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(The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  180 reviews
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 se
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Walker Books US (first published May 1st 2020)
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May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”A book is like a mirror. We always see ourselves inside.”
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sequ
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately this didn't grab me like I thought it would, and I spent a lot of time in the latter half of the story skimming through the plot. Even skimming it took me 8 days to finish, which is never a good sign. I just never felt compelled to come back to the story. I like the idea of a dead end seaside town filled with strange characters and monsters, but I just couldn't connect with Herbie and Violet at all. I think it's also a bit of a personal thing - I'm not really that interested in sto ...more
Whispering Stories
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Lost-and-Founder Herbert Lemon and his friend Violet are back in another adventure set within the seaside town of Eerie-on-Sea. This time a massive storm is shaking the town violently and there seems to be no end to it. If it continues it could cause the whole town to crumble into the sea.

The fishermen have a tale of a creature, Gargantis, awakening and that is the cause of the storm, but could their tale be true and what’s with the fish-shaped bottle th
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 lan
anna ✩
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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. Herbe
Christi M
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Belles Middle Grade Library
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was 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 f ...more
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed returning to Eerie-on-Sea and joining Herbie and Violet on one of their adventures. I can't wait for book 3 next year! ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, fantasy, mystery
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 decla ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved had to continue reading this magical middle grade series! Gargantis continues the legend of Eerie-on-Sea, with the awesome quirky characters from the first book! Eerie-on-Sea is a magical place....a place where folklore and legends are part of every day life. Herbie Lemon is at the Grand Nautilus Hotel where he takes pride in being the resident Lost and Founder. Herbie finds things....and keeps them in his Lost & Foundery until claimed. He's joined by his friend Violet i ...more
Mira | I Read Like Phoebe Runs
A book is like a mirror. We always see ourselves inside.

An interesting sequel to Malamander. A different story, though the town & its residents stay the same. This time we explored the mythology surrounding this little town and it just worked very well. My kids were so excited to hear the story!
Samama Reza
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 wa
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one even more than the first! I love the atmosphere and the continued adventures and discoveries in the story! This will be read again in my home and will, I’m sure be a favorite for a long time. The characters are so much fun and I can’t get enough of them. Can not wait for the third book!!
Simoné Eloff
Some of the magic of the first book was a bit lost with the change of narrator, but I still love the characters and the setting immensely.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God, this was sooooo good! If you liked Malamander #1 you'll LOVE Malamander #2! ...more
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 de
I absolutely loved this second instalment to The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea. Herbie Lemon and Violet Palmer are a detective duo that I both root for and adore. This world has the exact right amount of creepy/nostalgic vibes that probably only resonates fully with those of us who have grown up in English seaside towns. What a time to be a kid with all of this amazing children's literature, I'd say I was jealous but I'm not because I still get to read it as an adult! ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read- May 2020 for Believathon II (Book Keepers Stronghold- next book in a series)
- This was so ridiculously close to being a 5 star read but it just missed the mark. This is such a perfect series for me, it's literally a fantasy mystery middle grade!!
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5 stars! This was great fun! I enjoyed this more than Malamander! The atmosphere of Eerie-on-Sea is just fantastic and Herbie & Violet are the perfect investigating team! 🔍🖤
Danielle Hammelef
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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!
Thanks to Candlewick Press/Walker Books for the advanced copy of this seaside adventure, out last week! Thomas Taylor has written a second wonderful adventure set on Eerie-on-Sea. The illustrations in the book are by Tom Booth, not all finished in this ARC, but those included add much to the exciting, sometimes scary atmosphere of Eerie-on-Sea.
Here is Herbert Lemon, still the Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, teaming up again with Violet Parma, whom Herbie met in the last adventur
Sara Hill
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-books
Gargantis is the second book in an epic, eerie, and mysterious adventure by Thomas Taylor. Set in the world of Eerie on the Sea, we get to return to this place and hang out with Herbie, Violet, and Erwin again.

Gargantis starts off with the way every great ocean adventure begins with a bottle and a message. It was the more mysterious of the two books. This story was filled with twists and turns it seemed in every other chapter. This book did not go in any way that I expected, which made for an e
Kathleen Dixon
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are a number of times I've read the second book in a series (or even the 5th or whateverth) before reading the first, and I've done it enough times that I've come to the conclusion that it really doesn't matter what order you read a series in. In fact, reading them in the wrong order gives some wonderful "Ah ha!" moments. And life is just like that, isn't it?

So, I haven't read Malamander but I definitely plan to. I like this boy Herbert Lemon, and I like Violet, and the seaside setting and
David C. Salas
3.5⭐ / 5

There's a storm brewing over Eerie-on-Sea, and the fisherfolk say a monster is the cause. Someone has woken the ancient Gargantis. And it seems like Gargantis is looking for something: a treasure stolen from her underwater lair. It also seems like Herbie and Violet are the only ones who can find this stolen treasure. Will they achieve their goal and save Eerie-on-Sea?

This is the second book in the Eerie-on-Sea series, and it follows the same structure as the first bo
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this, just as much as I loved Malamander! I wouldn’t be able to pick a favourite out of the two, they were both so enjoyable and wonderful!
Gargantis is the story of Herbert Lemon who is the Lost and Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel and teams up with his best friend Violet to solve another mystery that is putting their home by the sea in danger. Herbie and Violet must figure out
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yes, supreme-tier
Okay I loved Gargantis more than Malamander. Not that Malamander is bad, of course, but this one just had so much more.

Herbie and Violet absolutely sell their parts this time around. I was really confident in who they were and that was… not as prevalent in the first one, I guess? I think that allowed me to root for them a lot harder.

By introducing the conflict of the fishermen trying to capture Herbie, everything always seemed tense and the story moved faster, which I love. And the overarching m
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am so excited to be back at Eerie-on-sea! This follow up title to Malamander draws you in from the first page. We are reminded of Herbert Lemon's amazing personality. The way he breaks through the page and talks to us directly.

Already the action has started. I do feel for Herbie, he just wants to hide in his cellar with his lost items but having a friend as formidable as Violet Parma means he is always out on an adventure. Wether he likes it or not.

Taylor has written the ultimate follow up ad
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea series is a truly atmospheric world that transports me to the seaside town. Herbie works at the Grand Nautilus Hotel as the Lost and Founder. As the name sounds he helps return lost objects to the rightful owners. At the beginning of Gargantis the town is experiencing the worst weather in years and a mysterious object in a bottle is put into his Herbie's possession. Together with his friend Violet they try to uncover why the mysterious Dark Hood want this bottle and w ...more
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