{Review+Giveaway} The Gaia Wars by Kenneth G. Bennett

December 7, 2011 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 6

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Now here is my review of The Gaia Wars. 
Paperback286 pages
Published August 25th 2011 by CreateSpace
Age Group: young YA
Source: Blog tour
Summary (from Goodreads)

Deadly secrets have been buried in the Cascade mountain wilderness for centuries. Hidden. Out of sight and out of mind. 
Until today…
Warren Wilkes, age 13, doesn’t like what a greedy housing developer has done to his peaceful mountain community, so he vandalizes the developer’s property, flees into the wild, and stumbles upon an ancient human skeleton revealed by torrential rain. More than old bones have been exposed, however, and the curious artifact Warren finds makes him question his own identity, and his connection to an ancient terror. A terror destined to rise again and annihilate all that Warren loves. He must fight or see his whole world destroyed.

As the semester goes on, my free time dwindles a lot. As a result I have barely any time to sit down and leisurely read books. Especially near exam time. When I do manage to get some reading time scheduled in, I don’t want to lolly-gag. I need a book to grab my interest right away and not let go. It needs to flow right along so I can get lost in it’s world for while. Lately a few books that I have been picking up have failed to do this within the first 20 pages or so. Normally, I would have no problem reading further to see if it picks up, but when I am so busy and short on time I just get discouraged and put the book down.

Then I picked up The Gaia Wars…

What a good choice! I loved it! Warren is so inquisitive and smart. A little wise beyond his 13 years but that’s never a bad thing. He loves nature and he has a crush on a girl scout! I was a girl scout for 12 years, so that made me smile. Ok fine, so mentioning how cool girl scouts are was not the only reason I loved The Gaia Wars. It is just such a versatile read. There is something in it for everyone. Teens, adults, boys, and girls will all enjoy The Gaia Wars. There is action and adventure, mystery, and magic. What on earth is not to love? Which leads me to the next point, I love how much the story incorporates the earth.

Our environment is something that I think we often forget about, and I really liked how spiritual the earth is depicted in the book. Kenneth did such a great job describing everything. The imagery was so vivid. When Warren and Sean found the cave, I could picture the whole thing so easily. And I really want to see a picture of the medallion!

I loved the character of Mirra. I couldn’t read the book fast enough to figure out the mystery that surrounded her. I think there is so much more to her than is revealed in the first book, and I would love for her to have her own prequel story! I think finding out how she met and fell in love would be such a nice story. ::winkwinkKenneth!::

The only think I didn’t like was that the book left off at such a pivotal point! Luckily, I have the second book to pick up ASAP! Im in the middle of it right now and I am really liking it. It is even more action packed than the first one. Must get back to reading The Battle of Cascadia, studying, now.

4.5/5 Gavels

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 #whirlwind Wednesday, Google+ sharing contest! Yup, there’s yet another awesome opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card, and this time it just takes a single click! Visit Google+ and share Emlyn Chand’s most recent post (you’ll see The Gaia Wars book cover included with it). On Thursday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. Autographed copies of The Gaia Wars and its recently released sequel, Battle for Cascadia, are also up for grabs. Three chances to win! How about that?
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Michelle @ Book Briefs

6 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} The Gaia Wars by Kenneth G. Bennett”

  1. Yiota

    Ha! It actually happened the same with me. I’m so busy nowdays that i was so happy Gaia Wars was a good read and it worth my time! It’s a great book!
    Thanks for the review ^^

  2. Emlyn Chand

    Great review, Michelle! I know what a discerning judge you are, so 4.5 gavels is just huge! I adored this book as well. It was so eloquent and yet so exciting. What more could you want?

    Would you mind cross-posting this lovely review to Amazon and GoodReads too? Much obliged.

    Emlyn 😀

  3. Kenneth G. Bennett

    Thanks so much the fabulous, detailed, and funny review. And for asking about a prequel! I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about that. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. Very best wishes and happy holidays!


  4. IdentitySeeker

    I understand having to put a book down when you’re short on time and the first few pages don’t interest you, so I’m glad you’ve shared with me a great new book that I can sink my teeth into and not be disappointed by right from the beginning. Thanks for sharing:)


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