The 12 Days of Holly Chase Blog Tour (Bookmarks + Giveaway)

‘Tis the season to be merry! Welcome to the third day of the Holly Chase tour hosted by Your Book Travels.

A little confession though before I elaborate on today’s tour stop. I’m not much of a Christmas person. I know, shocking when I decided to join such a festive celebration. You can say that I used to be a bit of a Grinch. It’s kinda hard, especially since:

  1. We don’t experience the winter weather here in the Philippines. (Not even fall. What even are pumpkin spice lattes?)
  2. Filipinos debunk the Santa thing pretty early since it’s kinda hard to think about how the heck he’ll give presents when we don’t exactly have chimneys.
  3. Family reunions are both a joyous occasion and a pin to your mental health. (Thank you for noticing the weight I gained, Aunt Barbara. No, Auntie Sylvia. I don’t have a boyfriend yet.)

But hey, I warmed up to it. Once you get past all of the trials and tribulations that comes with the holidays, it’s not all that bad. In fact, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For us Filipinos, the Christmas season starts once the month’s letters ends in -ber. No joke in some ways, because I know people who literally put up their displays in the middle of September. (Halloween who? Thank u, next.) So you can safely say that we’re always bringing our a-game in sharing the Christmas spirit. Who has the time to say “Bah, humbug.”? Definitely not us since we are too merry in basically every Christmas activity.

Honestly, there is so much joy and warm feelings that come with the Christmas season. Especially for us readers! We get all cozy with our latest reads, thanking the bookish gods that we have the holidays to engross ourselves with our current reads. To add, when it comes to receiving (and giving) gifts, nothing warms a bookworm’s heart more than a book. Personally, I love reading contemporaries that make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Just take it from the wonderful book that we’re celebrating today. What’s not to like about a book set during the holidays? It is a Christmas Carol-inspired young adult novel – a modern take on good ‘ol Ebenezer Scrooge. But this time, her name is Holly Chase. It’s a retelling, but there’s so much more that goes on. Simple yet complex in the values and lessons learned: that’s The Afterlife of Holly Chase for you.

Title: The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Author: Cynthia Hand

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

ISBN: 0062318500

Date Published: 24th of October 2017

Series: None

Publisher: HarperTeen

Buy it on: HarperCollinsAmazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Indiebound

Summary:

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

While I will not be sharing a full review despite having read (and loved) this wonderful book, I will be sharing some bookmarks inspired by Cynthia Hand’s lovely novel.

I read this book in early March, and a bit out of the loop if you might add, but The Afterlife of Holly Chase still has that spark and the same fuzzy feeling you get when it’s Christmas. Paired with Cynthia Hand’s magnificent writing style, it’s easy to love the premise. Granted you do get to meet some characters that make you go -oof, but hey, what you can expect from reading this book is some great character development. It’s an excellent story about love, friendship, and second chances with a mix of magical realism that can make you mutter, “God bless us, everyone.” The story overall had a good ring to it, and if given the chance, it’s one of those books that are perfect to reread with some hot cocoa by one’s bedside.

Now when it came to designing these bookmarks, I took inspiration from the simplicity and the minimalism of the cover of this awesome book. While it is mostly quotes, I wanted to add some holly-day PSA. (I will never get tired of that pun.) Generally put, I have a weakness for things that can make anyone happy. So hey, to the person reading this, I hope you enjoy these bookmarks!

You can get these lovely bookmarks individually, or get the whole set here.

Bookmark 1

Bookmark 2

Bookmark 3

“Holly-day Prize Pack” Giveaway

U.S. Only! (Click on the photo to be redirected)

The winner will receive a signed copy of a Cynthia Hand novel of your choice, a Holly hat, knitted by Cynthia, a holiday spice candle, a copy of Mickey’s Christmas Carol, two Christmas tree bath bombs, a cranberry/pear and vanilla lip balm set, a “make your own ugly sweater kit,” a pair of Christmas tree glasses, a Christmas mug that reads: “Dear Santa, it’s a long story,” Christmas pencils, candy cane Christmas kisses, and a limited edition Holly Chase ornament, signed by Cynthia (not pictured), and digital download of The Afterlife of Holly Chase: An Alternate Christmas Carol by Lindsey Hunt.

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and the upcoming novel THE HOW AND THE WHY (Fall 2019). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with a husband who’s addicted to typewriters, two kids, two cats, one crazy dog, and a entourage of imaginary friends.

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Now the big question/s are: Have you read The Afterlife of Holly Chase? What are some of your favorite books set during the holidays?

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Book Madness ’17: Hear Ye, Hear Ye, For Lord Gifford Dudley

Let’s start with the basics: Book Madness is the brainchild of Maggie Ann Martin, who is the awesome person that gathered bloggers, booktubers, and bookstagrammers to rally and share the love for their chosen characters.

Now for me, I am a fangirl who gives love to basically any character who deserves it. But in picking this particular character, it was a whim of emotions caused by extreme giddyness and sheer fangirling. A recent book that has caught my attention is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Inside those marvelous pages holds a character named Jane. But instead, I went with her steed in shining armor. His name is Gifford Dudley. I loved Gifford the moment I started reading about his narrative, but there is so much more to talk about.

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Terribly sorry.

Here are the 5 reasons on why you would love Gifford Dudley, and why you should vote for him during Book Madness:

  1. The dude has a way with words.

– No, he does not use this to get what he wants. Okay, he does sometimes. But what he wants is different. A common Tudor gentleman would probably say that he wants power and the ladies. But Gifford (or simply, G) wants to be known for his words. To be known for his rhymes, lyrics, sonatas, and poems that can rival the bards of his day. You will be lucky enough if he chooses you as his muse. Think about all of the art that he would make under your name. (But sorry people, he is taken.)

  1. He is as noble as a noble steed.

– Well technically, he is a noble steed. He is a horse by day. But he knows where his loyalty stands. If he cares about you, then you need not to worry about his stance on you. Once you get to know him beyond his horse exterior (SORRY), you will know what he stands for and who he will support. He is also noble in the sense that he uses his status in life as a way of helping others less fortunate than him. Rather than being a power hungry politician, he does the action with his heart set to it.

  1. He makes a great company.

– This guy is sensitive with the people that he is around with. For one, since he spends his day as a hay-lover, you would not really know much on what he is thinking. But little do you know is that he is actually taking notice of your company. Once you get acquainted, it’s nice to know that he enjoys being in the sights of other people. And he will take note of what you love, too. Say in Jane’s perspective, G actually enjoyed a quiet day for a read.

  1. You can satisfy him with apples and hay.

– I should probably stop with the horse jokes already. But I just cannot help it if it’s true. The guy loves apples and a good pile of hay. Satisfaction guaranteed, even just for one day.

  1. He is quite the charmer.

– Note that he has a way with words. Note that he is loyal to the people that he cares for. With that said, it may have been a cliché love at first sight. But once hit, there is no turning back. It’s easy to fall for someone with their looks, but it is also easy to fall for someone who has a wonderful personality. G may be a horse during the day, but he is more human than majority of the characters in My Lady Jane. While he is somewhat a stereotypical male with a beautiful face, it is easy to fall in love with him. Honest to book gods, I would not have chose G if I did not fall in love from the moment he said “Hay.”.

Now hopefully, I have convinced you on choosing G as your champion for this year’s Book Madness. If you have, give him a little love and vote for him here. (Or you know, click the horse image up there. Lol.) If you want to know more about G and the rest of the gang, then I suggest that you pick up My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Trust me, it is the funniest book ever.

But oh well, since I love you guys very much…

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MyLadyJane_finalTitle & Author: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Genre:  Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Target Audience: Young Adult

Date Published: June 7, 2016

Series: The Lady Janies #1

Summary:

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.


Voting for the first round is open until March 5, 11:59 CST, so you technically have plenty of time left. Having trouble voting for just G? No problem! You can choose up to 5 characters to vote. By just voting, you will actually get to enter to win some prizes. So what are you waiting for? Go on now. 🙂

Now if you had to choose, who would you pick as your champion?

Have I managed to convince you go and vote for Gifford? (I hope I did. *crossing my fingers for him*)

What madness is this? And also, hey there Lady Janies! (If ever some of you got lost and somehow found my blog, haha!)

Let’s talk about it!

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