Dash and Lily have been dating for nearly a year, but when Lily’s beloved grandfather falls ill, the repercussions take their toll on everyone. Even though they are still together, somehow the magic has gone out of their relationship and it’s clear that Lily has fallen out of love with life.
Action must be taken! Dash teams up with Lily’s brother and a host of their friends, who have just twelve days to get Lily’s groove back in time for Christmas.
A warm, wintry read that is guaranteed to be a favourite Christmas book for many years to come.
So I read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares years ago and fell in love with the characters. They are fantastic and I couldn’t get enough of them. My inner bookworm retreated when I had Spike and I didn’t keep up with the news, so I missed that there was a second Dash and Lily book completely… Until I saw that there’s a new one this Christmas! Imagine my shock when I discovered it was the 3rd!
I immediately realised that I needed to catch up with these characters. I purchased The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily from an indie bookshop I found online on December 11th. Thankfully it arrived swiftly and I got reading in the hopes I could get it all read by Christmas. And I did! I finished on Christmas Eve Eve… reading some of the days on the day they were intended to be set – which was cool.
The book is set 12 months after the first, and in all honesty – I can’t quite remember the detail of the first. I can remember loving the characters and it being set at Christmas. But I read it 8 years ago… so forgive me! I didn’t need to recall everything though. The important bits are mentioned in a subtle way throughout the book and I liked the way it did that.
There’s been a lot going on in the lives of the characters between Dash & Lily’s Book of Dare’s and The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily. That has worn the characters a lot, particularly Lily. She wasn’t the sweet natured lovely character that I remembered when I started reading this book and in all honesty she came across as standoffish and not nice. There’s good reason for this though and that’s why Dash embarks on his romantic gestures – to get the old Lily back.
There’s a lot of Christmas Spirit going on in this book, but there’s also a lot of finding yourself. And what I like the most about it is that it’s not finding yourself in the eyes of your boyfriend or girlfriend. Lily, mostly finds who she is and who she can be alone. There’s a part of the book where she is pretending to be someone else and it stood out to me, because to do what she did was so out of character that she had to put herself into a new characters shoes. I think it taught her a lot too, but not enough to fully grow. That’s still coming.
I will definitely be heading out to buy the third book in the series soon, but probably won’t read it until next Christmas – because it would make sense to read it in the run up to Christmas! Though that means I will have to delay the watching of the Netflix series too… I’m never normally sure about TV shows based on YA books but I’m hoping the character’s come across well on there.
I will say that The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily wasn’t as amazing as the first book – but it was definitely needed in the run up to Christmas. Especially in a year that has been as crappy as 2020 has. It was a feel good book that made me feel all christmasy.
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily was published in 2016 by Electric Monkey, an Egmont Imprint. My copy was purchased from Smeikal Books.
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