The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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Like I said in my last post, my disdain for holiday reads has completely vanished this year, so I had to pick up a few new books to get into the spirit of the season. The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand was one of them. This YA fiction is a modern twist on the classic story of A Christmas Carol. 

Holly Chase is not a nice girl. When she is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who beg her to change her ways, Holly laughs it off and refuses. Then she dies. At least, she thinks she does.

When she wakes up, trapped somewhere between dead and alive, she is the newest employee of the top-secret company Project Scrooge, the same organization who tried to save her before her death. Now she has to work with them year after year as the Ghost of Christmas Past to help save each year's chosen Scrooge from the same fate that Holly endured.

This book was really cute, and had some unexpected twists as well! I liked how this really didn't end up being centered around romance or a relationship (although parts of it do lend itself to that).  I was very satisfied with the ending. It reminded me a lot of that really obscure movie from ABC, Teen Spirit. It was a little slow in parts, but I really liked all the characters. I mean come on, they all had nicknames based on Dickens' stories! 

This story definitely has the perfect Christmas message, and would be enjoyable for both teens and adults (even if you don't commonly read YA!). I can see this being a read that I revisit each holiday season.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

15 comments

  1. OMG! I just finished this book last night and absolutely loved it!!!

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  2. Loved reading your review! I've been wanting to buy this book for ages now but still haven't gotten around to do so yet so I have to put it a bit higher upon my wishlist since your reviews has me all excited now haha!

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  3. I've been eyeing this book. Glad you liked it! Great review.

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  4. This one has been on my wishlist for a while. I don't usually read Christmasy books as they are normally very romance heavy but this one seems okay.
    Gemma @ www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

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  5. I like a fresh twist to a classic

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  6. Sounds like a good Christmas read. I love new twists on classic stories too.

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  7. I may need to borrow your list of holiday reads because I am not having good luck! This one sounds fun and would translate well into a TV movie.

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  8. That book sounds amazing! Great review, I might pick this up :-)

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  9. I am adding this one to my Christmas TBR for next year, since I don't think I can fit it in this year!

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  10. I cannot get enough of the festive stories. I am balancing it out with some fantasy and thrillers.

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  11. Great review. I'd not heard of this book before. It looks good.

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  12. I really enjoyed this one and thought it was a really nice play on A Christmas Carool which is my favourite holiday book

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  13. I haven't read this book before but it sounds intriguing. I've heard of Cynthia Hand, though I'm ashamed to say I can't quite place where. Great review!

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  14. I love A Christmas Carol, so I think I’d like this. Thanks for the review!

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