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Zoey Donovan is an Aegis, like her mother before her, a caretaker and safe-haven for the monsters and mythical creatures that live in hiding from the human world. In Golem in my Glovebox by R.L. Naquin, Zoey finds out she is the only remaining Aegis, all the rest have gone missing, so Zoey does the only thing she can think of–she sets out to find out what happened to them. In the midst of her searching she learns that her mother may still be alive, now Zoey must find her before someone captures Zoey as well.

I admit I love the Monster Haven series, a fun mix of fantasy, paranormal, romance, and humor. Golem in my Glovebox, was a great addition to the series. While you can read Golem in my Glovebox without having read the previous books in the series I do think it is less confusing if you read them in order (and you can come to love Maurice, the closet monster). While I love reading about Zoey and everything she goes through (I love her big as life heart) it is Naquin’s supporting characters that steal your heart without upstaging the main characters. Not always the easiest thing for an author to do. For example, I really want a Maurice to take care of me and Gris the Golem who is struggling to find his humanity (because he is a created nonthinking creature who has gained the ability to reason) is a fabulous addition to the series. Like I said, I recommend that you read the series in order for the best experience, they are all quick reads and well worth your time.

Monsters Haven Reading Order:

Monster In My Closet (you can read my review here)

Pooka In My Pantry  (you can read my review here)

Fairies in My Fireplace 

Golem in My Glovebox 

Demon in My Driveway ( October 2014)

Phoenix in My Fortune (2015)

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Title: Golem in my Glovebox

Author: R.L. Naquin

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 218

AISN: B00GKBIRM6

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: Aprile 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Pia-Saves-The-Day-Elder-RacesFor Pia and Dragos everything looked to be finally falling into place: most of the construction has been completed on their estate, they have moved in, and Peanut (their little boy) is growing by leaps and bounds. In Pia Saves the Day by Thea Harrison, everything that Pia loves is threatened when Dragos loses his memory. While memory loss is never a good thing, it is especially bad when that loss happens to one of the most powerful and oldest beings in the world. When it looks like Dragos is not going to be coming home anytime soon, Pia does the only thing she can, she goes out to find him.

Thea Harrison’s created world is both unique and intriguing and while I don’t usually enjoyed continued stories of main characters (part of the reason I don’t love Urban Fantasy and because I want characters to have their happily-ever-after without continuing to struggle again and again) I have really enjoyed the continued saga of Dragos and Pia. Pia Saves the Day is definitely NOT a stand alone novel. While you don’t have to read the entire series (some of those are novellas but still it is quite a few books) you DO need to have read Dragon Bound and Dragos Takes a Holiday before reading Pia Saves the Day.  At roughly 100 pages Pia Saves the Day  a a fun quick read but like I said, read the other books first (and Peanut Goes to School is super cute). I like all of Harrison’s Elder Races series and recommend you enjoy the entire series.

Elder Races Reading Order:

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Title: Pia Saves the Day

Author: Thea Harrison

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 101

AISN: B00L6Z2VPU

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Release Date: July 21, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

Follow Mr. Rally and his trusty sidekick as they dig all day in this read-along adventure! As he gets ready to dig, Mr. Rally counts his five different jobs for the day, and little ones can count with him while he makes his way across town.

Dig! is a cute construction story. I really like how the story rhymes but not obnoxiously so. There are certain phrases that are repeated throughout the story which makes it more familiar for the really young child being read to. In addition to being able to count the jobs Mr. Rally does, his dog gets a bone in each scene that will easily allow interaction of the child in finding where Lightning is getting the bones and counting them along with the counting of the jobs.

The art work is cute with several things going on on each page but not enough that it overwhelms the child and they can’t focus on specific items on the page.

Dig! is currently my son’s favorite book (he is eight months old), I have read it so many times that I can recite the entire thing by memory but he loves it. If I am reading him another book and Dig! is where he can see it, he will sit there and stare at Dig!, ignoring the book I am currently reading to him,until I pick it up and read it to him, he loves it that much.

digRating: Star 5copy

Title: Dig!

Author: Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha

Artist: Marc Rosenthal

Format: Board Book, Hardcover

Page Nos.: 30

ISBN: 978-0544173880

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

rural floridaPaige Morrison has had a rough few months, first she lost her job, then her boyfriend, and now she has been forced by her circumstances to move in with her retired parents who have moved to rural Florida. In Undone by Shannon Richards, Paige finds herself struggling to fit into the small town life of Mirabelle besides the difficulty of finding a job, but then she meets sexy mechanic Brendan and seems start to look up. But will she be able to overcome the secrets that lie between the two of them to finally accept the love she is looking for?

Brendan has always lived in Mirabelle and while he loves it he understands how the gossip and small town mentality can be difficult for someone like Paige, from a big city to adjust to. Brendan finds himself drawn to the artsy Paige with her sexy shoes and mouthy personality. But as the two of them drawn closer together will they be able to move beyond the secrets between them or will their love be undone?

Undone is the debut novel by Shannon Richard. I enjoyed it for the most part, the dialogue between Brendan and Paige was entertaining and the secondary characters in Mirabelle are entertaining if a bit sporadic in their behavior (her co-workers especially felt a little sporadic) but the set up of the small town and the cast of characters was well done. Genre wise I would put Shannon Richard in the same genre as Jill Shalvis or Mariah Stewart. I felt like the relationship between Paige and Brendan drug on a little long in the middle with a bit of unnecessary coverage of their dating (especially with a book that is 416 pages long). That being said, it was a fairly good novel and I plan on reading the next book in the series to see how Grace and Jaxson’s relationship works itself out. Undone does have its funny moments, like when Paige tells her nosy neighbor that she is regularly having orgies in the back shed (when really it is an art study where she paints). I feel like Undone should have a 3.5 star rating, not quite a four but better than a three but since I (and most review sites like Goodreads and Amazon) don’t have half-stars I am rounding it up to four.

You can read an excerpt here.

Country Roads Reading Order

Undone

Undeniable

Unstoppable

Unforgettable (release date TBA)

Rating: Star 4copy

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Title: Undone

Author: Shannon Richard

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 416

AISN: B00B73T1YA

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central)

Release Date: February 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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