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Book Review – Demons in My Driveway (Monster Haven #5) by R. L. Narquin

ARC received in return for an honest review

Zoey Donovan Aegis and co-opted protector of all things supernatural is moving up in the Hidden world. Actually, she’s being drop kicked onto the front lines of a fight between the newly formed Cult of Imagination and Hidden governments everywhere.

The Cult is opening portals and unleashing demons, vampires and werewolves, growing closer to breaking the lock that holds back the zombie apocalypse with every world they crack open. Oh, and they want every last Aegis in the world dead, and a roving band of Hidden worshippers is only too eager to assist.

On the upside, Zoey finally has her mother back. But having another Aegis around one with very different ideas on how to run things is proving difficult. For their own safety, they’re stuck inside Zoey’s home. What was once a haven is now a prison, further straining maternal relations and alienating her reaper boyfriend. Taking down a cult and saving the world again would be a lot easier if she could go farther than her own driveway.  

Oh my goodness I do NOT know where to start! I’ve been an avid follower of this series since I first laid eyes on it. Zoey and her ragtag family of creatures have always kept me entertained and googling to learn more about the latest weird and wonderful mythical creature and this instalment proved to be no different.

If I were Zoey I would be feeling exhausted by now too. At the start of this book her life has pretty much imploded on a personal level. For a while I almost felt like I had missed an essential section? But pretty soon the story begins to explain itself, Zoey has a lot going on personally, especially between herself and her mother & boyfriend. There is baggage galore really… and it’s about time for it to be sorted out. This book does spend a lot of time on reflecting on relationships and consequences, I enjoyed being able to dig a little deeper into some of the characters and their motivations/interactions. The emotive side to this series was really forefront in this book, which made an interesting pace change to previous books. Perhaps this is the reason why I found this book on the more serious side to the last 4 books? There was definitely still the comedy and quirk that I’ve been obsessed with, but just not quite as much as previously. I did miss it, but you can’t fit everything in when there is a story begging to be told..

Now if having to deal with break ups and make ups isn’t bad enough, there’s also the small matter of it being almost the end of the world… Zoey isn’t the type to sit back and hide and she definitely isn’t the type to sit back and hide while everyone else is out fighting to stop the apocalypse. She has a conscience and a headstrong personality and she definitely puts them to use in this book. Trust me when I say when you realize how the end of the world could come about you’ll be just as shell shocked as Zoey was. I know I was, as I was reading I was shaking my head in disbelief… If you think you’ve encountered all of the monsters possible in this series, then you are SO wrong and I have to admit when I first got into the midst of this story line, with the portals and exactly what comes out of the portals I was a little unsure… but by the end (and especially at the very end) I actually ended up LOVING the concept. Like always, the quirky way that these (frequently over-used) monsters were dealt with really made all of the difference.

I know the next book in this series is meant to be the last and I have my heart hoping for a perfect conclusion to a series that has done an awesome job of building up its momentum. Now is the time to come down the other side and see where the cards have fallen. I am hoping for a big fat HEA, because this is the series which has Skunk-Apes and Unicorns and tiny Dragons, not to mention Closet Monsters and Brownies. By every universal rule, a series which has such whimsical beings, deserves to have flowers and rainbows at the end, I don’t feel like it’s too much to ask for! But I’ll be waiting with baited breath, that’s for sure.

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