Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (1) by Jeff Gunhus (review)

Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (The Templar Chronicles, #1) 
The Templar Chronicles: Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (1)

by Jeff Gunhus

Genre(s) Young Adult, Paranormal, Adventure
Pages: 197
Published: Oct 2012
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
Summary:  "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."

 Review:  Quite the introduction to a new series. I can saw up front that this series is very engaging and entertaining. The book has me amused from the very beginning with Jack's warning to all readers. So you easily feel like a part of the story.

Jack is your everyday teen. One day away from his 14th birthday and his whole life is about to go from ordinary to anything but. He meets some strange individuals and it attacked my a monster! Soon he hinds out he is wanted by the monsters (more officially known as the Creach) and now that he is "of age" all bets are off!

Few are who they seem to be. Teachers, family, and strangers all play vital roles in the 24 hours this book takes place in. That's right, by the way. This whole book takes place in approximately 24 hours! So even though it is short at just under 200 pages, it has a LOT going on!

Filled with action and adventure! This book is a great Young adult book that even some middle grades can enjoy. and what I liked is that it appeals to male readers, but can easily be enjoyed by females. That is very rare it seems nowadays. So I loved finding a book I can share with my younger brothers.

We get vampires, werewolves, zombies, harpies and more in this book. Jeff Gunhus really delivers us the monster race here! Luckily for Jack, he has some good, loyal friends. Although I wish I had been able to get a better feel for them. Sadly, the book was too short for that. Yet this book is more of a prelude of what is to come it seems. I look forward to continuing the series.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair, honest review*  


  1. Heard about this series, but still haven't had a chance to read it. Great review and happy that you really loved it. I should definitely give it a chance in the near future.

  2. Adding this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the review.

  3. Loved your review. It was magnificent. It was absolutely thorough and I decided to add it on my goodreads list and read it as soon as possible.

  4. Haven't heard of this book before but great review. Gonna check this book soon.


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