Its day 10! We are officially into double digits. And today it is time for another festive book review. This week I am continuing with a series that I started last year. Yep, I am continuing with Matt Haig’s brilliant Christmas trilogy. so, here is my review for The Girl Who Saved Christmas.
I really like this trilogy. these books are brilliant; they make you feel like a child again. They make you feel the Christmas magic again. I will admit that this book wasn’t quite as good as the first book, but it was still brilliant.
The thing that really makes these books is that they don’t shy away from the darker side of life. And that darkness really helps to drive the magic into the story. without it these books would just be a really standard Christmas story, but with it, they make magic feel real. And like anything is possible. Which is, in reality, the whole purpose of these books. Yes, they are timeless Christmas stories, packed full of Elves and Santa and all that jazz, but they are teaching kids some really brilliant lesson. They are teaching kids that anything is possible. And that is brilliant. I love that these books do have hidden messages in them for kids, it makes them that much more worthwhile reading.
I really liked the characters that we were introduced to in this book. Particularly Amelia. I loved that we got to meet this tough little chimney sweep who is so full of hope and joy that she can make anything happen. She is just such a good character and, really, an important character for children to know. She proves that you should never give up and always have hope, even in a terrible situation. She is a new spin on the chosen one trait, and I love it.
The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was some of the references to the time period in which it is set. It is set in Victorian England and just some of the portrayals to the society at the time and some of the big historical figures was just very off and I didn’t think that it was always well done. For instance, the bit with Victoria and Albert is literally the exact opposite to how that would have been handled. I know that these are books for kids and aren’t aiming to be factual, but it would have been nice if things had been portrayed more accurately, and then been a bit educational for kids. But, I will say, with other elements of the time period, where portrayed perfectly. Like the work houses. I just think Haig could have struck a slightly better balance.
Overall this is a brilliant Christmas series. It is truly timeless and anyone would enjoy it.
4.5 out of 5
And there we go. Have you read this one yet? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again tomorrow.