I received this book for free from ARC Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Source: ARC Tour
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Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.
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.
I am a HUGE Christmas lover. I am the person who counts down months ahead of time and has a case of the blues when it is all over. I don’t read a lot of fluffy feel-good reads but Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares gets me all warm and tingly inside and encompasses all that I love about the Holidays. I was stoked to get that feeling again with a sequel!
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily takes place at Christmastime the following year. It’s been a tough year for Lily and these two are struggling to find their place with each other. We get to see a lack of communication about what they need from each other and how it gets rooted into their relationship and threatens to tear them apart. This makes the book a little heavier than the previous, but the care they have for each other is there and of course they have their own quirky ways of show it. The adventures continue and I was left laughing once again! I think a few circumstances were a little too out there and cheesier than the first book. That was probably the only downside of the book for me. But the characters were back just how I liked them and I am so happy to have had this continuation.
On a whole, this was a joy to read. Did it have the same spark as the first book? Not for me, no. But it was still worth the adventure and I think fans of the first book will agree!