Girls*Heart* Books: Jack Templar Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Monday, February 11, 2013

Jack Templar Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Jack Templar Monster Hunter
The Templar Chronicles-Book 1 
By Jeff Gunhus
Publication Date: October 27, 2012
Published By: Seven Guns Press

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 descendant 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. (Goodreads)

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Mel's Review:

Jack Templar Monster Hunter is a young adult adventure/paranormal story by Jeff Gunhus and the first book in The Templar Chronicles. I signed up for this blog tour as soon as I heard about it because this book sounded like it was something I would really enjoy. I wasn't wrong. 

The story is told from the point of view of almost 14-year-old, Jack, our main character. Orphaned and raised by his aunt, he is a normal, run-of-the-mill barely teenage boy for the most part. Then, in the course of one day, everything he knows as truth is torn apart and he's left to figure out how to navigate his new reality. 

Told with humor and levity, Jack Templar Monster Hunter is a quick and enjoyable read. My only complaint really was the strong similarities I found between this story and others in its genre. There were definitely shades of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson to be found hiding in Jack's narrative. However, that didn't stop me from getting caught up in Jack's tale. I will definitely be picking up the next installment.

My Rating:

(3.5 hearts rounded up to 4) 

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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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