About the Book
Title: WhipEye (WhipEye Chronicles Book #1) | Author: Geoffrey Saign | Year published: June 20, 2014 | Publisher: KiraKu Press | Number of pages: 301 | Recommended age: 9+
Summary:Can a girl grieving her mother, a boy missing his father, and a thousand-year-old wise-cracking parrot save two worlds?
Samantha and her neighbor, Jake, have no idea that Samantha’s best friend, a parrot named Charlie, is a thousand years old. Charlie is also at the center of a secret battle between magical creatures and an ancient, evil man. When Charlie asks Samantha and Jake to protect him, they are chased by monsters from both sides. To save Charlie, and two worlds, Samantha and Jake have twenty-four hours to figure out how to use the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and find the courage to confront what they fear most.
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The Buzz About the Book
“The story itself is pure genius.” ~ 5-star Review, LitPick
“This was amazing… I couldn’t put it down. ~ Erik, This Kid Reviews Books
“As an avid reader of all kinds of books, I often find many fantasy books sloppily written, as though the genre is the dumping ground of less talented writers. So imagine my delight and surprise when right at the get-go–from the first page onwards–`WhipEye’ demolished my prejudice and reminded me that every once in a while, you find that shiny needle in the proverbial haystack.” ~ 5 Star Review, Meghan, Amazon
“Attention to detail,best of all fleshed out and well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that actually make you feel like you are right there in the story -or at least wish you were – and that’s something I really look for in a good book. “ ~ 5 Star Review, Tali, Amazon
“`Whipeye’ by Geoffrey Saign is a wonderfully written fantasy story that combines elements of fantasy and magic. The author has created a fantastical world that is vividly imagined with magical creatures and strange but colorful characters…What really makes this story engaging are the likeable characters that you can’t help but root for. The story may be about an adventure that involves magic and supernatural elements, but it’s also about friendship and discovering one’s strength when it’s needed the most. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Portia A., Amazon
“Whipeye is a thrilling magical adventure with surprises at every turn, a story that deserves to be read.” ~ Laurisa White Reyes, Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf Magazine and author of The Celestine Chronicles series
“Simply put…it’s a creative story that draws you in from the beginning. The twists and turns, the interesting characters and surprises keep you wanting to turn the next page. This walk into a fantasy serves as a nice mini-vacation without having to go anywhere or plan anything. I look forward to the next book. Well done. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Michael S., Amazon
About the Author: 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 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 lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
***My Personal Review***
I love anything to do with fantasy, and this book really fit that bill perfectly :) Samantha is such a wonderfully complex character, and I love Charlie the Parrot! WhipEye is an ancient magical staff which is so unexpected - but the alternate universe where animals amd specifically Charlie the Parrot - are in danger really gives this book a whole new dimension. Samantha is an animal-lover like her father but we see her having a terrible time dealing with the mess between her and her absent father. But she meets Jake, who has a similar experience and they each help protect the other against the monsters they meet in the alternate world. And what is even more difficult for Samantha is that the monsters are really just animals but they have been turned by their circumstances, which in a way is kind of what is happening with Samantha and Jake because of the troubles with their parents. I saw it as Samantha and Jake as the regular animals in the alternate universe and the parents are the magical animals that have turned on everyone. I really liked the book, I thought it was very fantastical and hard to put down - but I would definitely suggest it for Young Adults only, not for younger kids because of the scary components. I think most adults would love this as well. I couldn't wait to find out whether they could change the alternate universe to make things better or not :)