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 Perfect Staging for Murder (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery, #7) by Kathleen Bridge

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The Perfect Staging for Murder (Hamptons Home & Garden, #7) by Kathleen Bridge opens with the final scene television show called Mr. & Mrs. Winslow being filmed when an argument ensues between the screenwriter and the director.  A few days later, the director is murdered at the wrap party.  Did the screenwriter kill the director, or was it someone else?

Thank you to NetGalley and Beyond The Page Publishing for the Advanced Readers Copy of The Perfect Staging for Murder (Hamptons Home &Garden, #7) by Kathleen Bridge.  I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review, and I was excited to read it.

Since I hadn't read any of the other books in the series, I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep up with all the characters and get to really know them.  However, the author did a fabulous job of summing up the backstories of all the different characters so I didn't feel like I missed anything from prior books in the series.  I ended up liking several of them, and now I want to read the rest of the books that came before The Perfect Staging for Murder.

There was a couple of big twists that I didn't see coming, but one of the twists explained why two of the characters were getting close to each other.  I loved the fact that the book revolved around the television industry since I grew up in the industry.  I also enjoyed learning a little bit about the area as I don't really know much about the Hamptons.

The Perfect Staging for Murder (Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery, #7) by Kathleen Bridge was the first book I've read by this author, and it certainly won't be the last.  I enjoyed this cozy mystery a lot because it let me escape reality for a bit.  Four out of five stars.
 

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