Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jack Templar Monster Hunter #Review #Giveaway

I'd like to thank Jeff Gunhus and Kathy over at I'm a Reader, Not a Writer for the copy of this book and the opportunity to review it. 

About the Book:

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack's fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it's great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend "T-Rex" from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he's the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he's destined to be in the family business. Second, that there's a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits...until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him. 

As if that weren't enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the "One?" Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

My Review:
I loved this book! Of course, from the moment I opened it up and the first thing I saw was bold print proclaiming, "Warning", I knew I was going to love it.

There's something very Lemony Snicket about having the characters in a story warn you not to read the story. Any of you who have been long time followers know how much I adore Lemony Snicket!

Not to be confusing, the story is nothing like A Series of Unfortunate Events. Jack Templar is most certainly it's own entity.

The only complaint I have about it is that it's too short! I totally would've invested the time in a book at 300 pages in length. But I guess that's how they get you to buy the squeal right?

 A little bit of break down:

  • I loved how real the characters where. Yes it's a fantasy story, but you have a bunch of teen aged boys running around in modern day, dealing with crazy happenings.
  • The story didn't shy away from the unpleasantries of life. You have a character who's being abuses, and another who won't stop picking his nose. The latter of which sounds like a disgusting ploy to give the kids a laugh and sure, to some degree it probably is, but it also taps into the realism of how some kids are. I knew kids like that... OK, so in the third grade I got called Booger Woman (an unfounded nickname by the way. I've always had extreme allergies. We all know how kids are). The point is, it's nasty, but it's how some kids really are. 
  • Without giving too many spoilers, let's just say the book isn't afraid to let bad things happen to it's characters.
  • With the boldness that this book takes on, it still remains lighthearted enough to be a fun read.
  • The action and pacing are pitch perfect. At the end of each chapter, you're compelled to jump right into the next. It's possibly why I read the book in like a day. That and it's too darn short!
I would say just because of the openess of some of the subject matter, maybe not a good match for young readers. I probably let like an 11-year-old read it, depending on the kid. 

I do have one niece who just turned twelve and I'm not sure I'd let her read it, but then again she's the type to go on for a month about the one character who picks his nose. 

Maybe proof read it and use your own discretion. It really won't take you much to get through it, and if you're a fan of YA fantasy you'll enjoy the read. 

Tens List: Life Lessons from Jeff Gunhus

1. Be nice to people.
2. Family first.
3. Care.
4. Say please and thank you.
5. Own your mistakes.
6. Give credit for your success, no-one is an island.
7. Hard work wins over the long term.
8. Regret is wasteful.
9. Dogs have souls.
10. Art matters.

About the Author:

Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again. 

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Ends 2/15/13

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