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[Flashback Friday] - #32

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   Author: Ingrid Paulson
   Release Date: October 9th, 2012

     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.

My Stance:

     It's a full week with everything out nearly on time and it's been a great week. I work Friday night, so I apologize ahead of time if I don't get around to answer any questions or well, to catch up on comments. This week on Flashback Friday is a book that I nearly forgot about, Valkyrie Rising. The cover reminded me why I added this to my list, the cover is great, and captures a lot from the synopsis in such a short amount of time and space.

     This cover it almost lives and breathes Norway. Having never been to Norway myself, when I picture Norway, a scene like depicted on Valkyrie Rising's cover just bursts to life and burns in my mind. With the fog in the background we get the feeling that not everything is as they seem, and that's pushed further with the shadow of a person standing in the fog behind what would be Ellie.

     To the synopsis, Ellie was one of the character I think most could relate to. An average teenager, that is more than what meets, the eye. As well, what she's going through isn't at all what she expects, as most teens are nowadays. As well, the school I went to taught you nearly nothing about the real world, and I hear it's getting worst. So this does a great job capturing my perspective of what teens know, nearly nothing about the world around them, and having to grow up and find out who they are and just how far they are willing to go.
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