book review

Book Review: Merry Kissmas To You by Jenni Jennings

merry kissmas to youBook: Merry Kissmas To You
Author: Jenni Jennings
Age & Genre: YA contemporary

(I was sent a free copy of this book by the publisher for review)

Milly, Robert and Sam usually love Christmas. But this year, they’re all out of joy. Milly is worried about her dad. Sam is desperately trying to avoid her ex, Nadia. And Robert is convinced he’s destined to always fall for girls who don’t like him back. As their high-school’s Christmas Snow Ball approaches, they are all out of festive fun. But as the snow starts falling and the sleigh bells ring, maybe it’s not too late for a sprinkling of Christmas sparkle after all… Will each of them get their magic moment under the mistletoe?

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Merry Kissmas To You is such a cosy festive filled book that I really enjoyed reading. This book is centred on three friends on the build up to Christmas as they each try to deal with their own problems.

There are multiple povs in this book as it focuses on Milly, Robert, Sam and Laurence and I feel like the multiple povs made this book feel like such a quick read and also gave each character more depth. I also thought it was interesting that we get Laurence’s pov too since he isn’t a part of the group of friends initially.

The characters felt so real and I loved how Milly, Robert and Sam all got along and I enjoyed reading about them video calling each other when they needed to update each other on what happened that day. You can really feel how close they are as friends through the writing.

I liked how the book discussed the financial worries that people have like Milly and her family and how it shows the other side with Laurence who has a lot of money but is also having a rough time of his own. I liked their romance and how they each try to open up to each other but also find it hard to open up since they fear the judgement of other people. I also really enjoyed Sam and Robert’s povs and how they each have their own things they are focused on too.

Overall I really enjoyed Merry Kissmas To You. I liked how real the characters felt and I loved the Christmas backdrop of the story and the cosy festive feelings it gave off. It’s definitely a perfect book to get you in the Christmas spirit as it describes the Christmas holidays so well.

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Cosy Christmas Book Tag

I thought I’d do another Christmas tag here on my blog and I saw this one and it looked like fun. This is the cosy christmas book tag and you can find a link to the original video of it here.

QUESTIONS:

1. Twinkling lights – What is the most beautiful book you own?

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth – I don’t know if I would say this is the MOST beautiful book I own but it’s definitely one of them, I really like the cover and the end pages.

2. The perfect tree – Will you pay more to get the prettiest edition of a book?

No, unless there is only a very small price difference between an average edition of a book and a really pretty/special edition of a book.

3. Build a snowman – Make a Christmas book stack (colour or theme).

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I posted this picture either last year or the year before on my instagram (kylaslibrary) of a book snowman.

4. Crackling fire – What book makes you feel warm and cosy?

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Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie.

5. Knee high socks – What is the longest book you’ve read?

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I think the longest book I’ve read is Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon, which is nearly 1200 pages long.

6. Ugly sweaters – What’s the ugliest book you own?

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I didn’t really know what book to choose for this question so I decided to just choose a book that I read this year that I didn’t like and it also has a cover I dislike too, which is Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno Garcia.  I wouldn’t say this was the ugliest book I own because I do like the colours on the cover but I’m choosing it because its one of my most recent disliked covers.

7. Blizzards – A book set in winter, or a book that gives you the chills/has dark themes.

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A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood. This book doesn’t give me chills and it doesn’t have dark themes but it is set during the winter months and the characters even get snowed in.

8. Home for the holidays – For the rereaders out there, are there any books that feel like “going home”?

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The Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare – I feel very attached to the Shadowhunter world and I always love delving back into this world.

Have you read any of these books?
What books would you pick for these questions?

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Tis The Season Book Tag

I love doing book tags and I’ve been seeing this one about and I thought I’d do it. Here is a link to the original video of ‘Tis the Season Book Tag’. I didn’t realise until I was almost done picking my answers for this tag that the books I picked for my answers all have blue on the cover so now I have a blue themed Tis The Season book tag.

QUESTIONS:

1. Do you have a favourite Winter read?

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I didn’t really have a specific book in mind for this question but I just finished reading A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood and loved it and I think this is such a perfect book for winter.

2. Find a book with blue on the cover!

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A Snowfall of Silver probably suits this question too but I decided to choose Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron instead.

3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree?

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The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum. This is one of my favourite books of this year and I chose it because it has the word star in the title.

4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a Winter vacation!

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There is a fictional land in The Oremere Chronicles by Helen Scheuerer called Havennesse that was described as being a very snowy and wintry. I think the characters went there in the second book, Reign of Mist.

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your Winter vacation!

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Tori from The Guild Codex: Spellbound series. I love Tori’s personality so I think she’d be a lot of fun to go on winter vacation with.

6. Name one book on your Wishlist this year!

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Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May.

7. Favourite Holiday drink, treat, & movie?

I don’t think I have a specific drink and treat in mind for this question but my favourite Christmas movie is definitely The Muppets Christmas Carol.

Have you read any of these books? What would be some of your answers to these questions?

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The Christmas Carol Book Tag

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Christmas is nearly here so I thought I’d do another Christmassy tag. The original video of this tag can be found here.

QUESTIONS:

1) The Ghost of Christmas Past – A book that was a childhood favouriteThe Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

2) The Ghost of Christmas Present – A recent book that you think will become one of your all time favouritesThis Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal- El Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I read this last month and loved it, it’s definitely one of my recent all time favourites.

3) The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come – A book coming out next year that you’re most excited aboutThe King of Crows (The Diviners book 4) by Libba Bray, Crescent City by Sarah J Maas and Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. I couldn’t pick just one.

4) Bah, Humbug! – A book that everyone else loves that you just can’t standSerpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin.

5) Bob Cratchit – An old dependable that you always recommend – I didn’t know what to choose for this question but I decided to choose some series’ that I’ve consistently loved for years. So I picked the Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews and the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

6) Tiny Tim – An underhyped book that you think deserves more loveThe Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven.

7) Today? Why it’s Christmas Day! – What’s a book that always gets you in the mood for Christmas (apart from A Christmas Carol)? I don’t have a specific book in mind for this because I don’t read much Christmas themed books so I think I’ll go for the obvious choice of Harry Potter.

8) The Muppet Christmas Carol – Your favourite film adaptation of a book – The Muppet Christmas Carol is my favourite Christmas movie but I’ll not pick that since it’s already mentioned in the question. Instead I’ll choose Catching Fire.

9) Tag some people! – I’ve decided not to tag anyone since it’s so close to Christmas.

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Do you like A Christmas Carol? What would be some of your answers to these questions?

Merry Christmas!