Touring the Killer Pizza Headquarters in New York, 14-year-olds Toby, Annabel and Strobe are sucked into a high-stakes case involving a teen runaway and a deadly Halloween sacrifice.
When Calanthe, a shape shifter, asks the teen monster hunters for shelter, Hidden Hills, Ohio, seems to be the perfect place for her, especially after she selects Toby as her guide into the world of normal teen behavior. When she gains the ability to shift into a giant snake, though, the mysterious Tall Man and his invisible rukh creature show up to hunt in Hidden Hills, but for the Killer Pizza team, surrender is not on the menu. In this sequel toÂ Killer PizzaÂ (2009), Taylor partially succeeds in ramping up the creepy factor, though the characters and plot still feel half baked. The Tall Man's mystic tracking snakes become embedded in Strobe's flesh in an undeniably icky turn of events, but the rukh's abundance of teeth and tendency toward invisibility are more comical than threatening. Characterization is stiff again, with Toby, Annabel and Strobe behaving as though the author has programmed them and set them on a rigid path.
The same recipe as before produces predictably similar results.Â (Horror. 10-14)Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Gr 5-8--In this sequel to Killer Pizza (Feiwel & Friends, 2009), Toby, Annabel, and Strobe, the three teens who work at a pizza joint that fronts as a monster-hunting organization, are in New York City to visit KP's headquarters. They end up defending a runaway monster escaping from her elusive shape-shifting clan, the dekayi, and it is up to them to protect her. While they learn everything they can about Calanthe's people, they integrate her into their suburban Ohio high school. Readers new to the series can jump right in to this follow-up, which opens with a battle scene and leans heavily on action. However, none of it is very suspenseful or even plausible. The plot-driven story offers little in character development and often generalizes teen behavior, but it wraps up neatly.--Shawna Sherman, Hayward Public Library, CA[Page 122]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.