Publisher's Note:  

Fans of Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse and the Wereworld series will love this action-packed ride, full of laughs, gore, and fantastic beasts!
Between carrying on the monster-hunting tradition of his family, the van Helsings, and trying to stay out of trouble at school, Max is ready for a day off. So when his class heads to the mountains on a camping trip, Max can’t wait to leave the stress behind and get his s’mores on. But monster-hunting doesn’t take a vacation, and soon Max and his gearhead friend Syd find themselves seeking the answers to who—or what—is behind a raft of mysterious camper kidnappings.  The locals say it’s a bigfoot, rumored to roam the forest, but as more and more magical beasts rear their shaggy, scaly, and horned heads, Max starts to wonder if what’s afoot is something even bigger—and scarier—than the Beast of Bone Creek.

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Max Helsing and the Beast of Bone Creek (Max Helsing Monster Hunter 2)

by Curtis Jobling

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Overall Review:  

Max Helsing, the last of the Van Helsing bloodline, was looking forward to his class trip.  Yes, he'd have to put up with the school bully and his weasel-faced principle but, for a whole week without monsters and magic, that seemed a small price to pay.  Unfortunately for Max, monsters don't take a vacation.

Max Helsing and the Beast of Bone Creek by Curtis Jobling is the exciting second installment of the Max Helsing, Monster Hunter series.  Max is a bright but somewhat jaded young man, though his cynicism is understandable considering that he has experienced more in his thirteen years than most "norms" will in a lifetime.  Once again Syd, our level-headed heroine, joins with Max on his unexpected adventure, and a new ally presents himself.  Max Helsing and the Beast of Bone Creek is a fantastic thriller that any fan of the supernatural will devour. 

Review of an Advance Reader Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 18 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity; 6 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  Several references to missing persons; many references to fantasy creatures eating/harming humans; man bleeds from ears; dog bites character's leg; many scenes of a teenager battling/slaying monsters; character playfully smacks dog; character fist bumps rock monster, hurts hand; character vandalizes statue; man warns of danger; boy shoves other boy off porch; several instances of children killing bugs; boy shoves other boy downhill; boy trips on loose floor board; children shove boy aside; boy hits his head on window; woman punches man, playfully; several instances of boy getting hit by pinecones; several instances of girl punching boys shoulder; Boy offers to push other boy off mountain; character hits wall while repelling; character compares mosquitos to zombies; character predicts other man will die on mountain; vague reference to parental death; woman shoves man; extended frightening, non-graphic scene of monster attack; old building referred to as "death trap"; boys rough house in canoes; boy hits water nymph with paddle; boys hit each other with paddles; character has leech on leg; extended fight, humorous, with Brownie; character chased by Bigfoot; brownie bites boy; children shoot arrows at animal shaped targets; boy flicks boy's ear; character shoves another; boy pokes boy in the chest; reference to another monster hunter's more lethal tendencies; girl elbows boy; boy knocks other boy upside the head; boys push foreheads together; monster kills man, mildly graphic; boy wishes to knock out other boy; boy almost hits girl; character warns they could be shot by hunters; mythical creature caught in trap; reference to historical murder; reference to man injured in fight with monster; boy finds dead man; extended scene with boy fighting vampires; characters find blood on leaves; children witness hunters killing deer; graphic scene of monster attack; children find cave filled with bones; character runs into rock; monster kills animal; character temporarily blinds monster; monster attacks children; character trips; character and dog caught in traps; boys engage in short fight; man references violent consequence of magic; boy falls off cliff; girl references drowning; people tied up and gagged; final monster confrontation that last 30 pages; boy flicks and slaps other boy; extended scene violent, mildly graphic villain/monster encounter.

Sex/Nudity:  Painting depicts nude revelers; engaged couple hug; man puts arm on woman's shoulder; girl holds boy's hand; very vague homosexual reference given jokingly.

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Death, supernatural and occult, family, adoption, bullying.

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Man chews tobacco.

Reviewed By Amberle
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