It has just been my luck these last few weeks to run across so many second books in a series. I get ever so cranky since it means I have to play catch up and go hunt down the firsts. It is worse when the book is good because you just know that you are seriously missing out not having the first part read.

9780990401322_p0_v1_s192x300Gorgon, is a terrific  middle grades book. Although I came into this story on the middle, I had no trouble keeping up with the backstory.  It follows the next step in the story of Samantha and Jake who have had some time to rest from saving the world, but they haven’t quite recovered from their ordeal. Both are still affected by what happened and before they can really begin to talk about it they are thrown headlong into a new adventure that not only threatens the safety of both Earth and KiraKu, but could mean that they lose their parents. The ancient schism in KiraKu leading to so many of its residents living in our world is finally coming to a head and Samantha and Jake will find that they can only trust in each other to get to the other side of it.

I love mythology origin stories and this one has done a fabulous job explaining the explainable. The denizens of KiraKu make for a rich tapestry to set this story against. The twist and turns in the story kept my head spinning and opened the door beautifully for a new sequel. Especially fun is Samantha’s encylopedia-like knowledge of animal species. This book is a must for the nerds around your house. I also truly appreciated that the story was equal opportunity. Too often MG stories are written about and for a specific gender. A story like this will appeal to both.

This bookworm awards “Gorgon” 5 Tomes

5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book

Title: Gorgon (WhipEye Chronicles Book #2) | Author: Geoffrey Saign | Publication Date: September 1, 2015 | Publisher: KiraKu Press | Number of pages: 316 | Recommended age: 10+

Summary:

WhipEye—Book 1—2015 WINNER International Book Awards

WhipEye—Book 1—2015 WINNER Outstanding Children’s Fiction

WhipEye—Book 1—2014 Top Choice LitPick.com

Samantha and Jake have two days to save their poisoned parents, and only Gorgon—the cruel and scheming leader of Amazon Lessers—can help them. But Gorgon is planning to destroy KiraKu, and he pits Sam against Jake. Worse, Sam feels controlled by the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and Jake gains a dangerous weapon. Can their friendship survive its greatest test? Can Sam and Jake stop a war and save their parents? Mysterious creatures, dragons, and Gorgon force them into a life or death adventure that some will not survive……a thriller about love, nature, wildlife, intuition, and trusting yourself…

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The Early Buzz About the Book

“This fast moving, action packed adventure will certainly keep young readers enthralled, it certainly did me! The characters are well developed and relatable to the book’s intended audience.” ~ Susan D., Amazon

“Very well written, and easy to follow story for young teens. I recommend this book!!!” ~ Mary H., Goodreads

“Much like the first book, this is well worth the read.” ~ Lenita G., Amazon

 

About the Author: Geoffrey Saign

Geoffrey SaignGeoffrey Saign can often be found looking for interesting critters, and magic, while swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or hiking in the woods. His passion for nature and wildlife led to WhipEye (Winner, 2015 International Book Award; Winner 2015 Outstanding Children’s Fiction, Top Choice LitPick.com), and previously his nationally endorsed book, Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment, as well as his books African Cats and Great Apes. He has a background in biology, assisted in field research with hummingbirds and humpback whales, and sailed as far away as Australia. With more than twenty years of experience working in special education, he has taught adults and children everything from sailing to novel writing. He won the Shabo Award. in 2010. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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