On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.
And then she died.
Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.
Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.
But this year, everything is about to change. . .
Look, I get it. It’s July. Why on earth would you read a book about Scrooges in July? Answer: Because I can. Real Answer: Because I am a sucker for sappy Christmas stories. Even in July. Maybe especially in July. We had just been talking about the best Christmas Stories at work, Christmas Carol vs Grinch( I am firmly in the Dickens group), and then this book falls into my bag. Literally. I had pulled out the book next to it and this one fell off the shelf into my waiting bag. Seemed like fate so I gave it a whirl. (Don’t worry, it was at the library. I checked it out. Don’t steal books)
This book is not just what it says on the can. It not only follows the afterlife of Holly Chase but it gives us a peek into the Scrooge Project. A clandestine project determined to help better mankind. By scaring the bejeezus out of someone every Christmas. It doesn’t always work but when it does there is a warm glowing feel that saturates the pages. You probably need to know a basic storyline line about the Christmas Carol but with the way that it has seeped into pop culture, you might be okay without it. The struggles of this girl trapped as a 17-year-old, in a job that forces her to help those who tried to help her, shows the growth of the characters. There are a few moments that make you think that you know exactly how this is going to end. I need you to trust me. This ending is so good. It is bittersweet and delicious and the dark chocolate of romantic comedies. I loved it so much. I got the feel goods I needed and now I am ready to pass it on to other Christmas Carol lovers and the Scrooge fan club. Maybe this will even convince the Grinch lovers to switch teams!
When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the series.~Goodreads Blurb
GRAPHIC NOVELS ARE REAL BOOKS TOO!
I hate when people say that libraries shouldn’t have comic books because they aren’t good for young readers, that they “rot their minds.” Ew. That is not a thing. Newspapers aren’t going to make people less social, people aren’t going to get lazy because they can type and not write everything out by hand. Pictures are not bad. My thought is if you get drawn in my the picture, you’ll read the words, and any reading is good reading. A good reader is one who starts small and then grows to read the bigger books. I would not be the reader I am today if I got discouraged by War and Peace when I first started to read.
There that is my soapbox for the day.
I picked up this one in the YA on the same trip that I found the Queer history book from the last post. I had seen the cover of the Lunar Chronicles a near thousand and one times in TBR piles and Bookstagramers posts. But I was never really drawn into it. However I was drawn to this book by the cover art and flipping through it I loved the art style of Doug Holgate. The blues and black let my eyes rest as I raced through the pages. I would liken it to seeing the latest Star Wars and then going back to see the rest. I may have passed the previous books by but this GN gave me some insight into the world and now I find myself curious. I see all of these relationships all set up and I can’t help but wonder, what their story is.
This is an easy read but definitely not lacking in substance. With 238 pages this is no slacker of a book. You can read this as a standalone or a teaser if you are not sure if you want to read the series. Enough backstory is given to enjoy it but if you have read the story you are not overwhelmed by back story. The story follows an android who is one a top secret mission. One that leads her to question many things about her and her life as a sentient being. Is she an error in programming or does she have a soul? What makes a soul? It’s an exciting read and I would say that it is well done both on the art and the story side. Now if you excuse me, I have to go see if we have the second one of the series in stock or if I have to find who has the copy...
This first-ever LGBTQ history book for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG.
World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.
By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.~Goodreads Blurb
It needs to made very clear that just because a section of the library is for younger or older people, that does not mean that you cannot go looking for books over there. Heck, I discovered that there were comics in the library at a young age by wandering around the nonfiction section.(741.5 for all you looking for comics if your library doesn’t have a Graphic Novel section) So I have always felt comfortable wandering into the YA section or the children's reading room if I want to find the latest Eoin Colfer book. (Because Artemis Fowl is a series that I need in my life) I went over to the YA section to see if there was anything new that didn’t have vampires or werewolves as I got my fill on those when I was younger and Twilight was everywhere. In Great Falls, Montana you might not expect people to be quite so open and to be fair we do fall into a number of stereotypes that don’t always make us look good. But it looks like the GFPL is doing something to fix that with the younger generation. I never thought I would find a book about Queer HIstory or BLM but there they were. I snatched up this latest book, “Queer There and Everywhere” Never would have thought to find a book like that in here when I was growing up.
I would consider myself pretty knowledgeable about history and I love the old idea of these two women lived together and called each other wife and had a boston wedding but they were definitely “Gals being Pals” There were entries in here that I had completely missed in history and I love that I was looking at different entries from new angles. The usage of the correct pronouns or in some cases the use of “they” when the person had never specified how they felt, gave me a warm feeling. To often we see people held up by simple pronoun changes. I am glad to have found this book lays it out in simple easy to read language that not only provides information but also has the footnotes to back it up. This is a great read for anyone who feels alone or different and is worrying about what they will be able to do. Even in the past people had to worry about their place in the world and this book shows that it does get better! I would recommend this book to everyone. To young kids reading about history, to adults who think this whole Queer thing is a phase, to members of the LGBT+ community who may not know their own history. Don’t be that person who doesn’t understand how important Stonewall was for everyone. I may have checked out this book from my library but you can be sure that I am already looking for my own copy.
“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
It seems that it is not an unusual thing to hear about something new and then to see it everywhere. Surfing the internet one night I saw a trailer for a new film coming out in April. I then went used book shopping and at three of the shops saw this book. “ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” At the last one I broke down and decided to grab a copy, only to get home and realize that I already had a copy in my TBR to be read! (Later discovered that I was now the proud owner of 2 paperback and one hardback copies)
The book is written as a series of letters. At first I was not sure that I would like this format as I tend to like my historical fiction written in the novel style. I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled with how easy it was to slip back and forth between different writers voices. A few of them were very similar but on the whole it is a very easy and fun read. The events on Guernsey and the other islands in the English Channel are not ones that many of us are very familiar with and I love the fact that more and more people are writing about them. The Germans very nearly made it all the way to conquering England and many of us aren’t even aware of just how close they got.
The story doesn’t hit very much on the war except to use it as an explanation for many of the events that the readers have to be told about rather than shown. This is not the novel you read when you want a wartime action novel. It is more of a a happy uplifting potato chip read. There are times when you need a hearty meal of a book and there are times when you simply want to enjoy a light snack. Please do not mistake this fun lovely book for having no substance, as I found it nice and lovely. If you are looking for something to break a streak of darkness, I would highly recommend this book to give you a few laughs.
Freelance Editor & Reviewer