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 Reviews 2019

The Stranger You Seek - It - The Devil's Tickets - Something Borrowed - The Book of Life - Clock Dance
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January 2019
  • The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, # 3) by Deborah Harkness
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
  • Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
  • Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  • Devices and Desires (Adam Dalgliesh #8) by P.D. James
  • Best Friends (Sweet Valley Twins, #1) created by Francine Pascal
  • Teacher's Pet (Sweet Valley Twins, #2) created by Francine Pascal
  • Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1) by Ann M. Martin
  • Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (The Baby-Sitters Club, #2) by Ann M. Martin 
  • The Haunted House (Sweet Valley Twins, #3) created by Francine Pascal
  • Choosing Sides (Sweet Valley Twins, #4) created by Francine Pascal
  • The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross
  • The Suspect (Kate Waters, #3) by Fiona Barton
  • Good Enough To Eat by Stacey Ballis
  • My Sister's Boyfriend (Changes, #9) by Katherine Applegate

February 2019
  • Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer
  • New Moon (Twilight, #2) by Stephenie Meyer
  • Eclipse (Twilight, #3) by Stephenie Meyer  
  • Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer 
  • Secret Vampire (Night World, #1) by L.J. Smith
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling  
  • Ted Kennedy The Dream That Never Died by Edward Klein
  • Temptation (The Secret Diaries, #1) by Janice Harrell  
  • Sneaking Out (Sweet Valley Twins, #5) Created By Francine Pascal
  • On My Own (Changes, #10) by Janet Quin-Harkin  
  • The Strange Power (Dark Visions, #1) by L.J. Smith
  • Wait Till Helen Comes:  A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn  
  • The Initiation (The Secret Circle, #1) by L.J. Smith

March 2019
  • After You (Me Before You, #2) by JoJo Moyes
  • No Easy Target by Iris Johansen

April 2019
  • Little Miss Stoneybrook . . . and Dawn (The Baby-Sitters Club, #15) by Ann M. Martin
  • Jessi's Secret Language (The Baby-Sitters Club, #16) by Ann M. Martin
  • Spying In High Heels (High Heels, #1) by Gemma Halliday  
  • Mary-Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery (The Baby-Sitters Club, #17) by Ann M. Martin
  • Killer in High Heels (High Heels, #2) by Gemma Halliday 

May 2019
  • Murder Buys A T-Shirt (A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery # 1) by Christy Fifield
  • Murder Hooks A Mermaid (A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery #2) by Christy Fifield
  • Murder Sends A Postcard (A Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery, #3) by Christy Fifield 
  • Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die Series, #1) by Danielle Paige  
  • Time's Convert (All Souls Universe, #1) by Deborah Harkness
  • The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson  
  • The Book Club Murders (Oakwood Mystery #1) by Leslie Nagel
  • Still Me (Me Before You, #3) by Jojo Moyes  
  • Runaway (A Changes Romance #4) by Marilyn Kaye

June 2019
  • The Hunter (The Forbidden Game, #1) by L.J. Smith
  • Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake, #3) by Rachel Caine
  • The Antique House Murders (Oakwood Mystery, #2) by Leslie Nagel 
  • The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1) by Jill Murphy 
  • Zoey Fools Around (Boyfriends/Girlfriends, #1 / Making Out, #1) by Katherine Applegate
  • Wish You Were Here: France by Robin O'Neill  

July 2019
  • An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
  • The Worst Witch Strikes Again (Worst Witch, #2) by Jill Murphy
  • The Advice Column Murders (Oakwood Mystery, #3) by Leslie Nagel 
  • Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz  
  • Heaven (Casteel, #1) by V.C. Andrews

August 2019
  • Winter Dreams Christmas Love by Mary Francis Shura

September 2019
  • The Girl In The Locked Room, A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Ocean City (Ocean City, #1) by Katherine Applegate  
  • Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby, #2) by Beverly Cleary  
  • That Night by Chevy Stevens
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White


October 2019
  • Suspect in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries, #10) by Gemma Halliday
  • Love Shack (Ocean City, #2) by Katherine Applegate 

November 2019
  • Sunset Island (Sunset Island, #1) by Cherie Bennett
  • Sunset Kiss (Sunset Island, #2) by Cherie Bennett 
  • Trash (Trash, #1) by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld
  • The Southern Girls (Pageant, #1) by Cherie Bennett 

December 2019
  • The Shining (The Shining, #1) by Stephen King
  • The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  • Happy Trails (Horse Crazy, #2) by Virginia Vail  
  • Good Sports (Horse Crazy, #3) by Virginia Vail
  • One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich  
  • Golden Girl (Sweet Dreams, #169) by Jane Ballard
  • The New Girl (Sweet Valley Twins, #6) Created by Francine Pascal   
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2) by Janet Evanovich  
  • The Dilemma by B. A. Paris


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