May 21, 2014

DeeJay Reviews: Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple by @Lars_Gu + Tour #Giveaway!


Here we go again! It's another fun tour from CBB Book Promotions and I've got a review for you, plus there's a giveaway! Enjoy!

Zoe & Zak
and the
Tiger Temple

by Lars Guignard
Narrated by Sonja Field

Publication Date: Jan. 9, 2014
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Series: Zoe & Zak Adventures #3
Format: Audiobook
Source: Received for free from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review

DeeJay's Rating
So fun and entertaining!

Zoe and Zak have learned some things since their first semester at Moonstock Himalayan Academy in India: #1 Don't trust the parrots. #2 Don't eat the food. #3 And most importantly . . . don't stick around if something crawls out of the lava hole beneath your school. 

Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now, the seventh graders are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock, their boarding school high in the Himalayan mountains where impossible things seem to happen on a regular basis. School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan where the students must deliver medical supplies. Things 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 learn 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 powerful gift to help with the task. But Zak's new gift is a double-edged sword, and if Zoe and Zak don't find the Tiger Eye quickly, Zak's time will run out. The Tiger Temple takes Zoe and Zak deep into an exotic world of magical enchantment and heart-pounding action. It promises to be the most thrilling Zoe and Zak adventure yet. (Goodreads)

I've found another great Middle Grade series, it appears. Though I came into this series late (book #3 was my first read), I'm sold off of this one book. Did it have a little something to do with the fact that it was an audiobook? Probably, and here's why.

The narrator was freaking awesome. Sonja Field has ruined me for audiobook narrators from here on out. I'd pretty much given up on audiobooks because most narrators suck. But not Sonja. Not only was the narration clear and audible, but she did the voices! Gotta do the voices. She did accents and she did kid voices and she did adult voices and she even did animal voices. Yes, animals! She rocked this book all over the universe and I seriously look forward to listening to the other books now just to hear her do what she does again.

The plot was fun and imaginative. Don't get me wrong. Guignard wrote a great plot as well. I adore mythology so this was just my cup of tea. I'd never read any books based around Indian mythology so that was a plus for me. I really liked how Guignard made the plot move, as in, he never stayed in one place. The characters were always going on adventures and racing to save the day, and that made the book really enjoyable. Many fantasy authors promise action and adventure, and don't deliver half of that. Guignard didn't make that mistake. This book was as fun as promised.

The characters were cute and interesting. Zoe and Zak were great. But Zak was my fave. He was hilarious and every time he whipped out his phone and did his vlog, I had to laugh. He was such a kooky little boy and I couldn't help but like him. Add in Field's amazing vocal performance and you had a recipe for awesomeness. Zoe was that 'voice of reason' and balanced out Zak really well. I'm really interested to go back to the first book and see how their relationship began and compare it to how it is in the third book. I can tell these are characters that grow from book to book, even if they are young.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. Guignard, though writing for young readers, didn't forget about the adults. I think it was just complex enough to keep our attention, yet not so complex as to lose the young people. That's how you do Middle Grade. So well done there.

Do I recommend? Of course! If you're into MG Fantasy, this is just a great book/series to take on. I would so suggest the audiobooks, but if that's not your thing, that's okay. You will still love it!

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Meet 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 and 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: Zoe&

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Meet Sonja Field

Sonja Field combines her life-long passion for reading with her skill as an actress to bring audiobooks to life! A dynamic and versatile narrator, she has logged hundreds of hours recording textbooks with an organization called Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. She loved recording the action-packed Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse because of its wealth of colorful, quirky, and memorable characters.



  1. Okay, I am in love with your review! So glad you loved this one! I agree, Sonja did AMAZING with this audiobook! Thanks for hosting a tour stop today!

    1. Thanks! After this one, I'm kind of bummed I didn't sign up for the previous two. Oh well! Count me on board for the next book for sure!

  2. Awesome review, Deejay. I love your enthusiasm. I totally agree with you. The narrator rocked it. The fact that you found the story "as fun as promised" is really great to hear. Fun is what I was going for, so thank you for that, and thanks for the listen!

    1. Trust me, it was my pleasure, Lars. You wrote a fantastic book! Thank YOU!


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