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Pooka in My Pantry (Monster Haven #2)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  562 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Zoey Donovan—empath, wedding planner, go-to girl for monsters with personal problems—has been marked twice for pickup by Death. On both occasions, Riley the smoking-hot reaper has refused to follow through. For his breach of protocol, Riley is now on probation. For her refusal to die on schedule, Zoey's right to live is challenged. She will have to undergo a life-or-death ...more
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Published March 25th 2013 by Carina Press (first published March 2013)
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I love this series! You can also read mine, and MLE's reviews on our blog.I couldn’t put this down, even on a work night I stayed up too late reading it. It was that good.Zoey is back again, and she is not a happy girl. Riley has been missing in action, a no show for their second, first date, and when he finally does call, he comes with trouble. A paper pusher bureaucrat with a bad luck spell, and a bad attitude.Now Zoey had enough in her hands with Maurice gone to see if he can patch things up ...more
This is again a series where its difficult for me to do reviews for. I have the same problem with the Kate Daniels series and Mercy Thompson. As the series goes on, there is just stuff happening that has to be read in order and I hate spoiling. So I'll keep it to the characters.

Zoey, I still love you. She is just so cute. We are now really starting to see her grow into her role. The one she never asked for. She is making some decisions that are long reaching. Before, she would just basically go
If Zoey thought the incubus problems were bad, then her new set of problems are going to be worse. Riley is on probation for saving her and Zoey is being investigated and tested to see if she is useful to the Powers that Be. If she is, she will be forced to work for them like her missing mother, if not she will be killed. The Leprechaun Mafia are in town demanding protection money from Zoey and her friends or death will follow, Maurice leaves to try and save his marriage and a bad luck pooka mov ...more
Anne Odom
The tone of this second book seemed to be more consistent with the Bad Things that happen in it -- as opposed to the first one that came across all light and fluffy, even though it was full of serial rape and murder.

- The leprechaun mafia - I felt they were a really great set of villains
- How bad luck was made deadly - some darkly creative scenarios there
- The pooka - another good "love to hate" character
- The reaper continues to grow on me
- Lucky boogers

Zoey may have fought off an incubus with the help of her friends but now she's drawn the attention of an even bigger enemy. With the Leprechaun Mafia in town Zoey soon finds herself suffering from a bad luck curse but they aren't just going after her, they are also targeting her friends and other Hidden members of the town and Zoey isn't going to let that stand. While fighting off the Mafia she's also worrying about Riley who is on probation since he saved her life on the two occasions he was su ...more
If last year, when I was reading the first novel in this series I was still unsure if I should dare to name it like this, now – after a sequel and a short story, I can say without doubt that A Monster Haven Story series is one of the best stories I’ve ever read!

I think this time, it’s not the action that grew my enthusiasm to maximum limits. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the action is not fascinating or that the plot is weak. On the contrary! But there are other reasons why these books
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
I've already purchased the 3rd audiobook, if that tells you anything. Totally did not end up how I thought it would. Quirky, funny, and just plain fun.

"Friends don't let friends get felt-up by the supernatural."
Okay people, I have run out of evens. I cannot go any further in this series. The fun voice is marred by the tonal inconsistency. It's hard to get into a happy story when people (and pets) are dying in gruesome, horrific ways. The heroine is not only completely incompetent but not proactive to the point where the plot nearly happens without her. She's incredibly powerful but doesn't know how to do what she does, she just does it. As of book two there is no sign of it getting better. On top of th ...more
Zoey Donovan continues to enchant me, as does Naquin and the way she spins such a fun story while incorporating underused, super fun creatures in her Monster Haven series. Leprechauns, pookas, brownies, closet monsters. All fun, all different, all instrumental in making this such a great series for me.

In this installment, Zoey is facing one of her biggest adversaries - bad luck. There isn't much one can do about bad luck, especially when you have an invisible bad luck rune painted on your hand.
Even though there were less of Zooey's 'house guests', I enjoyed it even more than the first in this series. The ending of this book has set up an intriguing storyline for the next in the series!
Not as good as the first one and zoey constant self flagellation (yep EVERYTHING is your fault !!!) got quite old after a while.
Loved the leprechaun mafia and the gremlins though.
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Toria Bedell
Very good book and series! Can't wait for book 3.
I am really enjoying this series and I am so glad that I am finally getting a chance to read it. I really love Zoey and all of her Hidden friends. While there were a ton of laugh out loud moments in this book, I felt like it was also a lot more serious than the first book. For a book that boasts a lot of ridiculous accidents, a leprechaun mafia and a trip to see the board that governs the Hidden, there were some pretty somber moments and some angry ones too.

Zoey learns a lot about who she is, wh
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This book was totally enjoyable, almost as good as the first! The style kept to the light and fun formula that made me a fan first time round. Nothing too heavy or too complicated, which is certainly the charm of this series. It’s reading for pure enjoyments sake and I’m definitely not above that! We get to see our favourite closet monster, Maurice again and I love how Zoeys relationship with him is deepening. We also see the other usual suspects; R
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
This book was better than the first. Because now that we are all aboard the wacky supernatural train that is Zoey's life, we are zooming full speed ahead. The governing board of the Supernatural Community has their eye on Zoey and are waiting for her to either prove she is an Aegis or for her death to catch up with her, all the while spying on any time that she and Riley have together. Problem is, Zoey doesn't know what an Aegis is or how to prove or disprove she is one. Add in the fact that the ...more
I was so charmed after reading "Monster in My Closet" that I have been anxiously awaiting "Polka in My Pantry." Out story begins a few months after the previous story ended. Maurice, the monster chef has received a shoe from his wife, Pansy, signifying that she wants a divorce. So, he decides he will ho to her in an attempt to win her back. Although Zoey is sad to see him go, she loves him enough to want to see him happy.

When Maurice leaves, a Pooka appears and takes up residence at Zoey 's hous
Pooka In My Pantry starts off a few weeks after the end of Monster In My Closet. Zoey is more comfortable in her own skin around the Hidden and right off the bat, we witness her help a sea serpent give birth in her swimming pool.

What Zoey doesn't know yet is that her life is about to get much more complicated. Her fledgling romance with a reaper was cut short when he stood her up and disappeared. When he comes back with another reaper in tow set on making sure Zoey doesn't escape death again, t
All Things Urban Fantasy
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I loved the previous book in A Monster Haven Story series, MONSTER IN MY CLOSET and POOKA IN MY PANTRY firmly places this series in my top favorites. Zoey is a absolutely quirky and delightful character. Seeing her try to adjust to life as a helper of Hidden Creatures is really fun and leads to a variety of amusing situations that had me constantly laughing. Aside from the assorted Creatures Zoey deals with in POOKA IN MY PANTRY, the plot is wonderfully
Yolanda Sfetsos
This book was just as much FUN as the first one. I'm really loving this series. So much that it's fast becoming one of my fave UF series! And the covers are SO cute. Love 'em.

Zoey is a wedding planner, but she's also recently discovered that she's an empath, and her house has become a safe haven for monsters in need. She's dating a reaper--Riley--who refused to take her soul twice. Now, he's on probation, which means she's also been marked with bad luck and must survive the trial.

But of course t

POOKAH IN MY PANTRY --- Now that sounds a bit naughty doesn't it!

The poor heroine in this book just can't get laid! hook-up with her guy. They have every intention of getting some skin on skin, and they even come close, but they don't seem to, um, get right down to it. Sadly.

Either someone wants her dead, or she's been stood up, or there's and emergency. How's that song go? [She] "Can't Get No Satisfaction!" So while the steamy intent is there the lack of
I'm very happy to say that RL Naquin's follow-up to her first book, Monster in My Closet, is just as quirky, emotional, and sweet. In the first book, Zoey was thrown into the world of the Hidden without an operating manual and stumbled along as best she could while trying to get her bearings. In this book, she still hasn't a clue what is going on most of the time, but her sweetness, heart, and grit really shine through. Because she cheated death in the last book, in this book, the agency that go ...more
I had such a fun time reading the first book that I really couldn’t resist when I saw book #2 was on Netgalley.

I still love Zoey’s fun, bold & quirky fashion. She loves to dress to her taste and yet, there were times where she was also self-conscious and that’s really something all women can relate to. Her compassion and empathy was fully played in the first book but now, we get to see her strength and courage as she fought for what she believes.

This book continues on a few months after the
My thoughts:
I loved this book! It was my first R.L. Naquin story and I am thrilled to say it won't be my last. I am reading Monster in My Closet next. I know that is out of order, but it happens.
I'm not sure where to start with my thoughts on the story - how original it is? How great the characters are? How wonderfully written it is? What a fantastic storyline/plot it has?
There were parts that I felt were written just for me. I can't count the number of times I have heard, "You'll eat real
Kristy Centeno
Going along with my policy of not spoiling the book for potential readers, I will only state the reasons why I enjoyed this read.
Well, there’s a lot I could say about this book, but out of respect for those who have not read it yet, I will not. However, I will say that this was definitely one crazy, mixed up story that kept me highly entertained and under its constant spell.
During the first few pages I kept thinking, “What in the world is going on here?” I mean, sea serpents, monsters, skunk-ape
I almost hate that I signed up for an author interview. Because I loved this book, it is a fiver. I just tend to give five star reviews with author interviews on blog sites the side eye ya right…But gosh darn it I am now one, so commence with the side eye. I loved Pooka in My Pantry the second, in A Monster Haven series. You can’t go wrong with a funny Urban Fantasy in my book…well you can but R.L. Naquin didn’t. All the characters from the first book in the series, A Monster in My Closet are ba ...more
I was eagerly awaiting the sequel to Monster in My Closet and R.L. Naquin did not disappoint. I literally did nothing on the day it was released other than reading.

All the characters that I came to know and love from the first book made an appearance in the sequel, with some added "crazies" thrown into the mix. I loved Zoey and Riley even more than in the first book, and they exhibited some common sense I rarely see in romance leads. Actually, this is not even a romance book to begin with, but
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You'd think finding out you're an empath and monsters are real, then dispatching a deadly incubus and saving the lives of countless women would have granted wedding planner extraordinaire Zoey Donovan at least a small reprieve from the crazy, but no. No such luck for the intrepid helper of the Hidden. Between delivering sea monster babies and doling out love advice to closet monsters, keeping half her life a secret from her best friend, and pining for her missing sorta-
Maghon Thomas
I knew jumping straight into book two from book one would be awesome! It’s a fantastic series!! Zoey’s like the supernatural neighborhood helper. This is a completely fascinating series to me.
Plus I love that it’s also hilarious while having serious moments for conflict and drama. It’s a wonderful series and I really can’t wait for book three!!

Zoey’s seriously got a lot on her plate. Her and Riley were having issues, maybe because of his awesomeness, but the “powers that be” have a problem with
Mandy Sickle

I received Pooka in My Pantry in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. Pooka in My Pantry is the next installment in A Monster Haven Story series. After everything that happened in book one you would think Zoey would have a chance to deal with being a monster magnet and being an empath. Maurice has received divorce papers and decides to return home to see if they can try one more time to make it work leaving Zoey alone. As if that’s not enough she’s now
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Other Books in the Series

Monster Haven (6 books)
  • Monster in My Closet (Monster Haven, #1)
  • Fairies in My Fireplace (Monster Haven, #3)
  • Golem in My Glovebox (Monster Haven, #4)
  • Demons in My Driveway (Monster Haven, #5)
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