Thursday, 10 March 2016

Book Review: Golem in my Glovebox by RL Naquin (Monster Haven #4)


A Monster Haven Story, book four

In her role as Aegis, Zoey Donovan has rescued and cared for hundreds of monsters and mythical creatures. Now humans are the ones in need of her help. Someone with a personal vendetta against the Board of Hidden Affairs has kidnapped all the other Aegises in the country--including Zoey's mother.

With the Hidden government in shambles and a string of deadly clues to follow, Zoey and her reaper boyfriend set out on a cross-country chase to stop the kidnapper from killing the captured Aegises. Along the way, they pick up a miniature golem who's on a quest to find his humanity...and may be the key to solving the grisly clues.

If Zoey succeeds in defeating this new evil, she'll finally be reunited with the mother she lost over twenty years ago. But if she fails, she'll become the final victim.


My Review:
I can't even begin to describe how much I love this series! The thing that attracted me first were the gorgeous covers and the idea of a Closet Monster than can bake. From reading the first book, I fell in love with Maurice and this series. I actually put off reading these last few books because it meant that the series was finished! Anyway, I've read the last three and now I'm finally getting round to reviewing them.

Zoey and Riley have to miss Molly's party to go in search of an Under the Bed monster out in public. It turns out to be Stacy, childhood sweetheart of Maurice, who he dumped for his future wife Pansy. Stacy and Maurice are finding the situation awkward but have to deal with it alone as Zoey is needed elsewhere. Someone is kidnapping the remaining Aegises and threatening to kill them and the Board of Hidden Affairs is falling apart. Zoey and Riley, and Gris, a minature golem helper, are on a road trip to follow the clues and try to save the kidnapped humans before they are murdered. Can Zoey save her mother this time?

I did miss the creatures back at Zoey's house while they were on the road trip but this was still an excellent read. I loved Stacy, social misfit and still in love with Maurice who is totally oblivious to her interest. I was amusedby Maurice sulking about the new houseguest and gatecrashing every hotel that Zoey and Riley stay in to get away from dealing with Stacy. It was a relief that Maurice was visiting them so often as I was worried that he wouldn't feature much on a road trip. It was funny to watch him being told by Riley that he was not welcome at certain times...

'Maurice, buddy. Brother. I'm going to have sex with Zoey in a few minutes. It's going to be really loud, because we're in a hotel and because we can. There may even be barking and other animal sounds involved. Do you really want to be here for that?'

Poor Maurice! I feel sorry for the guy but it was funny! I liked the addition of GRis who was creepy but cute at the same time. We also get a bit more to how the Aegises including Zoey's mother were taken and by who. Katy is very creepy and dangerous and made an interesting bad character, and Zoey has to find out how someone so dangerous escaped her prison cell and is out there killing people. Could she have had help from someone connected to the Board? The more Zoey sticks her nose in, the more dangerous the road trip becomes. She also has to deal with a work dispute by the Ogre Squad who are supposed to be policing things out in the real world to help the Board.

The danger increases as Zoey and Riley close in on Katy but how can she be defeated? This is the question on the mind of the reader as the book reaches its dramatic conclusion. I enjoyed the book as I have the rest of the series-just wish they would be released in paperback in the UK so I can keep rereading them!

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