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The Christmas Party, by Gillian St. Kevern
Books EW Elaine White July 29, 2021 94
Holiday Haunting Fun
  3rd person, single character POV
 Themes: ghosts/spirits, trans MC, haunting, death, grief, blackmail
  World-Building: ★★★★★
 Heat: ☆☆☆☆☆
 Chemistry: ★★★★☆
 Plot: ★★★★★
 Romance: ★☆☆☆☆

 After the devastating and bittersweet events of Book 13 in the series, The Christmas Party was EVERYTHING I could have asked for, and more. Not only were Pip and Cross perfectly in tact, but it left a hopeful sense of the future, as though all that had been lost in Book 13 was no longer as dire and gut-wrenching. It also made a lot of sense about who attended the séance at the end of Book 13, and why.

 I loved EVERYTHING about this book! It was haunting, chilling, and beautiful in equal measure. It was smart and funny, sarcastically brilliant, and touching.

 Pippa was everything I could have ever hoped she would be, as a grown up. The sibling banter between her and Harry was brilliant, and her attitude towards Julian was almost hilarious at times. I loved how Harry stepped forward to have that brotherly chat about intentions and potential suitors, but backed off when needed. Supportive and protective, as a brother, yet perfectly happy to let Pippa spread her wings and display her independence. Harry's quip about Julian batting for the home team was brilliant!

 I was stunned that Julian was friends with a man like Bryant, but then I remembered how inherently innocent Julian cane be, at times. He doesn't see the worst of people, despite his past, and always gives people the chance to prove their worth. But, at the same time, he's the type to keep a close eye on the enemy, if he feels he needs to, especially if they have intentions towards his family.

 I utterly adored Micah, as a main character. He was perfect. The way he used Pip's book to haunting the party was genius. His friendship with Pippa was lovely and sweet, giving both the freedom and strength to do what needed to be done.

 I almost-cried a few times. Almost, because I was having too much fun. Micah playing the piano was Ezekiel was touching, and perhaps my all-time favourite moment of the entire book.

 And that ending...superb.

 This book was everything I could have wanted, and more. It did justice to Pippa, and the secondary characters, but also gave us some incredible new characters to fall in love with. And I did.


Favourite Quotes

 “She raised her chin, her lips tightening. “I am going to give Julian a Christmas he will never forget.”
Dread washed over Micah in a massive wave. Forget the fact they stood in a haunted house. The young woman before him was terrifying. “How do you propose to do that?”
She smiled sweetly. “I’m going to scare his exquisitely tailored trousers off him. You’ll help me, of course?””

“Harry nudged him. “Julian can spend a night in a haunted house without turning a hair but show him a creased jacket or trousers with a hem undone and he goes all weak at the knees.””

“Julian’s nostrils flared, his gaze resting on his cousin with something that might be misconstrued as genuine relief. “Pippa’s so thick-headed, she wouldn’t know an injury if it arrived with a letter of introduction.””
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