Early 5bat! Review: Pooka in My Pantry (A Monster Haven Story, #2) by R.L. Naquin

March 23, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★★

Early 5bat! Review: Pooka in My Pantry (A Monster Haven Story, #2) by R.L. NaquinPooka in My Pantry by R.L. Naquin
Series: A Monster Haven Story #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Carina Press on March 25, 2013
Pages: 209 pages
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kristina
5 Stars
Zoey Donovan—empath, wedding planner, go-to girl for monsters with personal problems—has been marked twice for pickup by Death. On both occasions, Riley the smoking-hot reaper has refused to follow through. For his breach of protocol, Riley is now on probation. For her refusal to die on schedule, Zoey's right to live is challenged. She will have to undergo a life-or-death trial, but she won't know when or where it will happen…

Staying alive might not be so difficult if the Leprechaun Mafia hadn't strolled into town. Now every business owner with the slightest connection to the supernatural community is being threatened with the most appalling bad luck if they don't pay up. Mirrors are smashed, bodies are dropping, and Zoey's still got clients waiting for fabric samples.

With a little luck, she might be able to save everyone and still have time for a second attempt at a decent first date with her favorite reaper.

I loved the previous book in A Monster Haven Story series, MONSTER IN MY CLOSET and POOKA IN MY PANTRY firmly places this series in my top favorites. Zoey is a absolutely quirky and delightful character.  Seeing her try to adjust to life as a helper of Hidden Creatures is really fun and leads to a variety of amusing situations that had me constantly laughing. Aside from the assorted Creatures Zoey deals with in POOKA IN MY PANTRY, the plot is wonderfully fascinating and adds to the hectic mess that becoming Zoey Donovan’s life. I really like how the world building is expanding as new layers of mystery and changes for Zoey are presented POOKA IN MY PANTRY.

Along with learning new things about her own abilities, being tested by Riley’s probation officer and the Leprechaun Mafia, a horribly messy Pooka shows up. I really liked this character with his lack of boundaries, lack of desire for wearing pants, and the hilarious interactions between him and Zoey and her friend’s pet fennec fox. The Pooka’s appearance actually complicates the plot which revolves around luck. The concept of certain amounts of bad luck canceling out good luck actually had my brain spinning, but it was fun to see Zoey find a way to balance the good and bad luck that is plaguing her and her town.

With the town in danger of too much bad luck, Zoey and Riley’s relationship luck slowly moves towards the good kind. I liked how they actually sat down and discussed their relationship and I really felt bad for Riley as his noble actions in MONSTER IN MY CLOSET are the cause for a lot of the problems Zoey has to face in this story. Their relationship is very sweet and I was excited and amused to see them move their relationship forward under the watchful eye of Riley’s probation officer who follows them around annoyingly writing notes in his legal pad and silently judging them.

POOKA IN MY PANTRY is a delightfully quirky read with funny characters and an utterly fascinating albeit off kilter world.  I will be first in line for FAIRIES IN MY FIREPLACE due in fall 2013 and awaiting news on the next three books scheduled in the A Monster Haven series.

Series Titles

  1. Monster in My Closet

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2 Responses to “Early 5bat! Review: Pooka in My Pantry (A Monster Haven Story, #2) by R.L. Naquin”

  1. Jan

    This sounds like a good series. I hadn’t heard of it before so I’m off to look for it! Thanks for the review.