Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Twelve Dates of Christmas: Dates 11 and 12 by Lisa Dickenson

Review of Dates 1 and 2 can be found here.

Review of Dates 3 and 4 can be found here.

Review of Dates 5 and 6 can be found here.

Review of Dates 7 and 8 can be found here.

Review of Dates 9 and 10 can be found here.

Here’s the plot description from Amazon:

The Twelve Dates of Christmas 11 and 12 coverThe romantic, heartfelt and festive conclusion to this very funny six-part digital romantic comedy.

On the twelfth date of Christmas, Claudia’s true love was nowhere to be seen . . .

Everyone Claudia cares about is mad at her, all the good things in her life have turned bad, and Seth is still hanging around. In short, everything is a big fat mess. And now she has to find some festive cheer and get ready for her friends’ wedding. Unfortunately all those angry-at-Claudia people she’s been avoiding are also going to be there – including him. With the big day fast approaching, she desperately needs some Christmas magic to put things right. Will Claudia get the merry Christmas and happy ending she longs for, or has her chance at love gone forever?

This is the story of Claudia and her twelve dates of Christmas. It’s a story about losing love, about finding love, and about discovering what’s been there all along. Expect a whole heap of Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in the final hilarious part of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

And finally, we are at the last part of the set. A lot of things have yet to be resolved by Claudia, whether it’s for the better or worse, and I’m already preparing myself for what’s to come. I truly hope she’ll learn to accept her past mistakes and make selfless decisions.

Evident from the previous date, Seth comes into picture again. For a while there, I almost fall into his trap as well. Thankfully, this last part lets the readers show his true colors and intentions. The more I encounter his name, the more hatred I feel for him. Lisa Dickenson definitely impresses me in such a way that she is able to create a character that will show these negative attributes and that the readers will be emotionally involved in the story as well. I guess after seeing what Seth has done to Claudia, I can say that he deserves the punishment.

Lisa Dickenson surely wants to save the best for last for her readers. And I must say, it’s all worth it! Without a doubt, Claudia grows to be a more mature person. Her dignity has been restored and she slowly becomes more confident in herself. The Twelve Dates of Christmas has absolutely been an adventurous read for me this holiday. I’m glad I am able to witness the ups and downs of Claudia’s dates. Lisa Dickenson successfully combines all types of feelings in just one package. And lastly, I love how she shows how love can bloom in a friendship. Truly, I am satisfied with the outcome and how the story concludes. I enjoyed reading this set for the holiday. I think I should do this every year. Until the next Christmas holiday read again!

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The Twelve Dates of Christmas: Dates 9 and 10 by Lisa Dickenson

Review of Dates 1 and 2 can be found here.

Review of Dates 3 and 4 can be found here.

Review of Dates 5 and 6 can be found here.

Review of Dates 7 and 8 can be found here.

Here’s the plot description from Amazon:

The Twelve Dates of Christmas 9 and 10 coverThe fifth part in this very funny six-part digital romantic comedy.

Hopeful feelings, nervous excitement and crossed wires are about to collide in dramatic fashion . . .

Claudia has never felt more nervous than she does tonight, because tonight is The Night. Tonight is her ultimate date of Christmas. It’s going to mean something to her, and to him (she hopes), so everything has to go well. Inspired by the romance of the season, Claudia has set the mood and she is ready. So what if she’s feeling a bit anxious? That’s normal, right? The only problem is that when Claudia is jumpy, things don’t always go according to plan . . .

This is the story of Claudia and her twelve dates of Christmas. It’s a story about losing love, about finding love, and about discovering what’s been there all along. Expect a whole heap of Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in the penultimate part of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

I take back what I said about the story getting better as it progresses. I guess this is the worst of worst Claudia has experienced in her dates. Half of the ninth date might have been good, but the rest do not turn out to be what she has expected and wanted. All the negative feelings – from confusion, hurt and anger to heartbreak and betrayal – have seemed to have been thrown in her face in one hit. It’s as if she’s being punished. As I am reading this part, even I empathize with her – I could also feel all the feelings she feels.

 At the beginning, I would undeniably pity Claudia and think that she deserves someone better. But as I read further through the story, Claudia’s attitude begins to annoy me. She’s too stubborn to listen to her friend’s opinion that she’d rather ignore them and focus on what her mind has to say about the situation she’s in. Perhaps her insecurity and lack of confidence greatly contribute to her personality which also leads to her closed-mindedness. At the end of the day, I would have slapped some sense out of her and ask her to make wiser decisions in her life. I really wonder what would happen in the last part of the set. Would the story have a happy ending or Claudia would still be trapped in her own war? I shall find out soon.


The Twelve Dates of Christmas: Dates 7 and 8 by Lisa Dickenson

Review of Dates 1 and 2 can be found here.

Review of Dates 3 and 4 can be found here.

Review of Dates 5 and 6 can be found here.

Here’s the plot description from Amazon:

The Twelve Dates of Christmas 7 and 8 coverThe fourth part in this very funny six-part digital romantic comedy.

Two more dates, one tough choice and a sprinkling of Christmas magic . . .

Nick and Penny are Claudia’s best friends in the entire world. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them and she can’t bear the thought of causing either of them any pain. Yet somehow Claudia has found herself caught in the middle and now one of them will get hurt – because of her. Claudia may want to bury her head in the sand (again) and distract herself with more dates but Christmas waits for no one. Time is marching on and there’s a decision to be made . . .

This is the story of Claudia and her twelve dates of Christmas. It’s a story about losing love, about finding love, and about discovering what’s been there all along. Expect a whole heap of Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in the next hilarious part of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

I’m more than halfway through The Twelve Dates of Christmas already! I notice that the dates are getting more interesting as the story progresses. From how the sixth date ended, I was expecting the worst that could happen – to Penny, Claudia, and to Nick as well. However, Lisa Dickenson surely knows how to surprise her readers which makes the story even more unpredictable.

I love how the friendship is valued in the way Claudia and Penny handle the dilemma that might endanger their friendship. On one hand, Claudia might have acted a bit annoying due to her guilt. On the other hand, it’s quite funny to see her at war with herself. I could already imagine the possible banter between the two, but I’m glad they are able to resolve the issue.

From the failed supposed seventh date of Claudia with her blind date, the official 7th date of Claudia with Nick happen to be beyond worth it. The title of the song “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” perfectly describes my feeling as I read this part. The setting has become more festive and the venues chosen for the dates are now more romantic and project a more Christmas-y feeling. I love this part from bits to pieces! And Nick begins to prove himself to be swoon-worthy. I must say, by far, this has been the best set I’ve read. I enjoyed this more than I expected. And I’m confident that I’ll enjoy the rest just as much, or even more.


The Twelve Dates of Christmas: Dates 5 and 6 by Lisa Dickenson

Review of Dates 1 and 2 can be found here.

Review of Dates 3 and 4 can be found here.

Here’s the plot description from Amazon:

The Twelve Dates of Christmas 5 and 6 coverThe third part in this very funny six-part digital romantic comedy.

Seth and Nick. Nick and Seth. Seth. Nick. Nick. Seth.

Nick and Seth have never warmed to each other but they’ve always made the effort for Claudia’s sake – and now they don’t have to. So when after a disastrous trip to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland Claudia is suddenly faced with the two men at the same time in the same room she honestly doesn’t know what to do. She’s not ready to face up to what happened on her date with Nick but she’s not that keen on seeing Seth either. Things are about to get very awkward . . .

This is the story of Claudia and her twelve dates of Christmas. It’s a story about losing love about finding love and about discovering what’s been there all along. Expect a whole heap of Christmas sparkle butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in the next hilarious part of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

Date 4 evidently didn’t turn out well, and then Claudia is now placed in a very awkward situation. Now that we’ve met Seth and Nick – two characters with very distinct personalities –, what could happen when they see each other face to face?

As I was reading the first part, I could already feel the tension between the two male characters. Personally, given the past events, I’d rather choose Nick over Seth. Right at the beginning, since the first date, I already disliked Seth. His personality reminds me of the type of guy I should avoid having a relationship with. I don’t understand what Claudia sees in him. But then again, I’m in no position to judge as their relationship isn’t narrated in full detail, so I don’t know how Claudia coped with Seth for years and how they spent quality time together, aside from the obvious.

Moving on, it’s nice to see how Lisa Dickenson manages to keep this part light and fun to read. I love how the dates are done simply. There’s nothing too extravagant about the places, but the date can still be enjoyable as long as the person is with the right company. And Claudia evidently feels that way. However, just when everything seems to fall into the right place, Claudia is again faced with another dilemma. I’m curious how she would handle the situation. I’d better start reading the next part.


The Twelve Dates of Christmas: Dates 3 and 4 by Lisa Dickenson

Review of Dates 1 and 2 can be found here.

This review may contain spoilers from the first book. Do not continue if you haven’t read Dates 1 and 2.

Here’s the plot description from Amazon:

The Twelve Dates of Christmas 3 and 4 coverThe second part in this very funny six-part digital romantic comedy.

What is this huge secret Nick is planning to tell Claudia?

As the day of her ‘date’ with Nick arrives, Claudia can’t help letting her imagination run away with her. And try as she might to stop them, Claudia’s hopes for what the evening has in store are very high. So when Nick arrives to pick her up, there is a lot riding on what’s going to happen next. It’s a shame that Nick has no idea what Claudia is thinking . . .

Hilarious and uplifting, this is a story about losing love, about finding love, and about discovering what’s been there all along. Expect Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in the next brilliant part of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

Now that Claudia has gone through dates 1 and 2, she’s still waiting for the universe to conspire to give her the best date she could ever have. Could it be in Date 3? Nick just picked his poison by telling Claudia that he has a surprise for her and that it’ll have to wait during their date. Since then, Claudia has set her mind guessing what this surprise might be.

I guess there’s a downside in mentioning the word “surprise” to the recipient of it. It’s no surprise that the person would set his/her expectations higher than the usual. We know ourselves best in terms of our needs and wants. I don’t blame Claudia for over thinking Nick’s plan for her. But once the expectation is not met, disappointment could ruin the day. More so when the attraction is not reciprocated.

I actually feel bad for Claudia. It’s been an emotional roller coaster ride for her for the past three dates. On the other hand, it’s nice to see that the supporting characters have given her strength, especially Penny. Her persistence to make Claudia agree to a blind date is quite intriguing. Even I was curious who this guy would be.

By far, I think Date 4 has been the most entertaining and funniest to read. Here, readers could observe men’s different perceptions of date and this has definitely been a bizarre experience for Claudia. Lisa Dickenson creatively included this not-so-typical guy in her story that we don’t often see in books. It’s quite unexpected and I even find myself laughing at some parts. The ending is certainly a cliffhanger! Can’t wait to read the next set.