Dec 8, 2012

A little visit with Eva, a review, & a giveaway ~ Jack Templar Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus

About the Book:
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.

I'd like to Welcome Eva to Mom Loves 2 Read ~ She is a friend of Jack Templar's and has graciously offered a bit of her time to join us here to day and tell us a bit about herself and the book ~ 

Hi, this is Eva. You might know me from the book Jack Templar Monster Hunter.
A ridiculous title if you ask me. I told Jack not to write the book but trying to talk
sense into that boy when he has his mind set on something is harder than tracking a
Scottish Howler-Demon in a snowstorm.

I told him that there was no way the book would stay a secret. In today’s world of
high-speed Internet and e-books, it was bound to get out. I get that he wanted to try
to help new hunters out there, but I warned him it was too risky.

And I was right. Not only did the book get out, but it seems that the act of reading
the book is attracting the attention of monsters so kids who think they are
just having a fun read have suddenly found themselves hunted by zombies or
werewolves or some other member of the Creach. If you haven’t read it yet, be
careful. Only read it if you’re willing to join the fight.

I guess one positive thing is that girl hunters out there will know that monster
hunting isn’t just for boys. Some of the most feared hunters are girls. I’m proud to
say I’m one of them. I get so mad when people think girls need to be rescued all the
time. I’m fully capable of taking care of myself, thank you very much. Hopefully girls
who read the book will see that we can kick major butt too!

Having said that, I was so infuriated by Jack writing the book that I refused to read
it. I was there, so I know what happened and I have no interest in reliving that night.
Hunters never look back. We don’t dwell on the past. We just keep moving forward
to the next objective.

But I have heard rumors that Jack wrote that I kissed him before he went into the
final battle with Ren Lucre.

I just want to set the record straight.

There was no way he was going to survive that fight. He had only picked up a sword
for the first time a few hours earlier and he was supposed to go head-to-head with
the Lord of the Creach, Ren Lucre.

So, yes, I gave him a good-bye kiss. Poor guy had probably never kissed a girl before
so I figured it was the least I could do before his inevitable, grisly death. What he
didn’t know at the time was that I kind of had a boyfriend at the Monster Hunter
Academy. The same Academy where Jack, Will, T-Rex and I went after our night
facing Ren Lucre. I never had a chance to tell Jack. Talk about awkward.

Knowing him, he’ll write all about it in another book.

Have to go. If you can, join the fight. And if you do, remember our creed:

Do you duty, come what may.


My Review:
What a great middle grade adventure story.  This book is full of all the things middle grade boys (and some girls) love - monsters, heros, danger, mystery, fighting for good and so much more.
The story captured my interest right from the start and kept me captivated to the end.  Poor Jack Smith is an orphan who has grown up not knowing who he really is.  He is living in a small town being raised by his aunt since he was told that his parents died with he was little.  When he turns 14, things change for him drastically.  People he thought he knew well, turn out to be monsters - real monsters who are out to get him.
This story is full of adventure, danger, and so much anticipation.  Readers of all ages will love it. 

Author Bio:

Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.

Now for the FUN part - a Giveaway!  
One lucky reader hear on Mom Loves 2 Read will win this great Swag Pack from author Jeff Gunhus 
Giveaway runs 12/8 - 12/21
open World Wide!  

Swag Pack Includes:
$5 Amazon gift card
Jack Templar postcard
Jack Templar keychain
Jack Templar notepad


Does this book sound like one you'd love to read?  Can't wait to see if YOU are the winner of the swag pack?  How about entering for ANOTHER chance to win a swag pack PLUS a $25 Amazon GC?  Just click HERE to enter - and good luck!
I received one or more books or products in the post above for review purposes only through GWR publishing. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion .  If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.


  1. Thanks for being part of the tour. I hope you weren't bothered by too many monsters since reading the book.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting Jack Templar Monster Hunter. Your support for indie authors and books is very much appreciated. I hope the monsters have left you alone. Let me know if they start causing problems. Happy Holidays.

  3. I clicked on:
    What is the Law of Quattuordecim?
    I learned that this is an ancient truce made between man and monster that non-combatent children under the age of fourteen are off-limits.

  4. This is such a wonderful story. I like that he is ready to go on a adventure that will will greatly change for the rest of his life.

  5. warewolves and two fave things LOL ;)

  6. What is the Law of Quattuordecim?
    This is an ancient truce made between man and monster that non-combatent children under the age of fourteen are off-limits. I am glad that the purest of children cant be touched :) I love love mystical creatures, vampires, and warewolves

  7. How many books will there be in the Templar Chronicles?
    I wish I knew. I guess it all depends whether I'm successful in my quest to free my father and stop the coming Creach war. I found out some disturbing new information while I was at the Monster Hunter Academy that changes everything. It might be impossible for me to win. If the books suddenly stop without warning, you'll know I failed in my mission. But then again, if I fail, the world will be overrun with monsters and you'll already know.

  8. 2 of the animals under the Creach are warewolves and vampires :)

  9. The Lesser Creach & Demons

  10. I clicked on Are you and Eva going out? and I learned that you're just friends and it's too personal to ask. :)


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