Bookcomet Advent Calendar Day 5 and 6

Sorry that I have to combine two days into one but for some reason last night I couldn’t seem to get any images and didn’t want to post without them. But here they are:


Decked with Holly by Marni Bates Spotlight!

Decked with Holly

Date of publication: September 25th 2012

Publisher: K-Teen

Number of pages: 244

Genre: YA Holiday Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A


Goodreads synopsis:

Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, “Awkward”, with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.

Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn’t Holly’s idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she’s pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she’s greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly’s face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can’t risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend – just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be “fauxmantically” involved with a cute rock star? She’s about to find out…


Goodreads author bio:

Marni BatesMy autobiography MARNI (part of HCI’s Louder Than Words series) was on the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List. I then signed a four book contract with KTeen. My first YA novel, AWKWARD, has been optioned by the Disney Channel as a made-for-TV movie and translated into Portuguese, Spanish, and Hungarian.

In my free time I can be found reading romance novels, rollerblading, singing really loudly (and off-key) in public and watching copious amounts of television–strictly for artistic inspiration, of course.


Why I chose to spotlight this book…

I chose to spotlight this book because I have become really interested in reading  a book by Marni Bates ever since I received her book Notable for review (which I haven’t actually read yet). So when I came across this while looking for YA Christmas books I pretty much knew that this had to be included in my advent calendar. I knew for sure after reading the synopsis, it sounds light and funny. Perfect.

Add Decked with Holly to Goodreads




Under this door in the calendar are…


These are YA books that I would give to people. Don’t worry, they’re categorised and hopefully there is something for everyone. These categories are split up into smaller categories and those categories are split up into even smaller categories and so on and so forth. Plus this is a great opportunity for me to show you my favourite books and we all know that I love to rave about books.

So here we are:


Hmmm. If it’s actually reading they don’t like, try an audiobook of one of the books below.


A book to movie/very hyped up book.

My suggestions of books like such I have enjoyed:

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Harry Potter (1-7) by J. K. Rowling
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Perculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver


The person who has no idea what genres they like:

Ok, so the person in this category has no idea what book genres the like. Or perhaps they haven’t told you. Or maybe you forgot. These books below are popular and are pretty attention-grabbing. These books are pretty much safe bets:

  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Contemporary with darker themes. I have never come across a bad review.

  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This one is kind of a necessity because I really wanted to mention the next book on this list but it’s much better alongside this series because there are loads of tie-ins. You would also have to gift City of Ashes and City of Glass too though. You could read either book on their own though.

  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

I love this trilogy so, so much!



These are must reads:

I will recommend these books non-stop. It’s best to check that the person you are buying for hasn’t read them. But this can be a little difficult. Worst case scenario: they already own it (physical or ebook) or they have read a copy from somewhere else. If it is an ebook copy they have, then they may love owning the physical copy. If they have read it from somewhere else and loved/liked it, now they own a copy. If they already have a copy or didn’t like it, they can return it. This will probably help you more if you know what genres they like…


  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Unique books:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Perculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Nevermore by Kelly Creagh


  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
  • The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale
  • Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Paranormal Romance:

  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia by Margaret Stohl
  • Wake by Amanda Hocking
  • Switched by Amanda Hocking
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Partials by Dan Wells
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Still unsure?

I would recommend a contemporary (PUSHING THE LIMITS!) or one of the books for the section with books to movies (or soon to be).

If they have read these books and/or you still don’t know, just drop me a comment below!



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