Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Is Jack the Chosen One?


Jack can’t remember his parents. They died when he was little, and he was raised by his Aunt Sophie. Jack is almost fourteen, and he wakes up the day before his birthday feeling like a new person. He can’t believe how strong he feels and soon finds out that he can run faster, too. On the way to school, he encounters a few odd characters, and the day only continues to get more bizarre. After receiving a suspension from his principal, Jack heads home worried that his aunt will be disappointed in him. On his way he meets Eva, a stranger who tells him that he is a monster hunter, the chosen one from a long line of monster hunters. Not only that, but there are monsters gathering nearby, waiting for him to turn fourteen, the age when they are free to kill him. It seems the Lord of the Creach (Lord of the Monsters) has a personal problem with Jack and wants him destroyed. When Jack thinks Eva’s life is in danger he tries to save her. Unfortunately, this changes everything. Will Jack be able to save Eva? What does he unleash when he tries to kill the beasts? Is Jack really the chosen one? Who is the Lord of the Creach and why is he after Jack? The forces of good and evil are stacked against each other, and you will want to find out who prevails! 

I recommend Jack Templar: Monster Hunter to anyone 10 and up. Monster hunting can get a little violent and younger children may be a little nervous! Plus, Jack is turning fourteen and children under the age of ten may not enjoy hearing about his crush on Cindy Adams. The author also warns kids not to read this book if they are afraid of monsters! I liked the wonderful descriptions and I feel that I know Jack, Eva, and the other characters and places described in the book. Jack seems like a good guy, and I appreciate the fact that he isn’t perfect and doesn’t always make the best decisions. The action starts right from the first chapter and doesn’t let up until the book ends. This is the first book in a series, and I look forward to reading the rest of them. The good news is the author doesn’t leave the book off with a cliffhanger! Fans of The Percy Jackson series will want to get to know Jack!
Has anyone else read Jack Templar Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus? What did you think?

Happy Reading! ~L

22 comments:

  1. I love this cover!

    The book sounds amazing, too!

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    1. Hi Patty, The cover is great! It's an exciting adventure to be a part of! Thanks so much for popping by : ) ~ F

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  2. Our family loves monsters, so this one's for me and mine.

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    1. Hi clemmckenzie, I'm also a big fan of monsters- the good and the bad : ) Thanks for much for stopping by! ~ F

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  3. A great review! Sounds like a book any young preteen or teen would like. Most of them do love to be scared by monsters, witchcraft, were wolves, and vampires.

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    1. Hi Anna Maria, Thanks so much! We enjoyed this fun story- monsters are so interesting : ) Lovely to hear from you! ~ F

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  4. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review and for sharing with us.

    Paul R. Hewlett

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    1. Hi Lionel, Thanks for stopping by! It's an exciting read to settle into : ) ~ F

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  5. Thanks for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. I actually wrote this as a way to get my reluctant reader 12 year-old son (named Jack) excited to read. It worked and now he reminds me every day I need to finish the next book. Thanks again. I've saved your site to check back on a regular basis for new books and interesting conversations.

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    1. Hi Jeff, Thank you for stopping by! We enjoyed reviewing your monstrous tale, and we look forward to learning more about the story behind the story on Friday! ~ F & L

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  6. Monster hunting books are always fun for me and hooray for no cliffhanger. I think this would be a really fun book to get a young boy into reading! Thanks for sharing! Happy Wednesday!

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    1. Hi Heidi, What's more fun than monster hunting! It's a great adventure for boys to get into- thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  7. This sounds great! Thanks so much for sharing and putting this on our radar. Happy reading :D

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    1. Hi Cheles Bells, Thanks for popping by! If you like an exciting adventure- this book is for you : ) Lovely to hear from you! ~ F

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    1. This Kid Reviews Books- It is very exciting! ~L

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  9. The cover is awesome. Yay, I have another book to recommend to nephews!

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    1. Hi Claudine- I hope your nephews enjoy it! The cover is awesome. ~L

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  10. How fun - monster hunting. The book would probably scare me now! I bet this is an excellent read.

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    1. Donna- Monster hunting sounds scary but fun! It is a fascinating read with just the right mix of scary. It is an excellent read! ~L

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  11. This book sounds great. I've got to read this one, for sure. Love the whole story idea.

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    1. Hi Donna- This is one I think you will really enjoy! I hope you get to read it soon. :) ~L

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