Wednesday 10 September 2014

Review: Fairies in My Fireplace - R.L. Naquin

A migration of mythical creatures has begun, and more and more of them are landing on Zoey Donovan's doorstep. As the only Aegis left in the country, it falls to her to protect the Hidden and keep them safe—and her house has become a sanctuary for water sprites, goblins, harpies, djinn and more.

Keeping track of her boarders is a full-time job, and Zoey's already got her hands full trying to run her wedding planning business. Good thing she has a resident closet monster to keep her organized, and a hot Reaper boyfriend to help her relax every once in a while.

But she can't keep up monster-triage indefinitely, and as more Hidden arrive, it becomes clear that someone—or something—is hunting them. In the midst of planning an event for a notoriously difficult client, Zoey's got to figure out who's behind the hunt…and she's got to stop them before there are no Hidden left.

Monster Haven Series:
Monster in My Closet
Ill-Conceived Magic (Short Story)
Pooka in My Pantry
Hidden Holidays (Short Story)
Fairies in My Fireplace
What Zoey Doesn't Know (Short Story)
Golem in My Glovebox
Demons in My Driveway
Transmonstrified (Short Story Collection)
Phoenix in My Fortune

Djinn Haven series:
(Spin off from the Monster Haven series but can be read separately)
To Catch A Stolen Soul
To Seize a Wayward Spirit
To Free a Captured Heart

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Zoey should be finding life easier now that she's no longer having to keep the Hidden a secret from her best friend Sara but with more and more of them coming to her for help every day she soon realises that something major is going on. Something that is effecting Hidden everywhere and Zoey is the only one left who can help them. She soon finds herself caught in a dangerous battle with enemies who are more powerful than she could ever have guessed. It's a good job she has her friends to support her but even with their help the odds are not looking good.

I have become a huge fan of the Monster Haven series since I first discovered it, these books are just so much fun to read and I LOVE the humour and the huge range of weird and wonderful supernatural creatures they contain. With each new book R.L. Naquin manages to come up with new surprises for us and Fairies in My Fireplace is my favourite instalment of the series so far. Although I spend a lot of time laughing out loud as I read these books they do have a darker side and this book had one particularly heartbreaking moment towards the end that brought tears to my eyes. I have become so invested in all of these characters that I hate to see them hurting and Zoey is in a whole world of hurt here.

I love seeing how much Zoey has grown since the beginning of the series, she has really come into her own when it comes to taking care of the various different types of Hidden creatures and she is the kind of woman who always makes time for everyone. She has strong principles and wants to help everyone but she also knows that she doesn't have to do it alone and is willing to accept advice and assistance from her friends. Zoey has built up a very unusual family what with her reaper boyfriend Riley, her human best friends Sara and Andrew, the closet monster Maurice, brownie Molly and Iris the skunk monster but they are all very close knit and would do anything for each other. It's great that Zoey has such a positive support network and I've enjoyed getting to know all of the side characters and seeing their circumstances change throughout the books.

I'm so glad that I discovered this series! When I'm in the mood for something fun I know I can rely on R.L. Naquin to provide plenty of laughs along the way but she has also captured me with her wonderful world building and range of fantastic characters. I don't think I'm ever going to get bored of spending time with them.

Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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