Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review - Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse (Zoe & Zak #2) by Lars Guignard @Lars_Gu

Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse
Zoe & Zak Adventures #2
by Lars Guignard

Goodreads blurb:  Move over Percy Jackson. The Yogi's Curse has arrived...

Zoe and Zak are back in India. Again. And this time they're attending Moonstock Himalayan Academy for Boys and Girls, which might seem fun except for the fact that the school itself is a little strange.

Students ride elephants instead of school buses, snarling monkeys work as security guards, and angry parrots monitor the halls. And even when they manage to get used to the wildlife, the food is absolutely terrible.

But living with a bunch of other kids their age can be a lot of fun too, or at least it seems that way until Zoe's roommate goes missing. Following the directions written on a steamy bathroom mirror, Zoe and Zak fly through the clouds on their magic carpet to learn that the two of them have been chosen yet again. This time they've been asked to lift the Yogi's Curse.

It's not going to be easy. Zoe and Zak don't even know what the Yogi's Curse is let alone how to lift it, but like it or not, they soon discover that a whole lot of people are depending on them.

Now, if they're going to save the day, Zoe and Zak are going to have to fool the monkey guards, avoid the nasty parrots, and maybe even develop a supernatural ability or two. Because lurking beneath Moonstock is a powerful new enemy. And if Zoe and Zak can't stop him, nobody can.

If you liked Book One in the Zoe & Zak series, Ghost Leopard, you'll love The Yogi's Curse. Join Zoe and Zak on their new adventure today!

About the Author:  Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His work can be seen on television screens across the globe in such cult classics as Beastmaster and Big Wolf on Campus. Lars's bestselling novel, Lethal Circuit, has been a TOP 100 Amazon Spy Thriller since its release. In addition to the Circuit series, Lars is the author of the children's adventure series, Ghost Leopard, and the paranormal mystery series, Brood. Ever since attending high school in the Indian Himalayas, Lars has been an avid backpacker and traveler. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest where he is busy completing the third Michael Chase thriller for release in 2013.

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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!

The cover is very entertaining with the flying elephants and looks like kids will totally love it because it evokes curiosity to the great adventure :) What fun!! :)

Okay, I picked this book up back in January, but I didn’t put it in my read soon pile until I signed up for the blog tour for book 3.  At the time, I didn’t even realize that I already owned book 1 & 2, I just hadn’t read them yet. 

I definitely enjoyed this story even more than book 1, but it was still easy for me to put it down when I had to take care of day to day business.

This story is packed with more details on India where you learn little tidbits about the country which is a great way for kids to learn about other cultures and what an American’s perspective is with the differences, so you can imagine you own reactions to new things you would encounter in India.  Also the boarding school seemed cool and had me wondering if such an academy exists in India though I couldn’t find it when I looked…lol

I still love the duo Zoe & Zak, and Zoe is still dealing with issues of acceptance and her own worth as she copes with bullying and learning that she cannot control everything. We also meet some great new friends that I’m hoping we will see more of in book 3…great secondary characters to help you get pulled more into the story.

I recommend this story to middle grade kids who want a great adventure with some puzzles to figure out like Indiana Jones kid style.

See my review of book 1 HERE!!!

Interested in reading???

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