Friday, January 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Decked With Holly by Marni Bates- Review and Giveaway

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Decked with HollyTitle:  Decked With Holly 
Author: Marni Bates
Publisher: K-Teen
Publishing Date: September 25th 2012
Pages:  272
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance/Holiday
Source: Kindle version provided by Rockstar Book Tours

Holly Dayton is about to go way out of her comfort zone…
Spending Christmas vacation on a cruise with her two cousins from hell isn’t Holly’s idea of a good time. And when in a moment of seasick-fueled desperation she lurches into an open suite—she’s greeted with an eyeful of pepper spray. The culprit? A gorgeous guy calling himself Nick. But when Holly goes to make her exit, she gets the shock of her life: a corridor crammed with screaming teenage fans. Because Nick just happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for ReadySet—one of the hottest bands in America. 

Suddenly rumors are swirling, and Holly’s face is captured on countless phones and plastered all over the Internet. But 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 one of the cutest rockstars on the planet? Holly’s about to find out…

I don't read too many holiday books, I never seem to get to them in time for the holidays. I wanted to read this book since the moment I saw it. It sounded so cute and fun and it totally was. 

Holly has a semi-rough life, she lives with her grandfather and has a couple of evil cousins, she isn't miss popular, and she needs a good makeover. This Christmas, her grandfather decides for his birthday, he is taking the entire family on a cruise. Yippee, days and days of wonderful evil twin cousins on a ship. Holly isn't too excited.... before the cruise begins the trouble begins for Holly and it is only going to get worse. On board the ship she finds herself face to face with the drummer of her favorite band. She finds out, he isn't what she expected and now she is stuck with him for two weeks. The celebrity lime light isn't all what Holly expected and discovers a little romance when least expected. 

Very funny, cute, and awe worthy book. The story is told form Holly and Dominic's POV and it was fun to see the love story unravel from inside both their heads. The book was very predictable, of course, and followed some cliche's, but I didn't mind in the least. The writing style was easy but so much fun, the banter was out of control and it was very easy to see the tension growing into more. 

Holly was a wonderful character. She isn't the prettiest, most fashionable, or miss popular, but she is oh so lovable. She is witty, spunky, determined, and so much more. I absolutely adored her.  Dominic was fun too. He lands himself in trouble so easily and it is just so funny. He can't seem to do things the way he plans them or sees them in his head. He isn't the typical rock star, he is sweet, and down to earth, just a little dim witted at times. 

The love story was so much fun because it wasn't love at first sight. It was a "Do I really have to be around you" type relationship at the beginning and then it grew. It still grew in a very short amount of time but oh so much fun to watch evolve.

I really enjoyed the book. It was fun from page fun, I laughed and I awed throughout the entire book. I think it's definitely worth a read. 

Marni Bates
Marni Bates began her writing career at the age of 19 with her autobiography, Marni, for HCI’s Louder Than Words series. Her debut novel, Awkward, has been translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian and has been optioned by Disney Channel as a made for TV movie. She has three other novels with KTeen; Decked with Holly, Invisible, and Notable, as well as a short story in Ambush Books’ Magical Mayhem Anthology. 

In her free time she can be found reading romance novels, rollerblading, singing really loudly (and off-key) in public and . . . watching copious amounts of television. You can visit her at, check out her author page on Facebook, follow her on Twitter at @MarniBates, or do all of the above! Really. It would make her day.

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  1. This sounds like a wonderful story!!

    LOVE dual POVs and characters who aren't perfect:)

    Lovely review!!

    GFC Christina Kit.

    Thank you:)

  2. I love the romances that start with the two love birds not wanting to be near each other. Great review!
    xoxo Doodle

  3. It sounds like a cute book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Thanks for the great review! This sounds like a great Christmas read : ) Thanks for the giveaway!!

  5. Great review...this sounds like a wonderful read and it's really piqued my interest since it isn't a love at first sight! Thanks for sharing...I'll definitely check this out! (Plus Christmas is my fave holiday so this sounds extra special!)

  6. well if it's as good as Awkward, I'm sure it's great.

  7. Thanks for the giveaway! I enjoyed your review; it definitely made me want to read it.

  8. Great review! I've got this one on my TBR because I think it sounds cute and I love the cruise setting.


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