Genre: Comedy; Horror; Scifi/Fantasy
It’s been a year since a handful of kids defeated the Psycho Hose Beast in the sleepy town of Gale Harbour, Newfoundland. Our heroes have entered into the era of rollerblades, Super Nintendo and oversized plaid shirts… unless you’re a goth, then it’s the era of Maybelline eyeliner, boots with too many buckles, and infected safety-pin piercings.
Thirteen-year-old Niall O’Neil is navigating a blossoming relationship with his crush, Harper Jeddore. Unfortunately, the power that allowed them to defeat the monster from the deep is still within them, and they are no closer to understanding or controlling it. When just touching your girlfriend can kill innocent bystanders, it complicates the already precarious practice of teenage dating.
But lurking in the backdrop of teenage romance, a sinister power is growing in Gale Harbour, and dangerous people are turning up in the small town with possibly deadly intentions.
Will the kids defeat this new threat? What did the US Air Force leave in the abandoned Hansen Air Force base? What is a space-surfing butt monkey? And most importantly—will anyone get to touch a boob?
I have also reviewed these other titles by C.D. Gallant-King:
Psycho Hose Beast from Outer Space (Gale Harbour book 1)
I recently had to take a break from reading due to a lot of stressful “real life” stuff going on and this was the perfect story for me to begin again with! It’s adventurous, humorous, and fun with a cast of quirky characters I’d already come to love. It really got me pumped from the get-go, which was exactly what I needed.
In this installment of the series, the terrifying Psycho Hose Beast has been vanquished and our young heroes go on to tackle something that might be just as frightening: teen romance. And not just for the two lovebirds in question! The new relationship between Harper and Niall affects their mutual friend Pius, who has suddenly become the third wheel, desperate to be able to stand on his own.
Fortunately for poor Pius, another supernatural/extraterrestrial threat emerges that allows him the opportunity to prove himself, to himself while Harper and Niall struggle to understand the magical power that tethers them. Unfortunately for the whole, nosy American agents and other suspicious unknown persons have caught wind of the battle against the Psycho Hose Beast and have begun stalking key inhabitants of Gale Harbour, including the kids.
Although I really thought the peak of the story was going to be how the kids navigated around the arrogant adults in order to fight the new ET enemy, the adrenaline kept pumping even to the end! No spoilers, as usual, but with as good as the first book was, I daresay the second is better. Admittedly, this may be a bit of personal preference because while the first book seemed to have more extraordinary things happening in the realm of scifi/fantasy, the second book dealt a lot more with the psychological struggles of the characters. And as most of you know, I am a sucker for the psychological aspect of things.
My favorite thing of both books, but even more for the second is how great the author is at character crafting. He puts the effort into making each one of them, regardless of their varying degrees of importance in the story or their amount of “screen time,” unique to themselves while also expanding upon their individual emotions and backstories. This along with the nostalgic references of the era and the awkwardness of being newly teenage makes this series quite immersive.
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