[ARC Review] Odin's Ravens by K.L Armstrong and M.A Marr

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Title: Odin's Ravens
Author: K.L Armstrong and M.A Marr
Series: The Blackwell Pages #2
Genre: MG Adventure, Greek Mythology
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Release Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Seven kids, Thor's hammer, and a whole lot of Valkyries are the only things standing against the end of the world.

When thirteen-year-old Matt Thorsen, a modern day descendant of the Norse god Thor, was chosen to represent Thor in an epic battle to prevent the apocalypse he thought he knew how things would play out. Gather the descendants standing in for gods like Loki and Odin, defeat a giant serpent, and save the world. No problem, right?

But the descendants' journey grinds to a halt when their friend and descendant Baldwin is poisoned and killed and Matt, Fen, and Laurie must travel to the Underworld in the hopes of saving him. But that's only their first stop on their journey to reunite the challengers, find Thor's hammer, and stop the apocalypse--a journey filled with enough tooth-and-nail battles and larger-than-life monsters to make Matt a legend in his own right.

Authors K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr return to Blackwell in the epic sequel to Loki's Wolves with more explosive action, adventure and larger-than-life Norse legends.

Greek mythology is a topic I cannot shy away from when it hear it is in a novel, so I will always pick up a book based on that topic. And when I read Loki's Wolves lst year I knew I was in for something special. That book was one of my favorites of 2013, so when I saw that Odin's Raven's was coming out I knew I had to review it. And it did not disappoint.

I love when sequels start off right from the end of the first book and that is exactly what happened with this book. We are continuing the story of Laurie, Matt and Fen on their search to stop the apocalypse from destroying the world. I love these characters so much because they feel real and down to earth. We have Matt who sees himself as the hero and feels the pressures that go along with it. We also have Laurie and Fen, cousins but they feel more like brother and sister. I love Laurie because she is such a sweet girl and she wants everyone to get along, but also has the voice of reason. Fen is a firecracker. He is unpredictable and I loved reading his character because he is so different from the other characters in the book and you really have no idea what he will do next because throughout the series we know that he resents Matt for being the leader and that cause a lot of tension, which makes for great conflict.

I also loved that the authors summarized the first book throughout the book. We are not info dumped on which can become a problem with sequels but in this book i felt like the authors were just letting us remember slowly because I read this book a year ago therefore I probably do not remember all the details. I did feel, at times, that this book felt like a bridge book, which technically it is. A lot of things happen in this book and I loved all of the new characters we meet and the reveals we get to witness (OMG!) but there was something about this book that screamed middle book. And I think it is because we are on a journey to get to the Thor's Serpent fight, and we all know that that happens in the next book. But that feeling did not deter my love for this book and this series at all.

Overall Odin's Ravens was a great sequel that messes with your mind and makes you realize that not everything is as it seems. The ending of this book is a kind of cliffhanger but not as intense. I loved that it makes you want to read the next book without you being angry at the ending. I seriously cannot wait for the next book to come out because I want to see what happens to these characters that I have grown to love!

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