*This title will be released on July 30, 2012*
MONSTER IN MY CLOSET
by R.L. Naquin
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: No
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Reviewed by: Kristina| Source: Netgalley
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.
I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn’t imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I’d seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?
After all, I’ve always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don’t get me wrong, I like helping people—and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course…
After the first few sentences involving a plunger being used as a weapon, I knew I was going to love MONSTER IN MY CLOSET complete with all of its cheekiness and quirky characters. I liked how fast Zoey accepted the fact that all of these creatures she is discovering are real and she has empathic powers. Since she discovers all of this in pretty rapid succession her acceptance was pretty much out of exasperation at the constant barrage of more strangeness in her life.
Zoey’s closet monster (called Maurice) from her childhood who happens to be an amazing cook is the first in a line of creatures that start popping up around her house. I loved the fact that the author actually created a species of monster that dwells in closets. R.L. Naquin added a lot of interesting takes on well known fantasy creatures including miniature dragons, a Sasquatch-like creature, and brownies. I also really enjoyed Riley, Zoe’s hot paramedic boyfriend with his own secret supernatural occupation. Riley comes off as sweet and funny and is a great compliment to Zoe’s quirky personality.
The main conflict with an evil incubus draining people’s emotions was fun especially since his powers were the opposite of Zoey’s. Zoey helps others and brings about positive emotional changes, whereas the incubus just sucks the emotions up leaving behind a dry husk of a person. The climatic battle was a touch confusing with how Zoe figures out how to defeat the incubus and what exactly she does with her powers in that battle.
I will definately be looking forward to POOKA IN MY PANTRY, book two in the Monster Haven series, for another cheeky humor filled story and to figure out more about Zoe’s past and her powers when it comes out in March 2013.
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