Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review of Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple

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About the Book

Title: Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple (Zoe & Zak Series, Book #3)
Author: Lars Guignard
Publisher: Fantastic Press
Publication Date: January 1, 2014
Number of Pages: 267
Recommended Age: 8+

Summary

Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now, Zoe and Zak are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock Himalayan Academy. School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan where the students must deliver medical supplies. Things, however, take a turn for the worse, when Zak becomes deathly ill after an encounter with a strange floating bubble. On returning to Moonstock, Zoe and Zak discover that a creature has come through the lava hole far below their dormitory. When Zoe and Zak follow the creature, they soon discover what they must do. They have been tasked with finding the second lost Noble Truth -- the Tiger Eye of Justice. Finding the Tiger Eye sounds like an impossible mission, and it's only made more confusing when Zak discovers that he has been given a supernatural power to help them with their task-- a power which Zak, for the life of him, just can't control. But he's going to have to learn how to use his new ability, because if Zoe and Zak can't find the Tiger Eye quickly, Zak's time will run out.  

 

My Thoughts on Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple:

I am a picky reader, and while I read a lot of middle grade novels, my tastes are indeed different from others. The Zoe & Zak series is not in my usual circle, however, surprises wait for everyone, and this was my surprise. By the end of this third book, I found myself hoping that Lars won't take too long to bring us the next book about the Third Noble Truth.

I had a good handle on Zoe's character after the first book, but couldn't figure out Zak's role in the story. Zak comes into his own in the Tiger Temple. His character grows, and he realizes that with gifts come great responsibilities. He emerges, albeit slowly, out of that 'me only' stage in the Tiger Temple, and steps up to complement Zoe.

Once again, the setting in the Himalayas in India are beautifully done and it is easy to imagine yourself there. If you haven't picked up book 1, I encourage you to do so soon.

 

Buzz About the Zoe & Zak Series

Book 1: "Awesome! ~ I am 11 and I liked the book because I love adventures. It was a different kind of adventure from what I usually read and it was funny too. " ~ 5-Star Review from J. Olsen, Amazon  
Book 1: "This was a fun read. This book was like a kid's version of Indiana Jones. It's also very educational as Zoe tells you real facts about what she sees and the history. I enjoyed it immensely. If you have a 10-12 year old child that loves adventure books, this is definitely a must read. " ~ 5-Star review from Simone Lilly-Egerter, Amazon

Book 1: "I'm sure this book was written for children who are around the age of the two children in the book, 11 or so. But, this 35 year old loved this book! It had action, adventure and imagination galore! It was exactly the kind of adventure that a lot of kids that age dream of." ~ 5-Star review from The Novice Christian, Amazon

Book 2: "I have a 10 year old son who is an avid reader!! He loves books, (but he's picky too) he loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. He was so excited to read the 2nd book in this series! When I presented him the first book he was not sure he would like it but changed his mind quickly, then when I heard about the 2nd book being released he almost jumped out of his chair! (no exaggeration) He is anxiously awaiting the 3rd book! I would say that any child who enjoys fantasy/adventure books should read this series! It is a well written page turner! It's a fun story that adults can even enjoy the storyline without getting bored! According to my son, 'every kid should read this series'. " ~ 5-Star review from SavyGreenSaver, Amazon

Book 2: "I loved this book, even as an adult reading it. I was completely sucked into the plot and was constantly finding myself staying up "just a little longer" to read one more chapter. Different twists and turns in the book have you constantly guessing who is behind what and who Zak and Zoe can trust. I could definitely see myself being involved in this series as a middle schooler considering how much I enjoyed it even now. Another thing I liked about it is if you missed the first book, you could still follow along with this one and not be lost." ~ 5-Star review from Staci, Amazon 

Book 2: "Lars Guignard has done a fabulous job with this series. I loved the `Ghost Leopard' & love this one even more. For late-elementary to middle school age readers, you can't beat this series. It's fun and fast-paced. Even my picky fifth grader enjoyed every page. There are bits of magic thrown in keep the action exciting. Mr. Guignard has a brilliant imagination & readers are blessed that he's chosen to use it for YA fiction. If you've yet to read the first installment in this series, do yourself a favor and read these books back to back. Don't limit it just to kids! Adults will have a blast reading these too!" ~ 5-Star review from Liz Terek, Amazon  

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About The Author: Lars Guignard

Lars Guignard

Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the Zoe and Zak series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple. He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range. For news about new releases, please join his email list by contacting the author: Zoe&ZakAdventures@gmail.com

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8 comments:

  1. I couldn't resist reading your review, even though I'm about halfway through my own copy. Looks like I'm going to enjoy the second half just as much as the first!

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  2. I totally agree about Zak being underplayed in Book 1 and how he is slowly becoming Zoe's "equal" through Books 2 & 3. I think there is definitely a much better balance between the characters in Book 3 - it's definitely my favorite so far. Can you imagine what the author will come up with next? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in the Tiger Temple Blog Tour!

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  3. Thanks for the review, Cheryl. It's great that you enjoyed Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple, even though it's a little outside of what you usually read. I guess I'll have to hurry up and finish the next book!

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  4. I haven't heard of this series, Cheryl, but it sounds just right for young readers. Thanks for your nice review. Lovely cover too. Congratulations on your books, Lars. Best of luck to you.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly. I am very fortunate to work with a great illustrator and book designer.

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