Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Audiobook Tour: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard - Review & Tour G!veaway

Hi guys!! Welcome to my tour stop on the Ghost Leopard Audiobook Tour! I have my review and the tour giveaway! For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the CBB promotions tour page.

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  • Publisher: Fantastic Press
  • Publish Date: 02/26/2013
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Bailey S. Carlson
  • Length: 7 hours and 20 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for tour/review
Purchase: Audible iTunes | Amazon 

If you love fantasy books for middle schoolers like the Percy Jackson series or young adult adventure books like Harry Potter, you’ll love this!

Introducing book 1 of the new kids’ adventure books from best-selling author Lars Guignard:

Zoe and Zak are lost in exotic India, where gods and magic still exist. Before they can find their way home, they just have to do one little thing…

…Save a mythical creature from an ancient evil that wants to rule the world.

When Zoe Guire goes along on her mom’s business trip to India, things get very weird, very quickly. An elephant god speaks to her from the bottom of a swimming pool… She and her classmate Zak get locked in a trunk and shipped off to a strange city near the foothills of the Himalayas… and a crazy snake charmer tells them they’ve been chosen to protect a mythical creature called the Ghost Leopard from an ancient evil that wants to take over the world.

As they travel deeper into the majestic mountains known as the Realm of the Gods, things get even weirder. If she and Zak want to make it back to their parents, they’re going to have to tap into powers they never knew existed.

Because if they don’t, things will never be the same for any of us ever again.

My Thoughts

Every once in a while I love a good middle grade book, and I also love audiobooks, so when approached about this tour I was very excited for it. This book was such an adventure. It was fun and different, and I absolutely adored the characters. Unlike a lot of books where friends go through things, the characters in this are not friends. In fact, Zoe doesn't even like Zak at all. It makes it really great watching them become friends through their journey. They go through quite a bit of danger, mystery, and excitement. It really is a bonding experience for them, whether they want it to be or not. The other fun thing about this was that it was set in India. It involved Hindi Gods which is something I have never personally read about. There is magic, mythical creatures, and adventure! It is a book I think will appeal to a lot of middle grade and fantasy fans!

Zoe was a character who I didn't care for much at first. She came across as a little snobby, and a bit mean. I get it though. At that age and especially while dealing with a boy who is a bit annoying and extremely immature, it's hard to stay pleasant. She is smart, all about rules, and just wants to spend some time with her mom on this trip. When things start to get out of hand, mostly due to Zak, everything about the trip changes. She deals with the situations pretty well, but I loved that she still had that fear and emotion to her too.

Zak is so out of control. I really didn't mind him though. Yes, he was annoying, but he's a young boy. He doesn't always think about consequences of things. He likes to joke around and he wants to have fun. He doesn't care for rules that much, and he doesn't realize how wrong some certain things are. (like stealing for one) He doesn't do it on purpose. He isn't a trouble maker, he is just a boy who is having fun without thinking about the end result. I think that as things get crazier and crazier, he realizes that he takes it too far sometimes, and he sees just how this adventure is affecting Zoe. He does mature a bit and I liked seeing that growth.

The narrator for this was great. I thought she captured Zak and Zoe really well. Their personalities were able to shine through, and they truly sounded like children their age. Her voice was the perfect one for this particular book. I was able to really get into the story and enjoyed it very much.

This book was very fun. I loved how things seemed to never go quite right for them, but they managed somehow to get out of every situation they were thrown into. I loved seeing the friendship between them form even before they realized it was happening. I also loved the settings and all the secondary characters. It was a well rounded story overall. The characters grew, the story was very fast paced, and the descriptiveness was great without being too much. It is definitely more of a book for younger middle grade. It was a great book and I am looking forward to more of Zak and Zoe's adventures!

*An audiobook copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

About the Author:

Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and a graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His debut thriller novel, Lethal Circuit, has been an amazon top 100 Technothriller since its release.
Guignard has wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since he attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time he spent in the “school above the clouds” affected him
profoundly, and once he returned home to North America he was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, he decided
to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today!

Author Sites:

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  1. I haven't seen this one before but I really like novels that have two people that hate each other but grow to be friends through the adventure.

    Lovely review, Amy! <33

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I'll have to let my mom know about this books. Her students are always looking for another great adventure like Percy Jackson. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This does look like a fun MG. As my son gets older, I'm starting to look at books like this more and more. Thanks for the review, Amy!

    I would enter the giveaway, but Rafflecopter seems to hate accepting my entries. lol

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  5. Amy, thank you very much for taking the time to listen to Ghost Leopard and review it. Great analysis of the characters of Zoe & Zak! Cheers, Lars

  6. I didn't like that Zoe had such a hard time accepting the 'magic' stuff, but I still liked her. And while Zak annoyed me at first he ended up being my favorite character because of his growth. I think the next book will be even better!
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and reviewing this one!

  7. Cool I like how the 2 are not friends. Zoe sounds like an annoying brat but I think I would like her anyways and likely understand where her attitude comes from. It's funny they sound like polar opposites too! This sounds really cute and i was wondering how an MG would be with an audiobook seeing as I like the voices to match the characters so it's impressive that it was so well captured. Great review, chickie!

  8. It sounds terrific! Always a big fan of this type of books!

  9. This sounds like such a cute middle grade read, and although Zoe and Zak must have totally annoyed you at first, it sounds like you slowly warmed up to them and that they developed in the book, which is always a really good thing :) I'm glad that you thought this book was fun, as well!

    Fantastic review, Amy! <33

  10. This sounds really cute but with the slump I am in I don't think it would be for me. Seems that the only thing working for me these days are true-to-life contemporaries! I hope I get out of this funk soon. So happy that you liked this one so much, Amy!

  11. This looks like it might be a good pick for my niece. Thanks!


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