Thoughts:I think I had read a couple reviews (at least one) and it seemed that they only kinda liked it. However I felt differently....because I LOVED it! First off this is only my third or fourth book involving Norway, viking, and Norse mythology. But this is probably my favorite. It had some cool facts, but not much that I didn't already know. It did take me a few chapters before I was really loving this book and getting caught up in it. And I did get caught up, because there was so much mystery, excitement and kick butt warrior girls :) Plot wise it could have been better, but I still thought it was pretty good. There were some things I guessed, but there were still surprises for me.
I liked Ellie and I thought that Tuck had a little Puck flair in him, although it might have just been the whole names rhyming thing :P But Tuck definitely proved himself to Ellie...and I liked that. And the roof scene at the end? Dawwwwwhhhh! There were several funny parts involving Ellie's brother that I liked too. This book was actually pretty clean, there a couple of crude jokes, and slightly inappropriate romantic implication, a bit of drinking, a couple kisses and language wise it was a 2. I would recommend for 14-15+ girls who like a bit of action with their adventure and romance. I thought, overall, that this is a book that I would want to probably reread, one whose sequel I will read and one whose characters I will remember, because of their great adventure :D
Cover thoughts:I really like it! The mountains almost seem like wings behind Ellie. I like the mist and the hazy form of Tuck (I'm guessing) in the background and how confident and tall Ellie looks. And the Norse-y stuff on the sides...cool :)