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Mini Reviews #13: YA Fun for Christmas

Let’s be real – no one really thought that my love for holiday romance started with adult literature, right? Because it didn’t. No – before I was ever introduced to that illustrious genre, I was having a ton of YA fun for Christmas!

Decked With Holly


Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn’t Holly’s idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she’s pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she’s greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America.

Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly’s face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can’t risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend – just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be “fauxmantically” involved with a cute rock star? She’s about to find out…


I mean, give me a fake relationship, conniving cousins and a cruise, and I’m happy anyways. Add in a fake rockstar and Christmas? Why – yes I will read this book and love every second of it! (Even better: it’s actually – indirectly – part of a series which also made for a pretty darn fun read!)

3/5 stars – Goodreads

Snow Queen 


Chamberlain Ski Resort and Spa – Welcome to the 10th Annual Snow Queen competition!
I can’t believe I got roped into this.

Snow Princesses must attend all pageant rehearsals, with appropriate outfits.
Well, no matter what it takes, I’m going to wipe that smirk off Layla Chamberlain’s face.

Our rehearsal space can be booked to practice your talent.
Um, does “looking dumb in a dress” count as a talent?

See Grayson Chamberlain, the assistant director, with any questions.
If you insist! First question: How can someone so sweet (and hot!) be a Chamberlain?

Good luck! One of you will soon be our new Snow Queen!
Oh joy.
Unless Grayson comes with the tiara . . .


There’s something about the concept of pageants that just speaks to me. Maybe it’s the fact that they just don’t seem to be as present over here as they are in America? Maybe it’s that because of that, the only real image I have of pageants are the USA televised versions. (I’m talking Miss Congeniality here)
So can you blame me for expecting love as soon as I see the words pageant and old family feuds of sorts? I’m here for that!

3/5 stars – Goodreads

Icing on the Lake


New Year’s Resolutions
by Kirsten (with help from Crystal, Jones, and Emma)

1. Survive the month at my sister’s house. Survive my 3-yr-old nephew and crazy sister.

2. Learn to ice skate better. Or not fall down. Or just get a cuter skating outfit.

3. Find hockey-playing, winter-loving hottie. and invite him to the weekend cabin trip (aka “groundhog getaway”) with everyone.

Oh, sure. No problem.


Ice skating, impossible action plans and complicated family relations? Sounds perfect for some quick, relaxing holiday reading!

3/5 stars – Goodreads 



Seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith’s parents just left for vacation, and Lila’s all set to throw the holiday party of the season. But when her Christmas-obsessed little brother, Cooper, discovers that global warming is melting the North Pole, he and his best friend, Tyler, take off on a runaway mission to save Santa.

Lila has to get Cooper safely home before her parents get back on Christmas Eve. But the only person who can help her is Tyler’s older brother, Beau — a.k.a. Lila’s musician, anti-everything ex-boyfriend.

It’ll take more than a Christmas miracle for Lila and Beau to overcome their differences and find their fugitive brothers. But could a journey destined for disaster help these polar opposites fall in love…all over again?


There’s just something about a road trip that is filled with possibilities. Add in an attempt to save Santa, an ex-boyfriend and Christmas? Well, you’ve got the makings for a book that will just transport you along with it!

3/5 stars – Goodreads

What other books could give me some YA fun for Christmas? Any recommendations that you could share? If so, be sure to leave them below! And in the mean time, check out the rest of my blogmas posts!


Walking Through The Pages - Blogmas: Mini Reviews - YA Fun for Christmas