Tuesday, December 4, 2012

WinterHaven Sleigh Tour Review: Ex-mas by Kate Brian

Today, YA Novelties is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted byWinterHaven Books. This week, we are posting our 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.

by Kate Brian
Published: October 6, 2009 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Paperback, 224 pages

Two Exes. One holiday adventure. Merry Ex-Mas? 

Seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith's parents just left for vacation, and Lila's all set to throw the holiday party of the season. But when her Christmas-obsessed little brother, Cooper, discovers that global warming is melting the North Pole, he and his best friend, Tyler, take off on a runaway mission to save Santa.
Lila has to get Cooper safely home before her parents get back on Christmas Eve. 

But the only person who can help her is Tyler's older brother, Beau — a.k.a. Lila's musician, anti-everything ex-boyfriend.
It'll take more than a Christmas miracle for Lila and Beau to overcome their differences and find their fugitive brothers. But could a journey destined for disaster help these polar opposites fall in love...all over again?--Goodreads

4 Stars!
All holiday/winter season books are so cute, especially the contemporary novels! Kate Brian is one of my favorite contemporary authors; I loved the Private series and the mini show series of that. :)
So Lila and Beau use to be best friends who did everything together and then started dating, but then they broke up and Lila became popular and never spoke to Beau again. 
At first Lila was the typical mean girl, but the more you read the nicer/better her personality and attitude gets. I didn't hate Lila, but I didn't love her either, to me she was just another (forgettable) character. It might be because I've read so many contemporary novels that characters don't really stand out to me anymore. Note: It is realllly hard to bring something new to the contemporary table.
Lila told her seven year old brother that because of global warming the North Pole is melting, so her brother and her brother's friend ran away to try to warn Santa. (awww is that not the cutest thing?) Basically Lila messed up big time, BUT now Beau and her and go find their siblings!!! Oh I forgot to mention that Lila's brother's friend is Beau's little brother. 

This is the cutest winter novel! I would highly recommend it, even though the plot sounds super cheesy. (Note: My friends laughed at me for reading this novel, (yeah I know, what mean, judgmental friends I have) but I don't care because I liked this novel!)

Purchase this novel at: Amazon / B&N / TBD

Giveaway Time: (sponsored by WinterHaven)

Check out Maya's review for the giveaway: Click HERE for link! Good Luck and happy holidays!


  1. Another awesome review! I really can't wait to read this one =D

    1. You can never go wrong with a holiday novel :)


  2. Aww! This does sound really cute! Great review :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

    1. Thank you! Cute books + holidays= happiness! :)


  3. Lila sounds like a good MC.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  4. This looks like a perfect holiday book. I like cheesy once in a while. :p
    I will definitely be reading this one. Thanks for the review! :)


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