Title: Monster in My Closet
Author: R.L. Naquin
First published July 30, 2012
209 pages, ebook
ISBN: 9781426894138 (ISBN10: 1426894139)
I never thought I’d come across a monster in real life. But when I found Maurice, a friendly monster baking muffins in my kitchen, I knew I had to help him.
As it turns out, Maurice wasn’t the only supernatural being in need of my assistance. My ability to sense the emotions of others has made me a target for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy.
With brides dropping dead left and right, I must use my powers to defeat the demon before he targets another innocent victim. As my home becomes a safe house for the supernatural, I must learn to focus my abilities and protect those in need.
Can I stop the demon before it’s too late? Find out in this thrilling book, with 77,000 words of heart-pounding adventure.
About the Author
Meet Rachel, the creative mind behind the captivating urban fantasy series, Monster Haven, published by Carina Press. Rachel’s world is filled with magic, love, good cheese, and lucky socks.
She’s a fan of procrastination, claiming that the pressure of a looming deadline is all the motivation she needs. Despite living in Kansas, her heart belongs to Disneyland.
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In Monster in My Closet, R.L. Naquin creates a witty and enchanting world where supernatural creatures coexist with humans. Naquin has a unique voice that sets her work apart in the urban fantasy genre.
Her prose is conversational and snappy, making it accessible to a wide range of readers. Naquin shows a great deal of care in her characterizations, breathing life into each creature in her world, no matter how minor.
She has a real talent for creating lovable and relatable protagonists. The plot follows Zoey Donovan, a young woman who is thrown into the world of supernatural creatures when she discovers a monster in her closet.
The novel is primarily set in St. Paul, Minnesota, where Zoey works as a graphic designer. Zoey is a charming heroine with a quick wit and a deep sense of empathy.
She’s a perfect conduit for readers, allowing them to explore Naquin’s quirky world alongside her. The book’s biggest strength is the endearing relationships between Zoey and the creatures she encounters.
From the awkward but lovable monster in her closet to the handsome incubus she develops a crush on, Naquin imbues each relationship with a sense of genuine warmth and affection. There’s a strong sense of community in the story; Zoey and her supernatural friends are always there to help each other out of tight spots.
The pacing of the book is excellent, with the plot moving along at a brisk pace. However, the main plotline could have been fleshed out a bit more.
The book is focused on Zoey’s relationships with the supernatural creatures around her, but the overarching plotline, which revolves around a killer on the loose, takes a back seat. While the plot is engaging, the book’s focus on character means that some of the mystery and suspense elements feel underdeveloped.
Overall, Monster in My Closet is a delightful romp through a supernatural world that is full of heart. Fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romance will appreciate Naquin’s accessible writing style and endearing characters.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. While the book’s plot could have been stronger, Naquin’s engaging writing style and lovable characters make it a worthwhile read.