Title: North Pole Reform School
Author: Jaimie Admans
Date of Publication: November 6, 2013
Genre: YA rom-com, fantasy
Purchase link: Amazon
Acquisition: Oops! I Read Again Tours
If there’s one thing I could say about Jaimie Admans, it’s that she has one of the wildest imaginations I have ever encountered and everything’s just so bizarre that it’s all so hilarious and it all actually works out somehow.
Where else could you find a purple moose as the ghost of Christmases ruined? When said ghost appeared in Mistletoe Bell’s bedroom one winter night, she thought she was just dreaming. But then she wakes up in the North Pole Reform School, along with four other people, who have ruined Christmas in some ways. Now Santa’s elves aim to change them for the betterment of Christmas. But the elves definitely chose quite the group to work with. They all hate Christmas and they all have their own reason for it, and they’re not going to change that easily. They also like asking a lot of questions and voicing out their unwanted opinions.
The 5 people in the group were definitely amusing characters. Mistletoe Bell was born on Christmas Eve, hence the name. And she just hates it. Luke is a descendant of an elf who seemed to only inherit the pointy ears. Joe is an alcoholic who doesn’t watch his tongue or actions, and he has a strange sense of humor. Emily has a duck phobia, but isn’t afraid of zombies. Hugo simply thinks he’s dead. There’s also a whole cast of elves and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus.
My favorite character out of the five is definitely Luke. All the characters made me smile or laugh, but Luke also melted my heart. He has this really sweet and sensitive side that made Mistletoe and I fall for him. I liked the budding romance between the two of them. Luke and Mistletoe were both wonderful support systems for each other throughout their stay in the North Pole.
All the elves are of course named after Christmas things. The ones Mistletoe met have their own personal little quirks, which were amusing to read. I think it’s quite hard to fathom their beliefs, lifestyle, and the energy they put into their work. They listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies all year round. They only eat sugary Christmas treats for every meal. It certainly comes as a wonder. But all in all, there were a couple of elves that I really liked. My favorite elf is Jingle who writes all the letters from Santa. He makes sure that all the children who write to Santa receive a response, and I think he’s just the sweetest elf ever. He does it all by himself and he only ever gets help when the reform students come in.
I thought this book would mostly just consist of lessons or activities that they are required to do, but there were certainly a lot of interesting turn of events that came as a surprise and entertained me. This story doesn’t just involve the wonders of Santa’s village and all the different elf jobs, but it also consisted of one who I consider as Santa the dictator and zombies who enjoy Christmas music. I personally liked seeing all the different departments in the North Pole.
OVERALL, North Pole Reform School is definitely something else. I loved a lot of the characters, especially Luke and Elf Jingle. Waking up in the North Pole Reform School is definitely unbelievable, but Jaimie Admans made me believe and allowed me to live in this bizarre world even for a short while. If you’re looking for a fun and even a little crazy Christmas read, I definitely recommend this book. It has unique elements that turn it into an entertaining, hilarious, but also heart-warming read. Of course the mature language requires caution for reading.
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- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
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