Gargantis (Malamander, #2)
In the second fantasy set in Eerie-on-Sea, Herbert and Violet team up to solve the mystery of the Gargantis — an ancient creature of the deep with the power to create life-threatening storms.There's a storm brewing over Eerie-on-Sea, and the fisherfolk say a monster is the cause. Someone has woken the ancient Gargantis, who sleeps in the watery caves beneath this spooky seaside town where legends have a habit of coming to life. It seems the Gargantis is looking for something: a treasure stolen from her underwater lair. And it just might be in the Lost-and-Foundery at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, in the care of one Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder. With the help of the daring Violet Parma, ever-reliable Herbie will do his best to figure out what the Gargantis wants and who stole her treasure in the first place. In a town full of suspicious, secretive characters, it could be anyone!

Gargantis (Malamander, #2) Details

TitleGargantis (Malamander, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 12th, 2020
PublisherWalker Books US
ISBN-139781536208597
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mystery

Gargantis (Malamander, #2) Review

  • Gavin
    January 1, 1970
    A gargantic sequel to an already brilliant novel, Malamander's follow-up is a daring, maritime middle grade mystery that will have you clamming for the next one.Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma are back and Eerie-on-Sea is more dangerous than ever! A storm is threatening to destroy their seaside town and it's up to them to dig into fisherman folklore and monstrous legends to put a stop to the freak weather... before everything ends up at the bottom of the ocean. What an exciting and memorable A gargantic sequel to an already brilliant novel, Malamander's follow-up is a daring, maritime middle grade mystery that will have you clamming for the next one.Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma are back and Eerie-on-Sea is more dangerous than ever! A storm is threatening to destroy their seaside town and it's up to them to dig into fisherman folklore and monstrous legends to put a stop to the freak weather... before everything ends up at the bottom of the ocean. What an exciting and memorable sequel this is! From page one, we get a sense of terrific danger that never lets up until the thrilling climax. There is a real sense of danger here for our characters, especially Herbie, as it appears it's not just the weather that wants to claim his life. I won't spoil anything but he needs Violet now more than ever! His friendship with Violet is so pure and entertaining to watch. Violet is such a brilliant protagonist too, and she is definitely a blessing to Herbie, who is really just a big cinnamon roll.The plot is very fast-paced and is constantly moving due to the impending doom of Eerie-on-Sea. It was hard to predict where the story would go, but it had a fantastic atmosphere of a seaside setting mixed with ancient local folklore. It felt very genuine to this small town and it was interesting to learn more about it. It does leave me with a whole ton of questions which is why I feel so eager and impatient to get my hands on the third book whenever that comes out. This one will definitely leave you wanting more. The Malamander series is perfect for people who love exciting mysteries set in a seaside town dripping with myths and legends.
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  • Belles Middle Grade Library
    January 1, 1970
    Netgalley approved me for Gargantis, so I made the 2 books priority. I finished this last night, & OMG!! I loved it so much! I dont know which one I like more, this one or the first book... maybe this one. Thats a big accomplishment for a second book in a series! Herbie still has my heart! Violet is still awesome of course..shes so spunky, brave, & SMART! They face a whole new adventure this time & this story was so creative & so thought out. This authors brain is just amazing! Netgalley approved me for Gargantis, so I made the 2 books priority. I finished this last night, & OMG!! I loved it so much! I don’t know which one I like more, this one or the first book... maybe this one. That’s a big accomplishment for a second book in a series! Herbie still has my heart! Violet is still awesome of course..she’s so spunky, brave, & SMART! They face a whole new adventure this time & this story was so creative & so thought out. This authors brain is just amazing! Lol like the first one, the descriptions were so good! I could visualize everything perfectly. Loved seeing our MG cat Erwin again too.💜 I just love this whole town of characters, & even the hotel, the museum, & all the other little amazing shops. So unique and wonderful. Highly recommend! This book comes out on May 26th!Synopsis of the 1st book:Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous malamander creep…Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger...
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  • Milou
    January 1, 1970
    I Loved Malamander, and this was a very worth sequel. Set in seaside village Eerie-on-sea our heroes have to deal with a massive storm and save the town from the Gargantis. Another perfect blend of atmosphere, folklore and unique people.Eerie-on-sea has so much character. The people with their odd jobs and wonderful names as well as the quirky shops and restaurants they run make for a unique setting. In this book we see more interaction between the townspeople, and the fisherman have come to I Loved Malamander, and this was a very worth sequel. Set in seaside village Eerie-on-sea our heroes have to deal with a massive storm and save the town from the Gargantis. Another perfect blend of atmosphere, folklore and unique people.Eerie-on-sea has so much character. The people with their odd jobs and wonderful names as well as the quirky shops and restaurants they run make for a unique setting. In this book we see more interaction between the townspeople, and the fisherman have come to land as well because of the storm, bringing in another fun layer to the story.The main characters Herbert and Violet are such a joy to follow as well. Their friendship is spot on, and the complement each other incredibly well. Violet throws herself into everything head first, while Herbert tends to be overcautious. By balancing these traits the author has created a very well paced plot with great moments of tension and real danger, but without the reader being annoyed by the 'stupid' things the characters do. Taylor doesn't dumb the story down for his audience, and the great level of intrigue, mystery and danger make it perfect for readers of all ages. Add to this wonderful writing that perfectly creates the haunting atmosphere, and you have the recipe for a book you cannot put down.My only issues with the book was a reference to Disney princesses. I really cannot think of anything else that wasn't absolutely perfect. Seriously, do yourself a favour and pick this series up. I am so so intrigued for the third book.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I really adore this series. it's filled with quirky people and so far each book has featured some legendary monstrous creature, the Malmander and now Gargantis. I found the latest creature was way more creepy and absolutely loved it. Another thing I particularly enjoyed about this newest book was the additions of Blaze and his Uncle Squint Westerly. Their fisherfolk who are tied to Gargantis and Blaze is instrumental in helping Herbert to overcome one of his fears. Deep Hood or the man who I really adore this series. it's filled with quirky people and so far each book has featured some legendary monstrous creature, the Malmander and now Gargantis. I found the latest creature was way more creepy and absolutely loved it. Another thing I particularly enjoyed about this newest book was the additions of Blaze and his Uncle Squint Westerly. Their fisherfolk who are tied to Gargantis and Blaze is instrumental in helping Herbert to overcome one of his fears. Deep Hood or the man who declares he also has claims to the fish bottle was also a fun addition. The illustrations by Tom Booth really make him look creepy and sinister, just loved them. Violet is so adventurous and headstrong while Herbert is more of a thinker, somewhat timid. They compliment each other so well. I feel like there is still so much to learn about the disappearance of their parents, still so many unresolved questions that I was hoping to get answers to. There were a few more clues or hints as to what happened to them, but I'm really hoping to learn more about them in future adventures. Overall this is an exciting adventure filled with folklore and legends and wonderful characters. Be sure to not miss out on the lovely black and white illustrations by Tom Booth too. **A huge thank you to Walker Books for the review copy.**
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my God, this was sooooo good! If you liked Malamander #1 you'll LOVE Malamander #2!
  • Samama Reza
    January 1, 1970
    After continuously reading grown up books for a very long while, I decided to shift my reading gear in reverse and read something from the middle grade genre instead - and I started that by reading Gargantis. I couldnt have been happier with that choice.This story was so brilliantly written that I literally got sucked into their adorable little town near the sea called Eerie-on-Sea as I kept reading. The atmosphere of this town was so comfy, I wanted to go there in person and live inside the After continuously reading grown up books for a very long while, I decided to shift my reading gear in reverse and read something from the middle grade genre instead - and I started that by reading Gargantis. I couldn’t have been happier with that choice.This story was so brilliantly written that I literally got sucked into their adorable little town near the sea called Eerie-on-Sea as I kept reading. The atmosphere of this town was so comfy, I wanted to go there in person and live inside the warm and cozy Grand Nautilus Hotel, and also visit the Mermonkey - a monkey in a bookstore who gifts you the book that your soul NEEDS - not something you want – during my stay.I absolutely loved Erwin, the talking cat. That’s right, there was a cute white kitty WHO COULD TALK ABOUT WISDOM in this magical book. My expressions automatically got twisted in ecstatic amazement the moment I found out the cat could speak! The characters Herbert and Violet were really interesting. They were children, and they weren’t annoying at all! In fact, I would’ve loved being their friend.The writing was simple, profound and beautiful. Gargantis is perfect for children AND grown-ups with a childish heart - just like me!5 out of 5 stars for this adventurous novel. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
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  • Jenny (Bookbookowl)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Walker Books for providing me with a copy of Gargantis in exchange for an honest review!***This review is for book 2 in the series, so my review may contain spoilers for book 1, Malamander***Malamander was SUCH a fun book, so I was so excited to receive a copy of Gargantis and had to read it ASAP!  The story once again follows Herbert Lemon, Lost and Founder extraordinare, and his friend Violet.  When a strange and eerie character drops something off at the Lost and Found Thank you so much to Walker Books for providing me with a copy of Gargantis in exchange for an honest review!***This review is for book 2 in the series, so my review may contain spoilers for book 1, Malamander***Malamander was SUCH a fun book, so I was so excited to receive a copy of Gargantis and had to read it ASAP!  The story once again follows Herbert Lemon, Lost and Founder extraordinare, and his friend Violet.  When a strange and eerie character drops something off at the Lost and Found department, Herbie is kicking himself he didn't get more information, because he has no idea where to start finding the object's owner. Before he can worry about it too much though, ANOTHER item comes through the door - this one even stranger than the last.  Herbie and Violet will need to brave the ever increasing wild storm forming over Eerie-on-Sea, to find out who the lost items belong to, and whether there's any truth to the old stories the local sailors tell. With a bunch of angry people sure the item should be signed over to them, the pair need to move fast to unravel the mystery.Gargantis was just as atmospheric and brilliant as Malamander. These books are so perfect for that age between middle grade and young adult.  Fantastic mystery, whimsical writing style and surprisingly in depth characters.  I especially love the world building the author has created.  I swear I can see the town of Eerie-on-Sea and smell the ocean from here.If you haven't picked up this series yet, I'd highly recommend giving it a try!
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  • Danielle Hammelef
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun inside this book! I loved Malamander and now, after reading both books, this author has a new fan in me. Once again, I adored the characters, the quirkiness, the humor, as well as the action and mystery. Now I need book #3!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Gargantis is the second book in the Malamander series and I loved it as much as Malamander. Great for anyone looking for a middle grade with exciting mysteries, seaside town, legendary creatures, lost things and amazingly quirky characters. Herbert Lemon the Lost and Founder of the Great Nautilus Hotel is a cinnamon roll and I love him with all my heart. Herbert takes his job very seriously in finding the rightful ownership to lost things and finds himself getting into danger with his best Gargantis is the second book in the Malamander series and I loved it as much as Malamander. Great for anyone looking for a middle grade with exciting mysteries, seaside town, legendary creatures, lost things and amazingly quirky characters. Herbert Lemon the Lost and Founder of the Great Nautilus Hotel is a cinnamon roll and I love him with all my heart. Herbert takes his job very seriously in finding the rightful ownership to lost things and finds himself getting into danger with his best friend Violet Parmer who is a brave, smart and bold girl.The writing was amazing, making sure we can visualise everything, while making the characters and setting so unique. Thank you Netgalley for approving me a copy.
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  • John Moore
    January 1, 1970
    *disclaimer* I work as part of Thomas marketing team. This is a thrilling sequel to Malamander and I cant wait for you all to read it! *disclaimer* I work as part of Thomas’ marketing team. This is a thrilling sequel to Malamander and I can’t wait for you all to read it!
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    Still Eerie After All These YearsI very much enjoyed "Malamander", the first book in the "Legends of Eerie-on-Sea" series, and so was delighted to see this second volume coming out. I must admit I approached it with some trepidation. Could the author catch lightning in a bottle a second time? Well, at least for me, the answer is "Yes". (Indeed, without SPOILING the plot, our hero almost literally catches lightning in a bottle.) This book has the same odd quirky charm as the first. If pressed I Still Eerie After All These YearsI very much enjoyed "Malamander", the first book in the "Legends of Eerie-on-Sea" series, and so was delighted to see this second volume coming out. I must admit I approached it with some trepidation. Could the author catch lightning in a bottle a second time? Well, at least for me, the answer is "Yes". (Indeed, without SPOILING the plot, our hero almost literally catches lightning in a bottle.) This book has the same odd quirky charm as the first. If pressed I might favor the first volume by a smidgen, but that's probably because the first book devoted considerable space to establishing the two main characters and introducing the major town locals. For me, those cast members are the heart and soul of the series and the main source of its appeal.Anyway, we again get the resilient and imperturbable Herbert Lemon and his sidekick/instigator Violet Parmer. Again we have a mysterious ancient macguffin and lots of supernatural and fantastical shenanigans. All of our favorite supporting characters are front and center, and they are all in fine fettle.These books do present something of a challenge. On the one hand we have Herbert and Vi, who are two of my favorite characters. Resourceful, good-humored, fiercely loyal, impetuous, and clever -- they make a great double act, with Herbert providing a bit of restraint on Violet, and Violet nudging Herbert along when he's too cautious. They come across as human and real, and are tremendously appealing. On the other hand, we have plots that are so far out there that they strain the patience of even favorably inclined readers such as myself. There are creatures out of legend, fantastical developments, cryptic clues, bits of magic, some odd steam punk, weird inventions, horrible villains, and so on. The best I can say on that score is that for some authors that sort of stuff usually comes into play because the author has written himself into a corner and can't get out without a magic sword or some such. At least here all of the weird elements serve a purpose, and in both books the very weirdest parts all come together in the very end to make a resolution that makes sense. With that the reader generally ends up forgiving the more outrageous excesses. And for younger readers I imagine that riotous plotting goes with the territory anyway.So, another wild ride and ripping fantastical adventure, but still in the capable hands of two great kid characters. There are hints about a larger story arc involving Herbert Lemon's true identity, so I'll stay tuned for at least one more volume.(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Christi M
    January 1, 1970
    No doubt about it, Gargantis is a highly sea-worthy book. Filled with its quirks and oddities, the Eerie-on-Sea series is just what the middle grade fantasy genre needs. Instead of wizards and magic, you get sea monsters and tall tales and legends. So, batten down the hatches because this story brings you a whale of a time!Ill admit it I would love to visit this crazy and peculiar town that Eerie-on-Sea is. I want to smell the salt in the air and see Mrs. Krakens cameraluna in action or take a No doubt about it, Gargantis is a highly sea-worthy book. Filled with its quirks and oddities, the Eerie-on-Sea series is just what the middle grade fantasy genre needs. Instead of wizards and magic, you get sea monsters and tall tales and legends. So, batten down the hatches because this story brings you a whale of a time!I’ll admit it – I would love to visit this crazy and peculiar town that Eerie-on-Sea is. I want to smell the salt in the air and see Mrs. Kraken’s cameraluna in action or take a peek at Herbie Lemon’s Lost and Foundery cellar items dating 99.9 years back or consult the mermonkey for a book that is just perfect for me! I want to tell Mr. Mollusc at the Grand Nautilus Hotel that Herbie is here to stay and he needs to just get over it already. And I want to know where I can get fish and chips because reading this book really makes me want to go down to Seegol’s Diner and get some.Gargantis is the second book in the Eerie-on-Sea middle grade series. It definitely doesn’t suffer from second book syndrome because I almost believe I might like it better than the first one, but it’s really a toss up because they are both terrific. Featuring Herbert Lemon, the Lost and Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, and his friend Violet Parma, together they face “Deep Hood,” monster storms, an electrical fishing boat with a windmill, an inescapable whirlpool, and a fun take off of the Millennium Falcon’s kessel run quote, and many more that I would mention, but don’t want to spoil anything.The story begins when Mrs. Fossil finds “the greatest beachcombing treasure.” It was an ancient looking bottle with an inscription on it that uses old Eerie script. Although Mrs. Fossil found it, when Dr. Thalassi sees it he decides he wants it for the local museum instead. A bit of fuss ensues about who has rightful claim to it when it is decided that Herbie should be the ultimate decider of who gets to keep it. After all, it was a ‘found’ item and he is the official Lost and Founder. So Herbie and Violet take on the quest to learn more about it, which of course leads them into more and more danger.All in all this is a terrific addition to the series and one I recommend to anyone looking for a fun sea-faring and sea-side adventure type story that has come through with flying colors.Thanks to Netgalley and Candlewick Press/Walker Books for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.Rating: 5 stars
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  • Suzy
    January 1, 1970
    I have to stay, I love this series!!I read the Malamander, the first book set in this wonderful seaside town, and I really liked it, so I was thrilled to receive Gargantis, the next in the series set in Eerie-on-the-Sea. These books do such an amazing job of creating a delicious atmosphere of strange and mysterious with a generous helping of fun. They are humourous and warm-hearted, and are just that little bit of scary... the kind of scary that gives you goosebumps and makes you catch your I have to stay, I love this series!!I read the Malamander, the first book set in this wonderful seaside town, and I really liked it, so I was thrilled to receive Gargantis, the next in the series set in Eerie-on-the-Sea. These books do such an amazing job of creating a delicious atmosphere of strange and mysterious with a generous helping of fun. They are humourous and warm-hearted, and are just that little bit of scary... the kind of scary that gives you goosebumps and makes you catch your breath in fear... but still feeling like you are wrapped in the coziest of pajamas. Who is the strange hooded man? Will he come back, and what is in his metal box? And who, or what is the Gargantis? Thomas Taylor has done such a good job of creating a truly unique and interesting place in Eerie-on-the-Sea. It's comes to life in the reader's mind... from the bookstore with a strange electronic monkey that will recommend a book you *need* to read for the price of a quarter, to the Flotsamporium, a wonderful storefront filled with found beach treasures discovered by Eerie's resident diehard beachcomber, Mrs. Fossil, to the wonderful Grand Nautilus Hotel for whom the main protagonist, Herbert Lemon, works as their official Lost-and-Founder. I only wish there really was such a place to visit! It sounds so interesting and wonderful, filled with mysteries and legends of monsters, strange people and even a talking cat! Herbie, himself a mystery, having washed up on the shore of Eerie in a box of lemons as a small child, along with his friend Violet Pram, work together to discover the origins of the sailor stories and rhymes they keep hearing about from the local fishermen. They talk of a giant monster who swims through the air causing severe storms like the kind that Eerie has been experiencing for weeks. When a discovery by Mrs. Fossil unleases an unexpected surprise, it sets Herbie and Violet off on a trail of clues to a young sailor who helps them search for the truth of the legends, so they can try to stop the storm before Eerie ends up washed away into the sea. These books are truly a delight! They just have a magical feel that only the very best children's books have. I can't wait for the next installment, and look forward to visiting Eerie and all its strange and wonderful inhabitants in the future. Highly recommended!
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    Herbie and Violet are back to solve another Lost & Found mystery. This one threatens everyone in Eerie-on-Sea; if they can't figure out what's happening, the whole town will quite literally slide into the sea...This is a brilliant follow-up to Malamander, featuring the same fantastic cast of zany townspeople. Herbert and Violet are both pushed harder and further than last time, forcing them out of their comfort zone, especially Herbert. I love him so much; he's sweet and brave and always, Herbie and Violet are back to solve another Lost & Found mystery. This one threatens everyone in Eerie-on-Sea; if they can't figure out what's happening, the whole town will quite literally slide into the sea...This is a brilliant follow-up to Malamander, featuring the same fantastic cast of zany townspeople. Herbert and Violet are both pushed harder and further than last time, forcing them out of their comfort zone, especially Herbert. I love him so much; he's sweet and brave and always, always tries to do his best, no matter what's going on around him.I'm really enjoying this series - even though the bad guy was pretty obvious this time around - and I hope they keep going for a long time.My sprightning - the Gargantic Light - starts dancing above me, and I suddenly realize exactly what I need to do to return her to her rightful place. And I could shout for joy, because now I won't need to be lowered down into the ocean's depths in some smelly old barrel! I can return the light right here, right now, and get the lost-and-foundering done when I'm only half drowned! And then, when the day has been saved and the world put to rights, we can sail back to Eerie-on-Sea to see if Mrs Fossil still has some of those salty caramel muffins left!I climb onto the ruins of the wheelhouse beside Violet. The creature must sense what I'm about to do and lowers the bulb of its lure towards me. I cup the sprightning in my hand and reach up as the empty bulb swings down.But my hand doesn't get there.
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  • Kayleigh Cyphus
    January 1, 1970
    Malamander was one of my favourite books of last year, and arguably one of my favourite middle grade books of all time! So, Walker announcing that they've joined NetGalley and seeing this was one of their first titles on there had me pressing that request button so very quickly!Gargantis sees us return to Eerie-on-Sea with Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma and you'd think that there are only so many mysteries and adventures to be had in such a small seaside town, but nope! There is another Malamander was one of my favourite books of last year, and arguably one of my favourite middle grade books of all time! So, Walker announcing that they've joined NetGalley and seeing this was one of their first titles on there had me pressing that request button so very quickly!Gargantis sees us return to Eerie-on-Sea with Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma and you'd think that there are only so many mysteries and adventures to be had in such a small seaside town, but nope! There is another legendary monster to be discovered and with a whole host of characters and twists and turns, Gargantis will have you on the edge of your seat!Thomas Taylor's writing is just wonderful and it really draws you in; Herbie as a narrator is loveable and there's so much character to him. I love how it just flows along and you get totally swept up in the story, just like with Malamander! I am so excited to hear that there is a book three coming...the only downside is having to wait!I'd highly recommend Gargantis (if you haven't read Malamander yet, go and read that too!). It's just one of those books that's guaranteed to make you want to read; it's a definite page-turner! Last of all, I apologise for this review being short and sweet; no words can do justice to this series! It's just one of those that I implore you to read if you love a good children's adventure/mystery, and I have no doubt that you'll love it too!
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  • anna ✩
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars!I want to preface this review by stating that my rating is 3.5 stars because I just felt there was a little something missing in the book. I did thoroughly enjoy it and thought it was a great adventurous story but there was something about it that just didn't wow me enough. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Gargantis is the story of Herbert Lemon, the Lost and Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel in Eerie-on-Sea. 3.5 stars!I want to preface this review by stating that my rating is 3.5 stars because I just felt there was a little something missing in the book. I did thoroughly enjoy it and thought it was a great adventurous story but there was something about it that just didn't wow me enough. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Gargantis is the story of Herbert Lemon, the Lost and Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel in Eerie-on-Sea. Herbet and his best friend Violet team up to solve a magical mystery that is risking the safety of their lovely seaside town. Herbie and Violet must figure out what to do with the lost items that have turned up to Herbie's Lost and Foundery and somehow get stuck in the middle of a magical, confusing battle between different people in town. Gargantis has an amazing narration style which honestly sold it to me straight away. Herbert Lemon's narration of the adventure is fun, realistic and transporting. This is a perfect story for someone looking for a fast read where you will escapee's reality for a bit and live in a great seaside town with secretive and interesting characters.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved Malander last year. Every so often I read a middle grade book and absolutely cherish the journey I get swept up on. Ive noticed that my thoughts havent stayed too far from Herbet and Violet and Eerie-on-Sea.Once the sequel Gargantis was announced I couldnt wait to read it which is why Im so thrilled to have had the chance to read an arc. Thank you to Walker Books and Toppsta.While I dont think life in somewhere like Eerie-on-Sea is ever mundane it seems as though things were I absolutely loved Malander last year. Every so often I read a middle grade book and absolutely cherish the journey I get swept up on. I’ve noticed that my thoughts haven’t stayed too far from Herbet and Violet and Eerie-on-Sea.Once the sequel Gargantis was announced I couldn’t wait to read it which is why I’m so thrilled to have had the chance to read an arc. Thank you to Walker Books and Toppsta.While I don’t think life in somewhere like Eerie-on-Sea is ever mundane it seems as though things were calmer than my last visit until they weren’t of course. I have to say I think I loved this visit even more than the last. Being familiar with some of the characters and the places meant it was just like visiting old friends and it was fantastic to meet some new ones too.Thomas Taylor has unleashed a beast here because I now intend to visit Eerie-on-Sea every year. Consider it my annual holiday.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    What a lovely follow up to the charming Malamander. In this one, Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma team up once again--this time to discover what treasure has been stolen from the mythical Gargantis to help quell its storm that is ravaging Eerie-on-Sea. Taylor's middle grade pair continue to amuse--the book is told in Herbie's humorous POV and Violet is once again a winning partner. She reminds me very much of Harry Potter's Hermione Granger, with her book smarts and inquisitive nature. The rest of What a lovely follow up to the charming Malamander. In this one, Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma team up once again--this time to discover what treasure has been stolen from the mythical Gargantis to help quell its storm that is ravaging Eerie-on-Sea. Taylor's middle grade pair continue to amuse--the book is told in Herbie's humorous POV and Violet is once again a winning partner. She reminds me very much of Harry Potter's Hermione Granger, with her book smarts and inquisitive nature. The rest of the Eerie-on-Sea cast, from the beachcombing Mrs. Fossil to the chip shop owning Mr. Seegol, are such a quirky and fun ensemble.If you've got kids of the 8-12 set, this is a wonderful series. I absolutely love it and I hope there are many more to come.Thank you to Walker Book US and LibraryThing for providing me this ARC for review. It's another winner from this press.
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  • Vicky
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely to be back in the familiar town of Eerie-on-sea with another intriguing mystery. Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma team up again after theyre presented with a mysterious clockwork shell. Similar to the first book, I raced through this because I was desperate for more, more, more. The author does not dumb down his writing for children which is a blessing to see. The plot was thrilling and I was desperate to solve the mystery alongside the fabulous central pairing. The twists and turns drove Lovely to be back in the familiar town of Eerie-on-sea with another intriguing mystery. Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma team up again after they’re presented with a mysterious clockwork shell. Similar to the first book, I raced through this because I was desperate for more, more, more. The author does not dumb down his writing for children which is a blessing to see. The plot was thrilling and I was desperate to solve the mystery alongside the fabulous central pairing. The twists and turns drove me on and on, and I fully loved the story just like the first novel! Gargantis was full of intelligent references and it was a delight to have the opportunity to read this wonderful book. Herbert and Violet are again fully realised daring and brave characters who I hope to find out more about, and I particularly loved the sprightning – I felt very attached, just as Herbert did.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Herbert Lemon, Violet Parma and all the wonderfully wacky inhabitants of Eerie-on-the-Sea are back and this second adventure was just as much fun as the first! A bit shivery, with mystery, secret codes, fabulous monsters, sly humor and endearing characters. Thomas Taylor's highly original world-building shines brightly and the satisfying conclusion promises future installments and hints of solving the secrets behind Herbie and Violet's missing parents.The illustrations were a delight in the Herbert Lemon, Violet Parma and all the wonderfully wacky inhabitants of Eerie-on-the-Sea are back and this second adventure was just as much fun as the first! A bit shivery, with mystery, secret codes, fabulous monsters, sly humor and endearing characters. Thomas Taylor's highly original world-building shines brightly and the satisfying conclusion promises future installments and hints of solving the secrets behind Herbie and Violet's missing parents.The illustrations were a delight in the first book and I am eagerly awaiting them in the finished copy as I read this in galley with most of the illustrations yet to come.This series is a total delight with something for everyone and would make an outstanding read aloud.
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Back again in Eerie-on-Sea where our friendly Lost and Founder hotel employee Herbie Lemon and his friend Violet are knee-deep in storm surge and a troublesome mystery. A series of violent storms plague the small seaside town known to the fisherman as the monster Gargantis have going on far too long and then there is the discovery of a strange fish glass bottle and a mysterious stranger arrives. Herbie is charged with deciding who the rightful owner of the bottle is but finding the true owner Back again in Eerie-on-Sea where our friendly Lost and Founder hotel employee Herbie Lemon and his friend Violet are knee-deep in storm surge and a troublesome mystery. A series of violent storms plague the small seaside town known to the fisherman as the monster Gargantis have going on far too long and then there is the discovery of a strange fish glass bottle and a mysterious stranger arrives. Herbie is charged with deciding who the rightful owner of the bottle is but finding the true owner puts them in all considerable danger. I love this imaginative series and the quirky but lovable characters of Eerie-on-Sea. For all fans of mythical sea beasties and adventure and what would make a great family group read. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.Gargantis is the second book in the Malamander series by Thomas Taylor. This book is so charming. The main characters Herbie and Violet are really well developed and entertaining. The story never lags, theres always something exciting happening. I think this could be read as a stand-alone but youd get more out of it if you read them in order. If I have one complaint its that the author made two An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.Gargantis is the second book in the Malamander series by Thomas Taylor. This book is so charming. The main characters Herbie and Violet are really well developed and entertaining. The story never lags, there’s always something exciting happening. I think this could be read as a stand-alone but you’d get more out of it if you read them in order. If I have one complaint it’s that the author made two references to current events in this book. Prior to this I had no idea what time period this book took place in and it gave the story a timeless quality that I enjoyed.
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  • UWE Primary English Team
    January 1, 1970
    Dan: OH YES! I absolutely LOVED this book! I thought the first in the series, Malamander, was pretty damn good, but for me I thought this was so much better! I feel like the first book introduces a lot of the setting and characters, whereas as this is the second in a series, the storyline takes centre stage. It grabs you from the first chapter, and simply doesn't let go, pulling you headlong through the exciting and intriguing plot, with the use of short but perfectly formed chapters aiding the Dan: OH YES! I absolutely LOVED this book! I thought the first in the series, Malamander, was pretty damn good, but for me I thought this was so much better! I feel like the first book introduces a lot of the setting and characters, whereas as this is the second in a series, the storyline takes centre stage. It grabs you from the first chapter, and simply doesn't let go, pulling you headlong through the exciting and intriguing plot, with the use of short but perfectly formed chapters aiding the breathless dash. I simply loved this book (can you tell?!) and simply cannot wait for the next one!
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  • Jeanne Perry
    January 1, 1970
    First I would like to thank Walker Books US for this amazing arc along with a signed edition of Malamander! We continue with the adventures of Herbie Lemon and Violet Pram only this time they are running from the local fishermen and a mysterious Hooded Man. These books are extremely enjoyable, fast paced and quick reads for any age group and I cant wait til the next installment comes out. First I would like to thank Walker Books US for this amazing arc along with a signed edition of Malamander! We continue with the adventures of Herbie Lemon and Violet Pram only this time they are running from the local fishermen and a mysterious Hooded Man. These books are extremely enjoyable, fast paced and quick reads for any age group and I can’t wait til the next installment comes out.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    The second book in the series is better than the first! Great continuation of world-building and characterisation. Great plot, which was rolled out at just the right pace with just the right information when the reader needed it.Highly recommended for middle-grade/pre-adolescent magical-realist mystery.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    A brilliant sequel to Malamander. Herbie and violet continue their adventures in Eerie on Sea battling sea monsters and daring the sea storms, and taking on the MerMonkey. Read this to my son aged 10 thanks to #NetGalley ahead of publication in exchange for an honest review.We give it a solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A brilliant sequel to Malamander. Herbie and violet continue their adventures in Eerie on Sea battling sea monsters and daring the sea storms, and taking on the MerMonkey. Read this to my son aged 10 thanks to #NetGalley ahead of publication in exchange for an honest review.We give it a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Engel Dreizehn
    January 1, 1970
    ARC COpy...oh yeh! I was super excited to get the ARc for this since I enjoyed the first one after I discovered it in Europe! Just a not so normal day (that's saying something!) in Eerie as the stakes are higher with a much bigger monster as the central focus and...a bigger storm is brewing!
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  • Exapno Mapcase
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really fun read for younger readers, and older readers too. Its a real rollicking, Dickensian adventure through a rather quirky place, and Herbert handles it all with a good sense of self.Free review copy. This is a really fun read for younger readers, and older readers too. It’s a real rollicking, Dickensian adventure through a rather quirky place, and Herbert handles it all with a good sense of self.Free review copy.
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  • angelofmine1974
    January 1, 1970
    My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog page at:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF1C...Enjoy!
  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Get ready to join Herbie Lemon and Violet Parma in this second visit to Eerie-on-Sea. With a violent storm ravaging the seaside town, can our young heroes save the day and solve the latest mystery to land on the desk of The Lost and Foundery? This action packed page turner is guaranteed to have you gripped from cover to cover. Were cleverly reintroduced to friends from book 1 and encounter new characters, both friends and, of course, deadly enemies as the mystery unravels. I thoroughly enjoyed Get ready to join Herbie Lemon and Violet Parma in this second visit to Eerie-on-Sea. With a violent storm ravaging the seaside town, can our young heroes save the day and solve the latest mystery to land on the desk of The Lost and Foundery? This action packed page turner is guaranteed to have you gripped from cover to cover. We’re cleverly reintroduced to friends from book 1 and encounter new characters, both friends and, of course, deadly enemies as the mystery unravels. I thoroughly enjoyed the fast paced action, the thrill and chill of adventure, and the daring courage of Herbie and Violet. Gargantis is guaranteed to enchant readers and leave them bursting with anticipation for the next visit to Eerie-on-Sea.
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