Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton

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3stars

You can’t stand outside a restaurant forever. And you can’t stand on the cusp of almost having it all. You have to take the chance and step forward.

Title: Desperately Seeking Santa
Author: Eli Easton
Number of pages: 160 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was a lovely Christmas story.
Bad things about this book: Random spanish words that were too much to bear.
Do I recommend it? Of course!
Rate: 3/5

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I remembered out of the blue, like a holiday epiphany, I bought this ebook to read before Christmas but the past couple of weeks have been so chaotic I didn’t even realize it was already Christmas Eve Eve. Time really flew by unnoticed, like a ninja. I guess I’ll have to read a couple of festive books after the holidays because there just isn’t the time to do everything, and I don’t want to wait another year to read them.

I have always liked the books I’ve read by Eli Easton, and this was no different. It also featured the two main characters from Superhero and I was glad to see how the both of them were doing.

This story features Gabe, the newspaper piece he’s working on of a Christmas charity dinner, a mystery Santa, and a mountain of a boy called Mack he seems to have a huge crush on. The story was enjoyable, even if a tad predictable, cute, and romantic. I was bothered but the random Spanish of Gabe, thought it was forced. Felt forced. I am Ecuadorian living in a country with a different language and I don’t say that many Spanish words every single day; I do say a few words that don’t have a translation in Italian but only at home, with people who understands them. That detail annoyed me more than I wanted and it just kept getting worse for me. I cringed reading those parts; it ruined a little bit of the experience for me.

He’s a huge, fit, muscular guy who works out all the time, eats super healthy, and is an undefeated college wrestling star. Whereas I live on tortilla chips, salsa, and pizza, and the closest I come to athletic activity is walking between my classes.

Other than that the story was fresh and simple. It was just perfect for a few hours of relax. I liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. I liked how easy it was for the happy ending to come, how little drama there was to overcome to be truly happy. It was never cheesy but it was plenty sweet, and I loved that about the story. It kept me glued to the pages and it made the little time I spent reading, happy and light. This may not be the most perfect book there is, but it has what it takes to win a little piece of your heart. I might want to read more books by Eli Easton; I’m sure I’ll love all of them.

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The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

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3stars

“There will always be a part of us that’s on a chase, but there has to be another part that knows where our home base is.”

Title: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Good things about this book: It’s set during the twelve days before Christmas in NYC.
Bad things about this book: The dreaded miscommunication.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it isn’t without flaws but it’s cute.
Rate: 3/5

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I have to admit, even if at first I read following the days written on the chapters, in the end I read it all in one afternoon. I just wanted to see how it was going to end. I like Dash very much. He is sweet, funny, a little shy and, even with all the issues he has with his parents, he is capable of care and love. Maybe it’s not the care and love that you see right away but it’s there. He is a precious boy and the way Lily treats him in this book bothered me quite a lot.

“It’s not fair to expect Dash to be psychic about what you really want from him.”

It’s only my humble opinion but I didn’t agree with almost any of Lily’s decisions in this book. She has been through a lot for months but that doesn’t excuse her for her behavior. I know I can’t compare how I face issues with how other people does it because it’s not fair but I can think of a least a million other ways Lily could have faced what was happening that didn’t involve treating Dash that badly. I may be exaggerating but I didn’t agree with her decisions. People don’t read our minds, Lily. If you want something to change or if you want to know something you have to ask, take action. Things aren’t easy. If you need to know something because it’s bothering you, you gather all the courage you can manage and ask!

“Are you going to be someone who takes charge of her feelings and her actions, even if the outcome might hurt, or someone who lets herself be unhappy simply because she won’t ask for what she wants?”

I would love to meet a guy like Dash. He is a calm presence and we could read together for hours. A silence that’s good and relaxing. Lily is the opposite, she has to know that but sometimes she forgets. They compensate each other and no matter the misunderstandings, and trust me this books has a lot of those, you know they are going to realize how good they actually are for each other. Dash’s character development is pretty nice; he goes from celebrating Christmas alone to celebrating it with so many different people (and loving it) from Lily’s big family and peculiar friends.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether the story it’s true or not. What matters is the care that’s been put into the story. The love.”

All the character we know are here again and we get to see what they’ve been up to since the end of the first book. Boomer is one of a kind, the Christmas tree whisperer; he is full of surprises and full of energy. Oh, the youth, how I miss it!

New York City!! Like in Sex and the City, New York is also a character in this book. The places they go, the streets they cross, the parks Lily takes the dogs to, the High Line; everything is breathtaking. I can’t wait to go there again, maybe with someone who lives there so that they can show me around and make me discover the city hidden from tourists; the New York of New Yorkers.

Sometimes you make plans. Sometimes plans make themselves.

This is a nice story, maybe a little bit sadder than I’d expected it to be, but overall sweet and lovely. It put a smile on my face and it made me dream about a lot of things. So the rating of this book it’s not bad, it’s good because, even if I won’t read it again, I would not hesitate to recommend it.

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Sock it to Me, Santa! by Madison Parker

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Maybe the way it is isn’t the way it ought to be.

Title: Sock it to Me, Santa!
Author: Madison Parker
Why you should read this book: Because it is not a book, it’s a short story, you will read it really fast and you will like it a lot.

Such a sweet little story! Ryan is not ready to come out, he starts having feelings for Jamie, a boy everyone call emo twink because of how he dresses. So many bullies making Jaime’s life difficult, it’s not fair and it’s frustrating. Leave the poor guy alone, he wants to do what he likes, he doesn’t care what you think but if you keep bothering him, how can he really enjoy what he loves doing? Stop it!

I’m not gonna let the bullies keep me from being myself or doing things I like.

Ryan is really sweet and adorable but he is very afraid of being the centre of unwanted attention, so he doesn’t let anyone know he doesn’t like girls. His friend is awful!! How can he say such terrible things? I hope Ryan stops being his friend after the end of the book. He is not a good person! A good person doesn’t say those things.

I thought about staying home from school Thursday, but I couldn’t bear missing out on the chance to see Jamie. That’s how fucked up I was.

Secret Santa happens and whom does Ryan get? Jaime, of course! Three handmade gifts must be given. It is going to be difficult because our Ryan is a little dumb but he is clearly falling head over heels for Jaime. He gets flustered, he thinks about him a lot; he hurts him and feels terrible about it. Those two are so sweet. This book was too short; I needed more of their sweetness, their wonderful smiles, stares, and the sock monkey from hell!

I could no longer deny my attraction. Just looking at him made my insides flutter.

Do I recommend it? Yes, it is short but full of love.
Rate: 5/5

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