Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Scrooged: A Dark Musicals Holiday Novella (Dark Musicals Trilogy Book 4) by Laura DeLuca
About the Book: Stan Hope never cared much for his son-in-law—Justin Patko.
His black clothes and body piercings were bad enough, but the ridiculous notion of dragging Rebecca off to Broadway with a new baby on the way pushes Stan over the edge. How much can a father take?
After losing his cool at a holiday party, Stan gets a visit from three unexpected spirits. Can they help to change his close-minded ways?
My Review: Like the author’s other books, this is a unique twist on a classic Christmas story and is just as engaging as the original story and various adaptations I’ve seen/read.
The characters are easy to become attached to and enjoy or dislike through the emotions they draw out of us. What is really interesting is I actually felt for Stan in the beginning for feeling like everyone was turning against him. It’s one thing to know when a character is wrong, but causing the reader to emphasize with them while knowing they’re wrong makes the experience way more interesting than it would be otherwise.
My only problem with the characters is my own doing. I’ve been reading this series out of order (don’t ask, I don’t know why. Lol), so I didn’t get as much out of a couple of characters from previous books. I’m sure once I read those, I’ll pick up on what I missed the first time, so if you haven’t, I recommend reading these in order. It’ll only enhance this more.
The story itself is the author’s typical engaging, fast paced adventure and, like the original A Christmas Carol, can be read in a single sitting and bring out many of the same feelings and sentiments as the original.
In closing, I’d like to add this is now on my yearly December reading list. This is one story that’ll be fun to read over and over again.