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Review – Calculating Christmas by Kristee Ravan

Review – Calculating Christmas by  Kristee RavanCalculating Christmas by Kristee Ravan
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on November 21st 2016
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 446
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A month after Lily and Calo rescued the characters from Cinderella and The Candlemaker’s Daughter, they’ve been assigned to a new case. Santa’s rebellious daughter, Carole, has had enough of her family and needs a change. And if that change isn’t handled carefully, it could wind up derailing Christmas for everyone—a fact the will equal lots of unhappy citizens potentially vanishing. So, no pressure for Lily, right? Wrong. In addition, Lily is dealing with the ever-increasing demands on her time, leaving her very little time for her beloved math. Multiply that by the fact that she can’t seem to please her parents, her friend Corrie is mad at her, and her unsolvable relationship status with Calo, and you’re left with a pretty stressed out Lily. Will she and Calo manage to save Christmas? Will Lily find a way to be the Princess the kingdom expects? And how will things turn out with Carole, who is openly naughty in front of Santa Claus?

Lily Sparrow is back in this second book of The Lily Sparrow Chronicles. After coming back from her last adventure saving a whole fairytale she is grounded. While she is grounded she is presented with a case of helping Carol Clause reunite with her family. Carol is upset and feels left out so she goes to live with the Sparrows. Her absence from the North Pole puts Santa and Mrs. Clause in a depression. They are not preparing for Christmas like they should. It’s up to Lily to convince Carol that she needs to go back home. Carol has her own ideas of wanting to be on her own. Will Lily be able to get the Clauses back together in time to save Christmas?

In an Oyster Shell – This was a great addition to the Lily Sparrow Chronicles. I enjoyed reading it!

The Pearls – The Lily Sparrow Chronicles are fun and imaginative. I love the idea of a young girl that is heir to throne in a fairy tale kingdom. It makes it even more interesting that Lily struggles with being a logical math wiz while trying to believe in the unbelievable in the fairy tale and legend land. It makes for great conflict and an interesting story.

The characters are well developed and make the story fun to read. I love the addition of Carol Clause in this book. She’s not what you would imagine Santa’s daughter to be. A surly goth dressing girl who doesn’t want anything to do with the family business. Or so it seems. What we end up finding out is that Carol loves Christmas and is a tender-hearted girl that is just hurting. How the author resolves this hurt with Carol is unexpected and exciting.

The romance is appropriate for a YA book. It doesn’t look like Lily is going to get her happily ever after. The characters have to find another way to make her happy. I feel like this is a refreshing change. Lily didn’t necessarily need a relationship to make her happy. There is hint that there maybe more romance in later books so I can’t wait for the next installment.

The Sand – I didn’t like the constant pressure that was put on the main character. The expectations of her behavior and performance were unrealistic and slightly unpleasant to read.

4.5 Pearls!

4.5 Stars

About Kristee Ravan

Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, “I want to be a writer when I grow up.” She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected – in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans.

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  • Katie December 20, 2016, 9:29 am

    Great review! Just a side note, it’s Carole Claus. 😊

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