Book Review: Goblin Monday (Goosebumps House of Shivers, #2) by R.L. Stine

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Goblin Monday (Goosebumps House of Shivers, #2)  by R.L. Stine opens with Mario Galagos vacationing with his friends and their parents in Vermont.  When Mario finds an ugly stone statue and brings it into the house, he unknowingly starts a war with goblins. Thank you, NetGalley, for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of this book.  I received it for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Growing up, I was a huge fan of R.L. Stine and his Fear Street series.  Having read the first book in this new series and enjoying it, I wanted to see if the second installment was as good as it's predecessor.  Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed and underwhelmed with Goblin Monday . Although the age range for this book is for children aged eight to twelve years old, I actually think it's more appropriate for kids aged six to eight years old.  As the story develops, I kept expecting something scary or suspenseful to happen, but neither of those things happen until the reader has read approxim

Book Review: All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls starts off in the present day, jumps two weeks ahead, and then starts going backwards one day at a time.  From there it goes back to present day and then three months into the future. I'm not sure how I felt about the structure of the book. I didn't particularly care for the format, but if she had told it any other way, we would have know the entire plot, with the exception of the ending, within the first half of the book.

megan mirandaBecause of the way Megan Miranda wrote the book, it started off slowly and maintained the slowness through out most of the book. It wasn't until the last third of the book that it got really interesting. At that point, I had trouble putting it down, which is the reason I gave it 3 stars out of 5.

As far as the characters go, I didn't feel like we really got to know any of them. They seemed so two dimensional. Even with them being two dimensional, I found both Daniel, Corrine, and Annaleise to be very unlikable. I had mixed emotions about Nic and Everett until the very end and ended up disliking both of them. In my opinion, the only likable character throughout was Tyler.

What was a bit disappointing was the reasoning behind and how Corrine went missing the decade before. It just seemed a bit off like there was more to the story that ended up getting edited out. Annaleise Carter was the alibi to all of the suspects in Corrine's case, and Annaleise was the second girl to go missing in the book. I expected there to be more than two girls missing, so I felt like the title was a little misleading.

I think the author was trying for this to be a psychological thriller, but it just doesn't cut the mustard for me. It was more of a romantic thriller when it is all said and done. Part of the reason I say this is there wasn't much detail into the investigation towards the end of the book and rushed into a romance. Although this novel is targeting adults, I felt like it was more geared toward high school or college age students . . . more of a mature young adult novel.

Synopsis:  Nicolette Farrell receives a phone call from her brother Daniel asking her to come home. The bills for their father's care at the nursing home are becoming too large, and they need to prepare their childhood home to sell. Back in Cooley Ridge, Nic's past comes back to haunt her when Annaleise Carter, a neighbor, goes missing, which reopens another case from a decade ago when another girl, Corrine, went missing under similar circumstances.

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