First New Year’s After the Apocalypse (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug)

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Title:First New Year’s After the Apocalypse
Author: Jessica Payseur
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1st 2016
Genre(s):Holiday,Christmas, Short novels, Science Fiction
sPage Count: 49
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Wade Turner takes a drunk Jaxxon home after work hoping to get laid. What he gets instead is news that the world as they know it is ending—superbugs are sweeping the nation, leaving high death tolls in their wake, and the president has been assassinated. In this new storm of chaos everyone is referring to as the Apocalypse, Wade decides their chances are better if they stick together.

But when Jaxxon’s ex dies in a hurricane and his daughter goes missing, Wade watches the man he loves slip into despair. Desperate to save his relationship, Wade leaves in the middle of the night on a dangerous journey to save Jaxxon’s daughter—a child he’s not sure is even still alive. If he can put this family back together, maybe there will still be something worth celebrating in the aftermath of the Apocalypse.

It is not this kind of sweet Christmas story that smells of almonds, cinnamon and vanilla.

But is also not THAT apocalyptic as I thought it WOULD be. And it is good this way.

It is full of believe that bad times are always followed by better times.
It is full of anticipation and hope that EVERYTHING will be alright.

To review a short novel is always difficult, I don’t want to retell the story, but only make you curious and read it by yourselves. It is different, and it is romantic, and it is worth to give it a try.

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