Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 26th, 2010
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Boy-Girl
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: YA, Contemporary Romance, Christmas, Books about Books


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Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Continue reading

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7 Books to Read during the Holidays

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It’s almost that time of the year! I know we’re all anticipating it with much impatience. At least, I am. My mom is always making delicious meals and buying delicious desserts, so I really cannot wait. And so, in order to feel the magic of the Holidays a little more, I prepared for you a list of 7 books (in no particular order) I dare guarantee you will enjoy. Continue reading

Review: Blame It on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton

18776908Blame It on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: November 17th, 2013
Publisher: Eli Easton
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: New Adult, M/M Romance, Christmas, Contemporary, College, Novella


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When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they’re both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends.

It’s all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the ‘best kisser on campus.’ Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it’s done. After all, the physics department’s Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it’s almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn’t understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration.

Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand they can always blame it on the mistletoe. Continue reading

Review: A Christmas Carol

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: 1843
Publisher: Various
Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Classics, Christmas, Family, Ghosts

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In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England’s greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas. Continue reading

Review: When Santa Was a Baby

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This is the perfect Christmas gift for babies all around the world.

When Santa was a baby, he was different from the other babies. But these differences, these particularities didn’t make him strange; it made him interesting and memorable.

This was such a cute read. The illustrations are wonderful. I really like the style of the artist. She gave the story a feel of timelessness with her adorable drawings. Continue reading

Review: Reindeer Boy by Cassandra Jean

30621322Reindeer Boy by Cassandra Jean

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: December 20th, 2016
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Manga, Contemorary, High School, Christmas, Romance

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Quincy has the same dream every year on Christmas Eve – of finding a little boy holding a special gift for her under the tree – and every Christmas morning, she’s awoken to find a gift wrapped in tinfoil with her name on it…

When school resumes after the winter break, Quincy’s class discovers they have an unusual new transfer student named Cupid. Ridiculously cute and friendly, the new boy has everyone both enamored and confused. Those antlers can’t be real…can they?? With Cupid having seemingly set his sights on Quincy, it seems she’ll be having a memorable year indeed! Continue reading

Review: What Light by Jay Asher

29093326What Light by Jay Asher

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Christmas

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From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love. Continue reading