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Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review Jack Templar by Jeff Gunhus Blog Tour and Giveaway


First of all I must say that I’m awesome. No, is not me who says this (is not like I’m bragging), it’s Jack: you’re a girl awesome enough to be reading this book”. Now, let's get to work.
“You only know the very surface of our world”
If you liked knight stories that crossed through history and that have heated our imagination with their adventures and struggles against the most terrible fantastic or human enemies and eventually break through despite all the odds that seemed against them, then you’ll like Jack Templar the Monster Hunter. But do not think that it’s a dusty, dull, old story. Not at all! Jack Templar is a refreshing, heroic tale with everything that is best in the modern fantasy stories. Our hero has to face: harpies, zombies, trolls, vampires, werewolves, well and truly... beings of all sorts and types.

The beginning is in a funny note and despite warnings that are given you expect a quiet cruise and not the fighting and victims to come.
“You know the old saying: it’s all fun and games until someone gets eaten by a mug-wump.”
Humor sprinkled as an exotic condiment flavors story, will bring you back to the age of 14 and will also reduce the strain of events making them enjoyable for those that are most faint-hearted. I say this because some scenes are worthy of The Walking Dead Series. Do not worry, it's still a story for young people, but for those that are daring.
“Even now, thinking back to that day, it’s hard to believe that one of us was going to be dead in less than twenty-four hours.”
Neither the author nor yet the ordinary beginning of the eve of the anniversary ¬ will give you any clue about what will happen, even if Jack begins to realize that he has some improved skills. He will be happy to try those abilities, but he will have to face also less pleasant consequences, time for readers to receive a new lesson.
"People want help when they are in danger, but after the danger has passed, people fear you if you’re different. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just rescued them from a bully or just saved their lives by skewering a werewolf with a sword right in front of them. Fear beats appreciation. Every time."
Jack will have to discover the truth, to find out who, what and why vital things are hidden from him. A real challenge to stay alive especially since the time that should be available doesn’t exist anymore and with all unexpected help that comes, everything will hang by a single hair.
"Not only that, but if monsters around the world could choose one human to kill, it would be me. Why? I haven’t a clue. I’d like to find out some day, but for right now, I’m happy just to stay alive."
Everything that was expected to flow smoothly like a calm river will become rapids and whirlpools of action: battles, losses, failures and repositioning, other mysteries and betrayals and finally the growing up of the heroes. The cost of this maturity you’ll find yourself.

Jack narrates the events in the same way that secrets are shared between friends, sheltered by night, and his story is truly one that you can read at any age. I will Double-check the shadows. Lock the doors. Bolt the windows. waiting for the next adventures of the Monster Hunter Academy. I’m sure that they will amaze me.
"Do your duty, come what may."
Thank you Jeff Gunhus! (I received the book for review as part of  Book Tour)
În primul rând trebuie să spun că sunt extraordinară. Nu, nu sunt eu cea care spune asta (doar nu o să mă laud singură), ci Jack: „you’re a girl awesome enough to be reading this book. Acestea fiind spuse, să trecem la treabă.
“You only know the very surface of our world”
Dacă v-au plăcut poveştile cu cavaleri care au străbătut istoria şi ne-au înfierbântat imaginația prin aventurile şi luptele lor cu cei mai teribili duşmani fantastici sau umani şi care au învins până la urmă deşi toți sorții păreau împotriva lor, atunci o să vă placă şi Jack Templierul Vânătorul de Monştri. Dar să nu credeți că este vorba de o poveste prăfuită. Deloc aşa ceva! Jeff Gunhus împrospătează povestirile eroice cu tot ceea ce este mai bun în fantasticul modern. Eroul nostru are de înfruntat: harpii, zombie, trolli, vampiri, vârcolaci, ce mai... ființe de toate soiurile.

Începutul este într-o notă hazlie şi, în ciuda avertismentelor care ți se dau, te aştepți la o croazieră liniştită şi nu la luptele şi victimele care vor urma.
“You know the old saying: it’s all fun and games until someone gets eaten by a mug-wump.”
Umorul presărat ca un condiment ales dă savoare poveştii si te va readuce din când în când în lumea tinerilor de 14 ani şi totodată va reduce tensiunea evenimentelor făcându-le delectabile celor mai slabi de înger. Zic asta pentru că unele scene sunt demne de Walking Dead. Nu vă speriați, e totuşi o poveste pentru tineri, dar pentru cei temerari.
“Even now, thinking back to that day, it’s hard to believe that one of us was going to be dead in less than twenty-four hours.”
Nici autorul şi nici modul banal în care preziua aniversării va începe, nu-­ți vor da niciun indiciu cu privire la ce va urma, chiar dacă Jack începe să realizeze că are unele calități îmbunătățite. Va fi încântat să şi le încerce, dar va trebui să facă față şi unor consecințe mai puțin plăcute, ocazie cu care cititorii vor mai primi şi ei o lecție.
"People want help when they are in danger, but after the danger has passed, people fear you if you’re different. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just rescued them from a bully or just saved their lives by skewering a werewolf with a sword right in front of them. Fear beats appreciation. Every time."
Jack va trebui să descopere adevărul, să afle cine, ce şi de ce îi sunt ascunse lucruri vitale. O adevărată provocare de a rămâne în viață mai ales că timpul aflat la dispoziție pare a nu mai fi atât de disponibil şi cu tot ajutorul neaşteptat totul va atârna de un fir de păr.
"Not only that, but if monsters around the world could choose one human to kill, it would be me. Why? I haven’t a clue. I’d like to find out some day, but for right now, I’m happy just to stay alive."
Tot ceea ce părea că va curge lin ca un râu greu de şes va expolda în cascade şi vârtejuri de acțiune: lupte, pierderi, cedări şi repoziționări, alte mistere şi trădări şi în final maturizarea eroilor. Costul acestei maturizări îl veți vedea voi.

Jack ne istoriseşte întâmplările în acelaşi mod în care sunt împărtăşite secretele între prieteni, la adăpostul nopții, iar povestea sa este cu adevărat una pe care o poți citi la orice vârstă. Eu una voi verifica încă o dată zonele întunecate, voi încuia uşile şi fereca ferestrele aşteptând continuarea aventurilor lui Jack la Academia Vânătorilor de Monştri. Sunt sigură că mă vor uimi.
"Do your duty, come what may."

Author Jeff Gunhus

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.




WARNING
     Make sure you understand what I’m saying.
     If you read this book, you will be part of this world and the monsters will come after you too. You will start to see things that no other humans can see. The shadows will move when you walk near them. The creatures of the night will seek you out, testing the doors and windows of your house, looking for a way in.
     And, at some point, they will find you, just like they found me, and you will be forced to defend yourself.
     So, think carefully before you turn the page, because once you do, there’s no turning back.
     Ever.
     Once a monster hunter, always a monster hunter.
     See you on the other side.
     If you’re brave enough.
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3 comments:

Cristinab said...

great review!
really like the warning ;))
monster do exists, most of them are in human shapes, depends on us what we want to see, in people.

Jeff Gunhus said...

Thank you for the amazing review. This is certainly one of my favorite out of nearly 100 reviews received so far! I love your creativity and flair. Thank you for hosting Jack Templar and sharing it with your community. Best wishes, Jeff.

Ladybug said...

Thnks for the review and for the great giveaway <3.