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: Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum, #26) by Janet Evanovich

Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum, #26) by Janet Evanovich opens with Grandma Mazur planning a funeral for her second husband, gangster Jimmy Rosolli. Although she's receiving a lot of attention as a widow, not all attention is the same. Jimmy's business partners are emphatic that Grandma Mazur has his keys and won't stop until they get them from her. Stephanie Plum, Grandma Mazur's bounty hunter granddaughter, is sure she'll have no trouble finding Jimmy's keys, but instead, she finds herself in deep trouble.

Like the majority of the other books in the Stephanie Plum book series, I found Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum, #26) to be very entertaining and fun to read, even with it following the same formula as all the others in the series. However, it seemed as though this particular book was possibly ghost written, and there are a few reasons that made me think so. 

Usually, Stephanie has issues with apprehending her fugitives, but right off the bat, she nabs two or three of them without incident or assistance from Ranger and his men. Stephanie also is seriously unhappy with her career as a bounty hunter and asks Ranger his thoughts on her changing careers. She also is seriously considering being in a committed relationship and getting married.  Another thing that threw me for a loop was that Stephanie had a Mac computer, and those tend to be a bit expensive, so I was surprised she'd have an Apple product with her funds being so limited. On top of that, Grandma Mazur's personality is a bit off in this book along with Ranger's because he actually eats some sweets.

With that being said, I actually liked that Stephanie was much better at her job and seemed a bit more mature. Both Joe Morelli and Ranger seemed more developed and not so two dimensional, which was refreshing. There were moments while reading Twisted Twenty-Six that I found myself laughing out loud, and I loved the fact that this edition had a small cliffhanger at the end.

All in all, I really enjoyed Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum, #26) by Janet Evanovich, and I gave it four out of five stars.  I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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