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Monday 15 April 2013

Jack Templar and the Monster Academy by Jeff Gunhus {Top Ten + Review + Giveaway}

Welcome to my tour stop for

Jack Templar and the Monster Academy 

by Jeff Gunhus

hosted by GWR Publicity

This is the second book in The Templar Chronicles, please read on for Jeff's Top Ten Monster Movies and my review on Jack Templar and the Monster Academy. 

Author Interview with Jeff Gunhus and my Review of book 1 in The Templar Chronicles; Jack Templar the Monster Hunter can be found here.

About The Author

Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Middle Grade/YA series The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven­year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. Jeff is also the co­CEO of College Works Painting, a national company with over 4,000 employees that has been featured in national media for its unique opportunity for college students to learn entrepreneurial skills. He is the author of the motivational career guides No Parachute Required (Hyperion) and Wake Up Call (Seven Guns Press). After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland by trying to constantly keep up with his kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the CIty Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

Jeff's Top Ten Classic Monster Movies 

1. King Kong (1933) - giant ape fights dinosaur. What's not to like?

2. Alien (1979) - the Ridley SCott original is super-scary!

3. An American Werewolf In London (1981) - so, maybe not a classic, but there's a great transformation scene!

4. Jason and the Argonauts (1963) - funky stop-motion animation makes for cool monsters!

5. The Blob (1958) Good old-fashioned creature feature fun.

6. Clash of the Titans (1981) more cool stop-motion monsters.

7. The Creature for the Black Lagoon (1954) The Gill-man is creepy.

8. Dracula (1931) OK, kind of hard to watch, but it's a classic.

9. The Fly (1958) Even better than the remake.

10. Frankenstein (1931) another classic

About The Book

Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy

by Jeff Gunhus

Series - The Templar Chronicles #2
Released - April 3, 2013 
Publisher - Seven Guns Press
Genre - Middle Grade (MG) Adventure


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 discover the truth about his past. Joined by his friends Will and T­Rex, and led by Eva, the mysterious one­handed 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.


Since I canít be certain that you read my first book about the night I found out I was a monster hunter, I should start out with a warning.

First, monsters are real. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, demons; you name it. In fact they are more common than you could ever imagine. Second, this book is not make-believe. This is a truthful account of my life as a monster hunter and the mysterious circumstances that seem to constantly surround me. Third, reading this book makes you fair game for monsters.

You heard me right: the simple act of reading this book will attract monsters to you and give them the go-ahead to attack. Usually, if you were under fourteen years old, you would be safe by the Law of Quattuordecim, an ancient truce between man and monster that protects non-combatant children on both sides until sundown on their fourteenth birthday. I blew it by attacking a monster that was trying to eat someone I knew the day before my birthday. Youíre about to blow it by reading this book.

If youíre over fourteen, you are already at risk for monster attacks, but in reality they are few and far between. Still, by reading this book, you are guaranteeing they will come after you. So donít come crying to me if a rock troll chops off your feet or a harpy eats one of your eyeballs. The choice is yours.

However, if you decide to turn the page, youíll be reading about the Monster Hunter Academy, a place no non-monster hunter has ever seen or heard about before. What happened there is not for those with weak stomachs or for those who are easily upset. There is blood and gore and death and, like it or not, some kissing. But there is also an adventure unlike anything you have ever seen before.

So turn the page if you dare. The adventure starts now.

Jack Templar

Paperback Princess Review

Jack Templar and the Monster Academy is the second book in The Templar Chronicles by Jeff Gunhus. Like it's predecessor, Jack Templar the Monster Hunter, it's fast-paced, adventurous and a thrilling journey for it's readers.

Jack Templar and the Monster Academy starts off soon after Jack Templar the Monster Hunter ends. Jack and the gang are travelling, there's lots of excitement, anticipation and training aboard the ship that will take them closer to their ultimate destination, the Monster Academy. A few pages into the book the gang faces a monster attack aboard the ship that their on, the excitement and action doesn't stop from there on. There was wolf, goblins and screechers attacks, just to name a few. If that was not bad enough for young Jack, he soon finds himself with the burden and the massive responsibility of not only saving his Father, the Academy but the entire human race. He must find the Jerusalem Stones in order to put a stop to the war that the Creech Lord, Ren Lucre, is waging against humans.

The characters were fabulous as usual. Jack and his gang, Eva, Will and T-Rex was still the main focus of the story but we also had an antagonist, Daniel, an Academy Instructor who has feelings for Eva come into the story. Daniel in the beginning was unlikeable, mean and a general bully with a strong dislike for our hero. However, mid way through the story Daniel tells his touching story which nearly brought me to tears and the Readers soon understand why he is the way he is. He quickly redeems himself after that, and I was able to forget and forgive his indiscretions at the start and soon enough, Daniel not only wins the heart of the readers but also that of the "gang".

Jack Templar and the Monster Academy is a fabulous sequel to Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter. Its fast-paced and just as exciting as it's predecessor, probably even more so. The entire story was an edge of your seat, thrilling roller coaster ride. Upon seeing that GWR is hosting a tour for book 2 in The Templar Chronicles I just HAD to participate as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book. It's  not just for the Middle-Grade, its for anyone that enjoys an adventure, a simply written book but lots of depth within the story. I really love the characters, and this is really half my love for this series. Looking forward to reading the next book in this well-written series by Jeff Gunhus, Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires.

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