BOOK TOUR REVIEW & WINTERHAVEN GIVEAWAY: North Pole High by Candace Jane Kringle
Today Sweet Southern Home is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, I am posting my choice of a Winter Book Review. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.
North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus
A Memoir by Candace Jane Kringle
Young Adult Christmas Fiction
MEET SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD CANDYCANE CLAUS.
She’s the most popular girl at North Pole High. Her father is world-famous. And every day is Christmas. What more could any girl want?
BOYS! And the new boy, Rudy Tutti, is hot chocolate. But he hates anything to do with Christmas!
When Candy and Rudy are forced to work together on a school Christmas-tree project, her world is turned upside down: Her grades start to suffer, she loses her taste for ice cream, and now the two North-Star-cross’d teens must contend with her overprotective father — Santa Claus — before Christmas is ruined for EVERYONE!
MY THOUGHTS: 4.5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Everyone knows the story of Santa Claus, right? He lives in the North Pole and delivers toys on Christmas Eve. But did you know jolly old Kris Kringle has an entire family, with a wife and 2 kids? This is the story of Candycane Claus, AKA Candace Jane Kringle–who wants to let you know that life as Santa’s daughter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Candycane is a junior at North Pole High, and dates the hottest half elf in town, Tinsel. But her life gets shaken up when the Scroogelike Rudy Tutti moves into town. Rudy and Candy are paired together for a school project, and when her dad finds them getting closer, he puts her on lockdown. But Santa is so concerned about what Candycane is doing, he doesn’t realize what’s going on in his own workshop. Will everything be alright by the time Christmas comes around?
This was a really fun, cute book and got me in the Christmas spirit! You need to have an open mind to get into some of the more fantastical parts, but if you can, it’s pretty funny.
Candycane is definitely a princess and Daddy’s little girl. Yet, she’s not really annoying or mean. She’s somewhat self centered, but I can definitely understand why. She’s popular, pretty, and has the best of everything. She’s also kind of whiny, but every 16 year old is.
What I loved most about this book was the world building. The North Pole is full of fun characters, from Chefy the penguin to Angry the Elf. Candy canes are trees, and dinner and dessert are hard to tell from each other. And also, something which I can’t decide is funny or disgusting: reindeer poop is a chocolaty delicacy.
The romance between Candy and Rudy was kind of predictable, but still fun to watch. They are so totally opposite, but each one changes a little for the other. I think that’s important in any relationship. There were a couple of little twists that made things interesting though.
This book had some laugh out loud moments. It also had some drama, and some action scenes. This was a lighthearted Christmas tale for anyone who wants a change from the old stories we love, but are kind of tired of hearing.
About the Author
As part of the festivities, WinterHaven Books is hosting an international give-away that will include a copy of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (Signed by Levithan and Cohn) and a copy of Let it Snow to four lucky winners. Good luck and happy holidays!