Monday 10 November 2014

Quick Review: Hidden Holidays - R.L. Naquin

The holidays can be overwhelming for anyone, but Zoey is ready to explode when Maurice, her closet-monster roommate, takes celebrations to the extreme. When Zoey ducks out for a little fresh air, she finds a boy with a big problem -- a problem only a mythical creature can have and only Zoey can solve.

6,500 words

Hidden Holidays is a short story in the same world as the Monster Haven novels from Carina Press. This story can be enjoyed without having read the novels, but it takes place between book two, Pooka in My Pantry, and book three, Fairies in My Fireplace.

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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Hidden Holidays is one of several short stories that R.L. Naquin has published as companion stories to her Monster Haven series. These stories can pretty much be read at any point and you don't have to have read the full length books to enjoy them but I do think you'll appreciate them more if you're already familiar with the characters.

I don't really want to give too much away because this story is only 20 pages long but it's a really fun holiday read that gives us a bit of an insight into various Hidden holiday traditions. Closet monster Maurice is one of my favourite characters in the series and I'm sure anyone who knows him can imagine just how crazy he is about the festive period. Zoey isn't quite so keen on having her whole house overrun with decorations, she never really celebrated the holidays growing up and it seems strange to her to start now but she would never deliberately hurt Maurice's feelings.

This was a short and sweet story that made me smile and included most of my favourite characters from the series. I do prefer the full length novels but these are nice quick reads for when you don't have much time.

Source: Purchased

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