May 9, 2013

Book Review: Jack Templar Monster Hunter

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.

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One thing that I always try to do is not read the blurb for any of the books that I read.  I want to come at a story totally fresh.  Well other then the fact that I picked out the book to read in the first place.  So perhaps you won't be surprised that I didn't quite know that to expect when I start to read.

And what I found was a thirteen, almost fourteen, year old telling  me a story about something that happened to him.  It's a cautionary tale yet I am immediately entranced.  Yes the storyline itself have been done...many times.  And yes everything is all so simplistic and in yours...errr his face.   What caught me was that I was seeing them so clearly from a thirteen, almost fourteen, year old's eyes.  Rather impressive or so I thought.

If you know a kid that enjoys the paranormal then they will probably enjoy this.  It's a great story for younger teens though there is a lot of killing of zombies and harpies, or for anyone young at heart.  I rate it a 3.9.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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