Thursday, September 22, 2011

Book Review: Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Genre: Fantasy (Supernatural)
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: Gift from my brother
Rating: 4.5 stars

Killer Pizza

Yes, you read the title correctly. And no, this isn't a joke. I really read a book called Killer Pizza and I really felt it worthy of 4.5 stars.

The story starts when Toby, a 14-year-old boy who dreams of being a professional chef (but whose only experience is watching the Food Network) gets a job at a new pizza joint in town: "Killer Pizza". He and his two coworkers, the focused, friendly Annabel and the slightly bullheaded, loyal Strobe, are all excited to get to work in the kitchen. They never suspect that there's another side to their job: fighting monsters. You see, Killer Pizza is just a front for a monster-hunting organization, and monsters called guttara have taken over Toby's town. He, Annabel, and Strobe have to fight these fearsome creatures before it's too late.

To say the least, that's an interesting premise, and I was skeptical when starting it. I mean, who wouldn't be? I quickly discovered, however, that Taylor's writing style is fresh and funny, if a little heavy on exclamation points. (He's primarily a screenwriter, though, which explains that.) The three main characters are exceptionally done, the Alpha guttara is perfectly creepy, and everything just works. It's a fast read, that you'll probably finish in a day or two, and I am going to get the sequel as soon as possible. My only complaint is that Toby, Annabel, and Strobe, 3 rookie Monster Fighters, keep on being left home alone and unguarded. (Like, really? Wouldn't it make more sense to have the most vulnerable and highly targeted members protected a little better?) That's typical to stories like this, though, so I let that be. And R.L. Stine endorsed it, so  you know it has to be good.

Just give it a go. Even if you're a serious doubter like I was, you'll end up loving it. 

You'll like this if you liked: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Have you ever read a book and had it surprise you? What was it?

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