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Christmas Review – The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Spoiler-Free)

 

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The Twelve Days of Lily and Dash

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With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.

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Disclaimer: I didn’t fall in love with The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily right away.

The writing was fine and I did enjoy it quite a lot, even if it did border on purple prose at times (though it was mostly on purpose, so I guess that’s acceptable). But I wasn’t too keen on the characters or overall story in the beginning, and was mostly bored throughout. Fortunately, I did warm up to them later on, especially towards the end.

I think the pacing might have been a bit off, with many “pointless” moments mixed in with exciting adventures mixed in with dramatic pauses mixed in with adorable interactions and tasteful humor. It’s awesome that this book showcases a little bit of everything but it can get somewhat overwhelming.

There were times when both Lily and Dash (but mostly Lily) got on my nerves so much, I felt like yelling at them through the pages. But eventually, the more I got to know them, the more they appealed to me. I understood them and their dilemmas a lot more, and I really hoped they would get a happy ending – even when everything pointed in the opposite direction.

I loved Boomer and Mrs. Basil E. the most. They were funny and charming and just wormed their way into my heart so effortlessly. The perfect sidekicks who completely stole the show whenever they were in the room. I also liked Lily’s grandpa as he sounded like a super nice old man. Everyone else was pretty forgettable and predictable, though they didn’t really have to be otherwise.

I loved the humor in this: witty yet not forced, ambitious yet not arrogant. The romance was incredibly tender and portrayed a realistic relationship between two confused teenagers. It wasn’t totally frustrating to the point of insanity, and really made me fear for its continuity more than once. I guess the fact that I cared so much whether these two would stay together says a lot about my involvement in this story.

I don’t think skipping Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares ruined my reading experience. It definitely took me a while to wrap my mind around all the details that were mentioned from book one, but there was never anything major going on that required previous knowledge. I will say, though, that you should be prepared to be spoiled for book one if you plan on reading this one first. So be warned.

Overall, I really liked reading this one but lack of consistency kept me from giving it a higher candy cane rating. The first half of the book didn’t really hold my attention as much as the second one, for instance, and it could be a bit all over the place at times. Still, it certainly made me laugh out loud and feel truly delighted to have met such fun, loving and exasperating characters and what went on in their heads when no one was watching.

 

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Thank you so much for reading and until next time!

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Have you ever read The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily? Please let me know your thoughts below 。^‿^ 。

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55 thoughts on “Christmas Review – The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Spoiler-Free)

  1. Your layout for these posts is just so seriously awesome, and yes I know I said this before, but it really does 😊
    Hmm, not too sure about this book though. I usually don’t really like it when a novel doesn’t immediately grab my attention. Still, you giving it four (candycane) stars and it looks like it will be worth in the end might motivate me to pick it up in the end. Terrific post, and before I forget: Merry Christmas! 😀

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤ I'm glad you like them, it was something I wasn't too sure of but now that I've received such positive feedback and knowing how much I enjoy doing these makes me realize it was a good decision 😊
      Yeah, I wasn't super into it at the beginning but warmed up to it and eventually ended up really liking it. So I wouldn't be able to rate it anything lower than four candy cane. It took a while but I'm glad I stuck around hahaha
      I'm not sure whether you'd like this or not… It could get a bit juvenile at times but still pretty adorable. If you're a contemporary romance fan, maybe. If not, well, I recommend you skip it hahaha
      Thank you so much and I'm so sorry for not replying sooner but I had a crazy week with crappy internet access… Ugh.
      I honestly hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Michel!! All the best 😊 ❤

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      1. Really no need for any apologies whatsoever. Around this time of year everyone usually gets crazy weeks, and if they don’t there still is no need for an apology at all 😊
        Hmm..after this comment I think I will skip the book though. This really doesn’t sound like my kind of book lol. Sorry 😅😅
        But yes your lay-outs were awesome, looking forward to what you will be coming up with next.
        I had a great Christmas by the way, I hope you did too.
        Best wishes for 2018, I hope it will be an awesome year for you 😊😊

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  2. I don’t really have a problem with purple prose as long as it’s done well. It’s just a shame the pacing was off and it took so long to warm to the characters. It’s just good that the humour and realistic relationship made up for it. Great review!

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    1. Yeah, same here. I think it was handled well in this but it could still get a teeny bit distracting…
      I’m glad I stuck around, in the end, but had I been less patient and I’d have probably DNFed it a few chapters in. I also read a few not so great reviews and while I do agree with some of them, what was mentioned wasn’t enough to put me off. So yay!
      They certainly did! And thank you so much 😊 ❤

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  3. Lovely review, Sophie! 🙂 I’m sorry to hear it took you a bit of time to warm up to the characters – I know I hate it when that happens, and sometimes it makes me want to give up a book. I need to care about the characters so much, this influences my reading experience a whole lot, ahah 🙂 I’m glad you found some positive points about this book to still give it a good rating, yay for the humor and perfect sidekicks!! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Marie! ❤ I know… And it did make me think about DNFing but in the end I was glad I finished it 🙂
      I didn't dislike the characters at the beginning, per se, but I had a hard time understanding their motives and what they were about. So there wasn't an instant connection. Still, I rarely mind not connecting with characters, so long as their journey makes sense to me in the end. In fact, I rarely like reading about characters that are similar to me, as I find them a bit boring LOL I prefer to read about different perspectives and learning from them 🙂 To read about someone who thinks exactly like me just isn't as engaging. But I also need them to not be complete ***holes either.
      I was really relieved! And totally yay to that!! ^_^ ❤

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  4. Awe I’m glad you’ve found a Christmssy book that isn’t a classic that you liked!! They are rare creatures aren’t they? I wanted to read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares this winter but eh I gave up (I am a notorious dnf-er shame on me shame on my cow) but I was definitley enjoying the humour. Maybe I’ll try again next Christmas who knows!

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    1. Indeed! Although the classic that I’m currently reading, A Christmas Carol, isn’t really grabbing my attention at the moment LOL I thought I would love it because I really enjoyed the movies but was a bit disappointed… Like, it’s less than 80 pages and it’s taking me days to finish it 😂 Let’s hope it picks up in the end. Otherwise, classics are pretty badass ❤
      Hmm yeah, me too! But I don't think I've missed much by reading this one first. A few spoilers, of course, but nothing I wouldn't have expected to happen (like Lily and Dash ending up together in book one – gasp!) I still want to try it, though. Too it didn't do it for you but at least we can agree on the humor being super cool 🙂 If I end up enjoying it I'll try and convince you to give it another go! 😛
      Are you planning to maybe reading this one?

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      1. Maybe but I know that only the first one is translated here (not that I need it translated it’s just that it’s cheaper and I can’t justify paying full price for a book that I know I’m going to just mildly enjoy…ugh international bookworm probleeeeemsss) so I don’t really know.

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  5. This was a fun Christmas story that I found enjoyable as well. I do agree that the pacing was quite off, though. I actually enjoyed Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares a lot more and if you haven’t read that one yet, I highly recommend it. 🙂

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  6. Awesome review Sophie! I love books with humor and I’m glad humor makes the read better for you. I have heard of this book last Christmas but didn’t get a chance to read it. I will have to make sure to read it in 2018. Are you planning not to continue the series?

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    1. Thank you so much, Jasmine! ❤ Yeah, the humor was really witty and nice 🙂 I hope you get to read it soon!
      I'm planning on trying the first book, for sure. Many people say it's better than this one so I'm curious. I'm not sure whether there'll be more in the series but I think it's just those two for now.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! Oh don’t be, I read tons of Christmas stories yet they weren’t all as great as I’d hoped… This one was cute but really could have been better.
      Maybe this year you’ll manage to squeeze some in? I hope you had a fabulous Christmas, nonetheless! 🙂 ❤
      Thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Hahaha you know what, before reading your comment I hadn’t realized I’d given it that rating! It was supposed to be 3.5 candy cane and it’s fixed now. So thanks! xD
      It’s still pretty generous but I really had fun reading it so that’s why I don’t think it deserves any lower 🙂 But I’m hoping the first book is better.

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  7. Great review, Sophie! What made you pick this up before checking out the first one? Is this one of those insta-pick-ups from NetGalley or something? Hahah 😀 I find it interesting that it seemed to have some flaws and yet you still enjoyed it. I guess it all comes down to how invested you were in the book. It definitely sounds like the author succeeded on that level!

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    1. Thanks, Lashaan! 🙂 Oh I picked it solely because I wanted a Christmas read and this one felt like a great fit (looked super cute and fluffy!) Nothing else hahaha
      I was a bit worried I wouldn’t be able to follow the story, being a sequel, but surprisingly it didn’t feel like one. You can pretty much read it as a standalone.
      Yeah, I really had some good fun with it, whenever I wasn’t bored 😂 Now that I think about it, maybe having two authors had something to do with it? I just felt like it read really easily at times and dragged a lot in others… Hmm.
      I’ve meanwhile changed my rating to 3.5 candy cane, though, which was what I’d been aiming at in the first place. Sorry for the confusion! But it was still a good book 🙂

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  8. It’s interesting reading your review knowing you haven’t read the first one. I read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares many years ago now and loved it, so I think I’d quite like this one. Although it’s been so long it would probably feel like going in like you — having never read the first book, haha! Awesome you could still like this one!

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    1. Yeah, I think it can be easily read as a standalone so I wouldn’t worry about not remembering some things 🙂 The authors do refresh the reader’s memory along the way, too.
      I’m still hoping to read Book of Dares sometime soon. Everyone keeps saying how much better it is than this one so I’m curious!
      I was really surprised too, but I’m glad I did ^^
      Thank you for stopping by, Emily!

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  9. I’ve seen this one around for some time. I also wish I had read it during the holidays. Even with all the problems you had you end up enjoying it. I love your Christmasy them too, it so festive and pretty! Thanks so much for this awesome review, Sophie. I hope you have a wonderful and safe Happy New Year.
    -Helena 💋 xoxo

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    1. Yeah, it’s a really nice holiday read. Maybe this year you’ll get to do it! 🙂
      I had mixed feelings at times but overall, it was pretty good. Having two different authors pen it could have something to do with that…
      Thank you so much, Helena! I’m glad you enjoy both my theme and review ❤ Makes my day!
      I did, thanks for asking 🙂 And I hope you did, too!
      May 2018 be an awesome year for you, hon ❤

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  10. Great review! Too bad that it took a while for this read to become enjoyable, but it’s great to hear that you found some positives here. Since I’m not sure I’d have the drive to finish a book in which the beginning isn’t grabbing, I think I’ll pass on this one. I appreciate your thoughts, and glad it wasn’t a total bummer, lol.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!! Also, Happy New Year!! 🎉🎉

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! Yeah, that part is never fun but I’m glad it picked up by the middle/end 🙂
      I wouldn’t have given it a chance had I not seen any potential, but I did so I made sure to make an effort and finish it. So glad I did!
      Thank you so much, hon, and to you as well! May 2018 be an epic year for you ❤ ❤

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  11. Omg I love the design of your posts so much! Great review! I like those books that manage to stir your emotions (in good and bad ways) and make you react, whether we agree with them or not 😉

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    1. Thank you so much! It makes my day that you think so ^_^
      I hadn’t read anything by them before (except one Levithan’s short story) so I was really curious to find out what the fuss was about. I’m planning to read some of their individual novels just to see how different they are from this one. I hope you like them when you do, too!
      I try to read as diversely as possible but I’m not sure I’ve succeeded hahaha Hopefully this year I’ll do an even better job 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by! ❤

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  12. Great review of this book. Characters dilemma’s can be pretty frustrating at times but I do love it when we get to know the “why” behind what they do it, adds much more depth to the experience and they become more real to the reader.

    Love your blog design, especially the Christmas theme, so adorable.

    Happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
      Yeah, that’s definitely what happened here and I was able to appreciate it in the end. It just took a while before I could find myself there.
      Thank you, that’s really sweet of you! ❤ I hope you have a fantastic 2018 ^^

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  13. Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( https://www.instagram.com/tayo_home/ ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Keep up the good work on your blog.

    Regards
    Wiki

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    1. Oh thank you! I have just followed your instagram – your cats are sooo adorable I can’t!! Lovely balls of fur you have there 😊
      If you like animals, you might enjoy my newest review on a book called Dog On It, which is about a private investigator and his dog solving crimes. It’s ridiculously sweet and will melt your heart.
      Hope you enjoy it! Thank you so much for stopping by and best of luck with your pets insta account ❤

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  14. I was interested in this book, but I have yet to read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. It is good to know that you do not need the previous knowledge to enjoy this book though.

    The books sounds like a lot of fun though, and warm fuzzy feelings! I wanna read it too although it’s no longer Christmas.

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    1. I’m planning to read that one as well sometime soon 🙂 Everyone keeps saying it’s so much better than this one so I’m curious.
      It’s definitely cute and fun! There are some dull moments (and even a bit sad at times) but overall a really adorable read 🙂 I hope you love it when you read it, Andreea!
      Thank you for stopping by ❤

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    1. Yes it was! Hmm, I hadn’t thought about that but maybe you’re right… I do plan on reading book one just to see what the fuss is about and also because a lot of people keep saying it’s so much better than this one. So I’m curious to test that theory!
      Thank you so much, Chauncey 🙂

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  15. Excellent review, Sophie, despite being lukewarm in places. You give a really good feel for the read. I imagine I’ll skip this one, but I’m glad it wasn’t a total loss and had some redeeming qualities. I hope you had a great Christmas, and Happy 2018!.

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    1. Thank you so much, Diana 🙂 Yeah, it wasn’t perfect by any means but it was certainly a nice, feel-good read in the end. I understand, but I’m still giving the first book a shot just to see if I’ve been missing anything.
      I did, thank you! 🙂 I hope you did too and a very Happy 2018 to you as well ❤

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