Hi everyone! I have a different type of review for you all today, it's a book review! The title of the book is "Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles Book One" by Jeff Gunhus. It is geared toward intermediate readers in the 10-14 age range and is pretty action filled if you asked me. I left the majority of this review up to my 13 year old younger brother since he loves reading and seemed like the perfect fit to read this book. The book is offered in physical form, audio book (audible) and in e-book form (kindle).
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(Front cover of the physical book.)
About The Book
(From product website and from the product itself.)
-Book is 204 pages. (Dimensions are 5.2 inches by 0.5 inches by 8 inches)
-Published by Seven Guns Press (October 10, 2012)
-Geared towards the age 10-14 year old age range (pre-teen adventure book readers).
Upon my own first impression of this book I found the book to be of a decent size, a bit slim and the cover looks attractive and reminded me of other novels such as "Harry Potter" and "Percy Jackson" series. The words on the cover and back of the book are very engaging such as "read on to find out" or "monster hunters only, do not read if you are not". I also found the book to be more geared towards males (although females could also enjoy this book) with the darker cover details, male main character and adventurous scenarios of a monster hunter. Overall upon my first impression I found this book to be great for the average intermediate reader, the size of the print is also of decent size, not too small and not too large. Now onto my brother's review of this book.
My Brother's Review (A 13 year old boy's perspective.)
In this fictional story, it would only interest the newest generation (ages 7-10) but not so much as the older crowds. It was meant for a ten year old child just because of the humor, language and descriptions throughout the book. For example "T-Rex was chubby, almost to the point of being round and the way he picked his nose." Myself I am 13 years old and don't find the humor of picking someone's nose comical although the figurative language used to comparison a fat person to being round is great for imagery reasons.
I also do not find this book good as a substitute or even as a similar comparison to "Hunger Games", "Harry Potter", "Percy Jackson" or "Heroes of Olympus", some of my favorite book series. Although there is a great deal of adventure and suspense at parts of the novel, I would not read the rest of the series. The beginning was great with engagement but as the book progressed I grew bored and not wanting to read much more.
I did finish the book but then gave it to my younger cousin (age 11) and he is loving this book. I was right, this book should be read by a younger crowd just because they would appreciate the book more than I did. I would say that purchasing the e-book version is much cheaper and much better for the environment, which is why I would recommend reading the book through those means, if you wish.
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*I received this item complimentary in return for my 100% honest review, all words are mine*