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The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

I had uber high hopes for this book. There had been a lot of buzz about it, so I picked up a copy while I was at ALA Annual conference 2016. Even though it released in October, I wanted to save it for the holidays. I wanted to let it get me into the spirit. The title, The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, is as close to saying that it’s for Christmastime without actually saying it.

That plan only succeeded half way. Yeah, I saved it for the Christmas season, hoping to get all snuggly with it. However, this book was extremely depressing.

On one hand, you could say that this means the authors knew how to express emotion.

Or, you could say that this is not a cuddly Christmas time story. There were so many pros and cons to this story! I keep wildly flipping between wanting to give it four stars, or 3.5.

I can’t decide.

Because the emotions of it all were fabulous. It dealt with hopes, let downs and personality changes that occur after traumatic events. (or at least after massive life-changes). So that part was super touching, because I’ve been through some of that…

Except, I kept wanting to smack the crap out of both of them for their crappy attitudes.

At one point, Lily decides to go to the island and then she doesn’t tell anyone that she’s leaving. Which is fine, except everyone freaked out because she’s been acting strange.

Not only does she leave, but SHE STAYS GONE. She randomly walks into a bakery and starts decorating gingerbread and just ends up crashing there. Overnight. It goes on a bizarre bunny trail, ending with frosting an orgy gingerbread scene. Um…okay?

I know depression makes you do odd things, and makes you not care…about anything….

But it just came from out of left field so fast that it felt odd and out of place for the book.

So, what I’m thinking/feeling about this book? CONFLICTED. It had a cutesy ending, where everything was tied up in a string (but not in a sudden, weird way…).  It was hilarious when the librarians ended up with injuries after slipping on glittery ice (and Dash ended up with an eye patch…)

Soo….I liked it? 4 stars? Yes? Why am I asking myself so many questions?

I definitely think it should come with the warning that it does have its depressing thoughts.

I’m extremely prone to getting depressed around Thanksgiving/Christmas. So that may be another reason I was so affected by Lily’s emotional state.

I’d don’t know if I’d recommend it for Christmas/wintery fun. It has it’s perks. So I’d recommend it for those who don’t mind a side of depression with their eggnog.

The Boy Next Door

FAN-TAS-TIC.

The Boy Next Door was a perfect winter read (I happened to read it just before Christmas). At first, I was skeptical that this was going to turn out kind of….chintzy. But it starts with a sweet and short prologue (I’m not a huge fan of prologues, but this one was ok).

Then it heads off directly into the drama. But, not immediately to her relationship drama with Gabe. It starts with an ice dancing couple arguing. (this couple dates each other off the ice)

This other couple was an excellent touch for the book, because it brought the reader closer to Gabe’s fears. He fears that if he starts dating Maddy, that they’ll end up like this other couple. Bickering all the time, and with a dead career in skating.

I got engrossed, fast. Perhaps another reason for that was DUAL POV. YAS. I can’t resist male POV. It’s inexplicably refreshing

And here, we have the obligatory misunderstandings and physical chemistry. This is potentially one of the steamiest YA’s I’ve read.

There are secrets and overheard conversations…mistaken identity… It was all so well balanced.

There were only two points that made me rate this a four star instead of five.

Maddy.

I liked her well enough, but there was a lot of flaws and drama surrounding her, and yet none of it was her own.

I mean, there was drama that involved her. Like with her father and her Gabe and skating… but as far as personal, inner flaws went, there weren’t any. Not any real flaws. Not like Gabe’s fear of commitment or fear of losing control. No flaws that interfered with her life in an equally extreme sense.

The second, would be descriptions.

What made me dock the star, was because there was a lot of skating terms used, which weren’t described. It would have been better if there had been more descriptions of the moves.

I love watching ice skating, but I don’t get to do it that much. I couldn’t remember any of the moves names. Which meant that when the scene was playing out in my head, it was sparse due to lack of identification. I couldn’t picture exactly what was happening during their skates.

There were some fabulous descriptions elsewhere. (like describing the cold of the rink, which made me feel physically cold. Holy great writing batman!)

Some of my favorite parts were of course in Gabe’s POV. His POV was a bit sparser, coarser. It’s a texture of voice that I adore.

I’m keeping my copy and will be re-reading it every Christmas to feel the winter spirit. I’d absolutely recommend this to older YA readers.

Until Midnight

This novella was adorable. I finished it really late at night (well, like 1 in the morning) in December. It put me in the mood for Christmas, and also made me feel warm and fuzzy about one of my favorite YA couples. Although it does end on somewhat of a sad note because of Aelyx’s departure.

2015 YA Debut
Author Bash ~
Marie Marquardt

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