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Book Review: Santa's Countdown to Christmas, 24 Days of Stories by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau

Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau was published on October 2, 2017 and is a book format of an advent calendar.  Told from the perspective of Santa Claus, the storyline chronicles what Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and the reindeer do in preparation of Christmas on each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Crackboom! Books for giving me a copy of Santa's Countdown to Christmas in exchange for my honest review.  I was thrilled to be approved to read this book because I love Christmas and am a kid at heart. This picture book was well written and engaging.  The illustrations were phenomenal as well.  I even enjoyed reading it as an adult.  I wish I had kids of my own so I could buy it for them, but I guess I'll have to settle for buying it for family members and friends who have kids that believe in Santa Claus.  I'd recommend this book for babies through eight years old.  Reading

Book Review: Halloween Party Murder (Juniper Holiday, #1) by Leighann Dobbs

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Halloween Party Murder (Juniper Holiday, #1) by Leighann Dobbs is the first book in an all new cozy mystery book series.  Wealthy Juniper Holiday lives in Crescent Cove with her goddaughter and is planning a spectacular Halloween party when a dead body is discovered in the guest house.  How did the body end up there, and who is the murderer?

This newest book by Leighann Dobbs was a super fun, quick read.  I absolutely love the main character . . . Juniper Holiday.  She's so spunky and unlike any other characters I've read about.  The paranormal elements in the book were amazing too . . . ghosts and werewolves make appearances adding a spooky element to the storyline.

Although there were red herrings throughout the book, I quickly determined who the killer was but couldn't figure out the motive.  However, I should have figured out the motive because there were clues that hinted at it.  Full disclosure, I did second guess myself at one point when it came to the murderer.

Four out of five stars is what I give Halloween Party Murder (Juniper Holiday, #1) by Leighann Dobbs.  I've already started the second book in the series and can't wait to find out what other surprises await me in this series.

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