been relatively late when I started it. So let's see...how to describe my love....
The story was fun, and I loved the concept. In a book market so saturated with vampires, werewolves, and angels, Valkyries were a nice cha...more
The highlight of Valkyrie Rising was the characters and how involved every one of them was in the plot. One of my favorite characters, hands down, was Tuck. He was so snarky and funny that his ch...more
I’ve always been big into mythology stories. Just adore them. There’s something special about how you can take these amazing legends and stories that have been passed down through the centuries and twist them around in so many different ways. Valkyrie Rising isn’t any different there, and it’s refreshing and beautiful.
Now, I do admit that I’ve never been real into the Norse mythology area. Normally, I...more
Another amazing new book. This takes a new look on Valkyries and myths. I was a little sketchy about this book but am so glad I picked it up to read. It was amazing, and you never knew what was going to happen, if the good guys were bad or vice versa.
Ellie another new female to start kicking butt first and asking questions after. She is going to Norway for a few weeks, and when she gets there boys start to go missing. She meets a new boy and his friends are kind...more
The premise might sound familiar for Young Adult Paranormal books: main characters find out about the existence of a supernatural world and their connection to the supernatural creatures living among them, they get pulled into that world, bad things happen, villain shows up, more dangerous things happen, villain is...more
I discovered how much I loved novels using Norse mythology when I fell in love with Wendy Delsol's Stork trilogy. I was so excited to see this title pop up on Goodreads awhile back and I knew I had to give it a try. This book is absolutely fabulous and one of my 2012 favorites. I loved every single moment.
Ingrid Paulson's debut novel delivers a powerful punch of action, romance, and Norse goodness. Readers are transpo...more
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson is an awesome debut full of awesome Norse mythology, kickass females, and swoon-worthy guys.
While a few parts of Valkyrie Rising did seem to drag a bit, for the most part I read Valkyrie Rising in one sitting. It was action-packed and I was sucked in to the story. The stakes just kept getting higher and higher in Valkyrie Rising and I was definitely rooting for Ellie to kick everyone's a...more
I enjoyed a lot of things about Valkyrie Rising. The rich and refreshing setting of Norway. The way the mythology was woven nicely into the story and the fact that it was filled with badass female warriors known as the Valkyries.
Ellie, the main character, was likeable and brave, and her brother's best friend and the love interest Tucker was my favorite because of his awesome personality and protectiveness of Ellie. All the characters were great and believable, and I loved how the romanc...more
Seriously? ReallY? I had really high hopes for this book, considering it took place in Norway(where I live. Sorry for my english btw.) and norse mythology. But it just turned out to be a mega cliche. And don´t even get me started on the Norse mythology. First of all: VALKYRIES.DON´T.FALL.IN.LOVE. Secondly evil Valkyries that kidnap people for fun or whatever they did: NOPE. Sorry but that´s just not how Valkyries work. They choose people who have died in battl...more
Valkyrie Rising is an entertaining read. The story is fun, the Norwegian mythology a nice change for those who love paranormals but are tiring of the shapeshifter/vampire/mermaid fare.
But the book just lacked a certain oomph. I wouldn’t describe it as the strongest title I’ve read recently Though I didn’t want a travel novel, I wished there had been more description of the l...more
Overall the plot line of this book was pretty good. Everything was planned out very well. I liked it.
The only reason why I knocked off a star was because I felt like there wasn't enough of a build up to the main important parts. It wasn't like one of those books that would keep me glued to my spot until I finished the book.
The reason why I gave this book 4 stars was because Ellie se...more
Absolutely, hands down, the best thing about this book is a guy named Tucker 'Tuck' Holloway. Oh my... *fans self* He is absolutely perfect. To be honest, he reminds me a lot...more
Valkyrie Rising is an awesome story about Norse Mythology. Since this is my first time reading about Norse Myth, it really made me curious to read more books regarding it^^
The lead character Ellie was a tough girl. I like her~ She was strong even though many things happen all at once, she didn't broke down and cried like a baby - a thing that is rare in books nowadays.
Tucker, her brother's best friend and the hero of this story is also different from the usual hero's. He isn'...more
It was refreshing to read a book set in Norway, a place not often visited by YA protagonists. E...more
I walked into this book having not the slightest inkling of what a Valkyrie was. And I walked out knowing not much better. But, strangely enough, I was contented because Ingrid Paulson sure can write novels that blow your mind away.
When Ellie heads to Norway to visit her grandmother, the town that greets her is filled with hostility. There are rumours in the air about Ellie's grandmother and a gradually permeating fear about a group of mesmerizing but powerful girl...more
It wasn't a badly written book, but being the nerd that I am about Norse mythology - I had some trouble grasping the idea of some of the things that were being said in the story.
For a start: Valkyries are immortal warrior women. Their name literally translates to 'chooser of the slain.' You will not find a single Valkyrie in the existence of Norse mythology who ever had any desire for romance. In fact, most stories tell of Valkyries executing the men who fell...more
A story about Valkyries! God knows how much I follow and adore Norse mythology, especially after playing the PlayStation game "Valkyrie Profile", so I thought this particular book would satisfy that craving of mine for some action with hot, female, armour-clad warriors! Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations.
Don't get me wrong - this isn't a bad book. In fact, it's far from that - the writing was good, the flow was okay, and the plot, although a bit scattered to me, w...more
What I Liked:
- With so many fairy tales and myths being mined for story content, I give this author big kudos for finding something fresh and relatively untapped to write a...more
Ellie at sixteen has spent the majority of her young life in her brother's golden shadow. Graham is successful in almost everything. He is the perfect older brother, despite the fact that he is fiercely protective of Ellie. If any boy even looks in her direction he is there to fend them off. Ellie and Graham are headed to Norway for the summer to spend some time with their Grandma Hild...more
I've said this before and I'll say it again...I LOVE that the old myths are getting new stories! I love the fresh elements that are being added. Valkyrie Rising is no exception. First you have the strong heroine, Elsa (Ellie). She doesn't start out that way but watching her evolution into the kick-butt, action girl is fantastic! She doesn't just get there over night either, which I appreciated. There's not much in the story about Elsa's father, but the way her mother is described I w...more
Ingrid's grandmother might actually be a Valkyrie; she's sti...more