Thursday, February 14, 2013
Jack Templar: Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus -- Blog Tour/Giveaway
Author: Jeff Gunhus
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
Published: October 2012
ebook/Kindle Edition: 197 pages
FTC FYI: I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.
When I read the premise about this book, still sounded like something I would really enjoy. Having said that, I did enjoy the book, but there was a couple things right away that prevented me from really liking it. The story is fun, full of action and surprising twists. But, in the beginning there was the "warning" from Jack, warning me what would happen if I continued reading. That didn't bother me as much, as the second "warning" that followed. I was able to see past that, and keep reading. The story was picking up, characters were introduced. Then, right during the action, there were two breaks from the story, warning me again, and then farther along, an explanation on how to kill Zombies. Which could have been explained (and it essentially was), to Jack by a different character.
That being said, there were some elements of the story I did enjoy. When I wasn't being taken away, it reads quickly and is very fast paced. I liked Jack a lot. He goes through many things very quickly, loses some people he cares about, and finds out some shocking news. From what happens in the end, there will be a sequel.
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