February 26, 2013

Tween Tuesday: New Series I Want to Try

I love good fantasy middle grade books.  I am talking Percy Jackson, Fablehaven, Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, etc...  In fact, I have been wanting a new series like this for some time.  Here are a few upcoming ones that look very promising.


A new middle grade trilogy for fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians that combines Norse myth, magic, and adventure, written by New York Times bestselling YA authors, Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr.

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.


The day after twelve-year-old Jack McKinley is told he only has months to live, he awakens on a mysterious island, where a secret organization promises to save his life-with one condition. With his three friends, Jack must lead a mission to retrieve seven lost magical orbs, which can save their lives only when combined together. The challenge: The orbs have been missing for thousands of years, somewhere in the ruins of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. With no one else to turn to and no escape in sight, the four kids have no choice but to undertake the quest. First stop: The Colossus of Rhodes.
Now I just have to decide whether or not to start these series now or wait till all the books are published then read them all at once! Do you have any books you can't wait for?

12 comments:

  1. Oooo they certainly look cool.

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    1. Yes! The covers look great.

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  2. I've seen both of these and agree that they look good! Can't wait to introduce them to my middle schoolers.

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    1. I am so excited to give them both a try. I didn't realize how much I was missing good MG action/fantasy books till I saw these!

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  3. I have an ARC of Loki's Way for an interview with Kelly Armstrong when it comes out. And the publisher just sent me Seven. Looking forward to reading that too and sharing it on my blog.

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    1. Both of them look fun. Can't wait to get started. I think March is going to Middle Grade month for me!

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  4. Love Norse mythology, thanks for heads up on Loki's Wolves.

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    1. You are welcome. Hope you get to read it and that it lives up to expectations!

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  5. Wow - Percy Jackson fans rejoice! Both of these series sound super similar, but like they'll have plenty of interesting twists of their own. I'll keep a look-out for them!

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    1. I know! It makes me really excited. I hope they are as good as they look!

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  6. I am so excited to start both of those! I've been pining for Loki's Wolves for so long now. You bring up a good question though, to start now or wait until they're published? I am pretty impatient...

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    1. I don't think I can wait. I am going to read them in March--it's going to be Middle Grade March Madness for me!

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