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In a Holidaze

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This book is not something I would have picked up had anyone else written it, but Christina Lauren rarely leads me astray, so I went for it. The Groundhog Day type setup just isn't really my thing, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. I usually go for the more realistic story lines (well, at least as much as ANY romance novel is realistic), but if you can suspend disbelief a bit and just go with the story here, you'll find an entertaining, funny, and heartwarming read.

Maelyn is living at home, working a job that isn't remotely close to what she actually wants to do, and feeling rather stuck. Her family has been joining the families of their best friends at a cabin in Utah for Christmas for as long as anyone can remember, but even that happy time turns semi-disastrous for Maelyn. First, she has a drunken make out session with a good friend (Theo) who happens to be the brother of the guy (Andrew) she's been crushing on for 13 years (but she's not acted on the attraction for fear of changing their friendship). Theo's weird the next morning, she finds out Andrew witnessed them kissing, and it feels like both relationships are tarnished as a result. Then she learns that this Christmas is the last one that the families will spend together at the cabin that has been such a staple of Maelyn's life. Reflecting on all that has happened and her dissatisfaction with life in general, Maelyn finds herself begging the universe to show her what will make her happy - seconds before her family is in a massive car wreck. When Maelyn comes to, she's not in the car or even a hospital - she's on an airplane, several day earlier, headed for the cabin in Utah to start the holiday celebration.

The story that follows is whimsical and entertaining, but it also raises some interesting questions. What would change if you truly got a do over? Would you be able to move past your hangups and go after what you truly want, or would you ultimately make the same "mistakes" that landed you where you are in the first place?

The story here is a bigger focus than the characters themselves, but Maelyn and Andrew were both enjoyable, likable people that had me rooting for a happy ending. With the Groundhog Day-esq plotline, this was outside my normal reading habits, but it was an entertaining book nonetheless. All in all, In a Holidaze is a super cute, charming, feel-good book that is perfect for the holiday season.

Thank you to Net Galley and Gallery Books for the ARC.
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I'm a huge Christina Lauren fan, but this one was a little underwhelming for me. Though the concept was cute and it worked better than I expected, overall it just felt lackluster. However, it has many of the hallmarks of a CL read: charming characters, great banter, and lots of tension.
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This book was only ok. A little letdown being such a huge CL fan, but it was cute. I love both the premises in this book but it didn’t seem to fit together as well as I thought it would. Mae and Andrew were adorable and there was a lot of laugh out loud moments which I appreciated. 
I am definitely looking forward to another book by this duo!!
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Thanks to Netgalley for an advanced reader copy. I am alway so excited for her books, and this one didn’t disappoint. This is a cute chick lit that’s a fast read. Although I have liked some of her books more, this was a solid 4 stars. The holiday theme didn’t bother me while reading poolside. Characters were endearing and I liked learning about the different family members. Overall, a nice, fun read.
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Not my favourite of her books, but still fun. If I could redo a day over and over again until I make myself happy, I think I’d be a lot more pleased than Mae. 

As I was reading, I kept think how this would make a great Hallmark movie! I think part of the reason is because we got a lot of side characters, but she didn’t really flesh them out much; they were mostly just there and I would have like a little bit more of some of them. 

The conclusion was cute. I just felt like something was a little off, that it was just missing a little something to make this 5 stars for me.
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Initial Thoughts

Ok, it’s June and I’m writing a review of a holiday book when it’s 85 degrees outside. Honestly, I don’t know why I read this one so early (normally, I save my holiday reads for a little closer to the holiday season), but I was feeling like I needed some holiday cheer. Working from home definitely has me feeling down lately so I decided to pick up this book. Also, the last two Christina Lauren books I applied for, I did not get approved in NetGalley so I was SUPER excited to get this one.

Some Things I Liked

Groundhog Day meets The Family Stone. I loved the tag line of this book. Those are two amazing holiday movies and I loved the idea of mixing them together. The holiday themes already made this story feel nostalgic but adding in some classic movies made it even better.
Andrew the guitar player. This one is close to my heart as my boyfriend is also a guitar playing Andrew. I loved him as a character and thought he was just perfect for Mae.
The humor. Once again, Christina Lauren created laugh out loud situations and dialogue and I loved every minute of it.
Modern family vibes. This book reminded me of the TV show modern family in both their antics and their dynamic. Each family unit brought their own unique situation and baggage in some cases but they all made it work. I loved learning about all of them and would hope to see more of these characters in future stories.

Series Value

I liked the other members of the family in this story. I’d like to see a spin-off about Theo or Miles – something about where they find love.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect pick-me-up to get me out of my reading slump.


Recommendations for Further Reading

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – if you enjoyed the writing style and family dynamics of this book, try another one of Christina Lauren’s standalone novels.
Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters – if you liked the holiday themes as well as the idea of a long-time love story, check out this series by Victoria Walters.
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler – if you liked the idea of a romance blossoming in a short time while on vacation, try this May 2020 release.
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I generally love Christina Lauren, but this was not my favorite of her books. The Groundhogs Day premise seemed a bitter convoluted and got dropped fairly early in the book. While I liked the idea of going back and redoing what went wrong previously, it seemed quite arbitrary when she was sent back. A fun read, but not one I would necessarily go back to or think about after it's over.
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This book was a cute, cheesy holiday book that wasted potential.

I had just finished The Unhoneymooners last week and it took me a couple of chapters before I recognized the style of this author. When I went on Goodreads to check I was all AH, okay makes sense. The writing itself is always super solid, but the author has the same problem of making the characters seem much younger than they are supposed to be. A lot of the interaction between Mae/Theo/Andrew seemed more akin to highschoolers than mid-twenties. This book also had the same issue as The Unhoneymooners where it kind of flatlined halfway through.

Again—this was a super solid premise, but really she replays the day like 4 times max and it all happens in the first 1/3 of the book. The rest of the time is a super awkward cheesy relationship. For me it was predictable and I felt like the book should have gone in the opposite direction where what makes her happy is the last thing she expected instead of the thing she's been lusting over for half of her life. 

I do think it will do great during the holidays esp for those who enjoy those Halmark-type cheeseball romances. For me, it was a bit of a miss.

Thank you NetGalley for this ARC.
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Christina Lauren is one of my favorite authors for romantic comedies.  This is the perfect romance to read during the holidays.  It was laugh out loud funny and had plenty of sexy and romantic moments.  Looking forward to more from Christina Lauren.
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Signature Christina Lauren with a holiday twist. It’s a cute, fluffy and festive read that will be perfect to get readers in the holiday spirit this year and it’s not nearly as predictable as a Hallmark Christmas movie. Although, I admit that I did find myself not connected to the protagonist as much as I usually am, but if you love Christina Lauren’s other books, you will probably enjoy this one! Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of In A Holidaze in exchange for an honest review. 🌟🌟🌟💫
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This was everything I want in a holiday story. All the elements of the season, found family, and a dash of magic.
I walked into this blind. Had no idea what it was about. But I love this writing duo, so I was sold no matter what.
Basically, this is Groundhog Day meets Christmas.
I loved it. The do-overs, the lesson of letting go and being herself. And everyone should have an Uncle Benny. Highly recommend.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

As soon as I saw Christina Lauren was coming out with a Christmas book, I knew I needed it in my life. Although I'm reading this in June, it still felt festive and fun, and I really enjoyed this story!

In a Holidaze is a charming Christmas novel, that will be absolutely perfect to read around the holidays. It's charming and fast-paced, with a swoon-worthy romance that will put you right into the Christmas spirit.

The story follows Mae, as she relives the same holiday over and over again. She has no idea how she strangely fell in to this time-loop, bur she's determined to figure it out. Mae has been crushing on Andrew, her best friend's brother, for the longest time. The fact that their families are super close makes things a little awkward. But as she keeps on repeating the same day, she has an opportunity to find out what she really wants with her career, love life, and more.

The Groundhog Day vibes were awesome, and if you like that movie, I highly recommend this book.
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Maelyn Jones can think of no better place in the entire world than the cabin her family and close friends stay at every Christmas. The friendship of four families began when her parents were in college and met their group. Now grown, the college friends had their own families which included Maelyn and the people she holds most dear. This Christmas is a little weird though... Maelyn can't seem to get out of a time loop and relives the vacation multiple times trying to figure out what to change to continue. Even worse is that, this doesn't seem to be happening to anyone else. Can she finally figure out what she wants in life to move on? 

This was a funny read during our own "Groundhog Day" scenario in quarantine. It was funny and cute. In the beginning, the time loops could get a bit slow, but Christina Lauren wrote in a way that wasn't just repeating the same events over and over. Instead, they added in different details and had Maelyn trying new changes to get out of the time loop. 

The rom-com aspect of the story was pretty good. It was pretty relatable in the sense that, no one ever wants to admit their feelings because they are afraid of throwing off the entire friendship dynamic. I thought the ending was a little rushed, but still a sweet way to wrap up the whole story. 

Overall, I wouldn't say this was my Number 1 favorite by Christina Lauren, but still a great rom-com that can get you into the holiday spirit. I will definitely have to read again during the holidays because this is a perfect read for a snowy day at home.
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I absolutely adore Christina Lauren’s romcoms and this one is no exception. These are a auto go to for me. And they especially feel right nowadays with all the crazy going on. To just escape Intl a comfy world like this - a cozy family group enjoying their winter holiday (especially a nice escape from the summer heat in the southwest!) with a big group of folks who love them (I miss being able to be with my family due to the stay at home orders!). So this hit a perfect note for me. 

I also love the Groundhog Day trope. Only I wish they had hit that a bit harder and made her work for it. She basically figures it out almost right away. And come on. Bill Murray was stuck in a time loop for YEARS! So. I would have liked her to work for it a bit more. But it was so lighthearted and a perfect holiday escape book (no matter the time of year) that I can’t be too sad. 

Thank you NetGalley for a review copy!
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I needed a little Christmas in June, so this was such a nice surprise! I am always excited for a new Christina Lauren, so when I got approved for their upcoming release on Netgalley, I squealed!

Things I liked:
- I liked the idea of a Groundhog Day type of rom com, and this definitely delivered on that aspect. It didn’t feel too repetitive, and I really liked all the different days the main character lived. It was so fun to see how things changed when she made different decisions.
- I also liked the big family get together! There were so many heartfelt moments between all these families that are so close! I especially loved Maelyn’s relationship withe one of her uncles! They are literally goals in terms of openness and acceptance.
- The ending was super satisfying, and it was so cute to see everyone get their happy-ever-after! 

However, even though I had a lot fun reading In A Holidaze, it didn’t feel suer invest in Maelyn and Andrews relationship until around 20%, and even then I felt they lacked a lot of chemistry. I also wish Maelyn and Theo’s friendship was more developed. They always take about how close they are, but it was never shown so it was hard to believe why he would be upset with her for liking Andrew. 

Overall, if you like cheesy, Hallmark-like Christmas romances, definitely give In A Holidaze a read!
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After reading The Unhoneymooners about a year ago and finding it hilariously charming, I read eight more of Christina Lauren's books. When I saw that they had a holiday book coming out, I was geeked. I am happy to report that this book did not disappoint. It's sweet and Christmas-ey and the Groundhog Day did not get out of control (I had some anxiety that after certain scenes it was going to start over). The epilogue was the bonus I didn't know I needed. Highly recommended! 

Kindly received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Reminiscent of Groundhog Day Mae keeps reliving the Christmas holiday with her family and the friend group they think of as family. Why is this happening? Is she losing her mind? Or is there a purpose? What will it take for her to be happy in her life? And will finally making the choices that lead her to her best life finally break the loop? a celebration of family and friends that are family and finding your happiness.
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A holiday romance from Christina Lauren? Yes, please!

There was so much to enjoy about In a Holidaze. I loved the whole Groundhog Day movie vibe to the story. Normally, I'm not into the whole time travel thing, but it worked for this holiday romance. I loved what Maelyn learned from the past. It was also fun to see how different scenarios worked out not only for Maelyn, but the whole group.

I have to admit I wasn't sold on the romance aspect of this book at first. There were some things that I was low key embarrassed for Maelyn about. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about things, but the charm in the romance was how it all played out. I was a believer by the end.

If you're looking for a cute holiday romance for any time of the year, I would recommend In a Holidaze. It will put you in a festive mood.
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Christina Lauren can do no wrong. I’m pretty sure this was their first holiday book and it couldn’t have been more perfect! The Groundhog Day premise was perfect and Andrew and Maelynn’s romance was perfect.
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I broke my own rule and read a Christmas book in the middle of June and well, rules were made to be broken. In a Holidaze is a return to form for Christina Lauren, with everything I've come to love about their writing -- the humor, the true-to-life characters and even a bit more steam than we've seen in their recent novels. 

Maelyn finds herself in a Groundhog Day like time loop waking up over and over at the beginning of the Christmas week she spends with her extended family. But it turns into a chance to really figure out who and what's important in her life. Andrew, a friend she's crushed on for more than half her life, is chief among them. 

I absolutely loved In a Holidaze. Christina Lauren sidesteps all the usual twee trappings of holiday romances and delivers a story with heart, heat, and humor. A must read.
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