BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: The 12 Days of Holly Chase [Top 10 Tuesday with Cynthia Hand + Review]

Posted December 11, 2018 by wildandw in Blog Tour, Book Reviews / 6 Comments

Happy Holidays, bookworms!  Welcome to my stop on The 12 Days of Holly Chase Blog Tour, hosted by Your Book Travels, for The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand.  Today I’m bringing you my book review, a fun and festive Top Ten Tuesday featuring the author’s favorite holiday movies, and an amazing giveaway!

The Afterlife of Holly Chase — a Young Adult retelling of A Christmas Carol, in which the Scrooge is a spoiled California socialite named Holly Chase — recently released in paperback!  Here’s what it’s all about:


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. . . .


The Afterlife of Holly Chase was the perfect book to kick off my holiday reading this year!

Quite frankly, I am not a fan of most classics; I struggle to connect with them.  However, I have been known to enjoy a good twist on a classic!  And in this case, I absolutely loved it!

The Afterlife of Holly Chase puts a modern, but still magical, spin on A Christmas Carol.  There are several cliches in it, but I was living for them by the end.  The premise of this book is just so fun!  Like the original tale, though, the integrity and good message are ever present, making this, what I’m calling, a fantastic “mirror” book — one that you can look into and see a bit of yourself.  I adore books that you can read and relate to.

The entire cast of characters is thoroughly enjoyable!  You should have an idea going in what you’re getting in terms of most characters because they parallel those in A Christmas Carol.  As for our lead, Holly Chase is terribly unlikable…but that’s the point…she’s a Scrooge!  Seeing her growth was one of the things I liked most about this book.  I also have a soft spot for Ethan, especially after learning more of his backstory.

My one disappointment had to do with the romance in the end, but that’s because I am a complete romance junkie!  It is not enough to keep me from 100% recommending this book, though!

So, overall, The Afterlife of Holly Chase gets two thumbs up from me!  YA readers and fans of retellings should love this one!

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I wanted to have a little extra fun with my blog tour stop!  Coming your way next is a Top Ten Tuesday:  Cynthia Hand’s Favorite Holiday Movies!


1. The Muppet Christmas Carol.

I was actually IN a version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL when I was in high school, which is around the time this movie came out, and I practically have it memorized. It is so funny and fun and still has so much heart and honor for the original story. “Light the lamp, not the rat!”

2. Scrooged.

My favorite scene is the introduction of the Ghost of Christmas Past and just how much evil fun she takes in her job.

3. A Charlie Brown Christmas.

I reference this in THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, but I love Snoopy’s dancing and the saving of the sad little tree.

4. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, (the old original cartoon).

I was a tiny blond child once, and every year people started calling me “Cindy Loo Who.” I loved the movie so much I didn’t mind. I have also read this book so often to my kids that I can recite the entire thing from memory. One of the things I love about it is that there is really no explanation offered as to why the Grinch is so awful, outside of it possibly being his too-tight shoes or his too-small heart. And of course I adore Max the dog.

5. Nightmare Before Christmas.

I can never decide if I’d whether watch this at Halloween or Christmas, but I just deeply love the music and the weird and wonderful imagery in this movie. When I was seventeen I loved Sally so much I sewed my own patchwork dress and painted my face with stitches to be her one Halloween.

6. A Christmas Story.

Every. Single. Year. It never gets old. It’s one of the first movies that I fully understood how FUNNY it was.

7. Elf.

“I know him. I KNOW him.” I just help but smile at Will Ferrell’s innocent wonder at all things Christmas.

8. Home Alone.

I have a keen memory of watching this movie in the theaters with my dad, who rarely went to movies. I remember that he laughed and laughed. Later I watched my son laugh in almost the same way.

9. It’s A Wonderful Life.

I also reference this movie in Holly Chase. I just love how much love this movie has. It never fails to make me feel good at the end. I also love the wooing scene where Jimmy Stewart promises to give Mary the moon.

10. Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

I used to have this as a record when I was very little, and fell asleep listening to it again and again. I think the first fictional character I ever wept over was Tiny Tim, and when I imagine Mr. Scrooge begging for his life and promising to be a better person, he almost always sounds like Scrooge McDuck.

What are YOUR favorite holiday movies?  Share with me in the comments!

*Special thanks to Cynthia for contributing to this Top Ten Tuesday!

And rounding out my blog stop is a chance for you to win an awesome holiday prize pack, including a signed copy of the book!

“Holly-day Prize Pack” Giveaway
*U.S. Only*

The winner will receive a signed copy of a Cynthia Hand novel of your choice, a set of red fingerless gloves (knitted by Cynthia), a holiday spice candle, a copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas, two peppermint mocha bath bombs, a peppermint cream and pomegranate raspberry lip balm set, a “make your own ugly sweater kit,” a pair of reindeer glasses, a Christmas mug that reads: “Holi-yays,” Christmas pencils, candy cane Christmas kisses, and a limited edition Holly Chase ornament (signed by Cynthia). Digital download of The Afterlife of Holly Chase: An Alternate Christmas Carol by Lindsey Hunt.

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About the Author

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.

Thanks for stopping by The 12 Days of Holly Chase Blog Tour, hosted by Your Book Travels, for The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand.  Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour!

*Thank you to Your Book Travels and the author for providing me with a copy of this book and having me on tour.


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6 responses to “BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: The 12 Days of Holly Chase [Top 10 Tuesday with Cynthia Hand + Review]

  1. Elena Y.

    My favorite thing about holidays is the good vibe and reunion with the beloved ones! Thanks for the interview and great review =)

  2. Hallo, Hallo!

    My favourite part of the holiday season this year is being able to take some much needed downtime for myself to simply relax, read and enjoy the hours – the chase up to Christmas this year had a lot of strife attached to it, so for me *pleasure reading* – without worrying about reviewing or deadlines or anything remotely related to book blogging would be most ideal! 🙂

    I personally LOVE finding re-tellings of my favourite stories!! A Christmas Carol happens to be one of the ones I can never tire of reading / seeing in adaptation!! I’ve seen loads over the years during the holiday film marathons on tv; each one is brilliantly bringing the heart of the story back to life but in unique ways. I’ve seen it where they switch genders, switch cultures, even switch between historical / contemporary settings – really its one of those stories that wears well!!

    I am thankful to have stumbled across your blog in my WP Reader whilst earmarking this as a #mustread! It doesn’t matter if I’m not the winner – I feel I won just finding a new author & a new novel to seek out!! Thank you for that and you have a lovely blog!

    • Thank you SO MUCH! And I’m glad to see you’re taking some time for yourself during the holidays! The Afterlife of Holly Chase is definitely a fun retelling & I hope you enjoy it. I appreciate all the kind words!

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