Book blogger, recent Sociology grad in her twenties. Stares at labels when no books are in sight. Disproportionately reads YA. This is a companion blog to http://wordrevel.com.
North Pole Reform School is a very imaginative book that takes a lot of Christmas traditions, reinvents them and adds a lot of unconventional ideas as well. I think that is the one thing I would laud this book for. I mean, zombies and Christmas when the point of the book is to spread some Christmas cheer? Definitely different. Also, not what I was expecting because to be honest, I didn't reach the end of the synopsis before I hopped on over to Amazon and bought myself the Kindle edition. Not really what I had in mind when looking for Christmas reads. That being said, I found it entertaining, so I'm not upset about the 99 cents I parted with.
How do you convince hardcore grinches that Christmas is a happy time? You send them a purple moose to whisk them off to Santa's home where all the elves spend the whole day preparing to spread some joy among the humans down south. It's difficult though when Santa himself isn't exactly the most jolly figure either. Whatever it is, I enjoyed the concept of the reform school and their curriculum is an interesting one that makes for many hilarious incidents for Mistletoe and Luke.
As touching as I thought that the setting was very well planned and presented, I did not have much sympathy for any of the characters. Mistletoe lands at the North Pole with another four. Luke, for one, the duck-phobic Emily, a boy who thinks he died and a very grouchy man. It's good to see that the characters were different and also of different ages. But the reasons for which they end up there did not convince me. The reasons for returning home convinced me even less. I did not see a transition in the characters, so in the end I felt reading about their time at the reform school was a waste of my time. Pity because the narrative itself didn't trip me up or anything. In fact, it is expressive, varied and engaging.
Still, I do care a lot about the execution of the plot and the presentation of characters, and that is where this book came short for me. Reading North Pole Reform School during the Christmas season to get into the holiday mood is fine but I would not necessarily recommend it for the rest of the year. Although, it is a heart-warming book.
This review is also available at dudettereads.com.