Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Review: North Pole Reform School and Giveaway

Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse. Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom. She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him. But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas

Author: Jaimie Admans
Publisher: Self
Date of Publication: November 6th 2013
Source: For review
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**Suitable for older teens and upwards due to bad language.**
I received a free copy of this book from Oops I Read It Again courtesy of the author in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Jaimie!

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! 

 Charli x

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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  1. Thank you so, so much, Charli! I'm so pleased you liked it, especially given that you don't like Christmas books! That was such a lovely review too! My absolute favourite part of writing the book was Navidad's 'advice' and little sayings!

  2. This sounds like such a fun read! I'm always up for the quick and funny ones. I'm glad that it did a good job capturing the christmas time. I'll have to look out for it.Great Review!
    - Sunny @ A Sunny Spot Blog

  3. This is an awesome book! I think I need to add this to my Witner TBR! Fantastic review, as always, Charli :)


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