Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: Loki's Wolves (The Blackwell Pages #1) by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr

Loki's Wolves (The Blackwell Pages, #1)
Title: Loki's Wolves

Series: The Blackwell Pages #1

Author: K.L. Armstrong (AKA Kelley Armstrong) & M.A. Marr (AKA Melissa Marr)

Publication date: May 2013

Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Source: Won ARC in giveaway

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Synopsis:

In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters--wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds, all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago.

Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history--because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.

However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids--led by Matt--will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.

My rating: ★★★★★

I absolutely LOVED this book! I was so excited when I found out about it... I have not read any of Melissa's books, but I love Kelley's Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series, AND I love mythology! Right then I knew I HAD to read this book! So, imagine my excitement when I got home from school one day and found an ARC waiting for me! Apparently, I won it in a giveaway and I didn't even have a clue about it! It totally made my day :)

I thought it was very unique that instead of the gods themselves being present, all the characters were descendants of the Norse gods. And with Ragnarok (AKA the end of the world) approaching, it's up to these kids to work together and save the world!

That's a lot of pressure for a bunch of kids. But these kids, as I said, are descendants of the gods and actually have really cool powers to help them along the way, which I thought was pretty awesome. There were so many diverse characters; I had my doubts about the Loki kid at times, but he actually ended up surprising me! Matt may only be a kid, but I thought he was a fantastic leader! I really liked all the different POVs and getting to know each of these characters.

There was also an insane amount of action, which I absolutely love in a book, and some very awesome creatures. And don't get me started on the mythology itself... It was just awesome! I love mythology, but I only know the basics of Norse, so I thought the authors did a great job explaining the mythology and all the different gods.

Unfortunately, my ARC didn't have the pics, but I cannot wait to see the finished product!

This was such an amazing MG read, fantastic for the kiddos, and I cannot wait to read more!


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this one, I think the pictures where really cool too! I already pre-ordered the second book in this series.
    I also had my doubt at first about the Loki kid, but I ended up liking him. I don't know much about mythology at all, so I am always glad when books like this explain enough so you can understand it.
    Books like these make me wonder why I don't read more MG, because they are really some great MG books out there!

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