Pooka in My Pantry: A quirky, intriguing urban fantasy novel

Pooka in My Pantry: A quirky, intriguing urban fantasy novel

by R.L. Naquin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426895241
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 03/25/2013
Series: Monster Haven Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 151,442
File size: 783 KB

About the Author

Rachel writes stories that drop average people into magical situations filled with heart and quirky humor.

She believes in pixie dust, the power of love, good cheese, lucky socks and putting things off until the last minute. Her home is Disneyland, despite her current location in Kansas. Rachel has one husband, two grown kids and a crazy-catlady starter kit.

Come hang out: Twitter: @RLNaquin Facebook: /RLNaquin www.rlnaquin.com

Read an Excerpt

You help one monster in need, and everybody hears about it.

The recent appearance of various monsters and mythical creatures in my life took some adjustment. But no amount of flexibility prepared me to assist in the live birth of a sea serpent in my own backyard. That's a lot to ask of anybody.

My swimming pool looked like a major crime scene, and I was pretty sure bits of mucus mixed with dried blood flecked my hair. I'd probably have to take out a personal loan to cover the water bill once I took a three-hour shower, then drained and refilled the pool.

When the sea serpent appeared in my pool a month before, I had no clue what to do about it. Fortunately, Maurice, my resident closet monster, was quick on his feet. While I stood slack-jawed at the kitchen window, he ran to get Molly to be our translator. Fluent in all sorts of crazy creature languages ranging from house pets to gargoyles, Molly, the brownie, lived in a mushroom house in my backyard with her kids.

As it happened, she was unable to decipher a word of sea-serpentese.

Fortunately, a pygmy dragon with a nasty cold had recently spent his convalescence in my garage. Molly spoke dragonish, and Bruce, the dragon, spoke serpentese. Problem solved.

Except it took over three weeks to find Bruce, leaving us with no idea why a listless, snorting sea serpent had moved into my swimming pool. Communicating in pantomime with a creature that had no hands was futile, absurd and probably hilarious to watch.

When Bruce (via Molly) explained the situation, I did my best not to panic. The sea serpent was pregnant, but she could tell something was wrong. Naturally, she came ashore to my house for help, since everyone in the supernatural community seemed to think I had the answer to every problem.

I had no experience delivering healthy babies of any species. All I had to go on were basic anatomy and zoology classes in college, and a wealth of medical procedural shows on television. And yet, something inside me clicked when Frannie went into labor and the baby stopped moving. I jumped into the water without a thought for my spangled, dry-clean-only shirt, or for the discomfort of wet jeans and high tops. In hindsight, I should've at least kicked off my shoes.

I'm not sure how to describe the supreme ick factor of having both arms shoved up to the elbow inside a sea serpent's body. The baby was turned wrong, kind of folded in half and pointed to emerge center-first, rather than in a straight line with its head or tail facing the exit.

"Don't push, Frannie," I said. "I have to unfold the baby or it'll stay stuck."

Molly made a series of grunting snorts, which Bruce translated into a series of clicks and yowls. I felt the serpent relax around my squashed arms and wrestled the slippery baby into a better position. Another contraction hit and I stopped, waiting until I had more room to work.

The mournful cry from Frannie needed no translation.

When the contraction was over, I made another grab with one hand to hold the baby steady and pulled the head with the other. I'm not a dainty woman, but I'm not big enough to palm a basketball, either. That's what it felt like I was trying to do in there, only the basketball in question had eyes I needed to avoid poking, and it was covered in what felt like tapioca pudding.

I got a good grip on a dorsal fin at what I hoped was the back of its neck as the next contraction hit.


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Pooka in My Pantry: A quirky, intriguing urban fantasy novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, fun and light hearted read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable and imaginative.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
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 Leprechaun Mafia is targeting all the businesses in the area that are run by humans, but with ties tot the supernatural community and poor Zoey is having a very bad week.   Zoey is the kind of best friend anyone would want.  She is kind, tough, smart and just weird enough to make you laugh and shake your head in wonder what she will think up next.  I like that though she tries her best, a lot of the time, it is a group effort to get her out of the trouble she seems to find herself in.  She relies on her friends, and they know that they can rely on her in turn.  I gave this book 4 stars. 
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Zoey, an empath wedding planner is knee deep in the Hidden's world. She is surrounded by creatures that need her help. Her pool is occupied by a sea serpent, she has a live in closet monster, and don't get me started on the awesome skunk ape body guard that lives in the woods named Iris (I love Iris, now you know). Helping the Hidden is rapidly becoming the norm in Zoey's life. Yet when the leprechaun mafia rolls into town everything starts going down the drain. Zoey has to figure out how to fix things when everything could be on the line. Pooka In My Pantry is a strong follow up to Monster In My Closet. The series definitely needs to be read in order so the reader knows what certain creatures are and why they are there. The main reason I adore this series is that the characters come to life. I can easily picture what is going on and get sucked into the book. RL Naquin manages to bring a fresh perspective into the Urban Fantasy genre and I cannot wait for the next book.
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
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 that. So… We have a weird “watcher” who just gives me the creeps. But I loved that Riley and Zoey have an adult relationship with communication! YES!! And then Zoey’s got all the “others” to help. Then she’s struggling with balancing her human friends and keeping them unknowing about the supernatural world. Plus there’s some serious gangsta going on with the crazy Leprachauns. I mean there’s so much that I just love about this series! It’s fantastic! The author is now a new favorite. She is a wonderful writer. Plus she has skills of making her own story become real. She has created this amazing world. It’s beautiful to see it continue to unfold. I’ve become attached to the characters and I am in love with this series! GO NOW to get it!  because I say so, of course  5 FANTASTIC PAWS!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great books for an awesome series. 5 stars for each book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far I've read the first two of this series and am about to start the third. I only go from one book to the next on series that I completely enjoy and can't put down. If you enjoy magical stories, you'll enjoy this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this one better than the first one.
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Read them all
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I found this second book in the series more gripping and imaginative than the first, which I loved, so this says a lot. There are even more quirky and fascinating characters, some incredibly funny moments (how do you not laugh over The Leprechaun Mafia's name?!), and a little more romance. I really love this series and definitely recommend every book.
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