I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn’t imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I’d seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?
After all, I’ve always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don’t get me wrong, I like helping people—and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course…
I don’t remember ever being scared of monsters, whether in closet or not. However, my little one is currently having a similar problem though he is afraid of ‘cowboys’ (I don’t know how / why since he loves Toy Story!). This is why I was interested in this book, not because that I’m hoping it will give me some tips as to handle it, far from it, I was definitely hoping for some distraction, it hasn’t been easy.
And what a great distraction! Monster in My Closet was a light-hearted tale of otherworldly creatures. When Zoey was 5, she was scared of the monster in her closet. She’s in her late 20s now and has stopped believing in monsters until she found one (the one from her childhood) in her kitchen, drinking coffee, reading the paper and baking the most delish muffins. His name is Maurice; he’s been kicked out of home and needed a place to stay. Zoey has never been one to turn away those in need and thus begins the revelation of all otherworldly things for Zoey…
I love Zoey’s fun, bold & quirky sense of fashion! I wish I could carry it off myself but I think I’m going to have to stick with being ordinary. Zoey is kind generous and warm to all – but there is more to her than just the ‘ordinary’ human. At first, it seems that Zoey just can’t say ‘no’ but that’s because she has that extra sense which makes it hard for her to assert herself sometimes. As she discovers more of herself though, she is even more lovable than before.
The story is filled with a slew of otherworldly creatures (even including one Hot Reaper), many dead bodies, and one stinking demon. It’s a story to while away your day in the sun; it’s light, it’s fluffy, and it’s pretty much clean (ie. no steamy stuff). A good satisfying read for me.
Thank you Carina Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to view and review.
Note: There was one part where Zoey was setting up a date on a Saturday and then at the bottom of the page, she said that she has a date on Friday. As my copy was from Netgalley, this may be un-corrected proof at the time.