Thursday, 10 March 2016

Book Review: Phoenix in my Fortune by RL Naquin (Monster Haven #6)

A Monster Haven Story, book six

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.

My Review:
Everyone has gone their own way as Zoey stays at home and watches for any sign of the coming apocalypse. When children start to go missing in the local area, Zoey joins the hunt. She soon realises that the missing children are unhurt and that something is doing this to get her attention. On discovering what is lurking in the dark, it is time to gather all the troops to prepare for battle.

Shadow Man is here to unleash terror and destroy the final Aegises, signalling the apocalypse that Zoey has been dreading. She still cannot read the book that Aggie left her and is clueless how to protect herself and her loved ones. When Shadow Man takes the sons of Tashi and Molly, Zoey knows she and her team must fight back, and as more kidnaps happen, Clara figures out how the book can be read-and takes action.

I find the very idea of Shadow Man pretty darn scary and he would've given me nightmares as a kid! The way he is able to get inside the fairy ring to look in the windows at Clara and Zoey is creepy and the fact that none of the others seem able to see him puts our gang at a serious disadvantage. It is only when the wonderful Silas pops by for a visit to help, that they find a way to let others see the monster. Silas realises that only one person at a time can see Shadow Man but he has a plan to get round this problem. Yea Silas! Luckily, Phil is there to provide snot to balance out the bad luck that Silas brings. If you don't understand that sentence, you obviously haven't read book 2 in the series!

Even in amongst the horror, everyone is trying to carry on as normal. Riley and Zoey are engaged but it seems the wrong time to be planning a wedding when everyone could die. Maurice and Sara continue their romance and Zoey misses having him around until everyone moves back to deal with the new threat. Clara and Darius choose to remain at Aggie's house so Shadow Man cannot target both Aegises at once. The headache of the book that cannot be read bugs Zoey as she needs to find out how to stop this threat.

You just knew there was going to be drama as the gang try to find a way to destroy the monster. There was some interesting action, a sprinkling of humour and lots of angst and worry. It was a satisfying ending to a series that I have enjoyed so much and I really hope that there will be other Monster Haven short stories-Maurice coming to stay with Clara and scaring Zoey, Maurice and Pansy, more days in the life of Maurice behind Zoey's back...I'm just not ready to say goodbye to Maurice yet!
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