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.
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.
Thank you so much for reading and until next time!