Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Valkyrie Rising and Starling

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. This week’s choices are:

Title: Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: Oct. 9, 2012
Genre: Mythology

Goodreads Summary: 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 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.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: Aug. 15, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology

Goodreads Summary: "Love is just the beginning... of the end." Mason Starling is a champion fencer for Gosforth Academy, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Until now. When a ferocious storm rips through Manhattan and unleashes terrifying creatures onto Gosforth’s campus, Mason barely escapes alive.

Without help from the mysterious stranger who appeared in the midst of the storm, she might not have made it at all. But now, in the aftermath, Mason’s life begins to spin dramatically, mystically out of control, and the only one who seems able to help her is the stranger who can remember nothing but his name: Fennrys Wolf.

As Mason and Fenn uncover more about Fenn’s past and the strange events that surround them, they realize that Mason’s family — and its dark allegiance to the ancient Norse gods — is at the center of everything. A predetermined fate seems to be closing in on Mason, but is it possible to change one’s destiny?

Readers who fell in love with Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange trilogy and those who love Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series will be captivated by the sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action of Starling.

Why am I waiting on Valkyrie Rising and Starling? There are not nearly enough YA books with Norse mythology and along with the fantastic cover, Valkyrie Rising looks like a winner. When I read the description of Starling and saw that Lesley Livingston is bringing Fennrys back, I did a little sqee! He was one of my favorite characters from the Wondrous Strange books and I’m thrilled he will be featured in another series. Plus, Starling includes some Norse mythology as well and I love myth. What books are you waiting on?


KM said...

I'm REALLY excited for both of these! Two of my most anticipated reads of 2012 :)

Lark Andrea said...

I am adding both of these to my TBR List. They look awesome!

Reading Lark's WOW

Cecelia said...

Very interesting choices. I've seen Starling around, but I hadn't heard of the other one. They sound like action-packed adventure, for sure. Nice picks!

If you’d like, you can check out my WoW here.

Unknown said...

I've never heard of these but the cover to Valkyrie Rising is awesome!

My WoW

Jessica @ Books: A true story

Anonymous said...

I like the sound of both of these! Especially the first one. And you're right, there aren't enough YA novels about Norse mythology. I'd love to see more about mythology period because mythology was one of the things that really hooked me on reading when I was younger.

Here's my WOW.

Jenny @ Into The Morning Reads

Tiffany (Tiffany Reads) said...

I'm so excited for both of these! They both sound so interesting and the covers for them are really pretty. Great pick :)

Momo (Books Over Boys) said...

Ooo, I can't wait for either of these! And I loooooove the covers for both! :) Awesome picks!

Danny said...

OoOoO I can't freaking wait for both books either!
I mean Valkyrie Raising simply sounds like nothing else out there so I'm looking forward to it!

Paige said...

Both books sound really cool. Here's my WoW!

~Paige @ Comfort Books

Lindsay Cummings author said...

harper always has the best covers and books!!!!

stop by my post? I'm hosting an exclusive cover reveal for a fall 2012 YA from Paper Lantern Lit and Philomel/Penguin!

Patricia Eimer said...

Adding both of these to my TBR list and I'm adding Starling to my "buy the daughter" list since it has a fencer in it.

Tiger Holland said...

Eep! The valkyrie one looks great. I'm ready to move on from angels and vampires for awhile, so some Norse mythology-based YA sounds like just the antidote. :-)

Don't give up on K-Dramas! They're scarily addictive, but so rewarding. When a bleh book gets me down, these shows are a great pick-me-up. :-)

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) said...

Oh these look awesome! I am reading American Gods right now (not YA) but there is tons of Norse mythology in it and I'm loving it so much. Of course, I'm a huge mythology sucker anyway.

I'll be adding these to my list. Thanks!!

Bookworm1858 said...

I love the Wondrous Strange books-definitely my favorite faerie books. I can't wait to find out what Livingston has in store for us!


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