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Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: How Zombies Stole Christmas by Sidney Bristol

Title: How Zombies Stole Christmas
Series: No
Author: Sidney Bristol
Published: Dec 5, 2013 Taliesin Publishing
Format: Ebook provided for review

Every creature in Haven snuggled down in their beds, ready for another Christmas, they liked it a lot. But not everyone in this magical land shares their holiday cheer. . .

Evelina Frost is a woman used to staying in the shadows, but this year Christmas needs a hero, and with Santa away, it’s up to her to save the holiday from ruin.

A figure dressed in white cast a spell and from the frozen land, ghastly zombies appear.

Kameron is a creature out-of-place in the frigid land, but he’s carved out a life, away from his Highland moors and pastures, happy to live alone. Until a woman barges into his life, and awakens urges he hasn’t known in centuries.

“I’ll take their Christmas, their cheer and their hope,” the figure says, as zombies descend on the Snow Palace, ripping the trees and presents from the hearth.

Together, Evelina and Kameron delve into the history of their land, fighting a magical blizzard, ice zombies and an all-consuming lust for each other as magic seeks to create another fairy tale from their lives. They must fight together against the odds and save Christmas, though they might lose their hearts in the bargain.

What a crazy and fun and interesting book this was! I suppose I should have gotten the review out a bit earlier, but as it goes with the holidays, time just went too fast. But once I got the chance to read this book I went through it like a blow torch through ice!

In How Zombies Stole Christmas, the heroine is Evie and she is a guardian of Ded Moroz, who is like a Slavic Santa Claus. This is all new to me, but I found it quite interesting to learn about him and the Snow Maiden. It seems the Snow Maiden and Ded Moroz’s staff have been stolen, and Evie needs to save Christmas… in a blizzard.

This book took Christmas, fairytale, fae, shifters, magic, sex, action, mystery, danger, and zombies and made it work. I mean seriously, how is that even possible? I think Sidney Bristol has some serious creativity and talent going on to make this story work so well.

Magic might not be Evelina’s strong suit, but she knew how to fight a bitch.

So Evie is this kick ass heroine, and I won’t spoil the surprise about her – but I’d LOVE to see an artist’s rendition of how she looks. She has some really interesting features, and instead of making her ugly, I feel like they make her look amazing and darkly ethereal, in a way. Aside from her looks, I just really liked her. She is smart and loyal, and she’s really got her head on straight.

And then she meets Kameron, a highlander, and a bit paranormal in his own right. This was the first time I’ve read a paranormal like him, and I have to say – it was bloody brilliant. I would love to see him be the focus of a book all his own, because this guy has got a great story and some really great charisma. He’s sweet and sexy, tough as nails, and well, he wears a kilt – with nothing underneath. ‘Nuff said.

The book was action packed, just like I like it. The story went by very quick and was really a page turner. There were several plot points that really took me by surprise in a great way. I know Christmas just passed, but I think this book would be an awesome read any time of year.

It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life.  She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and belly dancing.

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