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Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (The Jack Templar Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 8 - 18|
|Grade Level: 4 - 12|
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- Book 2 of 5 in The Jack Templar Chronicles (5 Book Series)
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Jack Templar the hero is a 14 year old boy. He and his friends enter the Monster Hunter Academy (set up from book 1) and learn to fight monsters. Some of it reminds me of Percy Jackson when he enters his fighting school. Jack Templar's mom has something she wants Jack to forgive her for (although it isn't made clear what that is). Percy Jackson's mom held a secret too about who he was. Both Jack and Percy did not have access to their fathers. They both had a nemesis in the school setting that they had no reason to distrust at first. They both had a love interest. Although I think this part of the story didn't need to be there, kids in the target age range also have feelings for girls so it makes sense to throw a bit of romance in.
The Monster Hunter Academy also reminds me a bit of The Hobbit. Jack has to go through a cave to choose a ring (My Precious...). And the Dark Lord Creach reminds me a bit of Star Wars (Luke, I am your father).
I enjoyed the book, and I recommend it. It is much longer than the first in the series. But the price is the same so you get 'more value for your money' if you base it on word count.
HoaP received this book in exchange for an honest review. [...]
This book picks up shortly after the first book (Jack Templar, Monster Hunter) leaves off. Jack is now on his was to the 'academy' to gain further knowledge into his family backround. The head of the school has the anseres he needs but she is determined that he needs to gain a firmer knowledge and ability of what it means to really be a monster hunter. So let the schooling begin!
We get a new character in this book-Daniel. Talk about a grudge! He and Jack are instantly at odds. And toss in the fact that the both like Eva and it seems hopeless. Frankly I did not like Daniel. He doesn't even give Jack a chance and even tries to set him up! Grrr.... Will is another character I was less than pleased with. He needs an ego check! He reminds me of Ron from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in this book. T-Rex, luckily, I come to like more and more. He isn't a warrior but he is strong of heart and when the going gets tough he is there for his friends.
While the first book was more paranormal with the vampires, werewolves, and zombies; this book has a more fantasy feel with the wolves, trolls, goblins, dragons and more. Especially the giant spider! The scene there gave me serious heebie-jeebies! I hate spiders! So well done there, Jeff Gunhus! I won't tell you why I creeped out but I will say it is more than it seems.
This book now has me quite excited for the series! Lots of adventure for young adults and adults alike. While violent at times, the book is actually quite clean. And while both Jack and Daniel like Eva there is no sense of a love triangle. Which is refreshing. Although I do not know if that rule will remain throughout the series. Time will tell. Regardless, Jeff Gunhus has done a very good job weaving stories together (Daniel's, Tiberon's, etc) into a grand adventure that is a delight to experience.
**I received an eCopy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.**
Designed for the reluctant reader in the nine to twelve-year-old range, the story of Jack Templar is full of action that keeps the pages turning. The narrative descriptions are rich and full for the circumstances Jack and his friends find themselves in, and the concise action dialog moves the story quickly. The characters are dimensional, have age-appropriate dialog and are connected. Of note in this second book there is a telepathic dialog between Jack and the wolf, Tiberon, that is every bit as compelling as the scenes from the more adult Game of Thrones novels.
As with the first round, Gunhus' second novel, Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy, ends with a cliff hanger that leaves great anticipation hanging in the balance.
The story line picks up where the first one ended. Not only is this book action-filled, but the main character, Jack, has a few questions about his parents and struggles to get to the answers as quickly as he can. I couldn’t help but notice the inspiration that the author might have derived from Harry Potter’s story. They should make a movie about it. As the story goes on, I saw the character mature and grow, even more than in the first book. Definitely very enjoyable, well-written, and even funny at times.
By: Jeff Gunhus
The second book in Jeff Gunhus’s Jack Templar series picks up right where the first book left off. Jack and his friends are on a sea voyage to the Monster Hunter’s Academy. The action and intrigue from the first book aren’t any less in this book as from the opening pages the teens are attacked by monsters as they begin their journey to the school where Jack hopes to learn about his past and plan his future.
After barely surviving the attacks on the ship and in the forest surrounding the academy they arrive at their destination and lay the groundwork for future challenges.
Along with dealing with his new destiny, Jack is also facing the tumultuous waters of being a teen, like dealing with jealousy and bullies.
When his enemy and rival for a girl challenges him, in spite of his inexperience he has no choice but to accept the challenge. Once outside the academy gates they are set upon by monsters and Jack’s rival is seriously injured and will die if Jack can’t figure out a way to save him.
If Gunhus hasn’t delivered enough action and monsters, after Jack successfully rescues Daniel, he is forced to make a choice to stay in the relative safety of the academy or travel into a cave that no one has come out of alive in many years.
Once again Mr. Gunhus leads the readers on a nail-biting, hair-raising adventure as we follow Jack Templar on his quests. Readers will be left breathless as they navigate Jack’s new life. This reader can’t wait for the third book in the series to see where and what Jack and his band of friends will do next.