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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062025724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062025722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 6-10-Sixteen-year-old Ellie is used to being an outsider: she's blond, statuesque, and Graham Overholt's little sister-no guys dare get too friendly with her as long as the golden boy, high school sports star is watching. Normally her visits to her grandmother in Norway are different. She blends in with the locals and everyone is typically friendly. But not this summer. Instead, she is greeted with suspicion and even hostility. Young men have been disappearing at an alarming rate, and a ridiculous-sounding rumor has begun that these vanishings are the work of Valkyries: beautiful women from mythology who were seen around battlefields gathering the souls of young men for Odin's army of the undead in Valhalla. Ellie would think the rumor was ridiculous, too, except she's seen the strong, beautiful women who've appeared in the clubs just before some men have gone missing, and suddenly her grandmother is acting strange as well. To complicate matters, Graham's infuriating and irresistibly handsome best friend has also come to Norway. What Ellie doesn't know is that Tuck has a secret, and it might save or doom the young men of the village. With guest appearances from Odin, Loki, and even the Morrigan, the plot in this creatively imagined but incompletely executed book creeps along for the first half, then struggles to gain its footing as Ellie accepts who she is and what she is up against. If readers ignore the flat characters and stick with the book to the end, they will be rewarded with a thrilling climax where the mythological characters intersect and become better realized.-Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, COα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Elsa Overholt is 16 and has always been in her brother’s shadow. As the family golden boy, Graham could do no wrong, but Elsa is tired of his overprotective nature. Now that Graham is headed to college, she sees her chance to finally steer her own life. But first she has to get through the summer visiting her grandmother in Norway, which turns out to be more complicated than she thought. The village is frightened by a rash of missing young men, whispered to be connected to the mysterious and beautiful young women claiming to be the Valkyries of Norse myth. Elsa gets dragged into the intrigue, and by the time Graham arrives, the villagers are blaming her for the disappearances and she realizes that maybe her crush on Graham’s friend Tuck is a bit more complicated as well. While the story follows established teen fantasy tropes, new elements such as the isolated Norway backdrop and the coldly beautiful Valkyries add a fresh touch. Teen girls will empathize with Elsa’s feelings of unsure independence and courage. Grades 9-12. --Tina Coleman

Customer Reviews

I loved the Norse mythology aspect of this novel.
Reading Until Dawn
Valkyrie Rising wasn't a bad book; I found the story to be a bit interesting at times.
Andrea Thompson
Overall this book had nice imagery, an interesting plot and well developed characters.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christina (A Reader of Fictions) on October 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes, it kind of seems like authors have purchased dictionaries of mythological and paranormal creatures, flipping through and arbitrarily choosing one to write about, because they know it will make them money. Actually, that's what my friend suggested when I tried to explain the plot of Valkyrie Rising to her. I'll admit that she does have a point, but, hey, I prefer some well-done variation to consistent repetition of vampires, werewolves, witches, etc.

NGL, I hardly know anything about Norse mythology. My childhood mythology obsession only stretched as far as Greek and Roman, so do not expect this review to critique the accuracy of Paulson's take on Odin and Valkyries. I can't tell you that. What I can tell you is that this book was just so fun, and that I loved the Valkyries. I mean, who doesn't love a group of hot girls who can destroy anyone with their physical prowess and mind powers? Sure, some of them are a little bit evil, but they're still really interesting, which is clearly the most important thing.

I completely loved the first half of this novel, before the paranormal elements really entered the scene, not that I didn't like those but they weren't my favorite part. What I loved was the dynamic between Ellie and Tuck. They have this snarky back-and-forth banter, a mutual loathing/attraction, that I find incredibly compelling. Basically, they remind me a whole lot of Benedick and Beatrice (couple name: Beatrick) from Much Ado About Nothing. Given that they are perhaps my OTP, that's seriously high praise from me. The best moments are when Ellie and Tuck really get the insults flying thick and fast.

Ellie comes across as a real teenage girl to me, awkward and rebellious and lonely and without an accurate sense of herself.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Krazzyme on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't know how to rate and review this novel.I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either.It's much better than a lot of novels I've read recently but it lacks something that stops it from becoming AMAZING.

The concept
I loved the concept. I've never heard of Valkyrie's before (unless you count that Tom Cruise movie) and it was interesting to read about and discover these new beings.I also loved the fact that Norse mythology was incorporated in this novel. I actually wanted to find out more about the history of Valkyrie's and find out more things about Odin.[I read part of his introduction of Wikipedia and found it to be a very interesting read]

The characters


I really liked this character.I really enjoyed this novel because of him. The only problem I had with him was that whenever I would read his name I would be reminded of Tucker from the Unearthly series.Apart from that I have no complaints against him.

I have mixed feelings towards this character. There were times when she really frustrated me and I wanted to yell at her to grow a backbone but I can understand why she's the way she is which made her more bearable. I didn't like the way she mistreated one guy but it's something that can be ignored.

I really liked her when she wasn't hiding things from Ellie "for her safety" .

The plot

Some parts were unpredictable and I liked that.The first half was a little slow and a little frustrating.The second half was interesting and different.

Overall,I think if I was in a better mood I would have liked this a little more but I just felt as if something was missing.I thought the end was a little too tidy(i.e. things came together too easily) .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Whitney @ vividreads on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was really excited to read this book. I remember watching an episode of Charmed with Valkyries, which I really loved. So when I saw this book, I was immediately drawn in.
Unfortunately it didn't add up to what I was hoping for. I don't think it was because I had high expectations, though. I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style. At times I felt there was to much description. Then when it came to the world, I would have liked to see more. I didn't get a feel for the world. The plot, to me, felt very predictable and a little dull.

The characters I found a bit under developed. They just didn't do it for me. I found myself not caring what happened to them. Ellie, was not a character I enjoyed reading about. It seemed she didn't really know who she was, therefore I didn't know who she was. Needless to say I found all the characters a bit two-dimensional.

Another thing I didn't like was, one minute Ellie doesn't know what's going on, then all of a sudden, she had all this knowledge. I didn't get to go through that learning curve, sort of speak, with her. She just all of a sudden just knew. Which is why I say I didn't like the writing style, because it was like that through the entire book.

The romance, I didn't like either, lol. I liked Tuck & Ellie as friends, but I didn't think they worked as a couple. There wasn't any chemistry between them. But as friends, they had that back and forth batter that I like. But as a couple, they were sweet, yes, but it was also boring. And VERY cheesy. lol
I found myself rolling my eyes many times, every time Ellie mentioned Tuck. I swear her stomach flipped every time he looked at her. lol.

Overall, this book just wasn't for me. I think part of that is because Ellie spends most of the book looking for her brother.
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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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