Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Book Review: Spirits of Christmas - A Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Carol by Nicky Wells

Spirits of Christmas: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Carol
By Nicky Wells
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Published: Oct. 3, 2013


At one time, up-and-coming rock singer Jude had it all: a great band, a platinum record, a loving girlfriend. This Christmas, however, he is well down the road towards spontaneous self-destruction.

Unwitting at first, Jude has progressively alienated his band and driven away the love of his life. Tonight, the 

night before Christmas Eve, he has broken the final taboo during a disastrous gig. Yet Jude doesn’t see how badly his life has derailed, not until a ghostly procession of legends passes through his bedroom with a series of vivid and powerful wake-up calls.

Will the Spirits help Jude put the friendship, love, and rock music back into his Christmas?

Spirits of Christmas is a modern-day rock’n’roll adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This novella will enchant romance readers, rock lovers, fans of ghost stories, and everybody who adores the festive season.

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My Thoughts:

This was a cute rewrite of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Updated to modern times, with a rock ’n’ roll theme, this novel is a fun adventure with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, otherwise known to the main character Jude as Past, Present and Fu.

Each of these spirits appear to Jude one night just before Christmas. At first each one appears to be a famous, though now-dead rock legend (I have to admit, I didn’t really recognize any of them, except maybe for the first one). Each spirit admits to not being who they appear to be and then transform into their true image. I thought that presenting the spirits in this manner was a delightful way to add uniqueness to this modernized story.

Just as in the Charles Dickens version, Jude is taken to see what his life was in the past and present, and what his future might be like if he doesn’t change his ways. As in the Dickens version, Jude recognized how arrogant, rude, selfish and unkind he has been to his band members and his girlfriend.

The flow of the novel was fast-paced and interesting. Just as this friends found him to be a miserable so-and-so, I felt that way about him too as the story evolved. I was glad for him at the end of the story when he realized what he had done. What a good example for all of us to remember that we need to think more of others and less of ourselves.

Of course, this story has a happy ending (since the Dickens’ version did too). It was a short, fun read that would be a nice addition to your Christmas reading list.

I gave this novella a rating of four stars.

Thank you to the author for giving me a copy of this novella in exchange for a fair and honest review. A free product does not influence my opinion. All thoughts are my own.

About Nicky Wells: Romance that Rocks Your World!

Hi! I’m Nicky Wells, your ultimate rock chick author. My books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme ~ imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity ~ rock, pop, movie or other ~ you’ll connect with my heroes and my leading ladies!

Like my first leading lady, Sophie, I love listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When I’m not writing, I’m a wife, mother, occasional knitter, and regular contributor to The Midweek Drive show on Lincoln’s Siren 107.3 FM. Rock on!

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1 comment :

  1. Kathryn, hi! I'm so happy you enjoyed my festive novella with its rock'n'roll edge. Thank you for featuring it here today with your review ~ I really appreciate it! Here's wishing you and all your readers a fabulously rocking festive period. Rock on! :-) x