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: Christmas Mittens Murder by Lee Hollis, Lynn Cahoon, and Maddie Day

book review christmas mittens murder lee hollis lynn cahoon maddie day
A huge thank you goes out to NetGalley for giving me an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Christmas Mittens Murder, which is a collection of three novellas written by Lee Hollis, Lynn Cahoon, and Maddie Day.  I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was excited to be approved to read this book!


This particular novella was a fun read, and I enjoyed reading about Haley Powell and her friends trying to solve the latest mystery, which had me guessing.  It's always great to revisit characters that are so likable.  I haven't read a lot of books in this series, but overall, I have come to enjoy the storylines a lot, and this novella did not disappoint.  It's becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series, and I need to find more time to read more by this author.  Four out of five stars.


I haven't read any of the books in this particular series, so it took a while for me to really figure out who some of the characters were and how they were connected to the other characters in the story.  There really wasn't much backstory either, which was a bit confusing as well.  The overall story ended up being great once I figured out how the characters were related to one another.  Additionally, it was a little predictable.  I enjoyed it enough that I would like to read the first book in the series to give the series a fair chance.  Three out of five stars.


This novella is a prequel to a new series that brought in a guest character from another series by the same author.  The storyline was interesting enough and had plenty of red herrings.  With that being said, the ending felt a little rushed, and the motive a little unrealistic.  That aside, I am looking forward to reading the first book in the series because this novella was fun and entertaining.  Four out of five stars.

Overall, Christmas Mittens Murder by Lee Hollis, Lynn Cahoon, and Maddie Day was a fun, entertaining read that put me in the mood for Christmas.  Four out of five stars is what I give this book.

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