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: Hidden Beneath (Maine Clambake Mystery, #11) by Barbara Ross

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Hidden Beneath (Maine Clambake Mystery, #11) by Barbara Ross is the story about Julia and her mother Jacqueline attending a memorial service on Chipmunk Island for Ginny, who was an old friend of Jacqueline.  When something seems off at the memorial, Julia decides to delve into the cold case of Ginny, and in the process of the investigation, a murder takes place on the island.

Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington Books, for the Advanced Readers Copy of Hidden Beneath (Maine Clambake Mystery, #11) by Barbara Ross in exchange for my honest review.  I first became familiar with this series and author while reading a collection of short stories that included one from the Maine Clambake Mystery series.  I was excited when I was approved to read this newest book and was not disappointed.

This newest edition can be read as a stand alone as the author does a fantastic job of recapping the backstories of the characters from previous books in the series.  I found all the main characters to be incredibly likable.  With that being said, I didn't care for most of the supporting characters that were friends with Ginny.  They seemed very cliquey, which is something I don't expect of grown women, let alone ones in their sixties.

The story was entertaining, and I enjoyed the fact that there were two or three of different mysteries that were presented in the book.  Trying to figure out the connection between them was fun.  However, it did seem to take a bit too long to find out how it all connected together, but the story ended with a bang, which more than made up for any slow parts.  I had no clue as to the identity of the murderer, so that was a pleasant surprise.

Five out of five stars is what I gave Hidden Beneath (Maine Clambake Mystery, #11) by Barbara Ross.  The expected publication for this book is June 27, 2023.  I have a long wait for the twelve book in the series, so I'll tide myself over by reading the books that came before this one.

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