Monday, September 9, 2013

MMGM Loki's Wolves -- and a Giveaway!

I've been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard about it in Publishers Weekly. Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong, two popular YA novelists, have collaborated on their first MG series, The Blackwell Pages. I finally bought a copy of the first book and yes, I will be giving it away. Details at the end of the post.



Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr (May 2013, Little, Brown, for ages 9 to 13)

Source: Hardcover purchased from Books-A-Million

Synopsis (from Indiebound):  "The runes have spoken. We have our champion...Matthew Thorsen."

Matt hears the words, but he can't believe them. He's Thor's representative? Destined to fight trolls, monstrous wolves and giant serpents...or the world ends? He's only thirteen.

While Matt knew he was a modern-day descendent of Thor, he's always lived a normal kid's life. In fact, most people in the small town of Blackwell, South Dakota, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke. No big deal.

But now Ragnarok is coming, and it's up to the champions to fight in the place of the long-dead gods. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team, find Thor's hammer and shield, and prevent the end of the world.

Why I liked it: It's a fast-paced, thrilling adventure for kids and young teens. The authors waste no time in sending Matt, Fen, and Laurie on a dangerous journey to find the other descendants. There are trolls, giant wolves, and police officers trying to stop them. In addition, the authors do an excellent job of filling us in on Norse mythology without hitting us over the head with it. Boys and girls will enjoy this, since Laurie certainly holds her own against the guys. Give this to fans of The Lightning Thief.

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Now for the giveaway! I will be giving away one hardcover of Loki's Wolves to one lucky follower of this blog. International entries welcome. You MUST be a follower and you MUST leave a comment on this post. I'll give you an extra entry if you mention on Twitter (I'm @JoanneRFritz) and another entry if you mention on your own blog. Please let me know in the comments. This giveaway ends at 10 pm EDT on Saturday Sept 21, 2013 and the winner will be announced on Sunday Sept 22.

23 comments:

  1. This sounds fun! definitely gotta read it! and yes - am one of your loyal followers... great to connect with MMGM today. I've posted one, too.

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    1. Heading over there now to check out your post, Sue! Thanks for entering.

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  2. My daughter would love this one! She loved the Percy Jackson stories and enjoys a mix of myth and story in her reading.

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    1. Oh yes! It would be just right for her, Barbara. Good luck!

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  3. So agree with you. Don't enter me in the contest since I already read it.

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    1. Yes, you were lucky enough to get an ARC of this, right?

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  4. Well, I remember when it came out earlier this year and I wanted to read it. Of course with so many great books to read it fell off my radar.
    Thank you for the reminder and giveaway. :)

    ~Akoss

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    1. And I shared it on twitter:
      https://twitter.com/akossket/status/377210829935886336

      :)

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    2. I saw your tweet already, Akoss! Thank you!

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  5. Oh, my. My grandson is going to love this one. He loves mythology and loved the Rick Riorden series. Thanks for the chance to win. I also Tweeted at https://twitter.com/rosihollinbeck/status/377219031545036800

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    1. Thanks, Rosi! I didn't know you were on Twitter, so I just followed you.

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  6. Thanks so much for this recommendations, Joanne! I can already think of a slew of kids in my library who will definitely check this one out. :-)

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  7. This sounds like an exciting story! I'll definitely have to check this one out. I've heard Kelley Armstrong speak before at a workshop and the story of how she became a writer is so interesting.

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    1. That must have been interesting! She's certainly published a lot of books since her first one in 2001.

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  8. Hi Joanne, I'd love to win this one. I've always liked Norse mythology.

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    1. You're officially entered, Kim! Good luck!

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  9. I would LOVE this book! I am named after a Norwegian (Erik is a Norwegian name - there has to be more than a guy named Erik the Red... Right?). I am a follower! :D

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    1. You should definitely read this book, Erik! Not just because your name is Norwegian. (That's cool, though!)

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  10. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. A hardcover giveaway - very special! I think my daughter would enjoy this one. Thanks, Joanne!

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    1. Well, I haven't had a giveaway for a while, so I figured why not! Good luck, Kristin.

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