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

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. 

Every Friday the Thirteenth,

Thirteenth, sixth grade genius and inventor extraordinaire Nate Bannister does three not-so-smart things to keep life interesting. This time, he taught a caterpillar math, mailed a love letter, and super-sized his cat Proton before turning him invisible. 

Pretty yummy

pie descriptions and a cat. When Alice's Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

A time travelin

cat named Gareth takes his human friend Jason places never dreamed of. "Anywhere, any time, any country, any century" 

Written from the cat's POV

This classic got read so much here that I had to replace our worn down copy.

As You Wish

Nope, it has nothing to do with the Princess Bride movie. I asked the author at ALA, and she said her editor came up with the title. It fits the plot perfectly; it's just as a Princess Bride enthusiast I wanted it to tie somehow into the movie. The language is suited to the audience, with a clear teenage voice, and the chapters are short, which makes it an easy book to pick up anytime and knock out a couple chapters. I like the format of the chapters being a countdown of days...like a diary or journal...it keeps you invested and creates suspense leading up to his final decision. Mostly, I like that it is a male leading character in a YA book.

As You Wish takes place in an idle and depressing small town called Madison on the outskirts of Las Vegas. It’s buried deep in the Mojave Desert and its residents keep a magical secret which causes them to discourage visitors and newcomers to the town - not that anyone would want to enter that hot, dust, and tainted town anyhow. On the day of their eighteenth birthday each resident, upon having their wish formally approved by the town's mayor visit a dark, dense, yet possibly detrimental cave which will grant them one very special wish of their own choosing. Some wish for money. Others wish for beauty. The reckless wish for an endless supply of drugs. The humble wish for others’ health. What do all the wishers have in common, they never end up satisfied with their one wish - there is always something that could have been better, but they only realize this later.  

Pre-ordering this for the teen in your life would make a great Christmas present.

 

 

As You Wish By Chelsea Sedoti January 2018