Friday, 11 March 2016

Book Review: Transmonstrified by RL Naquin

R.L. Naquin, author of the Monster Haven series, shares an assortment of stories from places just outside the world we know. These pages are filled with friendly monsters, dueling witches, floating ice fish, chupacabra taxidermy, and escalators leading to Heaven and Hell.

This collection includes two brand-new Monster Haven tales. Find out how Riley got his job in “Reaper’s Tale,” and join Kam the djinn as she chases down a ghost with unfinished salon business in “Shampoo Girl.” Plus, as a bonus, this collection includes three previously released Monster Haven stories – just in case you missed them.

Also, take a peek into the new world of the Mount Olympus Employment Agency (series coming in 2015) with “Unmatched Cupid” and “Undercover Gorgon.”

Transmonstrified offers quick reads for when the boss leaves the room to get coffee and longer ones for when that chatty lady on the plane won’t be quiet. Eighteen stories filled with magic and oddities await.

Because everybody needs a little magic.

My Review:
My main reason for getting this was to have a paperback version of the excellent Monster Haven short stories that I've read and to get the unreleased ones as well. It was well worth it for that! I'm not going to fully review the Monster Haven ones that I've read as I reviewed them on Goodreads already. I haven't reviewed the poetry as I hate poetry, or a couple of the stories that didn't interest me ie gangsters.

1)Shampoo Girl (Monster Haven-new)
Kam the djinn is on a solo mission to collect a soul from a hairdressing salon where the clients are continually getting drenched at the sinks. Kam discovers Kelsey's story and decides to help her get revenge on her former boss before moving her on. Good story!

2)The Button War
Story about two neighbours at war magically over the death of a hellboar. While I liked the story, it came to an abrupt ending with no real resolution as to what happened to the hellboar killer.

3)Fool's Gold
Marian finds leprechaun gold in her garden and Todd must stay with her until she makes a wish. It was ok but nothing great.

4)Unmatched Cupid
A useless Cupid in a matchmaking agency is about to get a big surprise from the girl in the office that she is jealous of. OK but nothing that interesting.

5)Hidden Holidays (Monster Haven) reviewed already
While Zoey tries to stop selkies having their pelts stolen, Maurice is going overboard with the Christmas spirit!

6)Greg's Chupacabra
Greg kills a Chupacabra on his property and has it stuffed as a good luck omen. This was an interesting and amusing story.

7)Snow Kissed
A badly treated servant girl finds solace in daydreams. I'm not really sure about the point of this story as I found it a bit confused.

8)Distressed Denim
The story of a pair of jeans who feels every abuse that the owner inflicts on it. This was a clever concept and a story that makes you feel guilty about ironing your jeans!

9)Reaper's Tale (Monster Haven-new)
When his mother and sister are in a train crash, Riley rushes to the hospital and witnesses Art and his people taking souls from the dead. The reapers offer him the chance to save his sister if he becomes a reaper. This was a sad story which explains how Riley got his job and why he and Art never liked each other. Great story!

10)The Dreameaters
Radley (Under the Bed Monster) and Felix (Closet Monster) eat the bad dreams of sleepers to help them have a good sleep. I liked this and wouldn't mind seeing more about them in future stories.

11)Bargain Basement
Jennifer's new house has a big basement that connects people living all round the country. Hard to explain but it was a quirky and interesting story. I could see a novel coming out of this.

12)Undercover Gorgon (prequel to new series)
Patrice lets her health insurance lapse and her Gorgon persona is on full view. She is forced into a new life as a receptionist at Mount Olympus, sharing a flat with nymphs and sirens. Patrice decides to break the rules to rescue some snake creatures and have a few adventures to liven up her days. I liked this story and might well read on with this series as it has real potential.

13)Voices on the Wind
The Woodland Spirits decide to take their revenge when ax men cut down trees for a new railroad. This was a good story and I was on the side of the spirits!

14)Ill Conceived Magic (Monster Haven) reviewed already
Zoey decides to help reunite a young family which means going into territory where randy satyrs live to the utter panic of Maurice. I loved this story-lots of Maurice and it was so funny!

15)What Zoey Doesn't Know (Monster Haven) already reviewed
Find out exactly what Maurice gets up to when Zoey is at work. This was brilliant, entertaining and funny. Loved it!
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