Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Review: Decked With Holly by Marni Bates Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!
Decked with Holly by Marni Bates
Release Date: September 25, 2012 
Publisher: K-Teen 
Source: For Blog Tour 
Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, "Awkward", with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.

Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn't Holly's idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she's pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she's greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly's face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can't risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend - just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be "fauxmantically" involved with a cute rock star? She's about to find out...
When I first read Marni Bates other novel, Awkward, I fell in love with her characters and plot and how the book actually made me laugh. When I was given the chance to go on a blog tour for her new book, Decked with Holly, I eagerly joined. I wasn't sure what to expect but let me tell you: I wasn't expecting to stay up late finishing this book!

For starters, I loved Holly. She was awkward and weird and loved to draw. She loved her grandfather to bits and while she had some mean family members, she always kept her head up. While Holly could have easily been a girl I didn't care for (she complains a lot), Marni Bates wrote her to be more charming and funny than I expected. Dominic aka Nick was also a guy I loved. While I wish both of the characters acted closer to their ages (18 and 21), it wasn't something that bugged me too much. Surprisingly, Nick made me laugh too and I grinned when the ending came! It was also exciting to see (well hear) from character's I loved in Awkward! 

As I said about the age, I do wish the writing had been more...advanced? Having read Awkward, I was aware of the author's writing and while I had hoped her writing would change a bit, it didn't seem to happen. While it wasn't the biggest issue, it went along the lines of simply wanting more from the story. It was only 250 pages but I think had a been a little longer, more of the character personalities could have been fleshed out. But that's about all the bad things about this book!  

Marni Bates scores again with another excellent book. Decked with Holly is a book that will make you laugh and sigh and even roll your eyes at times. It's a book that you just need to read because sometimes, you need a good laugh! 
Cover Comments: 
It's not the best cover I've ever seen but it's not bad. I do like how it's simple and clean and the title is in Christmas colors but I would have liked something more. 
Reviews Around Blogosphere: 

**Be sure to check out all the other blogs on this tour HERE**
**Hannah at The Girl in a Cafe will have an author interview as the next tour stop so look out for that! **


I have ONE copy of Deck with Holly for today's blog tour! 
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