Sunday, February 28, 2016

S & S Review Ill Conceived Magic

Title - Ill-Conceived Magic
Author - R.L. Naquin
Series - Monster Haven #1.5
Genre - Urban Fantasy
Published - March 6th 2013
Format - Kindle

Empath and caretaker to monsters, Zoey Donovan, finds a package on her front lawn. It cries a lot and wears diapers. It also has horns, cloven hooves, and green skin.

Zoey and Maurice the closet monster look for the unlikely parents in a crazy attempt to bring together the mismatched family. A dangerous prospect, considering the family's hostile relatives.

Ill-Conceived Magic is a short story in the same world as the Monster Haven novels from Carina Press. It also includes a bonus first chapter of Pooka in My Pantry.

This story can be enjoyed without having read the novels. However, it fits chronologically between book one, Monster in My Closet, and book two, Pooka in My Pantry. Books one and two are available everywhere great digital books are sold. Look for book three, Fairies in My Fireplace, in September of 2013.

Zoey has just learned that she’s an empathy and care taker of the hidden supernatural beings. After all she’s currently living with her very own closet monster Maurice.  Just like any other day she arrives home from work only to find on the back steps a baby has been left and tasked with the challenge of figuring out what to do with her. Thanks to Maurice who’s able to point her in the right direction they may just be able to save the baby and find its parents. However she’s going to have to confront the families of the parents which may just prove to be deadly.

I love Zoey she’s one of my favorite characters in the urban fantasy world after all she’s a very unique character which I adore. I also really like Maurice but that could be in part that even if he is a closet monster he’s a good guy. We also have a glimpse of Iris as well as the gargoyle that’s temporarily staying with them.

 I can’t believe I didn’t read this one when it came out considering that Monster Haven is one of my favorite series. I love the concept for the supernatural world of the hidden living among the human and that Zoey just happens to have stepped into her mother’s shoes to take care of them. The characters are easy to connect with you can’t help falling in love with Zoey’s unique charm. This side story shows us a side of Maurice that doesn’t come out very often and show’s Zoey that he will do what has to be done to protect her. They make an excellent team and I’m not afraid to say I wish I had a monster in my closet also. I’ve enjoyed the author’s storytelling it’s a beautifully done short story that complements the series well. 

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