This is the first book I have read about Valkyries and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I have become a mythology fan over the last couple of years, so I was looking forward to seeing what this book held in store. Ellie Overholt is 16 years old and has been living in the shadow of her brother Graham, who is 18, all her life. Graham is perfect. He is popular, the star athlete, smart, center of attention, you name it. Ellie loves him dearly, but she has become a pro at not being noticed and becoming invisible, and is a little resentful about it. Graham is also very protective of Ellie, especially since her father is no longer living. Ellie and Graham are planning a trip to Norway to the small village of Skaveopoll, to visit Ellie's grandmother for the summer. She is really looking forward to this trip until she finds out Tuck is going, or so she says. Tuck is Graham's 17-year-old best friend who lives two doors down from Ellie. He is an athlete, totally hot, and he and Ellie have been at each others throats since they were kids.
Ellie arrives in Norway 2 weeks before Graham does and is really looking forward to some alone time. When she visits the village, however, she finds people are treating her oddly, even hostile, and she doesn't know why. She meets a hot Norwegian, goes on a date, and things really get weird when two beautiful women enter the pub with a commanding and dangerous presence. She also finds out that young guys have been disappearing, and that the townspeople think her grandmother has something to do with it, believing she is a witch. Graham and Tuck arrive, and Tuck is acting differently towards Ellie, which is confusing and thrilling at the same time. Then, Ellie comes face-to-face with the reason these boys are disappearing. She has to come to terms with the fact that Valkyries are real, that her grandmother knows more than she is letting on, and things are happening to her and around her that she doesn't understand. Determined to keep her family safe and find out what part she plays in all of this, she and Tuck, who has plenty of his own secrets, set out on a mission to get to the bottom of things and save the missing boys. What she learns not only will surprise you, it surprises Ellie even more.
I liked this book. I found the whole Valkyrie concept entertaining. Ellie's character was kind of passive in the beginning, but she developed into a pretty tough chick as the book goes along, and I grew to like her. Tuck was hot, and I liked him also, and I liked how he was committed to helping Ellie in her quest. Astrid, well, I hated her, then ended up liking her. The setting of the book was beautiful. I really liked how the Valkyrie Norse mythology was set in modern day time. As far as romance, I enjoyed seeing Ellie and Tuck become closer, and would have liked to have seen more of that. Overall, I found this book both entertaining and enjoyable. It ended well, but has the potential for a sequel, but I don't know if there are plans for that or not. I would love to see more Tuck and Ellie. If you enjoy mythology, especially Valkyries, contemporary romance, combined with some mystery and action, then Valkyries is one book you will want to check out.show more
by Ellen Gault