The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Star rating: ★★★★ ☆ 4/5 stars
Format: ebook galley
Summary: On Christmas Eve, Holly Chase is visited by three ghosts who warn her that if she does not change her ways that she will die and be doomed in the afterlife. Holly doesn’t believe them and ignores their warning, dying soon after Christmas. Then her afterlife begins and she becomes the Ghost of Christmas Past herself.
Review: I received an advanced galley copy of this book for review from Edelweiss.
What an amazing and original retelling, it was done so smartly and I enjoyed it immensely. I love the concept that Holly doesn’t listen and dies, it opens up this whole other story and I feel it was a smart twist on a classic, well known story.
I thought it was cool how the romance isn’t the focus of the story like it is at first presented to be. The romance honestly turned out completely different from what I had thought it would end Up. I like how ending the turned out, it was pretty satisfying. I was worried there for a moment that it wasn’t going to end in a satisfying way but it actually did.
I liked the characters a lot, they were well written and had good growth. I liked the main character, she was a Scrooge but she wasn’t totally unlikable even at her worst. I thought how her afterlife was described of her resetting every day at the time of her death was super interesting. There is also a mix of supernatural and technology in the work the ghosts do every year which was pretty cool. The fact that there are several Scrooge company’s around the world to help save one person in each area is really cool. I liked that.
I liked seeing the backstage of the Christmas Ghosts as they work with a Scrooge and also to see what happens to someone who did not listen to the ghosts and died a terrible person.
This was a fun and original book, I liked it a whole lot. I think I would definitely reread this, especially around Christmas time.
Recommendation: I would really recommend you read this new take on a classic every one knows. It’s really good and a great read for around Christmas.