Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.Goodreads
Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.
She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.
But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas.
A YA romantic comedy in which Santa is the bad guy, teaching reindeer to fly is on the curriculum, and zombies have a fondness for Christmas music.
Suitable for older teens and upwards due to bad language.
Cover: What more is there to say? It’s absolutely adorable. I loved the feel of a Christmas time romance. The sweet, sparkly, snowflakes glistening made me smile, the “totes adorbs” boots made me want a pair. NOW.
Characters: Mistletoe Bell, 17, born on Christmas, a cool, snarky, “Scrooge”, she possessed a hidden Christmas Cheer that the right person could uncover.
Luke is Mistletoe’s reform school “BFF”, a college student, obviously good-looking, witty, has his own reasons for his dislike of Christmas.
Supporting Cast: Joe, Hugo, and Emily (fellow reform schooler’s) , Santa, and some seriously cool elves (Navi & Tinsel) . Oh yeah, a few zombies too!
My Thoughts: This tale was sweet, a little kooky, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, and I am glad I read it. Funny thing is this: I bought the book on “Amazon” a full 24 hours before I joined the tour. I was feeling “Bah Humbuggish” myself, saw this title, and HAD to buy it. Hoping it was exactly what I thought it would be, Mistletoe & I are “soul sisters” I feel my “I hate the holidays” heart thawed along with hers.
“Every single one of you has been brought here because you have ruined Christmas for somebody else. This is not about hating Christmas – anyone can hate Christmas and not suffer any consequences for it. You are here because you have all taken deliberate actions to ruin Christmas for others.”
I loved how the book was beautifully descriptive too. The world the book showed me was absolutely, perfectly, Christmas. Imagine the North Pole in a snow globe, all of the concerns and cares, and excesses of this world we know gone, 24/7-365 holiday music and movies, either you’d go insane (needs a good strong dose of Xanax and an Anti-Psychotic insane) or you’d go insane (in a good, Christmas, loving, way).
The book had a few surprises tossed in that could have thrown the flow and feel of the story off, but the author made it work. I love how the book drew me in so quickly, how I was able to read, and not have any outside distractions, the “zone” I normally call it. This is a beautiful “zone” book.
From the characters and their loopy character defects, to the all Christmas all the time feel, to the sweet friendships, and young love, snarky, and zingy one liners, feisty attitudes, and the miraculous way it ALL worked together, made me feel the true meaning of this season for the first time in a long time. “North Pole Reform School” is a school we should ALL go to when feeling more “Bah Humbug” than “Merry Christmas” .
“The North Pole Reform School has undoubtedly done its job on me. I never considered that Christmas was important to people. I never considered how much it mattered. I thought it was nothing more than an excuse to overindulge and be surrounded by annoying relatives whom you don’t want to be surrounded by.”
(quotes from book)
I give “North Pole Reform School” by: “Jaimie Admans” “5 Dancing Candy Canes”
About Jaimie AdmansJaimie is a 28-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She has been writing for years but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. Afterlife Academy is her third novel and she hopes you enjoy it. There are plenty more on the way!