Stacking the Shelves #24

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Hey everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas spent with loved ones. I had a great Christmas this year. I ended up getting only one book from my wishlist this year but that’s okay.Today is actually my birthday so I’ll be celebrating with my family later on this afternoon. Hoping for more books or at least gift cards so I can go book shopping.
I did get Splintered from my grandmother and I finished it in a day. My review for that one will be posted tomorrow. My grandmother also got me a Harry Potter mug that I wanted. So YAY for a new coffee mug. The surprises kept coming when it turned out to be my mom who bought me the complete Harry Potter boxed set! Eeeeek,now those will definitely be staying IN the packaging.
There was a flash giveaway on Twitter a couple of days before Christmas and that package arrived Friday night. There was a ton of swag in there so I was really excited. I wanted to get a really cool artsy pic together to show all the swag items but that didn’t happen.
But anyway, on to the fun stuff. The goodies.
Bought
Received For Review
Gifted

Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling (Boxed Set)

Harry Potter Mauraders Map Mug

Won

Swag from Britta
Includes 2 tote bags
Two temporary tattoos
One CD
Pins
Keychains
Bookmarks
All sorts of other things as well.

So I definitely want to know if you have read Splintered and maybe even some of the highlights of your Christmas (if you celebrated it of course) Definitely leave me links to your Stacking the Shelves posts/vlogs so I can make sure to stop by.

Review: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry

Book Title: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Author: Marie Landry
Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Publisher: Marie Landry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Standalone
Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Link: Amazon
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what twenty-year-old Ginny Bailey’s grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. She even put on a brave face the following two Christmases, carrying on Grama’s traditions and decorating her house and café with Grama’s favorite decorations.

But Ginny can’t pretend any longer. When she finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Everything that can go wrong does, and Ginny just wants to spend the holidays hiding under the covers…until Dean Riley comes back into her life. With their shared past, old feelings begin to resurface almost immediately, and Ginny thinks Dean might just be the Christmas miracle she’s been waiting for to help her remember why Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Review:
The holiday season is my favorite time of the year so I was so excited to get a Christmas themed e-ARC from one of my favorite authors. I had read her last book Waiting for the Storm several months ago and had loved it so I had high hopes for this one. 

Boy I was not disappointed. Not in the slightest. It was an adorable book that made me swoon and giggle and yes, even cry.Ginny is desperately missing her Grama as Christmas was her Grama’s favorite time of the year. It really doesn’t help that Ginny has a rather distant relationship with her parents and her best friend will be spending the holidays with her boyfriend. So now Ginny is forced to spend Christmas all alone. Her first Christmas alone since Grama died.

All of that changes when swoony Dean walks back into Ginny’s life. Without meaning to, Dean once again weaves his way back into Ginny’s life. It’s seamless and he is sexy. Neither of them expected a holiday romance, but that was exactly what they got. Dean “gets” Ginny in a way that no other guy ever has. And when that happens, it’s too good to let go of.

Perfect, perfect, perfect. The feels were there despite the fact that this book was technically classified as a novella.Sometimes it’s hard to capture the appropriate range of emotions in a novella but Marie totally did it and I am SO excited for her next project.I was already looking forward to Christmas but this definitely ramps up the Christmas excitement. An easy 5 stars to this book.