Monday, December 10, 2012

The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan

The Legend of Holly Claus
by Brittney Ryan
illustrated by Laurel Long
554 pages
Book Jacket Summary
Santa Claus is the King of Forever, Land of the Immortals. When one special boy writes to Santa asking what no other child has ever asked, a miracle occurs: Santa and Mrs. Claus are blessed with a daughter. But the birth of Holly Claus also brings about a terrible curse--from an evil soul named Herrikhan. Holly's heart is frozen, and the gates to Forever are locked, barring exit or entry.

As she grows into a beautiful and selfless young woman, Holly longs to break the spell that holds her people hostage. With four faithful and magical animal friends, she escapes to the wondrous world of Victorian New York, where she will face countless dangers, adventures, and a miracle all her own.

My Thoughts
I read this book when it first came out and I remember enjoying it. When I saw it again on NetGalley I was intrigued and thought, 'Why not read it again and get into the Christmas spirit.' It certainly did that. All the things I remember liking about it are still there and I enjoyed all the elements I discovered again.
Holly is a sweet child and borderline Mary Sure but it is because her innocent heart was frozen as a baby. She looks at the world through rose colored glasses but she does find the good. People are cheered by her smile and she has the knack of saying the right thing. She is more than that though. I like that she is willing to sacrifice for the good of the world and what she has seen of it. There is something very Eight Cousins or An Old Fashioned Girl (by Louisa May Alcott) about the way the story flows and the way Holly acts. It is very Victorian children's story and I liked the quality that Ryan gave the story. Good vs. Evil, Right vs. Wrong, Poor and Rich. It does feel like a Louisa May Alcott book. Sweet and sugary at times but solid standing. I would recommend this one to elementary and your tweens because of the simple charm of the story. It is very magical and I know I would have had it right next to my Lousia May Alcott books to enjoy every Christmas.

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  1. What a delight for me to read your wonderful words.
    Thank you for believing in my story The Legend of Holly Claus. May every one of your Christmas's be filled with the magic of Holly Claus. And I can only hope that you will pass my story down to the generations of your family. I am grateful and wish you a very Merry Christmas, and remember make everyday a Holly Day.

    1. I am so honoured to see how much you loved the Legend of Holly Claus. Come and share the magical spirit of christmas with Brittney and Holly ! Read about the Book Of Forever and the true meaning of christmas...


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