Christmas Book

Holiday Abduction (Alien Abduction #6) By: Eve Langlais

Holiday Abduction

Holiday Abduction (Alien Abduction #6) By: Eve Langlais

Plot:

Vhyl is determined to acquire a certain lost artifact, but when he lands on the forbidden barbarian planet known as Earth, he finds more than expected. An attractive human female is in possession of the priceless object, and she’s agreed to hand it over—for a price. Apparently she doesn’t know of his reputation…or doesn’t care. Intrigued by her fearless nature—and her luscious cocoa skin—this acquisition expert can’t resist stealing a kiss. But before he can take more, his enemy arrives to stake a claim. It seems Vhyl isn’t the only one interested in Jilly’s treasure—and Jilly herself. On the run not only from Earth forces but his enemies too, they must fight to survive and evade capture. However, he can’t escape the effect the human has on him. In the end, Vhyl has to make a choice—Jilly or the priceless treasure he came for?

Review:

I love how fast paced these books are, and I have no idea why, but purple aliens are somehow super hot.

I eagerly await every installment in this franchise and I have never been disappointed. The story always has a strong female lead, as well as a ridiculously hilarious, macho, male lead that never fails to entertain.

Have I mentioned I love these books?

The addition of the holiday setting did not diminish all the things I’ve come to expect, it just added a nice little festive note. There was also a little present at the end, a short story that was a peek into the first Christmas with the abducted women and their aliens.

Hopefully this isn’t the last installment in the series because I’m not sure if my desire for purple hunks will ever be satisfied.

5/5

The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir By: Ken Harmon

The Fat Man The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir By: Ken Harmon

Plot: A satire of traditional Christmas stories and noir, The Fat Man makes the perfect gift for the literary-minded. A hardboiled elf is framed for murder in a North Pole world that plays reindeer games for keeps, and where favorite holiday characters live complex lives beyond December. Fired from his longtime job as captain of the Coal Patrol, two-foot-three inch 1,300-year-old elf Gumdrop Coal is angry. He’s one of Santa’s original elves, inspired by the fat man’s vision to bring joy to children on that one special day each year. But somewhere along the way things went sour for Gumdrop. Maybe it was delivering one too many lumps of coal for the Naughty List. Maybe it’s the conspiracy against Christmas that he’s starting to sense down every chimney. Either way, North Pole disillusionment is nothing new: Some elves brood with a bottle of nog, trying to forget their own wish list. Some get better. Some get bitter. Gumdrop Coal wants revenge. Justice is the only thing he knows, and so he decides to give a serious wakeup call to parents who can’t keep their vile offspring from landing on the Naughty List. But when one parent winds up dead, his eye shot out with a Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model BB gun, Gumdrop Coal must learn who framed him and why. Along the way he’ll escape the life-sucking plants of the Mistletoe Forrest, battle the infamous Tannenbomb Giant, and survive a close encounter with twelve very angry drummers and their violent friends. The horrible truth lurking behind the gingerbread doors of Kringle Town could spell the end of Christmas-and of the fat man himself. Holly Jolly!

Review: The first two thirds of this book were good bordering on great. I was wondering if Ken Harmon had any more books to read and was planning on looking into them immediately. Then I was side swiped with an overly sentimental and religious ending and it totally killed my buzz. The book was filled with all kinds of innuendo and language so I was surprised at where Harmon went with the ending. I wasn’t surprised at the inclusion of Christ in the story, he had everyone else associated with Christmas, I was surprised at the complete change in tone of the story. It went from very noir in language and feel to just another religious Christmas book.

2.5/5

The Autobiography of Santa Claus As Told To: Jeff Guinn

The Autobiography of Santa Claus

The Autobiography of Santa Claus As Told To: Jeff Guinn

Plot:

It all started when Jeff Guinn was assigned to write a piece full of little-known facts about Christmas for his paper, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. A few months later, he received a call from a gentleman who told him that he showed the story to an important friend who didn’t think much of it. And who might that be? asked Jeff. The next thing he knew, he was whisked off to the North Pole to meet with this “very important friend,” and the rest is, well, as they say, history. An enchanting holiday treasure, The Autobiography of Santa Claus combines solid historical fact with legend to deliver the definitive story of Santa Claus. And who better to lead us through seventeen centuries of Christmas magic than good ol’ Saint Nick himself? Families will delight in each chapter of this new Christmas classic-one per each cold December night leading up to Christmas!

Review:

Wow this book took me forever to read. It’s not difficult and there’s almost always something going on, but it’s very much a history book so sometimes it can be dry. Santa also seems to be a collector of famous people. King Arthur, Saint Francis, Leonardo Da Vinci, Ben Franklin. Really?

They constantly referred to Santa as being fat and he was very sensitive about it which was kind of odd.

I can’t say if the dates and history mentioned are accurate, obviously not all the history facts are true, but it seems well researched just from what I remember of history.

I thought the overall idea was really interesting but ultimately this was a book for Christians that still want to teach their children about Santa and at the same time feel like they aren’t taking away from Christ.

3/5

 

The Perfect Christmas

The Perfect Christmas

The Perfect Christmas By: Debbie Macomber

Plot:

WHAT WOULD MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS PERFECT? For Cassie Beaumont, it’s meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing’s worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance. What’s left? A professional matchmaker. He’s Simon Dodson, and he’s very choosy about the clients he takes on. Cassie finds Simon a difficult, acerbic know-it-all, and she’s astonished when he accepts her as a client. Claiming he has her perfect mate in mind, Simon assigns her three tasks to complete before she meets him. Three tasks that are all about Christmas: being a charity bell ringer, dressing up as Santa’s elf at a children’s party and preparing a traditional turkey dinner for her neighbors (whom she happens to dislike). Despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie does it all — and she’s finally ready to meet her match. But just like the perfect Christmas gift, he turns out to be a wonderful surprise!

Review:

Didn’t like this one as much as the last. Cassie was too perfect. She was evidently a brilliant chemist, great cook, kind, thoughtful, just everything that makes a person perfect. The only thing she was lacking was a man to give her babies.

I thought the romance wrapped up way to quickly and wasn’t very believable. Simon was awkward and rude but of course brilliant; so naturally she fell in love with him.

Romance novels don’t have to be completely believable, but the romance should be the most realistic part. IMO

Oh well. I’ll probably read more from Debbie Macomber but I don’t see her becoming a favorite. I like the sweetness of her books but not sure about everything else in them.

2.5/5

When Christmas Comes

when Christmas Comes

When Christmas Comes By: Debbie Macomber

Plot:

Emily Springer, widowed mother of one, decides to leave Leavenworth, Washington, to spend Christmas with her daughter in Boston. Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays — except he’s thinking of the wrong Leavenworth! Through an internet site, Charles and Emily arrange to swap houses for the holiday. So Emily goes to Boston—and discovers that her daughter has gone to Florida. And Charles arrives in Leavenworth to discover that it’s not the prison town — it’s Santa’s village! The place is full of Christmas trees, Christmas music and…elves. Meanwhile, Emily’s friend Faith Kerrigan travels to Leavenworth to visit her and instead finds Charles the grinch. Then Charles’s brother, Ray, shows up at his home in Boston to discover that he isn’t there — but Emily is. Through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, amid the chaos and confusion, romance begins to emerge in unexpected ways. Because everything changes at Christmas!

Review:

Last Christmas when I was tripping on the hormones your body produces after giving birth and breast feeding I watched a lot of the Hallmark channel. No idea why since the combination of hormones and Hallmark could be lethal if not monitored carefully.

I ended up seeing a movie called Trading Christmas that I really liked. I’ve watched it since, just to make sure I wasn’t imagining things, and I still like it. I’d heard of Debbie Macomber but I’d never read one of her books, until now.

The story was pretty much the same as the movie with some changes, naturally, the most changed was the daughter. After having read the book I think the movie did a better job with the daughter. I was seriously questioning why someone hadn’t slapped her in the book, while in the movie I could see her side of things.

Even with the desired slapping I really enjoyed the book. Macomber seems to write sweeter romances, no sexy scenes, just lots of hope and love. Sometimes I want that though. Maybe I’m getting old.

3.75/5

 

Sidenote: The movie title is better. Book title makes me think porno. Just saying.