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Valkyrie Rising (Valkyrie #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  6,080 Ratings  ·  666 Reviews
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 tr
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars How could this possibly fail to be anything but entertaining? I mean...valkyries!

Review to come.

But I bet I'm not the only one thinking kill the wabbit , hee hee.

Mar 20, 2012 Natasa marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-covers
Cover reaction:

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!

Summary reaction:

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
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars.
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
Apr 24, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
I didn't enjoy anything about this book, I'm sorry to say. Everything about it seemed to be wrong for me:

- 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
advance copy of this novel was provided by HarperTeen through Goodreads

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
This review is also available over at my blog.


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-
Sep 24, 2012 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh.. it was OK at first. Truthfully though all the side drama lost me, so much that I started skimming somewhere around 75%. Long before that though I already wasn't feeling it. Elsa seems like she's different. (KEY WORD: seems) There's that close relationship with her brother makes her stand out. BUT not really, she turns around and becomes one of those who wants to get out from so and so's shadow. It's her being stifled by the closeness, and doing some pretty ~oh, how do I put this politely? ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
There is a Norse legend about a god who made soldiers out of the dead. Odin and his minion - the brave and the strong Valkyries aided the god in guiding the dead to his kingdom. This novel, however, tells the story of a power hungry god who collects living soldiers instead of the dead.

Ellie's looking forward to a summer holiday in Norway; away from the hustle of L.A. and away from Tuck - her brother's best friend who stirs a gamut of emotions that she's sometimes too afraid to entertain. But luc
Ravenous Biblioworm
Rating: 2/5

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I did not like this book. Yeah, I know. Yeah, I’m going to tell you how I really feel. Yep, I won’t hold back either. But before the rant I’ll tell you what I liked.

I liked the Norse mythology behind the book. I liked the last quarter of the book when everything fell together and started moving along and there was action. But by then I just didn’t really care anymore because everything neatly falls into place (in the not so good way)
4.5 stars

As much as Elle loves her brother Graham she's tired of his overprotective big brother tendencies that can gets a little out of control and even embarrassing. She feels like she'll never compare to him or his side-kick best friend, Tucker. So when Ellie leaves a week early to Norway to visit their grandmother before Graham, she's relived that she gets to spend the summer where not everyone worships the ground he walks on and she can finally let loose. But things have been strange since
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
3.5 stars

The reason I read this book was that short story- Valkyrie Symptoms, which came out a couple of days ago. It’s in Tucker’s POV and it was so sweet. I liked the banter he shared with Ellie, kid sister of his best friend, Graham. Tucker is afraid to act on his feelings towards Ellie because he thinks her brother will not approve and doesn’t want to lose their friendship. This short story is set a couple of days before Valkyrie Rising begins. It was a great introduction for the series and
4.5 stars

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
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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Diversity Rating: 0 – What Diversity?
Disability: 0
Intersectionality: 0

Once in a supermoon, HarperCollins will take an older YA novel of theirs that’s seemingly chosen at random and temporarily make it free free (previous titles have included The Ivy and Sweet Venom). That’s exactly how I ended up with Valkyrie Rising, which has been languishing on both my Kindle and my Nook for what feels like centuries in publishing years. I thi
You can also find my review on my blog The Bookaholic as part of the VALKYRIE RISING Blog Tour!

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
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick and Dirty: A girl finds out she is a Valkyrie and goes against her heritage to save the disappearing boys throughout Norway.

Opening Sentence: Half the school came to Graham’s eighteenth birthday party.

The Review:

It’s summer and that means it’s time for Ellie (Elsa) and her brother Graham to visit their grandma in Norway. It seems like a normal vacation. Until Ellie is asked out by a college boy that her grandmother just happened to babysit when he was y
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Mar 13, 2012 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers disappointed by Starling
Originally posted on A Reader of Fictions.

Sometimes, it kind of seems like authors have purchased dictionaries of mythological and paranormal creatures, flipping through and arbitrarily choosing one to write about, because they know it will make them money. Actually, that's what my friend suggested when I tried to explain the plot of Valkyrie Rising to her. I'll admit that she does have a point, but, hey, I prefer some well-done variation to consistent repetition of vampires, werewolves, witches
Jan 24, 2012 Nafiza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Having two older brothers of my own, I can totally empathize with Ellie’s feelings about her Nordic Godlike sibling who casts Ellie in shadow. His protectiveness also sounds rather familiar (all those cute boys who wouldn’t look at me cuz of my damned brothers, sigh!). I found the novel to be vastly entertaining and very engaging. It is total fluff – enjoyable fluff and I did enjoy reading it. I found the setting a welcome change from the usual settings of YA paranormals and would have loved a b ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars: A book that takes us to Norway and introduces us to the mythological Valkyries and Odin.
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
Mar 13, 2012 nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

I've been pining for Valkyrie Rising ever since I saw the cover and read the title. YA has explored endless paranormal creatures from vampires to aliens. Yet, Valkyries are pretty new to the genre. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I realized that this book was going to be based on Norse mythology. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed.

When Ellie, along with her older brother, Graham, travel to Norway to spend the summer with their grandmother, Ellie's life changes for good. In the small to
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
***4 1/2 stars***

I am so unbelievably ashamed of myself for putting this book off for so long. I daresay I had the galley in my possession for a few months before I even cracked it open. And then I remembered the allure of that cover, and the pull of Norse mythology reminded me why I wanted to read the book in the first place. I love mythology, any kind and of any origin, in all of its various permutations over the years and through various retellings. Can't get enough of the stuff. And the fact
I cannot believe how much I loved this book, I mean like
I mean Valkyries? I have never read many books of this kind. So little these days have Valkyries.
And Ingrid makes me love Valkyries.
RATING: 4.50

That was my reaction to the cover.
And this
Was my reaction to the plot.

As you can probably already tell, I absolutely loved Valkyrie Rising. It has an original plot, I have not come across many books with good/bad valkyries before.
However, initially, I found the story a bit dry with all the
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Rating: 3 1/2 stars

I'm a huge mythology fan, and I think Norse might be one of my favorites (tied with Greek and Indian). So I was REALLY excited to get an ARC of Valkyrie Rising. I loved the hint of Norse myths that the blurb promised and the idea that the book was set in Norway. (I love a good foreign setting!) And while this wa
Eliza Baum
Really about a 4.5, but I rounded up out of love. :-)

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 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
Sep 25, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
** 2.5 Stars**

You know what's hard about writing reviews? Trying to write a review for a book that didn't elicit in either direction. Valkyrie Rising wasn't a bad book; I found the story to be a bit interesting at times. But I also can't say that it is a great book, either. I just found myself simply not caring about the story or the characters. So basically, I feel as if I'm grasping for something to say.

I'm certain part of the problem is that I'm discovering that I'm just not into Valkyries. A
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
This is one of the YA book that I have been most looking forward to reading all year. The cover, the Norwegian setting and the idea of Valkyries just captured my imagination. Wow was I disappointed! I almost put it down about 6 times.

The story is about Ellie, her brother Graham, and his best friend Tuck who are spending the summer with their grandmother in Norway. But strange things are happening in their quiet town and Ellie finds herself in the middle of it all.

This book is SLOW! For 140 pages
Emily Anne
Nov 04, 2012 Emily Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 le
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Where do I start with this review? I really wanted to love this book. I was drawn to it by the cover and the blurb, but unfortunately, it didn't do it for me. I say this with a sad face. This review might come off as bit of a rant.

I think my biggest issue was the main character, Ellie. I couldn’t connect with her and found her to be immature, whiny, and weak. There were times that I thought okay, here we go. She is going to kick-butt now and show these girls whose boss, but that never happened.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Valkyrie Rising is by far one of the best Mythology books I have read this year. I loved how the setting was placed in Norway and how the characters each had their own inner demons ans secrets to face. Thank you to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read this ARC copy and when it releases on October 09, 2012 I will be purchasing a copy for my book shelf.

We met Ellie who is a shy girl who lives in the shadow of her older brother. Her older brother Graham is very protective of his siste
Aug 29, 2012 JeanBookNerd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ingrid Paulson’s Valkyrie Rising is an amazing Norse Mythological story that follows sixteen year-old Ellie. Living in the shadows of her older brother Grahm, she felt like she could not be her own when every time people see her, they only think of her as Grahm’s baby sister. This fact made her life invisible and her love life to be non-existent. Although Grahm is always telling Ellie what to do, he’s not a bad brother. He’s only doing it to protect his sister. Ellie knows this about her brother ...more
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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 sti
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