Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

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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 that something powerful and ancient will awaken in her and that strange whispers will urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, suddenly there's 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.


About Ingrid Paulson

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Ingrid Paulson lives in San Francisco, CA, with her husband and daughter and enjoys long-distance running, eavesdropping, and watching science documentaries. Valkyrie Rising is her first novel. You can visit Ingrid online at
Published October 9, 2012 by HarperTeen. 357 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sixteen-year-old Ellie travels to Norway to visit her grandmother and finds that she has an identity she never expected.

Aug 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Valkyrie Rising

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On a trip to Norway Ellie finds out the truth of her grandmother’s past, and must learn how to deal with the ramifications of that past.

Oct 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Valkyrie Rising

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Early in the novel, Ellie complains about Tuck's egotistical behavior and track record with women, but his supposedly flirty behavior is never shown because from the beginning Tuck only has eyes for Ellie.

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