I *sigh* am at a lost for words. It would appear that this is the year of the debut author! I have yet to read a sucky debut novel in 2013. *knock on...moreI *sigh* am at a lost for words. It would appear that this is the year of the debut author! I have yet to read a sucky debut novel in 2013. *knock on wood* Parallel was a phenomenal recipe for instant reading addiction!
* You take Einstein's theory on parallel universes * add a lovable main character * knead in some broken memories * dice up some trippy love square...not triangle * Shake in an earthquake * & serve on a mundane summer day...Voila! (less)
One thing that caught my eye and intrigued my interest about “Valkyrie Rising" was the symbolism of the cover: the posture of the girl, her athletic b...moreOne thing that caught my eye and intrigued my interest about “Valkyrie Rising" was the symbolism of the cover: the posture of the girl, her athletic build, the trademark blond hair, the metallic sequins, the position of the mountains eluding to the shaping of the wings, and the guy in the background just beyond the mist standing at her right. This is a modern play on Norse mythology. I'm not widely familiar with it all, but I definitely recall the muscular blond females with wings sporting metal bikinis wielding a disk shield and sword. They were called Valkyries and they were very “Girl Power”. Sort of reminiscent of Zena, warrior princess, in her hay day before she started kissing Gabby.
Norse mythology art and literature always appeared brute and savage to me. (Granted the only characters that truly strike a cord are Beowulf and Thor.) The truly unique thing about Valkyrie Rising is the author feminizes the women and showcases them in a softer light. In an essence bringing sexy back to Norse mythology.
Valkyrie Rising tells the story of the summer Ellie, her brother Graham, and his best friend Tuck visit her grandmother in Norway. As quiet as the town seems, it harbors many secrets, unsolved mysteries and grudges. Ellie finds herself way over her head in the middle of it all while discovering her heritage.
I enjoyed this story so much. The sibling dynamics was something I could relate to growing up the only female of four brother; and I found that “shadow living” to be very believable. The romance was also hot and cute yet wasn't over the top. I enjoyed the build up. The plot was unexpected and held many twists. *Gushes* I am a sucker for a good heroine book ! Though I would have liked more kick ass and less ass kicking of the lead female. While there was much action, there was a very political ending. In spite of my small and very minute complaints, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. I look forward to reading about more Valkyries!
*Big Thanks to the author for entrusting me with an honest review.(less)
I'm a lustful book cover whore. Harsh but true. My motivation for buying Alice in Zombieland was purely cosmetic. The fact that so many loved it is wh...moreI'm a lustful book cover whore. Harsh but true. My motivation for buying Alice in Zombieland was purely cosmetic. The fact that so many loved it is why after purchase it collected scrap fabric dust in my sewing room. It was in my studio for inspiration purposes. For shame! I had no intention of reading it. And then I did a buddy read with a book club member and that was encouragement enough.
While Alice in Zombieland was less trippy glitter activity and more guts, I enjoyed it. It was a zombie tale like no other with a very cute love story. There were Wonderland references with the characters but that was as far as the similarities went. The zombies were not the traditional "must eat brains" walking dead type. And for that kind of originality I simply could not put this down. (less)