MG fiction wintertide

Krampus and the Thief of Christmas

I’m a big fan of Kindle Unlimited. Sure, sometimes you get some duds- but mostly I’ve had excellent luck finding hidden gems. This story was one of the good ones. I love this dark Christmas tale. It’s about a girl who is enlisted by Krampus to steal the key to Christmas to save her brother.

I love all of it especially the secondary characters, the elves and the trolls, the Christmas Cat and the snowmen. So much fun! Krampus and Father Christmas are both described with such depth, neither taking on their definitive ‘good guy/bad guy’ roles.  Krampus was very likable, and I loved how he and Santa worked together after remembering that to have a light you must also have dark. The balance between the two was excellent, and I loved the realness Black showed in both getting a little tired of their duties. Sometimes even if you love your job, work still feels like work! 

All in all a big hit with us.

Krampus and the Thief of Christmas By Eldritch Black

children fiction MG fiction

Cat Book RoundUp

We’ve actually had more cats than dogs as pets in our family and I thought we’d share some of our favorite cat books today. 

YA fiction

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

This is by far one of the best historical fiction novels I have had the pleasure of reading. Lee has an indisputable gift for not only pulling you into a story but never letting you go. I applaud her for this beautiful book, one page I was laughing, the next I was biting my nails nervous for what was to happen next. These are some of my new favorite characters and a slow burn romance that will not soon be forgotten. Gentleman’s Guide features a bisexual main character, a black, gay main character with epilepsy and an asexual female main character. 

 TGGTVAV is dangerously witty, very much hilarious, and ultimately full of heart. The research that went into this book showed clearly through Monty and Percy’s romp across Europe. Not only a delight but also a heartfelt look at how aspects of sexuality have changed over time and how other areas have stayed the same. Monty is a character you adore while wanting to strangle and at the same time his narrative voice is so sharp and pitch-perfect that the reader finds themselves falling in love with Percy right along with him. Utterly charming and very likely to become a YA classic. The best part is that a sequel is already in the works narrated by Felicity!

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue By Mackenzi Lee