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Valkyrie (edition 2016)
by Kate O'Hearn (Author)
Valkyrie by Kate O'Hearn
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I really disliked this. From the frustrating plot to the equally frustrating characters, I did a lot of skimming. The premise of a Valkyrie who doesn't think she can do her job was so interesting, but the story very quickly/strangely moved into a crusade against bullies. And as a result, I don't think it works well as a mythology retelling or as a story about bullying.
The writing is very basic, with short sentences and simple vocabulary, so it could be a good fit for a struggling reader. But, honestly, I disliked it so much I don't think I'd recommend it when there are so many other books about similar mythology that are better. And this isn't the book's fault but OMG I WASTED TIME READING THIS WHEN I COULD HAVE BEEN READING A MILLION OTHER THINGS. I just need some good middle grade that will appeal to 6th graders, people. This decidedly didn't fit the bill and now I'm just cranky and still behind on my school visit reading. UGH.
Warning there might be spoilers in this review. I loved this book so much! It really opened up Norse Mythology for me and to you folks that say there is made up stuff, the author actually says that she did that. She said she made up the Dark Searchers 'cause she couldn't find any evidence of 'Odin's Police Force'. Also she said she added in the Angels of death. I really liked how the book showed a lot of Norse Mythology. One problem I did have was that it was a little bit predictable, but over-all I just LOVED it!
Cute, fun, simple. For fans of Percy Jackson, early Harry Potter, early Fablehaven.
It wasn't horrible, but I wouldn't recommend it, either. The mythology is off just enough to be annoying, the main character is selfish and short-sighted, and the writing is mediocre at best. But, several of the supporting characters are endearing and it's inspired by Norse myths, so it's not quite disappointing enough to just be a one-star book.
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"Freya is a Valkyrie, a reaper of souls. But she hates what she must do. She doesn't like humans and the pain they inflict on each other, and she never wants to visit another battlefield. But when a soldier begs her to help his family back in the human realm, she agrees and discovers a world of friends. Now she'll have to find a way to keep her promise to the soldier and prevent the wrath of Odin from destroying the world"--
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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