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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 Therapist by B.A. Paris

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The Therapist by B.A. Paris is about a couple named Alice and Leo moving into a gated community called "The Circle", where nothing is as it seems. When Alice learns of her new home's secret, she starts investigating the previous owner named Nina who was a therapist. However, none of the neighbors want to talk about her. When I bought this latest book by B.A. Paris, I knew absolutely nothing about the storyline. I got it solely based on the fact of who wrote it, and I was not disappointed in the least. The Therapist sucked me in from the very beginning, and I think I may like this book even more than I did The Breakdown . Up until the last fifty or so pages, I thought one person was the murderer, and then, I started thinking that it was a different person. I was correct in my second guess, and I don't know how I let myself be led astray for so long. The author did a great job of throwing suspicion on all of the neighbors at one point or another. With that being said,

Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1) by Trenton Lee Stewart

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The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1) by Trenton Lee Stewart is about four children who answer a strange ad in a newspaper. They must pass several tests to be chosen for a very special undercover mission at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. What is the mission, and will they succeed? Reminiscent of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, The Mysterious Benedict Society is an intriguing read that caught my attention from the very beginning. However, there are some slow parts in the middle that could have been edited out, which is my only complaint. The ending is wrapped up nicely with only a few loose ends so this book can be read as a stand alone. However, I will read the next book in the series. What's cute about the book is that it has a quiz at the end. Your results will tell you which main character you are most like. After taking it, my result reve

Book Review: Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, One Very Dead Corpse (Amanda Thorne Mysteries, #1) by David James

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Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, One Very Dead Corpse (Amanda Thorne Mysteries, #1) by  David James takes place in Palm Springs, California. Realtor Amanda Thorne is having the worst morning. Her car won't start, so she decides to ride her bike to her showing, only to crash into a cactus. Her day gets worse when she finally arrives at her listing to find a dead body in the house. This book, although entertaining enough, fell a bit flat for me. I liked the book well enough to continue reading to find out what would happen. However, there were quite a few things that bothered me.   Amanda Thorne's responses to certain situations were a bit of a stretch in believability as she was overly dramatic and emotional. I feel like the main character shouldn't have been written from a woman's perspective. On top of that, the amount of cursing in Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, One Very Dead Corpse was over the top, which typically doesn't bother me. However, I felt like it could have be

Book Review: Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger

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Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger introduces us the world of online dating, dating apps, and what might go wrong in this fictional thriller. Wren Greenwood thinks she has met the one through a dating app, but after several months of dating Adam Harper, he stands her up for dinner and disappears . . . his phone has been disconnected and someone else is staying in his apartment. Why has Wren been ghosted? This is the second novel I've read by Lisa Unger. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like Last Girl Ghosted because it started out extremely slow. However, once I got sixty or so pages into the book, it began to take off, and I couldn't put it down. If I didn't have to work the next day, I would've stayed up into the wee hours of the night to finish. Written mainly from Wren Greenwood's perspective, the story jumps back and forth between the past and present in a way that's done exceptionally well. Additionally, we do learn the backstory of the three w