My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Publication: October 24th, 2017
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: YA, Paranormal, Romance
On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past. Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year, everything is about to change. . . .
I cannot believe Cynthia Hand wrote this book. Someone please tell me it’s actually a ghostwriter, because I can’t bring myself to imagine the author of the magnificent Unearthly series and co-author of hilarious My Lady Jane really writing this book full of clichés.
You’d think there wouldn’t be this many, given the original premise of a secret Christmas organization with the goal of ridding the planet of Scrooges. But oh, the characters are so stereotypical.
Actually, I expected Holly Chase to be a brat, seeing that that’s exactly why she became the Ghost of Christmas Past. She was selfish, spoiled and inconsiderate. That right there is the catastrophic recipe for a one-dimensional and stereotypical character.
While we are presented indeed with different facets of Holly Chase’s personality, now that she has learned her lesson and became an overall better (dead) human being, we never saw her change. We were only told she changed, and frankly, she is still arrogant as hell.
Then there’s Ethan, the love interest and the new Scrooge, who is super handsome, super rich and super spoiled also. That’s where I stopped reading. I many have only read 1/5 of the book, but that’s more than enough for me. Having read more than a thousand books in my life, I have learned a few things about myself and can now very early on determine whether a book is a winner or not.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase makes me feel embarrassed for Cynthia Hand who we know is an author of great talent. So what happened? Oh dear, what happened?
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