Review: A Christmas to Die For by Jessica Frances
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions.
My face is burning now, which does little to solve my own issue in my pants, because why the hell am I still turned on by Rudolph? Why the hell do I want to have sex with an alien? What is wrong with me?
Who knew that when I was whining about the lack of more creative holiday reads, someone was actually listening?! And that someone is none other than Jessica Frances! Heck, A Christmas to Die For is, hands down, one of the most original books I've come across in years--and that's saying something considering how much I read. Yes, this story has Santa and reindeer and even elves (say that ten times really quickly!), but this isn't you're run-of-the-mill tale with a wintery wonderland backdrop and ho-ho-hoing. Think ho-ho-ho my gosh instead and also happens to be a standalone, and it absolutely sleighed. Get it?! Yeah, Christmas humor, but seriously, this is an extraordinary holiday must-read.
Toby Kinsley from Tinselballs, North Carolina is tipsy when his world goes topsy-turvy. When he's almost run over be a bunch of flying reindeer who then proceed to shift into naked humanoid forms, he chalks it up to being drunk. Then they're attacked by evil elves, and he's rescued by the hot Santa who may have Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer as his alter ego (but turns out to have the name of Nik Saint, although Toby still prefers to call him Rudolph or Ru). Toby learns that Ru is the leader of the Merry Jollians from a planet called Christmas. They're at war with the elves, and the only one who may be able to save the planet is one puny human, aka Toby. Oh, for whom all those (jingle) bells toll...
The two hours I spent reading this book were two of the most entertaining hours I've spent with my Kindle in recent memory. I loved Jessica Frances' creativity, weaving this extraordinary and imaginative tale that held me spellbound. It was as if she took the classic myth of Santa and his reindeer and elves and shook things up like a snow globe and let her own brand of magic take over. There was humor, action, and romance, as well as a bit of suspense and a couple of heartrending moments, backed by this author's fabulous writing, making for a fantastical read that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this fellow lovers of wonderfully penned fiction. A Christmas to Die For snags five-plus stars.
Date Read: 11 December 2020
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