A favorite on going series of mine. If you are reading this you MUST start with the Spirit Snatcher and go in order. Each book starts pretty much where the other left off and you'll be lost for a bit if you start one out of order. Other than that, a great read.
At first, Brandon Marlowe reminded me of Percy Jackson: weird, unexplained mythological things are happening in the world. Gods and one goddess rules the world, but mere mortals don't seem to know they are there.
But while there are fantasy similarities, the plot, characters, and descriptions stand on their own. The Greek mythology back-story is fascinating, and Brandon tells his own story (in first person) in an engaging way. He's funny, resourceful, brave, and real, someone the reader gets to know and care about. You really root for him to find out the secret behind his brother's disappearance.
I think my middle school students would really enjoy this book, and I will definitely recommend it to them. I look forward to the next in the series!