Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Loki's Wolves by K.L Armstrong and M.A Marr

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: Blackwell Pages Series , #1 
  • Source: Won from Shelf Awareness Newsletter/Little Brown
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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 Thoughts

I have been trying to read more middle grade novels, but I am picky about which ones I do. This one sounded so fun and I couldn't pass it up. I am so happy that I read this. It was such a fun adventure that I devoured!! I loved the mythology and the characters. I loved how the story progressed and I found myself almost bouncing in anticipation at where it would go next. This book was everything I was hoping and more. Told in the POV's of Matt, Laurie, and Fen, we get so much of the story, and really get to know the characters well. Sometimes multiple POV's can be a bit much for me, but this was done so well.

Matt is the first character that we meet and he is the descendant of Thor. His family pretty much owns the town. His father is the sheriff, and other family members are town officials. He is always compared to his older brothers, and can never seem to do things the right way in his parents eyes. That all changes when they discover he is the descendent of Thor that can stop Ragnarok. There are some complications with the situation though, and he must go on an adventure to try and bring together all of the descendants to stand on his side against evil. He teams up with enemy turned ally, Fen, and finds that they could actually be friends and work together.

Fen is a bit on the abrasive side, but I did grow to like him. Descended from Loki, it's in his nature to be a prankster and rule breaker. He is also a shape shifter which comes in pretty handy. He really steps up and comes to Matt's rescue a lot, and though he acts like he doesn't care and he's a tough kid, he really is forming a friendship with him. He also goes against prophecy in more ways than one, and I think he will likely become a favorite of mine through the series. He has a lot of good in him.

Laurie is really sweet and has a good head on her shoulders. She has no clue that she is also a descendant of Loki, and she has some pretty awesome things that she can do. She is stubborn, but it's actually a good thing. She doesn't want to be protected and told that she can't help or do things because she is a girl. She ends up saving them numerous times much to their protests that she keep out of sight or stay out of things. I really liked her from the beginning. She never wanted to be deceiving and she always wanted to be good and do the right thing. I really thing that she was a huge part in how Fen bonds and becomes friends with Matt and the others who join them along the journey. I think this girl is going to do big things. I suspect that she is much more than she seems. I can't wait to see where her powers go and what she is capable of.

This was such a fast paced, fun adventure. It was full of action and it had me frantically flipping pages. Just when I thought that things were going okay for them, BAM another crazy situation would pop up. They have set out to find all the children of the Gods and things are not easy for them. It's one thing after another, each situation seeming worse than the last. All of them really work together well, and they form a great bond of friendship by the end of the book. I am so excited about the next installment of this series too. Wow, the way that ended!! I wish the next book was out right now so I could dive right in. I haven't had this much fun reading a book in a while and I want more!!





26 comments:

  1. This books sounds like my destiny. I mean... the way you described this book makes me want to *grabby hands* I haven't read any Norse mythology books but I am married to Greek Mythology so maybe it could work >.<
    Another stunning review, Amy! So glad you enjoyed this one. The MC seems promising to me! :D

    <33

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    1. This book was so fun to read!! This is the type of book that reminds me why I love to read middle grade books!!

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  2. Oh, I bet Lyn is just going to love this. Thank you so much for sending it to her. I'm glad you loved it! I'm not sure it's a me book, but I do love the cover!

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    1. This book was definitely a really fun book!! I hope she loves it. It was my pleasure to send it to her. I love spreading the book love. :)

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  3. I love that he is a descendant of Thor *swoons dreamily over an image of Chris Hemsworth*

    This sounds like it has really great characters and a great plot. I wanted to get my hands on this one but I haven't pulled that off yet and now I want it even more. I love that you had such a hard time putting it down.

    Isn't it great to find a really solid MG book? I always seem to be surprised by how much I love them and I think it's because, like you, I am much more picky with them! Fabulous review darling!

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    1. Now I am just sitting here imagining Chris Hemsworth!! ..... okay, what was the rest of your comment. Oh, yeah. The characters really were great and I loved that we got 3 different POV's. Normally, more than 2 start to bother me, but it totally worked with this book. I will definitely be continuing this series. It's so fun!

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  4. I don't read a lot of middle grade novels but I've had my eye on this one for some time now. I love the gorgeous cover and I love that it's about Norse Mythology.
    I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed this, Amy. You definitely got me excited for it too. I can't wait to meet these wonderful sounding characters.
    Lovely review, Amy!

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    1. Though the characters are younger, it really reads more like a YA book I think. It was so entertaining and fast paced. There was always something going on and it kept me turning pages!

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  5. I wonder if KL Armstrong is Kelley Armstrong. Glad you enjoyed this one!

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    1. Yes, it's Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr. It was really great.

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  6. Laurie sounds like my kind of girl. It's pretty realistic for the boys to be down on her, and I'm glad she totally proved her mettle. It's lame when the female character is weak and needs to be saved. So glad this is fun, though I expected no less from those two authors!

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    1. Laurie totally rocked! I thought it was awesome how she would have to come to their rescue or they would have to ask her to do something for them when they spent so much time trying to protect her because she is a girl. I loved how she was able to prove her worth and that she was an equal to them!

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  7. This one was a ton of fun, I really enjoyed this one too! This one reminded me a lot of the Percy Jackson series but I LOVED how it was told from the POV of the three characters and not just one. Great review!
    Bonnie @ Sweet Tidbits

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  8. I'm glad this one was a winner for you! And I'm glad you've decided to give more MG books a try. Some don't have as much crossover appeal for us adults, while others are really enjoyable. The fantasy type ones tend to have lots of crossover appeal. I can't wait to read this one! Hopefully I can get my hands on it one of these days. :)

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  9. I'm very picky about my MG novels, too. I dont think I came upon this one before but I think it would be one I'd like. I especially like multiple POVs when done well, too, you get to know the characters so much better I find.

    *looks at cover again*

    Omg wait.. is this K.L Armstrong, Kelley? YES I've heard of this before it had a different cover I'm pretty sure! oooOooh even more interested now! So happy you enjoyed it then! yay! I love the sounds of those plot twists or events that make it exciting. Kelley can sure write awesomesauce books!!

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  10. I don't read a lot of Middle Grade novels anymore, but I do tend to enjoy them. I haven't read anything by Armstrong or Marr, but have heard great things. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much!

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  11. This sounds fun! Hopefully I'll like this since I'm quite picky with my MG books. I've been waiting on this for a long time now and the Norse gods aspect gave it a plus!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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  12. OMG THOR! I'm hooked already. It doesn't matter that they're his descendants, whenever I think of Thor I think of Chris Hemsworth and I love him so much that I want to read this so much now! Including Loki. He can be in there somewhere too. The characters sound really well built, as well.

    Great review, Amy! Happy belated birthday and I'm glad you loved this one! :)

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  13. Reading it now! I want to read this review when I am finished!

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  14. Awesome review. Haven't heard of this book but it sounds great!

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  15. Oh this one sounds awesome. Definitely adding it to my TBR. Great review!

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  16. Hmm, I haven;t heard of this book but it sounds good. I don't read much middle grade, but I will recommend it to my mom to check out. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I love middle grade but I'm picky as well. This one sounds great!

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  18. Eeeeek adding this to my TBR list as we speak thanks to this review girl! I love mythology and I love me a quality MG read from time to time :D Norse Mythology is one I could stand to read more of and I love how fast-paced and exciting this sounds!! Awesome review ♥

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  19. Okay! I am reading your review now! I do agree with most of what you said. Fen still ticks me off, because he seems to have such a one track mind. Laurie is awesome - I hope she gets the spot light in the next installment!

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