Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard Blog Tour ~ Review ~ hosted by MotherDaughter Book Reviews

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About the Book

Title: Ghost Leopard (Zoe and Zak Series, Book #1)
Authors: Lars Guignard
Publication Date: July 21, 2012
Publisher: Fantastic Press
Pages: 338
Recommended Age: 8+
Summary (Amazon):

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 Review*


Hi everyone, Paul here today with the Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard Blog Tour hosted by MotherDaughter Book Reviews. Thanks go out to Renee at MotherDaughter Book Reviews for hosting. I have had an extremely busy schedule lately. I’ve returned to school and am taking two classes, the holidays are fast approaching making my full time job very busy, and I have been trying to write some myself too. When I read about Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard I decided to make time to read this book. I love adventures and the setting in India sounded wonderful. Was it a good decision? Let’s look at my review and find out, shall we?

What I liked best: The setting. I was attracted to the fact that the book was set in India and I was not disappointed. The author did a superb job of making the scenes come alive. I have never been to India, but I really felt like I was there while reading. The imagery was great. On a side note, I loved the character of Zoe too. I think readers, boys and girls, will connect with her.

What missed a bit: Nothing really missed here. The only thing that came close to falling into this category was the fact that a lot of Indian terms needed to be explained and/or defined. Due to the authenticity of the setting this was necessary, and I thought the author did a nice of job of sprinkling in the fact that Zoe had read multiple books about India prior her to her trip enabling her to explain these things.

Overall: A great book! I think readers will love this book. It really has it all; humor, adventure, suspense, the list goes on. I noticed more than once Zoe commented that the downside to photography (she loves to take pictures and is trying to win a photography contest at her school) is that,”sometimes you feel like you weren’t really there in the moment.” This is so true. I think that a lot when I am somewhere taking pictures. I love being able to relive those memories by looking over the pictures at a later date, but I agree with Zoe. Sometimes it feels as though you’re missing what is happening in the moment when you’re constantly taking pictures. I am quite excited that there is another book in the series and that I will get to read more of Zoe & Zak’s adventures. My advice is to pick up this book today. The holidays are right around the corner and the young readers in your family will really appreciate it.



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The Buzz

“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 
“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
“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


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 here: http://www.larsguignard.com/contact/  



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Ask Lars Guignard a Question on Goodreads

Fantastic Press is pleased to announce that Lars Guignard will be answering questions about Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard throughout the day on Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Goodreads. If you have any questions for Lars or just want to introduce yourself, you can head on over to Goodreads and say hello now. Also, everyone who joins the Forum will earn an entry into the Ghost Leopard Blog Tour giveaway (see below for more details).


Click on the Goodreads Button below to go to the Mon, Dec 16 – “Ask Lars Guignard about Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard” event and leave a question for the author anytime from now until December 16th, 2013.



The Ghost Leopard Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

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        Leave No Book Behind (Review) 

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** Be sure to look for the upcoming Blog Tour for Book 2 in the Zoe and Zak Series, “Yogi’s Curse” coming December 15, 2013. **


* Ghost Leopard Blog Tour Giveaway *

Ghost Leopard - Zoe and Zak by Lars GuignardPrize: Three winners will receive a print (U.S. & Canada) or electronic (international winners) copy of Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard. Contest runs: November 15 to December 17, 11:59 pm, 2013 Open: Worldwide How to enter: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author Lars Guignard and Fantastic Press and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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  1. Glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks for the review! Cheers, Lars

  2. Ooh, you do sound busy Paul! So glad you enjoyed the book. YES, I was struck by the comment Zoe made regarding taking pictures. It reminds me of a Cindi Lauper concert that took place in Vancouver a few years ago. She actually stopped singing in the middle of a song to berate the thousands of people taking her photograph. She also commented on the need to “be there in the moment” and to stop taking photographs. It was very interesting – I think it’s on YouTube. Thanks so much for taking time out of your very busy schedule to read and review the Ghost Leopard for the blog tour. Much appreciated!

  3. Hi Renne,
    Great story about Cyndi Lauper, and she’s not wrong. I really enjoyed this book, so it was no trouble. Thanks for the tremendous job hosting and for all that you do.


    • We don’t have that many photos or videos of our children. It has always seemed more important to “witness” the moment than to capture it. Instead, we set aside time to take photos of the kids at certain times in the year so that we have something to jog our memory as to what they looked like at a certain age.

    • Hi Rohit,
      I think that’s a fine concept. I bet it works well for you. You can enjoy the moment and still relive many memories through photos. Thanks for stopping.


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