by Greg Van Eekhout
When Mott finds a puppy abandoned in a recycling bin, she’s ready to do everything she can to protect him. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that this is the legendary wolf Fenris, who’s prophesied to bring about the end of the world by eating the moon.
Now Mott has found herself in charge of making sure the hungry pup–who’s busy munching on lampposts, cars, and water towers–doesn’t see all of California as an appetizer, while also hiding him from the Norse gods who are hot on his trail, determined to see the prophecy come true.
Mott vows to protect Fenris, rescue him from his destiny, and prevent the world from ending. But will she be able to keep her promise? Or has she bitten off more than she can chew?
What I Liked:
-The root beer love was a unique quirk for Mott to have and added a fun layer to the characters
-While the “popular” characters of Norse mythology do appear in the story, the main Norse characters are ones that appear less often in books, which was neat.
What I Struggled With:
-The ending felt a little too simple in light of something that happened at the climax. I know that’s super vague, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I just felt that the author should have had some more repercussions happen.
-I was expecting more to happen with the mistletoe. Again, I won’t say any more because of spoilers.
-While it didn’t distract me too much from the story, Mott’s ability to travel around LA by herself felt a little unrealistic to me.
Fenris and Mott will appeal to MG readers who love dogs and fantasy!
Cautions: two blasphemies; brief rude humor