Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Dusty Pages Review: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

College co-ed Gigi is headed home to Half-Moon Hollow for her first Christmas since her sister, Iris, was turned into a vampire by her beloved undead husband, Cal. Iris is working overtime to make this holiday as normal and special as possible. After all, it’s taken her months of working with Jane Jameson and the Hollow’s vampires to convince herself that she won’t bite her baby sister on sight.

Gigi has her own worries. She’s falling out of love with her high school sweetheart, Ben, and has no idea how to tell him. She’s got a secret job interview with terrifying teen Council official, Ophelia Lambert. And there’s a handsome but cagey vampire following her around town and then disappearing before Gigi can confirm that he’s not, in fact, a figment of her fertile imagination. Holidays with family are complicated. Christmas with an undead family can be downright dangerous.
 A short novella focusing on the events of Christmas (post Iris's turning) in the Scanlon house. Read from Gigi's perspective, you get to see the teen look on vampires trying to follow old human traditions. It's much like any well meant family gatherings in the Hollow - doomed to failure. Gigi has a very level headed but deeply sarcastic view on the world that I just love and her ability to arrive at quick come backs make me laugh.

The romance in this book is severely muted because of the dilemma in which Gigi finds her self, not being in love with her boyfriend anymore and the mysterious new vampire stalker in her life. Jane and Crew are still hovering in the background adding much needed continuity and humour to the story that makes listening to this story like spending time with family. Family that you don't hate. Its also a little bit of a precursor to the the next book in the series. Almost like the author had a really fun idea but couldn't fit it into the next story without it feeling out of place.

Also Jane's Christmas present from the guys in her life is just hilarious.

I give it

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