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 the idea behind Valkyrie Rising, since both the setting and plot sounded really unique. Unfortunately, I felt like the pacing was too slow, and it took me a while to get through it.
The plot for Valkyrie Rising was interesting enough. It follows a girl, Ellie, who’s staying with her grandma for the summer in Norway. When she arrives in Norway,people there treat her like an outsider, and at the same time she finds out a that a group of boys have been mysteriously disappearing. I thought the mythological element brought into the story was really cool, especially since I’ve never read a book about Norse mythology before. The setting described was also gorgeous and I loved reading about it!
My favorite aspect of the book would be the relationship between Tucker and Ellie. They had to work together to save Ellie’s brother and Tuck’s best friend, Graham. Tucker was funny and confident, which turned out to be a very cute combination ;) I liked Ellie, but nothing about her stood out too much to me. Together, though, they were so funny and I loved their banter!
The thing I struggled with the most in Valkyrie Rising was the pacing. It dragged at times, and I felt it took way too long to get to the action and main part of the plot. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very hard for me to put this book down because of that. I feel like the book would have been much more interesting if the plot moved faster.
Overall, I did like Valkyrie Rising, although the pacing was kind of slow. It has a beautiful setting and such a unique idea, that I think do make it worth checking out. I’d give it 3 out of 5 flowers!