Author: Jaimie Admans
Date of Publication: November 6th 2013
Source: For review
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**Suitable for older teens and upwards due to bad language.**
Normally, I hate Christmas books. I'm a person that hates the crass commercialism of Christmas, and I'm not Christian; I'd probably in the reform school myself! But, I loved it, a humorous interpretation of the festive period that makes you wonder about what really goes down in Lapland.
I adored the characters of the book; they were all moulded, down to the elves, so well that I felt like I had a relationship with each and every one. Mistletoe, as the protagonist, was cute and her dry humour reminded me of myself. And, for the record... Luke is mine! Yet another book boyfriend to add to the list... The relationship development of Luke and Misty was flawless, too. Throughout the whole of the book they had their little interactions and we see hints of Misty's thoughts about him.
As I mentioned before, I loved the interpretation of Christmas; anyone who had spoilt Christmas for someone would go to the North Pole and experience all the work that goes into it. My favourite quote in the book has to be the one about Rudolph's representation within the world and how he was treated:
"That’s Rudolph.” “Really?” I stand back and watch him chewing the carrot. I’m disappointed that his nose isn’t glowing. “I thought he’d have, like, a penthouse suite of his own or something,” Luke says. “Isn’t he a bit of a diva? He is the most famous, after all.” “Reindeer pay no mind to media attention.” Winter seemingly misses the fact Luke was joking. “Rudolph is no different to the other reindeer, apart from a glowing nose of course, but he doesn’t get any preferential treatment, and I’d appreciate it if you kept it that way!"
As a non-religious person who does celebrate Christmas, I loved the slant within the book that not everything is actually as it seems.
The thing that made this book special to me besides the slant of the book, was the little phrases such as "every cloud has a marzipan lining, after all". I thought these little touches made the book special.
A quick, humourous read, this book is perfect for the Christmas season as a thought-provoking read!
About Jaimie Admans
Jaimie is a 28-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She has been writing for years but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. Afterlife Academy is her third novel and she hopes you enjoy it. There are plenty more on the way!
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