Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Pixies and Paperwork
Author: Cassia Rose
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Michael & Ryan
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 49 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Micheal Donovan’s family has kept the peace between mortal and magical realms for generations, but Micheal skipped out on glory for other plans. He finished school, got a nine-to-five, and tried to fit in. When his cousin meets an unfortunate end on All Hallows’ Eve, Micheal abruptly inherits the position of Riftkeeper, along with all the prestige and responsibility he didn’t want. Estranged from his family, Micheal never learned the details of the job. All the grumpy, ancestral spirit now possessing his goldfish can tell him is that a mistake could be catastrophic. Micheal isn’t feeling the holiday cheer, and coworkers’ attempts to encourage him only add to a headache of magical proportions. To make matters worse, Ryan Nickles, Micheal’s colleague and cubicle neighbor, has assembled enough Christmas decorations to attract more pixies than Micheal can hide.
When Micheal’s attempts to find the Winter Court on the week of the solstice leave him with nothing but a bad cold, he fears he’ll be the first Riftkeeper to break the ancient contracts. He’s too stressed to handle Ryan’s attempts to get him into the holiday spirit, but Ryan might know more about the magic of the season than Micheal realizes.
The blurb for this one is really spot on without giving too much away so I’m not going to recap the story. What I will say is that this had a very interesting premise. I loved the idea of Riftkeeper and that Michael had to find a way to avoid a catastrophic event. I ADORED the fact that he hated the holidays but Ryan, his coworker, seemed to love them. I also loved that even though Michael wasn’t exactly friendly to Ryan, Ryan still made attempts to make Michael feel better and help him out.
It was interesting to see how everything plays out for Michael, who has no idea what he’s doing or who he’s looking for while being harassed by a grumpy spirit that’s his goldfish. Who can’t seem to remember what he’s trying to teach Michael after a few seconds. I found that aspect of the story so hilarious, I just loved it. The only thing that could have made this book better is if it were longer. I wished we could have explored more of the world, Michael’s family AND Ryan’s family. I loved that everything Michael was looking for was right in front of him the whole time!
Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a little paranormal with their holiday story!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*