Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard — BOOK REVIEW

Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard

Title: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard (The Heroes of the Himalayas, Book #1) * Author: Lars Guignard * Pages: 338 * Recommended Age: 10+

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Summary:  For Percy Jackson and Harry Potter Fans

Some say all children are born with magic inside of them.
Zoe Guire is about to find out if that’s true.

Zoe doesn’t believe in ghosts. She doesn’t believe in mythical creatures. And she definitely doesn’t believe in magic. But it’s amazing how quickly everything you think you believe can change when you’re confronted by the impossible.

When Zoe finds herself lost, halfway around the world, her first thought is that she needs to get back to where she came from. Fast. But her friend Zak has other ideas, and when a peculiar snake charmer directs them deep into the Himalayan Mountains in search of a mythical leopard, what began as an accident soon takes on a life of its own.

Zoe isn’t worried. Not at first anyhow. Sure the talking elephant is strange, and the snake charming yogi is stranger, but she’s a big girl. She figures she can handle it. But then, somewhere between the living statues and the screeching monkeys, Zoe realizes that what is happening to her and Zak is no accident.

It’s the result of something Zoe has deep within her, an energy so powerful, yet so personal, that she alone can right a deadly wrong.

But nobody said confronting an ancient evil would be easy. And Zoe and Zak will have no chance at all unless they put aside their differences and believe.

Discover the magic inside of you. Join Zoe and Zak on their Himalayan adventure today.

*The adventure continues. When you’ve finished Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, be sure to read Book Two in the Zoe & Zak Series: The Yogi’s Curse, followed by Book Three, The Tiger Temple. And yes, Book Four is coming soon!

My Thoughts:

I found it a little slow getting into the storyline of this book. But, once Zoe and Zak’s parents leave on a business errand and leave them with a nanny in their hotel in India, the story picked up nicely in my opinion. I know next to nothing about Indian culture, so the descriptions were nice and really helped me envision the surroundings the children found themselves in. I read this book aloud to my 12 year old daughter, who loved it. She can’t wait to read more! I found some of the language and speech patterns a bit repetitive, but my daughter didn’t notice it at all until I pointed it out to her. I think this is a great book for kids to read solo or with a parent. We will be purchasing more from this author in the future.

About the Author: 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 “Heroes of the Himalayas” 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.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.


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SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.


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