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Monday, July 23, 2012

106) Monster in my Closet by R.L. Naquin

The Blurb :

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.

My Review :

The blurb for this one sounded really interesting so I couldn't resist giving it a try. A new author with a debut book is always a risk but if nobody took a chance on those new writers we wouldn't have any good new stuff to read.

Monster in my Closet started off really well. I was instantly excited about the concept and finding a monster in her kitchen was a great concept. However the point of being scared to actually not caring it was a monster and letting him stay was a little too quick for my liking. Actually the first twenty percent of the book saw a mass of strange and weird things happening but Zoey just went with it. I found her way too accepting and was a little put off by her quick adjustment.

On saying that the rest of the story was pretty darn good. Quiet cute in places but also a little frightening in others. There was a good plot going on with the incubus and it fit in perfectly with the wedding planner job. On saying that I found the author was trying way too hard. There were loads of supernaturals introduced that could have come later on. There wasn't much time spent on the actual world building aspect and all these creatures seemed to just come out of nowhere all of a sudden and hijack Zoey's life.

All in all I did enjoy this read. Granted it needs some work if it is going to expand into a series but I would definitely read a sequel. It was fun and had me hooked to the point that I wanted to read till the end and not give up. I will be keeping a look out for more work by this author when it comes. Worth giving a try if you like cozy paranormal mysteries.


Aurian said...

Okay, I did not get that this is a cozy mystery! I though paranormal romance/urban fantasy or such.

Sullivan McPig said...

Oh! I want this book just for the title alone!

Mardel said...

I like the concept also. I might pick it up, though I do get frustrated if the main character is too.....dumb. But you didn't mention if she was or not, so this might be worth a try. and a lot writers get better as they get more experience.