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: The Bounty (Fox and O'Hare, #7) by Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton

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The Bounty (Fox and O'Hare, #7) by Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton opens with FBI Agent Kate O'Hare and con artist Nick Fox teaming up with Interpol to surveil an international organization called 'The Brotherhood' that is in search of $30 billion in Nazi gold. Kate and Nick then team up with their fathers Jake O'Hare and Quentin Fox to stop 'The Brotherhood' as they traipse throughout Europe.

To be fully transparent, I won an Advance Reader's Copy of The Bounty (Fox and O'Hare, #7) by Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton from a Goodreads Giveaway for free in return for my honest review. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect as this was the first book I read in the series and only had Evanovich's Stephanie Plum book series to compare it to. With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed The Bounty

It reminded me a bit of the television show Alias that starred Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper, Victor Garber, Michael Vartan, and Ron Rifkin, and I could see the Fox and O'Hare book series being turned into a television show or several movies. I loved the interactions between all of the characters, and there was enough background given about them that I felt like I knew the characters even though I haven't read any of the other books in the series. There was a ton of action that kept the book moving along quickly and kept my interest. I couldn't wait to find out what happened. 

There wasn't really anything too negative I can say about The Bounty other than it was a bit predictable, and since the book is the latest in a series, I figured that nothing too bad would happen to the main characters. Because of this, I gave the book four out of five stars, but I like it so well that I will eventually go back and read the rest of the books in the series.

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