Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (Templar Chronicles Series #2)

Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (Templar Chronicles Series #2)

by Jeff Gunhus

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Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (Templar Chronicles Series #2) by Jeff Gunhus

Book #2 of The Templar Chronicles. After barely surviving the onslaught of monsters that tried to kill him the day before his fourteenth birthday, Jack Templar leaves his hometown on a quest to rescue his father and discover the truth about his past. Joined by his friends Will and T-Rex, and led by Eva, the mysterious one-handed monster hunter, Jack sets out for the Monster Hunter Academy where he hopes to find answers to his questions. Little does he suspect that the Academy is filled with dangers of its own, many of them more terrifying than anything he's faced so far.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988425941
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Series: Templar Chronicles Series , #2
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 1,063,758
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 11 - 15 Years

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Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I am pleased to say that this second book in the series did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series (even though I do not always like fantasy books), and I will definitely look forward to the next in the series! This is the perfect young adult fantasy novel, and my daughter (who is almost 10) is also looking forward to reading this. I spent some time trying to figure out why I like this fantasy series even though it deals with vampires, werewolves, and the zombies. All I can say is that the book is clean, funny, and well-written. For whatever reason, Jeff Gunhus can make me believe the fantasy portions of the book and even embrace them. I guess it must be a gift he has. I recommend this book highly to lovers of young adult fiction, fantasy fiction, and even those who just want to read something different. I would recommend reading the first book in the series first because you might find yourself getting lost without reading the first book. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Jeff Gunhus and I Am A Reader Not a Writer for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: After barely surviving the onslaught of monsters that tried to kill him the day before his fourteenth birthday, Jack Templar leaves his hometown on a quest to rescue his father and discover the truth about his past. Joined by his friends Will and T-Rex, and led by Eva, the mysterious one-handed monster hunter, Jack sets out for the Monster Hunter Academy where he hopes to find answers to his questions. Little does he suspect that the Academy is filled with dangers of its own, many of them more terrifying than anything he’s faced so far. I don't read much middle grade, even though I really enjoy it. So when I do pick one up, I want it to blow me out of the water. Seeing as I'm a big romantic fan, and middle grade doesn't have much of that, I have to have lots of action and adventure to keep my attention. I knew this one would do it. I was honored to have read the first book in this series a few months ago and I really enjoyed it. So I knew when this one was offered I needed to grab it and go. I am so glad I did! Jack continues to be a great character. He shows a ton of growth and development in this book. He learns from his mistakes and moves on to overcome odds that you would never think he could. He is kind and caring, sometimes to a fault (as he gets himself into situations that you don't think he would be able to get out of otherwise). I love that he is very concerned for his friends' safety, he really doesn't seem to have a self-centered bone in his body. Unusual for any teenager, even at 14. And he is strong but not always confident and often questions whether or not he'll be able to pull through things. His friends continue to grow and mature, as well. Will really takes to being at the academy and shines through. T-Rex finds his nitch and it's perfect for him. Eva is a great monster hunter and challenges Jack to become even better. And Jack's new "friend", Daniel, proves to be a challenge and then someone Jack can honesty rely on. I love that the secondary characters grow in this book. It's nice to see them follow along with the main character's development. I love all the new characters that were introduced, they really lend a great addition to the story. As with the first book, this one is fast paced and fun. I didn't want to put it down once the action began! There are scary scenes and funny scenes, there are scenes that will move you. You learn so much about the Knights Templar and what they stand for. You learn a lot about Jack's history and why he must fight for what he believes in. Gunhus takes you on a ride that you will not soon forget. His story is reminiscent of Percy Jackson or Harry Potter for sure. Anyone who enjoyed those epic books will certainly take a liking to Jack and his crew.  The second book in this series was not a disappointment at all. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed this one even more than the first. I think because I already was invested in the characters and really wanted to see them come through in the end. It's full of fantasy and fun. And Gunhus's (or Jack's) warnings at the beginning of the book will just make you want to read it more! I'm really looking forward to the next installment in this series and have already told my son (who is 9 1/2) that I think he would really enjoy this story!
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Jack Templar has just survived his first run-in with the evil Lord of the Creach. He's now on his way to the Monster Academy, a place where he hopes to find answers about his father and his future. Being the prophesied person everyone expects to save the world isn't easy after all. However, he finds that the Monster Academy isn't quite as welcoming as he had hoped it would be. On top of that, Jack is faced with a lack of answers about what he's supposed to be doing. He will soon be facing perils he never even imagined. Hopefully, he'll be able to survive. I didn't read the first book in this series, but the book the a fabulous job of catching me up in a way that still moved the story along. I find that can be a difficult thing for books to do, so I enjoyed that. Also, the book wastes no time getting into the action. There is a lot happening in this book, but it never managed to be too much for me as a reader. I found the pacing to be great in that respect. This book also has a bit of a wicked sense of humor, and that helps to keep the book from getting to bogged down in all the seriousness of the situation. This is a book that will clearly appeal to boys. It just seems like a natural fit. However, it also has some very strong female characters as well, so I think that girls will be able to find it equally enjoyable. I know I did. It had some very creative creatures too. I found this book to be something that will appeal to young and older readers of both genders fairly equally. That's difficult to do. This book will draw you in and keep you reading until the last second. Oh, and you'll definitely be ready for the sequel. Book provided for review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS I reread Jack Templar: Monster Hunter last night then started Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy today. I really like both books. They are filled with adventure, heroes who are regular kids that overcome their fears to help their friends. That just because some say this person is bad and all should be killed is not always the best policy. The book has lots of different monsters that are trying to kill Jack and friends. Lots of battles are fought. Lots of action , drama and being friends. It is a clean read. it can be a stand alone book but I would read 1 before 2. Jack, T-rex, Will and Eva are on their way to the Monster Hunter Academy to be trained to fight monster hunters. Eva keeps telling them that it is really dangerous to go there. Eva is a trainer at the last Academy. She starts training Jack as they travel on a boat heading toward the Alps. Jack Templar wants answers. Is his father still alive and being held prisoner? What are the Jerusalem Stones? What did his mom do that she wants Jack to forgive her for.? Did he kill Ren Lucre or just wounded him. Why do people think that he is special? His Aunt raised him after his parents died. But she was really a demon wolf and raised him so he could be turned over to Ren Lucre when he turned 14. But she fell in love with him and gave her life to protect him. Will is Jack's friend. He is short but feisty. His parents beat him and wont miss him. To fight monsters is his chance to belong and make a difference. Jack's Aunt was more of a mother figure for him too. T-rex is a scared friend of Jack & Will. His grandmother raised him and now they were going to put her in a home and he will go in foster system. He does not want to be a fighter, but would not mind working in the kitchen to help. Daniel is one of the trainers. He likes Eva but takes a dislike right off the bat to Jack. He is willing to have Will be in his group. He hates the wolves and wants to destroy them especially the big one with white marking on his chest. This is a engaging series of books I will plan to read the next one when it comes out too.