Rise Up

Finished a new book yesterday, here’s the review:

Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

The title alone was enough to draw me into this one: a story about a teenage valkyire? Sign me up! I said to myself when I saw it in the store. Who wouldn’t want to read about valkyries? With YA being a genre that’s delved into all sorts of mythologies and supernatural business in the last decade (angels, werewolves and demi-gods, oh my!) it’s high time we saw a book about valkyries. Of course they’re also some valkyrie action in Lesley Livingston’s Tempestuous and Starling – not to mention the inspiration from the valkyrie myths that I’ve used in my own writing – but I was more than ready for more.

As you might have guessed from that enthusiasm, my expectations were pretty high for Valkyrie Rising. I can happily report that this book lived up to its intriguing concept. Our protagonist is Elsa “Ellie” Overholt, a 16 year old girl with an overbearing older brother and a pretty kickass grandmother, who finds herself in the middle of the fight when the ancient world of myths collides with the 21st century. Local boys are disappearing in and around her grandmother’s small village in Norway and Ellie’s newfound valkyrie strength might be the only thing that can save them. I liked that while Ellie was initially wary of her newfound power, she didn’t waste too much time in “I just wanna be normal!” mode. There’s also romance (in the form of the rather swoon-worthy Tucker Halloway) and appearances by two of the most famous Norse gods: Odin and Loki (I was totally picturing Tom Hiddleston as Loki, even though his version Loki doesn’t match up with the book description.) The book has a satisfying conclusion, but enough loose threads are left dangling for the sequel (which I think is preferable to an outright cliffhanger.)

Final Grade: A

 

I also recently bought some new books:

Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

 

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Author: Bex

Aspiring writer and life-long bookworm.

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