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Pooka in My Pantry

(Monster Haven #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,135 ratings  ·  109 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
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published March 25th 2013 by Carina Press (first published March 2013)
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
It is completely crazy after only two books, these characters already hold a place in my heart. They are just that fun and lovable. Heck, this series is just that fun and lovable.

I can't believe I waited so long to start them, especially knowing how fun they are. They have the right amount of humor, drama, and romance, not to mention action, to completely keep me entertained and turning the pages. Plus the mish mesh of supernatural creatures, some very uncommon and ones I haven't heard of befor
I learnt from this book that one truly does not want a pooka in their pantry. Those guys are nasty.

Zoey helps people and monsters alike - and her help is now needed more than ever. The Leprechaun Mafia is killing supernaturals, while Riley's boss is making life very difficult for Zoey. Will she survive the bad luck that seems to follow her everywhere?

The first Monster Haven book was a fun supernatural romp through a wacky urban fantasy world. It had some issues with plotting, not thoroughly mixi
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

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
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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."
Toria Bedell
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very good book and series! Can't wait for book 3. ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
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.
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, psychics
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! ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book certainly moves this whole larger story along in leaps and bounds. Definitely the turning point in the series, I am simply dying to know what happens next.

We join Zoey as she tries to find her place in this world filled with “hidden.” She’s just using her instincts and her empathic gift to get by, still hiding her secret life from her BFF. That possible love interest from the end of the last book, Riley? Well he stood her up. I’m mad at him on her behalf, but that is really the least
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Seriously Addictive Series
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-
Can I just say? The girl on the cover is gorgeous.

I don't know why but this book took me a while and a couple of days to get through it. I also don't know why I found parts of it to be boring when there was a lot of excitement.

Finally finally (emphasis on the last finally) she and Riley kiss. Something that Riley said that they needed to finally kiss I 100% agreed with. Their romance progression is so slow it drags more than a slow burn novel. We'll be lucky if they ever have sex by book 4 (or
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really, I would give this something closer to 4.5 stars. It's working it's way into my heart as a favorite. As I suspected after the first book, more questions are answered and more asked as the swirling mysteries around Zoey evolve and take shape. The second installment is just as much fun as the first and somehow manages to be more serious at the same time. As well written as the first, I expect the third to be just as much fun, answer more questions and ask new ones as well. This series is tr ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny, action packed with great quirky characters

I tried book 1 because the title drew me in. Now, I am hooked. So, first off I have this in both kindle and audio. If you like audio books, the narrator does a great job, her timing and voices are spot on for me. The first book really defined the primary characters and "hidden" world. This book continued world building while focusing on Zoey's "trial" and a string of bad luck. This book also gave me the first glimpse into the overall story arc of
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really liked this story. Things continue a short time after the first book and we get to see some more complications arrive in Zoey's life as well as some more folklore monsters/creatures. I like how each of the fairytale folk manage to have relevance to the story as it continues, so often in books like these secondary characters show up for no apparent reason, but its nice that there's purpose to each even if we haven't seen them all yet. I'm also glad that Zoey was able to get the close friend ...more
Charlene  Kaup
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful series!

I absolutely love this series! I laughed and cried for the characters. Fabulous plot with lots of twists and turns you will not see coming. I highly recommend this series and author.
Nancy D   Miz-Firefly aka Sparky
A lite fun read that kept me attentive and entertained
This is such a fun and lighthearted series. I'm really enjoying it so far! ...more
Sabina Bundgaard
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OBS! This review may contain spoilers for Monster in My Closet, so if you haven’t read it and still continue to read this review; I did warn you. Don’t come crying to me! :-)

There are times when I get a book and I sigh when reading. Because sometimes it’s just not what you expected and not good. And then there are the times where you stumble over a hidden gem and you submerge into the world the author created and when you finally get up for air, you look around and are surprised by the dark outs
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

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 o
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.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Pooka in My Pantry is the second in Naquin's Monster Haven series. As with Monster in My Closet, Pooka is an urban fantasy set in our world but with the idea that Hidden creatures (everything from brownies to gremlins to sea serpents) exist just out of sight.

It's never easy starting a new job, and for Zoey Donovan the weirdness level of her new role as caretaker for the Hidden has now come under scrutiny.

As an empath, Zoey is able to feel what others are feeling. It has made her a social worker
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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
A.K. Lindsay
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
After taking offense to the sexual abuse triggers in the first book of the series, I decided that I like the world, main characters, and writing style enough to give the second book a shot. I breezed through this book with its quirky, loveable heroine and funny side characters.

In this book, Sara finally learns about the paranormal world. (view spoiler)
Shera (Book Whispers)
Hello! The wack is back! Falling right back into the swing of things with the birth of a sea serpent, crazy mermaid kissing drunkenness (not the kind of mermaid you're thinking), and some Reaper pining. Ah, I love the smell of a kooky story.

Zoey has to watch it. She was supposed to die in the last book, and The Board of Hidden Affairs wants to fix that. Only Zoey could be bombed bad luck as a test. If she survives to the end of the week, she can live. Yet that means she has to forfeit her normal

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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Rachel is the author of the urban fantasy Monster Haven series from Carina Press. She believes in magic, the power of love, good cheese, lucky socks, and putting things off until stress gets them done faster at the last minute. Her home is Disneyland, despite her current location in Kansas.
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