Series: Monster Haven, #5
Published by Carina Press on October 20, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 217 pages
Sexual Content: references to sex
Reviewed by: Kristina
Zoey Donovan Aegis and co-opted protector of all things supernatural is moving up in the Hidden world. Actually, she's being drop kicked onto the front lines of a fight between the newly formed Cult of Imagination and Hidden governments everywhere.
The Cult is opening portals and unleashing demons, vampires and werewolves, growing closer to breaking the lock that holds back the zombie apocalypse with every world they crack open. Oh, and they want every last Aegis in the world dead, and a roving band of Hidden worshippers is only too eager to assist.
On the upside, Zoey finally has her mother back. But having another Aegis around one with very different ideas on how to run things is proving difficult. For their own safety, they're stuck inside Zoey's home. What was once a haven is now a prison, further straining maternal relations and alienating her reaper boyfriend. Taking down a cult and saving the world again would be a lot easier if she could go farther than her own driveway.
With this being the second to the last book in the Monster Haven series, DEMONS IN MY DRIVEWAY spends a lot of time setting up for the end through big revelations and big changes for Zoey and her friends. The clever, quirky creatures and light moments help balance out the loads of death, near deaths, and losses that pervade this book. Its the loyalty and strength of Zoey's family and friends that make the coming apocalypse in the next book seem pretty manageable. One of the fun aspects of this series is its ability to weave yet more creatures into an already full world. We not only have closet monsters, and dragons in this book but the classic monsters now including zombies, werewolves, demons, and vampires.
There is a lot of inner reflection and relationship discussion alongside the constant looming threats of imminent violence and actual violence in this book which actually makes the story move a touch slower than the previous ones. While sometimes these moments of naval gazing and ruminations might slow down a story, the character dynamics and interactions in this series are able to be interesting enough to keep up the pacing and not drag the plot down. One of the bigger relationship issues is the one between Zoey and Riley who are broken up in this book. While I adored these two together and wanted them to get back together, their resolution was a little too easy and random. I actually flipped back through the book to see if I missed something. There are a lot of other fun character moments that showcase each of Zoe's friends' talents and personalities from Kam the djinn to Darius
The 'big bad' in DEMONS IN MY DRIVEWAY was kind of out of the blue and felt a little thrown together but I guess most of that was due to some much larger threats going on involving zombies, portals to other dimensions, and a looming apocalypse. The writing in DEMONS IN MY DRIVEWAY is as I've come to expect with this series, wonderful. The characters are charming and I love how much Zoe has grown in confidence in regards to her role as Ageis. I also enjoyed the overwhelming feeling of doom that pervaded this plot as Zoe rolled through threat after threat in preparation for whatever horror is to come for her in the final book.Series Titles:
1. Monster in My Closet
2. Pooka in My Pantry
3. Fairies in My Fireplace
4. Golem in My Glovebox
- For quirky stories with various types of creatures try GEEKOMANCY by Michael R. Underwood