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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Valkyrie Rising Blog Tour Review and Giveaway!

Hey y’all! Thanks for stopping by my stop on the Valkyrie Rising Blog Tour! I have a review of this awesome book for you today. So check it out and fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of Valkyrie Rising!

Valkyrie Rising
Ingrid Paulson
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 0062025724
Source: ARC from the Publisher
Rating: Loved
From Goodreads.
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 trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.                                                                                      Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age..

I loved this book so much! I was a little disappointed to find out that it is a stand-alone though, because I definitely would have loved to read more about this world! I thought Ingrid’s take on Norse Myth was awesome! If you’ve read any of my other reviews on books that have mythology involved y’all should know that it’s a favorite subject of mine. All mythology! I especially like Celtic and Norse since that’s part of my heritage. I loved the Valkyries and meeting Loki whom I knew even before he introduced himself the trickster was an awesome character! I wanted to see more of Odin though and meet more of the gods from Midgard (hence the reasons for another book lol)

Ok so I think one thing I loved about this book was the love interest Tuck. And not just because he’s smoking hot (which he is and he’s such a smooth talker lol) but, because he’s literally the boy next door and, her older brother’s best friend! So it’s not an insta-love story. This thing between them has been growing for years even though Ellie may not realize it and they both may fight it, they belong together! It’s so sweet and one thing I wanted to see more of was their relationship and how it progresses hence the anger for this being a stand-alone lol.

So of course I chose a scene between Tuck and Ellie because yeah I’m kinda in love with that dude.

“Crazy about you, Ells,” Tuck said, breaking away and kissing my forehead. “Been fighting it for as long as I can remember.” He towed me toward the front of the house, but I dragged my feet, not ready for the night to begin and seriously needing a moment to fix my shirt.

“Why? Why didn’t you just tell me?”


“Of what? Me?”

“You don’t go after your best friends little sister.” His voice was strained. “Especially when he’s Graham. No one was ever good enough for you.”

Even though I dreaded the answer, given that he’d used past tense, I had to ask, “So what’s different now?”


We both knew he was lying. There was an army of bloodthirsty Valkyries standing between us and Graham’s disapproval. Valkyries who might very kill all three of us before the night was out. If I pushed my line of questioning any further I wouldn’t like the answers I got.

Ok if I was Ellie I’d be saying screw my older brother! LOL So Valkyrie Rising came out two days ago what are you waiting for? Go buy it!!!!!

Author Spotlight
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 still waiting for her to come clean.

You can visit Ingrid on the web at

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  1. Great review! I've been really intrigued by this book, especially with the myth side of it. Looking forward to reading it now. :)

  2. I would go back to Scotland. I lived there for 10 months and made a really good friend, and it would be awesome to go back. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  3. Great review. I really liked this book too. I loved Tuck. That part was so sweet. I liked that scene!!

  4. I'd love to visit Findland.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I've always wanted to visit Italy . . . the museums, the sculpture, the shops!!!

  6. If I could visit a European country, I would visit Spain! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  7. I would love to visit Japan, so different than the US. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. That's hard there's so many but I guess I'd say France because the eiffel tower sounds so amazing and looks so pretty in photos. But there are so many others that I'd like to see too.

  9. I've been to a few European countries, but one I haven't been to that I really want to visit is Italy.

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  11. Awesome review of this book. I would have to say I would love to visit England.

  12. I'd love to visit the countryside in Italy.


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