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

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 Island by Natasha Preston

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The Island by Natasha Preston opens with teen influencer Paisley receiving an invite to Jagged Island, a resort and amusement park, for all expense paid weekend along with five other teen influencers in exchange for them posting their experience on their social media platforms.  However, none of them expected there to be a killer among them and no way to get off the island.

A huge thank you goes out to NetGalley, Random House Children's, and Delacorte Press for approving my request for the Advanced Reader's Copy of The Island by Natasha Preston.  I was thrilled to be chosen to receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review.  The cover and synopsis of the book intrigued me right away, and I just knew I had to read it.

Reminiscent of Diane Hoh, Natasha Preston weaves a fascinating tale that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from the get go.  I desperately wanted to take time off from work to finish the book in one sitting, but I had to settle for reading after work.  Yes, this story was that phenomenal.  I had my favorite characters, ones that I didn't like, and a few that I wasn't sure I could trust.

Not sure who the killer was, I was positive that there were at least two of them working together, and I was correct.  However, I didn't work out who the primary killer was until they were revealed. Additionally, I didn't fathom who the second one was, and I was in complete and utter shock when the identity of that person was divulged.

The one thing that I absolutely loathed was the ending.  Because of how the story concluded, I was a bit disillusioned.  Up until that point, it was a near perfect read for me.  I'd be interested to see how other readers felt about this book.  Four out of five stars is what I give The Island by Natasha Preston.

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  1. The more I read the book the more confused I was to who the killer was . Everyone was sus 😂 Loved the book . But I didn’t like the ending 😢


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