Stefan Bachmann's The Peculiar is a gorgeous debut set in a fantastical version of theMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Stefan Bachmann's The Peculiar is a gorgeous debut set in a fantastical version of the gritty streets of London. The story follows the trials and tribulations of young Bartholomew, the Changeling. In a world where fairies roam the streets in plain sight, and Changelings are depolored by humans and the fae, Bartholomew must learn to face his fears and defeat his many enemies. The Peculiar boasts a magnificent story line and likable characters that will appeal to children and adults. I loved the terrifying world that Bachmann has created and I immediately fell in love with poor Bartholomew. Fans of fantasy, twisted fairy tales, and the darker side of the fae will enjoy this one!
Bartholomew is just like most young children. He likes to play with his toys, he loves his younger sister, and he wants to see the world. The only problem is that he is allowed to be seen by anyone, ever. But Bartholomew is brave and when he's forced to leave the (somewhat) safety of his home, he does so with courage and intelligence. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Bartholomew overcome the obstacles that are thrown in his path over and over again; he really is a true hero. Even quiet Mr. Jelliby, a bumbling, idiotic adult who stays locked away in his home as much as he can manages to grow into a more appealing and courageous character. Both characters lean more about themselves and the world around them as they work together.
For being sixteen when he started The Peculiar, Bachmann puts the rest of us to shame. His writing abilities are spectacular, painting vivid images of this frightening world and bringing this entire city to life. The ideas are fresh, the world-building is realistic and horrifying, and the ease with which the plot moves along is elegant. There were some moments where things slowed down and may have moved too leisurely, but overall the story moves quickly and efficiently. I admit, I love a good bloody and graphic scene with bodies swinging from trees, and Bachmann leaves none of these scenes to the imagination. His descriptive language made me feel as if I were really there, watching lifeless corpses swinging from dead branches.
Overall, I loved Bachmann's The Peculiar. It's horrifying and fantastical and the juxtaposition between fantasy and reality with steampunk elements thrown in is perfect. I greatly appreciated that Bachmann refused to portray the fae in a positive light, giving us the true eleven creatures of old world mythology. I loved watching the two main characters grow throughout the story and learn to navigate this strange world they live in, and I can't wait to find out what Bachmann has in store for us next. There are some graphic and scary images that may not be suitable for children under nine....more
I feel like I walked into Darkest Minds thinking one thing, and came out of it thinkinMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
I feel like I walked into Darkest Minds thinking one thing, and came out of it thinking something completely different. Even days later my mind is consumed with the horrific images depicted throughout the novel. This is my first Alexandra Bracken novel and I'm already preparing myself to order more of them. Not only is her writing hauntingly beautiful, but her use of imagery is undeniably powerful and will stay with. Even the characters become people you know and people you want to save. I only recently found out about Darkest Minds but everything about it became an amazing story I won't easily forget. Super powers, deadly diseases, corrupt governments, terrorist groups, and Southern boys are just some of the tantalizing subjects this book holds within its pages.
The characters in Darkest Minds are all amazingly well-written. They're people you fall in love with from the very beginning. Ruby's story became my story; her fears became mine; her hopes, dreams, emotions, everything about her became something I could relate to. Her loyalty to Liam, Chubs, and Suzume is admirable and heartbreakingly beautiful. I loved how committed she was to saving them all without asking anything in return. And Liam... oh my God. That boy is one of the most romantic and faithful love interests I've read about in a long time. His Southern charm and caring personality are the best combination for heroic love interest out there. Even Chubs is someone I fell in love with. He's a bit wary of Ruby in the beginning, but like everyone else he grows to love her, and she him.
The writing in Darkest Minds is absolutely breath-taking. Bracken has an elegant and poetic way of molding words into extraordinary pictures. There were many times when I felt like I was walking alongside Ruby, through an abandoned countryside that was once part of her home. The vivid imagery allowed me to immerse myself in the story, barely coming up for air. This story is amazing, filled with super powers and intricate backgrounds for everyone which eventually surface enabling the reader to learn more about each character and their motivations. I loved slowly getting to know everyone, and the way that Bracken unfolded circumstances into a cohesive plot line that had me curled in the corner by the time it was over.
I feel like my review has become a mess of jumbled words and emotions, my thoughts attempting to fill the page with expressions of how deeply this book touched me. The emotional turmoil I was causes by the end had be gasping for air and reaching for the box of Kleenex while screaming, “But WHY?!” at my dog. I can't tell you how much I needed a hug by the time it was over, and how badly I want to get my hands on whatever Bracken has in store for me next. If you haven't already considered reading Darkest Minds you'll definitely want to add this one to your TBR. Fans of dystopian worlds, super powers, and heartbreaking romance will fawn over this one. ...more
I got through about half of this one when I put it down to read something else. Overly descriptive and slow moving plot had me flipping pages rather tI got through about half of this one when I put it down to read something else. Overly descriptive and slow moving plot had me flipping pages rather than enjoying the story. I really don't even remember much of what I read, it was too boring. I'd avoid this one....more
Despite having never read anything by Melissa Marr, I had really high expectations forMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Despite having never read anything by Melissa Marr, I had really high expectations for this one. Not only was the whole blogosphere all a twitter about it, but Comic-Con did a special giveaway of only 20 coveted ARCs that people were clambering to get. After all of this build up, I finally sat down to read it and I was thoroughly let down. Not only was the plot seriously confusing for most of the story, there were several characters that just rubbed me the wrong way. Oh, hello Mallory, I didn't know you were related to Bella Swan! >_< But I digress. While I really did enjoy Carnival of Souls I feel like it was overly hyped and my high expectations were let down in more than one way.
The story is told from multiple perspectives that all sort of come together at one point or another. There's Aya, the badass killer who's fighting for her right to have a life outside marriage; Kaleb, the most sought after assassin in The City who's fighting his way up the social ladder; Mallory, the annoying naive and mostly clueless daughter of the most powerful man in The City who's spent her whole life in the human world; and all of the side characters who contribute to the livelihood of these three protagonists. While I loved Aya, I felt like I didn't get enough of her. She's so awesome and independent I just wanted to read a book all about Aya. The rest of the characters were alright, but most of the time I either really disliked them or I couldn't really care less about what they were doing.
The story itself is incredibly confusing to get into. I found myself having a hard time understanding what was going on and what the different words or places were. A lot of things are mentioned, but never fully explained by anyone so I was left to just figure it out on my own. Also, a lot of things were really predictable. Characters spend a lot of time hiding things that seemed obvious to me, or I'd make a guess as to what was going to happen next and then, boom!, it happened. Other things, however, really surprised me and added a lot to the plot line. It was definitely fast paced enough to keep my attention and I didn't get bored while reading it. It seemed like 50+ pages would go by and I wouldn't even realize it!
Overall Carnival of Souls was a good read, but it didn't live up the hype. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I was definitely thrown off by the amount of work I had to do to understand what was going on most of the time. A lot of the carnival elements are really fantastic, but I think I would have liked the story more if it was set strictly in The City and didn't have any contemporary elements. I loved the ideas of street vendors wearing masks to display their "goods" and I would have liked to learn more about that world. Carnival of Souls definitely takes you to an interesting place and despite its flaws I'm excited to see where things will lead next!...more
There were two things that drew me to this book. (1) I am a huge fan of Lost and (2) LMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
There were two things that drew me to this book. (1) I am a huge fan of Lost and (2) Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite stories from high school. However, Lost Girls in no way measures up to either of those amazing stories. Not only did the characters grate on my nerves, but the writing style and setting bored me to tears. I have to admit, I strongly disliked most of this book. The problem is, I didn't know why I wasn't enjoying it for quite some time. Sure, I had an issue with the writing but I figured I'd get used to it. I assumed the characters would grow on me and eventually become heroes of some sort. Also, I had to know how it was going to end. I had to know who else was going to die and whether or not they would all be saved. Regardless of what I had hoped would happen, I disliked Lost Girls even more by the time it was over.
Bonnie is, at best, a soldier's daughter with some great survival skills. At worst she's a brat without many leadership skills. I highly disliked Bonnie for most of the story. I found she was just really boring and I hated her attitude. It seemed like she was always trying to be the hero while putting everyone else down. On her trip, she's taken a book with her. Something about motorcycles. She continually references this book and the main character in order to solve all of her problems on the island. Really?? I was unaware that a fictional story about a guy and his motorcycle would provide any survival tips when stranded on an island. Eventually, Bonnie loses her mind and starts referring to her motorcycle guy as if he were a real person.
I just have to point this out: I wrote down the word boring four times in my notes. I guess I had to remind myself how boring this book was. Albeit, there were a few interesting moments, but most of the time I was just flipping pages waiting for something good to happen. For a survival story, there was not nearly enough blood, death, gore, death, bullying, death, or death. Did I mentioned I would have liked more death? Maybe not death. Maybe just some maiming. At least that would have livened up the story line. And the writing was such a mood killer. The story is written in first person present and I am pretty sure the narrator is a twelve year old. The sentence structures are choppy and redundant and the inclusion of journal entries is pointless since the entire book is basically a journal. Even the parts that should have had me cringing or screaming didn't. Everything was too sugarcoated.
Lost Girls had a lot of potential, but it just fell flat for me. I struggled to even finish it at all. The characters are all pretty bland and dislikable and the writing style is so distracting and simplistic that it was hard for me to concentrate on the story. I kept reading because I had to find out what was going to happen, but even the ending was a bit of a let down. When it comes to survival stories, the more realistic the better. If you're looking for a great story about young people in dire circumstances you're better off picking up Ashfall by Mike Mullin or Lord of the Flies. Overall, I'd recommend skipping this one....more
I don't really know where to begin with my thoughts on Level 2. This is definitely a cMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
I don't really know where to begin with my thoughts on Level 2. This is definitely a case in which the more time that goes by, the more my feelings change. At first glance, I liked the book alright. It's a cool concept, dealing with the afterlife in such a manner. I've never read a book that focuses on the idea of purgatory (other than Purgatorio), so it was definitely a catchy topic. However, the execution fell far too short, causing me to almost put the book down for good on more than one occasion. As much as I wanted to love this book, I just couldn't. In fact, I probably won't even pick up the next one. The concept is fantastic and original, but that's about it, sad to say.
Out of all of the characters, I honestly didn't really love any of them. Julian was by far my favorite, but that was only because he's the biggest trouble-maker. He instigates everything and always does his best to mess everything up. Felicia is just boring and annoying as a protagonist, living her afterlife for a boy who's still alive and consuming her days with her video-like memories of him. I mean, I get that she's dead, and she misses her still-alive boyfriend, but get a life. [pun intended] Even in life she seemed pretty lame, and at no point in the story could I connect with her. All of the other characters are pretty one dimensional, sadly, and I kept praying for more scenes with sexy Julian.
Like I said, the concept is fresh and original. The execution is where everything falls apart. I mean for one, the layout of this limbo-like place is filled with technology. Sure, everything is possible in the afterlife or whatever, but these girls are hooked up to big memory playback machines every day so they can relive their lives and then they get points when other people watch their memories and then they can use those points to watch more memories from other people. Confused? Me too. Also, I know this book is all about what happens after you die, but it became way too preachy for me. I mean, the number of times that mention how angelically chaste Neil is is ridiculous. they meet at church, they sing at church, they take an abstinence pledge at church, they make out at church camp, REALLY?! I'm all for spirituality and understanding religions of all kinds, but when they blatantly get pushed in my face I get really turned off.
Enough of the ranting. The concept is good and the writing is well-done, so I will definitely pick up another of Lenore's books, just not one in this series. I wish more of the world that Felicia is now living in had been focused on rather than her past and what lead up to her death. the story is definitely short and if you don't mind the religious undertones than you might really like this one. I definitely would've if the religion had been toned down a few notches and if there was more Julian....more
The Goddess Legacy is a fantastic prequel to the Goddess Test series. I'd always wondeMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
The Goddess Legacy is a fantastic prequel to the Goddess Test series. I'd always wondered how the relationship between Persephone and Hades began, as well as why Calliope was so bitter. Goddess Legacy answers a lot of questions that fans of the Goddess Test series may have as well as opening our eyes to how the Gods and Goddesses have evolved (or not) over time. Although my feelings about the characters didn't change much, I definitely liked seeing them in a different light. After the cliffhanger ending that Goddess Interrupted provided, and after reading about the different relationships between the Greek Gods and Goddesses, I'm even more excited to see how this series will end!
I didn't care much for Calliope, Ava, or Persephone to begin with. They've always been hateful, shallow, and selfish women to me, but it was really great to see how they ended up that way. While Calliope is a murderous wench, I can understand her jealous nature and feelings of betrayal towards Henry/Hades. Her husband is a womanizer and a liar and the only man she ever truly loved has turned his back on her. It makes sense that something inside of her would break. Persephone is thrust into an unwanted marriage with a man she doesn't love (or like really), and the one man she does love is unattainable. My heart really felt for her, but I think it was quite unfair of her to go off galavanting with other men while her husband stayed at home. Even Ava is just a slutty, selfish girl who runs around with different men every day and trying to ruin people's lives. It's safe to say I didn't care for these women before, and I care for them even less now.
The writing is the same as the rest of the series, but the plot is simpler. We already know how these's people's lives end up so there isn't a lot of guess-work involved. Goddess Legacy simply serves to fill in the blanks about why Henry needs a new wife and why James is so ostracized. Although, that bit I really didn't understand. The different novellas all sort of play off of each other, while focusing on the individual God or Goddess. I think my favorite part had to be the beginning, when the original six are still all alone, right after they've defeated the Titans. It was great to see them as a cohesive family, if only for a little bit.
If you're a fan of the Goddess Test books then you definitely need to pick up Goddess Legacy. It will fill in a lot of blanks and answer a lot of questions you've been asking yourself. For once, Kate isn't the central focus and it's a refreshing story about the Gods and Goddesses and their backgrounds. Goddess Legacy starts at the beginning and takes us through the last two thousand years or so, finally ending with how Kate came to be Henry's betrothed. I definitely recommend picking this one up while you're eagerly awaiting the final book!...more
I'll be honest with you, of all of Maggie Stiefvater's books, Raven Boys is by far myMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
I'll be honest with you, of all of Maggie Stiefvater's books, Raven Boys is by far my favorite. While I loved Shiver, Linger was just okay and Forever was a DNF for me, and I still haven't read Scorpio Races. That being said, my decision to read Raven Boys was a bit hesitant at first. I'm so glad I didn't let any prior judgments get in the way of my choice. I devoured Raven Boys. The characters have a depth to them that makes them real and the writing style is as gorgeous as always. Raven Boys is a magical story that you won't be able to fully grasp until the very end, when all the pieces come together and you're pushed off a cliff. The only poor choice I made in reading this one was waiting so long to pick it up. Whether you're a fan of Stiefvater's other works or not, your'e going to want to get your hands on Raven Boys ASAP!
The characters are all beautifully developed. Blue is a little bit weird, having grown up as the only "normal" one in a house full of psychics. Despite her peculiar upbringing she knows who she is and she's proud of where she's come from. The raven boys (Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah) all have their own unique identities and stories that make them who they are. Stiefvater did an amazing job at slowly revealing the life experiences that have shaped these characters and made them who they are. I was able to connect with all of them on so many levels, and my heart just broke for them. And despite how different they may seem on the outside, they're all very similar, and somewhat damaged, on the inside. I absolutely fell head over heels in love with all the boys and their decisions affected me just as deeply as they affected each other.
As always, Stiefvater's writing is as beautiful and poetic as always. Her writing style paints a vivid image of the world she's built and as a reader I was able to immerse myself so fully into the story that I began to believe it was real. When something haunting happened, my body would get the all-over-chills and I would have to make sure all my windows were closed and my door was locked. The story itself was incredibly original and unlike anything I've read before. I love the mixture of the paranormal with the mythological as well as a bit of historical fiction thrown in. I honestly had no way of guessing what was going to happen next and I gave up trying and just let myself frown in the story. I admit, I was confused, horrified, frightened, anxious, and heartbroken on more than one occasion while reading Raven Boys, but I love that Stiefvater was able to pull so many emotions out of me!
If you're one of the few people who hasn't already added Raven Boys to your TBR yet, make sure you get on that NOW. Raven Boys will turn your world upside down in the best of ways. you will fell all of the feelings and fall deeply in love with the amazing characters. It's hard to find a book that is so refreshingly original as well as soul satisfyingly brilliant. I'm not a huge Maggie Stiefvater fan, but I can say if she wrote more books like this I would read every last one of them and become a full fledged uber fan. I highly recommend that anyone and every one pick up Raven Boys the second it hits shelves!...more
I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I started Mystic City. I admiMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I started Mystic City. I admit, the majority of my want to read it came from how gorgeous the cover is. Once I picked it up, however, I knew I was going to be in for an interesting ride. While there are some elements in Mystic City that weren't incredibly original, Lawrence's writing style really held my attention. That and I just had to know what was going to happen! The continuous plot twists and forbidden romance that weave their way through Mystic City really captured me and my heart!
The characters are all really different and fantastic in their own way. Some I hated, some I loved, but I enjoyed reading about all of them. Aria has had her memories replaced with some that just don't make sense to her and she's determined to find out what's really going on. Her perseverance throughout the story is really admirable, and I loved how she was willing to risk her life just to do what was right. She's going to be with the boy she truly loves, no matter what the cost. I seriously fell for Hunter within the first few pages of meeting him. He's strong, independent, loyal, brave, all of the delicious qualities I like my boys to have. Thomas was sweet in his own way, but he also had a tendency to be a total jerk. The other side characters were all really amazing and I loved them (or hated them) in their own ways.
The story is fantastic, although it did tend to become a bit predictable at some points. I definitely guessed what was going to happen on several occasions, but then Lawrence would pull the rug out from beneath me. I read a good portion of this book at work or on the train to school which was probably a horrible idea because I'd find myself laughing out loud or suddenly crying. Those kinds of intense emotions are hard to hide when you're in such a public place. Several events occurred and I didn't know how to process what was going on and I would just sit in stunned silence. The romance developed at a nice pace, Aria was constantly questioning her feelings and trying to figure out what the correct choice was and I really appreciated that. I do feel like the ending was a bit rushed; it was almost like the story was building up towards something and when that moment came it just flew by me in a fit of rage. I think that if 50 more pages were added the ending could have been wrapped up a bit more.
Overall, I really enjoyed Mystic City. It wasn't completely original and some things were incredibly predictable, but the story itself was executed wonderfully. Romance, political intrigue, backstabbing, and death all weave themselves into Lawrence's intricate story. Reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet with a touch of The Godfather, and just a splash of magic thrown in. If you're a fan of dystopian worlds with a magical touch, Mystic City is for you!...more
When this book showed up in the mail along with a few others from HarperTeen I had noMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
When this book showed up in the mail along with a few others from HarperTeen I had no idea what it was about. I honestly had never even heard of it, and since I'm not a big contemporary reader I was a bit skeptical. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised! Not only is this book adorably fun, but it's a great summer read! Gigi and her friends, Bea and Neerja, have been holding themselves back from enjoying high school by spending all their time doing homework, but they've finally decided enough is enough! This is a great story about overcoming social anxiety, the pressures of succeeding, and learning to enjoy high school while still getting good grades!
Gigi is so smart, yet so dumb sometimes which definitely had me face palming a few times. She doesn't have the best taste in boys, although I thought she did for awhile! And her need to succeed has her oblivious to the social world around her. I absolutely ADORED her! Not only was she hilarious, but she was pretty too! I loved reading a story about a girl who was not only smart, but also pretty because I feel like that can be kind of rare in YA. Usually, it's the hot popular girl vs. the mousy-haired book nerd but there's no in between. It was so refreshing to read about someone who was pretty and proud to be so brilliant! Bea and Neerja were also incredibly awesome. Bea especially. I would definitely love to have girls like that for my friends!
The story itself is nicely paced, while staying fun and entertaining. It's told from Gigi's POV and she's got a pretty hilarious mind, I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Beware, there is a love triangle but it is definitely done well. I even found myself having a hard time choosing between the two boys, or even figuring out if they had feelings for Gigi at all! Strohmeyer does an awesome job of putting the reader in Gigi's shoes, because I really felt like I was her. When Gigi felt anxious, I felt anxious for her. When she got excited, I found myself with a huge grin on my face! I'm so happy I had the chance to pick up this book, because it was just so fun!
Overall, I absolutely LOVED Smart Girls Get What They Want! I was so happy to read about a Smart Girl going after what she wanted and putting herself out there on the social chopping block. High school isn't easy and it was great to see a group of friends who could stick together and make the best of it, while maintaining their 4.0 averages! If you're looking for a fun, exciting, cute, and just plain awesome summer read, Smart Girls is the way to go!!...more
Goddess Interrupted starts off right where Goddess Test ends. Kate and Henry are now mMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Goddess Interrupted starts off right where Goddess Test ends. Kate and Henry are now married, but Henry is still and distant as ever. I have to admit, I wasn't too thrilled with their relationship at this point. I really loved Henry in Goddess Test, but he lost some points in my book by this one. The story is definitely more exciting than the first, with Henry being kidnapped and Kate on a mission to save him. I loved how the characters developed throughout the story and I loved getting to see the Underworld, I can't wait to see what's going to happen next!
Kate definitely grows stronger in this installment, but her relationship with Henry is incredibly rocky. There were times when I could relate so well to Kate, having gone through some of the same things in my personal relationship, that I just wanted to slap Henry and make him realize what an amazing girl he has right in front of him. I'll admit, there was a time in my relationship where I felt like I was the only one trying, and where I didn't feel like my concerns were being listened to, which is a heartbreaking experience if you ever have to go through it. Kate's situation touched so close to home, I related so well to her, but I also admired her unwillingness to give up. When you truly love someone, you do everything in your power to hold on to them until the last minute and she really does that. Albeit, seeing Persephone step into the picture did not ease my hesitations, I genuinely disliked the girl. She's incredibly shallow and just plain unpleasant.
The story itself has a lot going on, and it's great to see Kate step up and be the hero for once. The descriptions of the Underworld are amazing, changing from person to person, and Carter really takes you into a world that is both descriptive as well as mysterious. I was definitely hooked from the beginning, not really expecting what was coming. By the end I was completely satisfied until the biggest cliff hanger of my life came out of left field!! I was NOT expecting it whatsoever and now I'm DYING to get my hands on the final book!!
Goddess Interrupted isn't just a middle novel in a trilogy. It's a story all its own that showcases an amazing world that could very well be real. The myth of Persephone has always intrigued me, and seeing more mythology play into the lore of Hades is definitely a plus. I enjoyed seeing the way Kate and Henry's relationship dealt with dysfunction and I definitely loved seeing Kate grow so much as a person, as well as a wife. I am definitely hooked on this series and I cannot wait to find out how it's all going to end! Fans of mythology, romance, and fantasy will love this one! ...more
Oh. My. God. As well all know, after Starling by Lesley Livingston and now Valkyrie RiMore of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration
Oh. My. God. As well all know, after Starling by Lesley Livingston and now Valkyrie Rising, Norse mythology is on the rise in YA fiction. Say goodbye to the Greeks and say hello to those tall, blond Norse hotties! Alexander Skarsgard anyone? Valkyrie Rising definitely kept me on my toes and the characters were all incredibly real. I loved the lush setting of Norway and Paulson's amazing descriptions that had me feeling like I was right there. If you haven't already picked up a copy of Valkyrie Rising you need to get on that RIGHT NOW. Valkyrie Rising will have you on the edge of your seat and the ending will leave you begging for more!
Ellie is an amazing character. She's kind of weak and helpless at the beginning of the novel, but she really grows into her own by the end. I loved seeing her become such a strong and independent female. Ellie really developed as a character which was amazing to see. And Tucker, oh my God Tucker. He was so delicious and such an amazing love interest. There are so many scenes in which Ellie describes Tuck and how appetizing he is and I loved every minute! Even Graham, Ellie's brother, grows throughout the story. I loved all of the different characters for different reasons, but they were all so life-like that it was easy for me to fall in love with each of them.
The story itself is fantastic. I have a huge love for Norse mythology now that it's become so popular in YA fiction. I've even begun doing my own research on the topic just to understand the origins of some of the characters, and I can't wait to see what else is coming out. Paulson's take on the Valkyries was wonderful. I loved reading about these strong women who could easily take on anything and were so connected to each other that it physically hurt to be away from the rest of their kind. And there were so many plot twists and turns! I found myself gasping out loud on more than one occasion! As I said before, Paulson's writing is just fantastic and beautiful. She's incredibly descriptive to the point where you actually feel like you're in Norway, or even Valhalla, and I was completely immersed in the story.
Overall, I absolutely loved Valkyrie Rising. It's an amazing story about learning who you are and where you come from while staying strong and protecting those you love. The characters are fantastic and the writing style is gorgeous. I loved every minute of the story and it's hard to believe that this is Paulson's debut novel. The ending is definitely a bit of a cliff-hanger; some things weren't wrapped up so I'm really hoping there will be a second one! I just can't wait to see what she's coming out with next! If you're a fan of mythology and need something different and refreshing, Valkyrie Rising is one you won't want to miss out on!...more