Review: The Afterlife of Holly Chase

We’ve all heard A Christmas Carol. It’s a classic. There are a hundred different remakes of the story. But what happens when you get to live it? What happens when you’re the Scrooge?

34322944Holly lives a charmed life. Her dad is a well-known director in California. Her stepmom is a designer to the stars. Holly wants for nothing. Until Christmas Eve night when she is visited by three spirits: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmases Yet to Come. But Holly doesn’t believe. All of it’s fake, right? Which is why Christmas morning, she finds herself hit by a car and her afterlife has begun…as Ghost of Christmas Past at Project Scrooge. She takes her sentence like a champ and six years later, she’s actually good at her job. That is, until this year’s Scrooge is announced and Holly finds herself breaking the rules just to see the Scrooge outside of work.

In a brilliant re-telling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Cynthia Hand perfectly portrays the classic characters in a new and unique light. When I first picked this up, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to fall into the story and get caught up in the lives of the characters. I enjoyed the fact that I could never tell quite how the story would end. Would Holly succeed in saving this Scrooge? Would her choices screw it all up and Project Scrooge would fail? Hand dazzles with her story-telling abilities and her imaginative plot. I want to read this book again and again!

This book was simply amazing. One that could be read anytime of year and still have the same impact: what are we doing with what little time we’ve been given?

Foreverafter: An Odd Adventure

Every now and then, you just need a light read. Something quick but still interesting. Ebooks have definitely turned into that for me. On average, it takes me about two days to finish them (because I usually only read them in the afternoons).

Foreverafter: An Odd Adventure has been sitting on my Kindle for over a year now. I finally decided to read it and was pleasantly surprised by how quick of a read it was. All in all, it took me about 2 hours to finish. Perfect for any middle-schooler to enjoy!

img-0842Audrey, otherwise known as Odd, is tired of being bored. Living with her mother in a town where nothing happens, the only adventure she finds in her life is whenever her friend Kite visits. Kite ran away from the circus and every little bit makes his way to Odd’s town to tell her of his stories and perform a few tricks for the locals. But one day, his small performance is overshadowed (literally) by a floating island that has suddenly appeared.

Seeing her opportunity for adventure, Odd drags Kite to board the island and see what’s in store. But suddenly, they find themselves in a totally different world and must make their way home in a strange and sometimes weird land.

Do you ever read those books that after you’re finished you just sit back and think “what”? That’s basically what it was like reading Foreverafter. While it definitely kept my interest and the characters were unique, I found myself feeling like my brain had been scrambled by it all simply because of the strangeness. There is a podcast my husband enjoys listening to called Welcome to Nightvale. This book reminded me of a mixture of that podcast and a bit of Alice’s Wonderland.

K.J. Quint has definitely got me hooked as I would love to see how Odd and Kite find their way out of this strangeness and if they even make it back home.