Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse (Volume 2) (Unabridged)
by Lars Guignard
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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 Boarding School, 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 Ghost Leopard, you'll love The Yogi's Curse. Join Zoe and Zak on their new adventure today!
Imaginative Adventure for All Ages
To get myself ready for book 2 in the Zoe & Zak series, I listened to the end of the first book again to refresh my memory of the awesome adventure that took place in book 1. Book 2 in the first half kind of let me down a little bit because of this though. What happened to the relationship Zoe and Zak had at the end of the last book?! They were so close and reading each other so well to help the Leopard and get back home in one piece. Now I know that time has passed, they went back to the US and packed up to essentially move to India for the next school year, and I know Zoe is homesick and misses her mother, but come on, they are so disconnected in the beginning of the story it made me sad and a little frustrated.
That being said, I still loved the adventure in this book, the setting of India and their school and new characters was awesome. The descriptions the author uses through Zoe's eyes were well formed and made me long for the first day of school again - the stress, the nervousness, the new school supplies, the people and teacher (yea I am a nerd). It was wonderful.
I loved the play on characters returning and new bad guys and the overall adventure and mysteries the kids solve while trying to figure out what is going one. LOVE IT.
I think this book could be for all readers and age groups, the reader was spectacular, a little different from the last one but just as fun and alternated between voices well. I think both kids and parents will love to listen to this book together. I really do love this series and the fact that it is set in India, which is not a common Middle Grade plot setting. I continue to learn a lot from the series and hope to learn and love more of it as it continues.
I have to say I loved the second book more then the first book. I think the boarding school aspect of the story did more for me then Zoe and Zak being in a hotel and then going on adventure like they did in the first book. I laughed at the description of how disgusting the food was. The author does a great job of describing what is unfolding so that you really can imagine your on an adventure in India. This is a great adventure story for middle grade readers that will keep them engaged and asking questions.
Great 2nd Story in this Fun Series!
Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse by Lars Guignard is one of my favorite middle grade books. I have an eleven year old daughter, and she has enjoyed Zoe & Zak’s adventures as much as I have. I’ve read the ebook in addition to listening to the audiobook. The narrator does a great job of telling their story. I think she reads with enthusiasm and really makes the characters and the story come alive. Even though I’d already read the ebook, it was still awesome to get to listen to the audiobook. I felt just as excited hearing the story read to me as I did the first time I read it. If you (and your kiddos) enjoy action, adventure and mystery, this is a wonderful series to pick up.
I received an audiobook in exchange for my honest review.