Welcome to day 7 of Blogmas! Can you believe that we are officially a whole week into December?!? It honestly doesn’t seem possible. Why is this month going by so quickly!? Anywho, since it is Saturday that means that it is time for another book review. today’s book is The Christmasaurus And The Winter Witch by Tom Fletcher. So, let’s do this!
That was not at all what I was expecting it to be. I read The Christmasaurus 2 or 3 years ago during Blogmas and I really enjoyed it. So, obviously, when I found out that it was getting a sequel I knew that I needed to read it. But now that I have, I am not entirely sure how I feel about it.
I will say this right off the bat, this book was not as good as the first one. And it also wasn’t as Christmasy, which really disappointed me. Please don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a bad book. not by any means, it is an alright book, but for me personally, it wasn’t as good as it could have been. I did wonder how Fletcher would do a sequel to this story as the first book wrapped things up really nicely and didn’t really warrant a sequel. And unfortunately, I was ultimately disappointed by the sequel that we got. It was all just a bit mediocre. The first third of the story was pretty predictable and uneventful, nothing really happened. The second half was weird and underwhelming while remaining predictable. And I don’t just think that I feel this way because this book is intended for the lower end of the middle-grade range. It was just a bit meh.
I think a big thing that this book was lacking was magic. not like literal magic, because there is plenty of that, but more the magic of Christmas. I didn’t really find any of it in this book. And that really disappointed me. There was so much of that feeling in the first book, it was like pure Christmas. it had the magic. the joy of Christmas. And this sequel just lacked it. and I can’t quite put my finger on why exactly, but I think that that is the main contributor to me not enjoying this book. I think if the Christmas magic had been there, like it was in the first book, then I would have probably liked this book just as much as the first one.
I also felt like this book lacked character development. In the first book we got to watch each of the main characters grow and develop throughout the book, but this time we didn’t. in the first book, we witnessed the characters change so much. Some learnt to accept themselves and embrace who they really are, some learnt to embrace the joy in the world, others to let love in, and one learnt how to completely change themselves and earn a place on the nice list. but in this book, nothing. They finished the book the exact same people that they were at the beginning of the book, which did disappoint me. There was so much potential for growth, and it just wasn’t there.
All in all, not a great book. As just a story and nothing else, it was decent, but it was a bit lacking in substance. I just wish that this book ha been a bit more.
2.5 out of 5
And there we have it. Have you read The Christmasaurus? What did you think about its sequel? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again tomorrow