Series: Monster Haven, #6
Published by Carina Press on March 2, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: references to sex, kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
When Zoey Donovan found out monsters are real, her life changed—mostly for the better. Since then, she's fought bad guys, saved the world a time or two and earned the love of a growing family of humans and Hidden creatures alike. But the danger that's chased her from the beginning is finally here.
Shadow Man, aka The Last Hidden, has stepped out of the story humans wrote for him and into the real world, hell-bent on stealing children. Fiction has become reality and Shadow Man intends to break the Covenant, reclaim the Hidden, and kill all Aegises along the way triple bad news for Zoey and her mother, the only two Aegises still alive.
Zoey will have to rescue the stolen kids and hunt down the most terrifying villain humanity has ever imagined. But how can she fight a creature only invented a few years ago? If Shadow Man triumphs, the world as she knows it will end. If Zoey succeeds in driving him out, the people she loves the most may be lost to her forever.
PHOENIX IN MY FORTUNE is a fond farewell to a wonderfully wacky universe filled with uniquely diverse characters and with tons of heart at its core. This story is a lot more serious than the previous books in the Monster Haven series as it has to wrap up a pretty dark series storyline involving the destruction of the world as our beloved characters know it. There is action, death, life, mystery, magic, and mayhem all wrapped up into this story that makes it worth a re-read many times over.
The Shadow Man or the Last Hidden is a pretty interesting bad guy to have as he embodies many of our modern myths that aren't fully formed. This proves tricky as there aren't really any guidelines to actually defeating him. I liked the way he was 'defeated' as it was a kind way for him to go and fit with the kindhearted person that Zoey is. The conversations Zoey has with the First Hidden are really frustrating as it basically speaks in riddles to her. Alas, any character talking with an oracle of any sort is always going to be riddled to death and given non-answers.
Zoey has come so very far from wielding a plunger in MONSTER IN MY CLOSET. She's become such a competent leader and matured so much by this last book with a huge circle of friends and family to back her up. I loved seeing glimpses of how each side character is evolving in their life and relationships. I really felt like I knew these characters so well by the time I started PHOENIX IN MY FORTUNE that it was kind of bittersweet to leave them. There is so much love and caring between these characters that even when something horrible is happening I can still feel the love radiating through the pages and know everything will be alright.
If you haven't gotten it by my constant gushing of all of the Monster Haven series books that pass my eyes I love this series and PHOENIX IN MY FORTUNE does not disappoint. It is a brilliantly bittersweet ending to a series that will stay with me for a very long time. If you haven't started this series, you really should give it a try.Series Titles:
1. Monster in My Closet
2. Pooka in My Pantry
3. Fairies in My Fireplace
4. Golem in My Glovebox
5. Demons in My DrivewayMore Reviews:
- For quirky stories with various types of creatures try GEEKOMANCY by Michael R. Underwood