I received this book for free from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Season's Greetings by Kira Snyder
Series: Parish Mail
Published by Coliloquy on November 2013
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Celia Macarty is eager to enjoy her first New Orleans Christmas, but school has barely let out for the holidays when she learns that mystery never takes a vacation. Using the clues on a Christmas card from 1933, Celia must unravel a supernatural riddle that takes her all over festive New Orleans—and deeper into her family’s past. As Christmas Eve draws closer, shady community secrets come to light, and Celia enlists an unlikely ally to set things right.
With the help of her witchy best friend Tilly and a trio of to-die-for suitors, Celia navigates a mystery and, in the process, her heart. Because in the Crescent City, Christmas is a time of enchantment and surprises, and a little romance might be Celia’s best present of all.
Celia’s latest Parish Mail adventure is an active fiction title from Coliloquy. Your reading choices will help Celia solve the crime!
It’s that time of year, even though it’s hard to admit. Winter. Again. That means snow and ice, freezing temperatures, car accidents every other block (at least that’s what it means in Canada). But it also means Christmas is just around the corner. Literally! My neighbors a block over have Santa’s Village set up on their lawn! Figuratively too, though. Christmas is just 34 days away. Have you started your shopping yet?
I’m a little slow getting into the spirit this year. We just had our first snowfall, and a lot of my family will be absent this year. This book was exactly what I needed to get me in the mood! The Parish Mail series follows Celia, whose father has died in Afghanistan. She and her mother have moved to New Orleans to start over. When Celia finds a package of hidden letters, she is drawn into a series of historical investigations involving ghosts and their unresolved issues. Each book has its own mystery, but the characters develop throughout the series. I haven’t read the first two books, but I found that I was able to read this short story as a stand alone without any problem.
This is not the first book I have read through Coliloquy, but I always feel the need to explain to people what to expect in case they haven’t had the experience yet. Coliloquy publishes books that are choose your own adventure for young adults. This can make for either a fast read, or you can read it several times over to see how the story changes. I am never disappointed with this completely different genre, as it keeps my mind interested on every level.
Honestly, I’m not on the fence about the cover. It’s deceptive! It brought to mind light, fluffy books that my grandmother might read, where families sit around fireplaces drinking cocoa and singing carols. While this book does have its share of cocoa and it’s wholesome enough for any age, it isn’t like the cover may imply. The mere fact that ghosts are involved should hint that not everything is as it seems. Witchcraft and shadows of death dampen the otherwise lighthearted story. It is the perfect balance of darkness and light.
I will most definitely be reading the first two books of the series, and can easily give the Mom Stamp of Approval.