5 Series For Young Readers Who Can’t Wait For Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo Series


Rick Riordan knows how to craft an otherworldly adventure that spans space and time, with mythical heroes, and storylines that celebrate the power that comes from learning about who you are and what you are capable of. Riordan’s page turning novels, from his Percy Jackson series to his Magnus Chase series, are essential middle grade reads (and fun for adults, too!). To help keep the adventures going even when you’ve finished his current canon (and while you’re waiting for The Hidden Oracle to drop on May 3!), hook your young reader on a few of these other adventure-filled series and help them welcome in a new year of reading!

Secret of the Forbidden City (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Treasure Hunters Series #3), by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, and Juliana Neufeld
In the third and most recent installment of the Treasure Hunters Series, the Kidd siblings continue their rapid around the world adventures to save and find the greatest treasures imaginable. Now they are off to Egypt and China to find priceless art stolen by the Nazis. Fast paced, filled with action, and loaded with cool historical and geographical features from every country, the Treasure Hunters series is a classic, page-turning, highly illustrated adventure that young readers will love.

Kingdom Keepers Boxed Set: Featuring Kingdom Keepers I, II, and III, by Ridley Pearson and Tristan Elwell
This sci-fi Disney themed adventure novel series seriously has something for every reader. Love danger? Wonder how movie villains who have come to life through technology might sound? Ever dream of getting trapped in the park overnight and fighting to save the Magic Kingdom? Each book gives you the sense that this could really happen to you, which just makes the adventure more fun for readers who want to be fully absorbed in the story. Fans who dig this series will definitely want to check out the first novel in the new Return series Disney Lands (Kingdom Keepers: The Return Series #1).

Warriors Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6: The Complete First Series,by Erin Hunter
Hunter’s spellbinding series tells the story of several clans of wild cats who have long shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their ancestors—until a new player, an ordinary house cat, steps in and changes everything. With a richly developed world, unforgettable characters, and tons of imagination, this series is especially perfect for animal lovers.

Wings of Fire Box Set, Books 1-5 (Wings of Fire series), by Tui T. Sutherland
After years of war between dragon tribes, a prophecy tells of five dragonets who will end the bloodshed and choose a new queen. Drama, intrigue and action follow as everyone takes sides and fights for what they believe in. Fans of the mythology and fantasy aspects of Riordan’s books will feel right at home in Sutherland’s world of Pyrrhia. This box set is a great starter for those new to the series, and longtime fans can pick up the newest novel, Escaping Peril (Wings of Fire Series #8), in stores now.

Star Wars The Force Awakens: Before the Awakening, by Greg Rucka and Phil Noto
If you’ve just seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, happen to love a thrilling space saga, or just want to get young fans of the film franchise to lose themselves in a book, there are a number of great new middle grade novels that fit the bill perfectly. Each story in the Journey To Star Wars series follows a character who has to deal with their past, live up to their potential, and take on overwhelming odds (like Riordan’s heroes!). The novels Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure,  Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure, and Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure, follow the beloved characters from the original trilogy, while the newest book, Star Wars The Force Awakens: Before the Awakening introduces readers to the stars of the new film. Kids and adults alike will want to unwrap any and all of these, no doubt.

What adventure series are also beloved by the Percy Jackson fan in your house?

Originally published at www.barnesandnoble.com on January 21, 2016.

10 Must-Gift DVD Boxed Sets

DVD boxed sets provide fans with exciting behind-the-scenes details, expanded binge-watching opportunities, and often even charming and collectible keepsakes, which make them the perfect holiday gift. And as luck would have it, we’re living in the golden age for DVD collections. Whether your loved one prefers to time-travel in a TARDIS, learn about time and space, or be immersed a period drama, there’s something for every kind of film and television viewer in the sets featured below.

Doctor Who Christmas Specials Gift Set
If you’re looking for a new holiday tradition, look no further than the Doctor Who Christmas Specials Gift Set, which features every single Doctor Who Christmas Special to date, all in one collection. How genius is that? And what could be merrier for a Whovian than watching the Doctor battle Santa Claus himself? There’s even a Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver included, so watch out, Daleks!

Outlander: Season One—The Ultimate Collection
Go beyond genre and explore the romance, science fiction, and history-spanning adventure of Outlander. What began as a beloved book series is now a must-watch TV phenomenon (which returns for its highly-anticipated second season in 2016). With this collection, old fans and new converts will enjoy not only all the drama and romance of season one, but an extended version of episode 9, “The Reckoning,” deleted scenes, and a gag reel, as well as an engraved flask, a collection of set photos, and the show’s exclusive soundtrack. All this, plus the special Outlander Yule Log bonus disc, which will add a little extra festive spirit to the season.

Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy
Great Scott! Johnny B. Goode! Save the clock tower! There is no better celebration of nostalgia, time travel, and Michael J. Fox’s undeniable charm than the 30thAnniversary boxed set of the Back to the Future trilogy. This collection contains all three movies, as well as the documentaries Outatime: Restoring the DeLorean and Looking Back to the Future, along with plenty of additional must-see footage. This will surely be on every fan’s Christmas list. Throw in the YAHTZEE: Back to the Future Collector’s Edition and you will be on the Nice List for the rest of time.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga
All six epic films are included this definitive collection. With hours of extra footage, interviews, and spoofs, even the most well-versed Star Wars aficionado will find something to love about this fantastic box set. Put a bow on a few extra books, especially Aftermath, in preparation for an all day viewing party before the next installment debuts, and the Force will surely be with you this holiday season.

The Godfather DVD Collection
Don’t be the Fredo of your family this holiday season; make sure the film buff in your life owns The Godfather DVD Collection. These films have withstood the test of time, and the director’s commentary and behind the scenes footage will immerse you in the Don’s world. Enjoy the pinnacle of mafia storytelling and the legendary cast in this classic collection of movies that have influenced every organized crime film since 1972.

Fast & Furious 1-7 Collection
“This time it ain’t just about being fast,” it’s about getting this action-packed DVD collection for your favorite family members. Vin Diesel is at his best in this series, and the nonstop pace of each movie is addicting. You don’t have to be a car fan to enjoy these either; anyone who loves a buddy movie, who likes a little romance, or wants a good heist will love these. Michelle Rodriguez is the ultimate tough girl, and The Rock makes a few great appearances, so this truly is a film franchise for everyone.

Abbott & Costello Meet The Monsters Collection
Take two comedy greats and pair them with the legendary monsters Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Mummy, and you have a guaranteed crowdpleaser. Actors Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney Jr. reprise their famous monster roles for unexpected laughs in this genre-bending collection. The Abbott and Costello fan will love the commentary tracks, the comedy junkie will appreciate the laughs, and that impossible-to-shop-for relative will enjoy this a lot more than the sweater you were planning on getting them.

Foyle’s War: Complete Saga
This BBC staple is part mystery, part historical fiction, and part war drama all rolled into one. For the Downton Abbey fan who can hardly wait for the last season to air, or the Sherlock fan who needs more crimes to solve, the entire eight seasons of Foyle’s War will fit the bill. Satisfy your period drama needs with Foyle as he takes viewers from WWII to the Cold War, chasing down spies and solving international mysteries. This will quickly become the show you beg everyone in your family to watch with you.

Justified: Seasons 1-6
Over the course of six seasons, fans followed Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens as he dealt out cold hard justice. Now that the show is over, diehards can relive the experience with the 38 page Commemorative Book, the feature Leaving Raylan Alive: Making the Final Season, a gag real, and more than 24 hours of special features. Harlan, KY many be a place full of shady people, but you won’t get any shade from the person who receives this box set.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Neil Degrasse Tyson isn’t just the guy who shares all those amazing science facts on social media; he is also the host of this much beloved National Geographic series that aired in 2014. Based on the book Cosmos, and a follow up to the 80s series of the same name, everyone who is even a tiny bit interested in space found themselves glued to their TVs whenever it was on. Relive all the graphics, the swirling planets, the time travel, and the jaw-dropping realism that surrounds our beautiful blue marble. This is a DVD set that is as eye-opening as it is thoughtful; a moon shot gift for sure.

Sci Fi Month

Over at The Next Best Book Club we are celebrating Sci Fi month with a post of our favorites! I’m not a huge Sci Fi nut, but I can proudly say I’ve read a zillion Star Wars novels. Here is my excerpt, plus a link to the full post if you are in need of some great recommendations.

From The Next Best Book Club

Lindsey’s Favorites:

The Thrawn Trilogy

I’m not so much a Sci Fi fan as I am a huge Star Wars fan; I’ve read nearly 70 Star Wars books and counting. The Thrawn Trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command) by Timothy Zahn is truly a defining piece in the Star Wars Extended Universe (that Lucas Arts is now calling the Legends series). This series introduces not only a new key character to Han, Luke and Leia, but also a hauntingly unique villain. Every reader/Star Wars fan needs to get their hands on this series, whether in print our audio.

Now and Forever: Somewhere a Band Is Playing & Leviathan ’99

Or, The Martian Chronicles. Or basically everything by Ray Bradbury. I know he’s mainstream, not a hidden gem, but his science fiction is so well written, so clear, so inventive without being crazy. I particularly like Now and Forever, which is a set of two very different novellas. The second of the set, Leviathan ’99 is a retelling of Moby Dick, but in space. Enough said, right?