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: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

book review remarkably bright creatures shelby van peltRemarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt is an unlikely story of how an octopus named Marcellus and a human named Tova Sullivan become the best of friends.  The book club I belong to chose it for our September discussion.  

To be honest, I really didn't have any interest in reading this book despite hearing rave reviews about it on Facebook.  There was so much hype about it, and I'm usually disappointed in books that are over-hyped.  Additionally, I just couldn't get past knowing that part of it was told from the perspective of an octopus . . . I don't know why it bothered me since Charlotte's Web by E.B. White was told from a pig's perspective, and I loved that book as a child.  However, I had my own preconceived ideas about the book, and I am so glad that I put those ideas aside and gave it a chance.  

Told from three different perspectives, the author did a phenomenal job of telling a story of an inconceivable friendship.  Don't worry, it isn't confusing.  At first, I wasn't sure how all three timelines were going to come together, and when the three stories eventually merged, I was in total and utter awe at how well the author brought it together.  Each of the three main characters had such an intricate background, and all three main characters were absolutely delightful.  

The author did a fabulous job making me care about all three of them . . . Marcellus, Tova, and Cameron.  Although the fate of Marcellus was predetermined from the very beginning, I didn't quite expect his death to happen the way it did . . . it was so bittersweet, and it makes me emotional just thinking about it now.  I know it's just a book, but I don't like it when an animal dies in a story.  Anyone else feel this way?

Even though I finished this story a few days ago, I'm still at a loss for words and don't quite know what to say about it other than I am so glad that I gave it a chance.  Please don't make the same mistake as I did . . . please put aside any preconceived ideas you might have about the story and give it a try.  You might just fall in love with it like I did.  Five out of five stars is what I gave Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt.

 

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