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24Hour Read-A-Thon Review – Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Summary:
Darcy Fitzwilliam is twenty-nine, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones-one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she goes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.
Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is thirty-two and has never left home. He’s a carpenter who makes beautiful furniture and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one-night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand on their way?
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is a sweet, sexy, and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy.
Review:
This was the second book that I read for the 24Hour Read-A-Thon that I did. (See my post about it here!) I was in the mood for some Christmas books and I don’t know that either of them actually hits the target for that.
There were things I liked and things I didn’t like, as there is with most books. I honestly just don’t feel like going into too much detail when it comes to this story.
It was a fluffy holiday romance that was a pretty loose gender bent re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. (You guys can thank Antonia for making me watch the million-hour movie which is how I even know anything about this classic story.)
I really didn’t think this story was anything too special. It was a cute romance that took place around Christmas. There was some mistletoe kissing, some gift unwrapping, and even some ice skating. There were proposals and engagements, but no actual weddings. Lots of kissing, but things are kept pretty innocent.
This re-telling takes place in America, which is an interesting twist, I think. We see characters in New York and also in Ohio. I enjoyed this aspect of the story. The setting was nice, minimally described but enough to set the stage.
The characters were alright. They had their moments where they annoyed me a bit, but other moments where they grew and got their shit together.
Overall, this story was probably the closest I’m going to get to a Christmasy book this year. I’m glad I read it. It was fun and entertaining for sure.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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24Hour Read-A-Thon Review – The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Summary:
Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.
She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.
But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve, thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her. And his name is Xander.
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure-filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes because Ryn can’t get her brilliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us-and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.
Review:
I’m so happy I saved this for my 24-hour Christmas read-a-thon! I flew through this st0ry, finishing it in just a few hours. I loved it. This was a beautifully written story about a girl figuring out how to deal with the loss of her best friend. I think this story really resonated with me because I have experienced the loss of close friends.

“Grief isn’t an active emotion. It’s not something you do. It’s something that happens to you. It’s 100 percent passive. It’s a tornado that rips your house from the ground, right off its foundation, twisting it around and around, before dropping it haphazardly back down to the earth.” 

I absolutely loved our main character, Ryn. She knew she probably wasn’t handling her grief the right way, the best way, but grief and loss aren’t always logical. She did her best to pick herself up and get through each day. She knew she had issues and knew that she wasn’t ready to work through them. The things she was feeling were real and relatable and things I have felt when I was dealing with similar loss. Though I’ve never felt the survivors guilt that she’s dealing with, she was a character I really got behind. I think she grew so much through her experiences in The Chaos of Standing Still.

“But as scientists, you also need to know when to let go and accept the fact that sometimes there are no answers.”

I also loved Xander. He was perfect for pushing Ryn out of her comfort zone a little bit at a time until she was doing things she didn’t know she wanted to do. He did this all while dealing with his own issues. I liked that the two figured out how to help one another while also helping themselves. I also loved that all of this happened in one night. Stuck overnight, snowed in at an airport, this was the perfect setting for the hijinks and craziness these two found themselves and got themselves into.

“Grief changes the way you see things forever. Becasue it changes you forever.”

I really enjoyed everything about this book. I was entertained and laughing out loud often. There were thought-provoking parts, full of insight on loss and grief. I thought this was an incredible story with excellent characters, character development, and the perfect setting. I loved all of the side characters that added just that much more to the story. They tell a story of the effects of meeting the right people at the right time can have. I wish I could start this over from the beginning and read it again.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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