Clara Claus (Snowflake Triplet #1)

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A bestseller! Jack Frost has been trying to destroy Christmas for years, and in order to save his job must complete a task he deems impossible -- until he meets Santa's granddaughter Clara, who begins to change his view of what Christmas is all about. Book 1 in the Snowflake Triplet. More
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About Alexandra Lanc

Alexandra Lanc has been writing ever since she could pick up a pen, finishing her first novel at age 12. Writing throughout grade school and college, Alexandra explored the literary arts, graphic design, theatre, and dance as she was getting her education. Further knowledge of the writing craft and a passion for books led her to publish her first book, Clara Claus, at age 19, and she has been publishing ever since.

Since then, Alexandra's books have been on several bestsellers lists, and have been enjoyed by fans all over the world. Her holiday series, The Snowflake Triplet, is a particular favorite, and includes the book that started it all, Clara Claus.

Alexandra currently lives in Florida, USA, with her family and calico cat, Sanura.

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Review by: Natshane on Dec. 15, 2011 :
What is the true meaning of Christmas?

"The world was given the greatest gift, and that's what started Christmas."

Jack Frost has done it again! He's tried to destroy Christmas, and now he's going to loose his job--for good. And the only thing that can save him is something he doesn't want...to fall in love with a human before sunrise on Christmas morn.

As Christmas draws nearer and Jack's time ticks by, Santa's granddaughter Clara arrives in the North Pole. Playing the role of "tour guide", Jack feels drawn to the snow obsessed girl, who sees things as no one else does.

But when faced with the chance to leave the past behind, will the prince of winter choose to look towards the future? Will Jack's new plan to destroy Christmas prove fatal for the North Pole and its holiday, or can Clara finally melt his icy heart?

In this fantastical Holiday novel, author Alexandra Lanc explores the wonder of Christmas and reveals the truth about hope.



What else could be more perfect than to spark your Christmas mood with a romantic story of actual Christmas characters?

Quote from the Author's note: Even though it’s called Clara Claus, the story is truly about Jack Frost.

Christmas has been my favourite holiday in the year, and I enjoyed everything related to Christmas. I've eaten turkey, I've opened presents, I've watched Jim Carrey as Scrooge, but Clara Claus was as good as all the other movies I've watched (perhaps better) and I was completely smittened by the story.

Though the book was titled Clara Claus, the story centered around Jack Frost (do you know the 'blue' man in Christmas shows? But Jack was not blue here though ~grins~), who was one of Santa's employee that hated Christmas and tried to destroy this festive day in numeral occasions. He was going to be banished from the North Pole if he did not find 'love' in one week. Having being bitter and cold for the past few years because of a horrific tragedy that happened because of Christmas, Jack thought the task was absurd and tried to come up yet with another plan to destroy Christmas. Until he was given an even more ridiculous task, he was appointed to be Santa's granddaughter's tour guide, in short, Clara's babysitter. The horror! But Jack had figured that he could use Clara for his own expense, he would change her mind on Christmas (and Santa) and make her carry out his masterplan. The question is, did Jack changed Clara or did Clara changed Jack....

I just have to praise Alexandra for coming up with this brilliant story plot! I never came across a Jack Frost's story (not to mention I have not read any Christmas-related book) and was actually amazed that Alexandra decided to dedicate her first book to a not-so-recognized character in Christmas tradition. If I were to ask my friends who Jack Frost was, they would probably answer 'Isn't he the snow man?' Close, but still...Frost and snow are two completely different things aren't they?

Clara Claus was a touching, humorous and satisfying read, and often I found myself to be biting my lips and trying to quench the ache I felt when reading the bitter story that happened to both Clara and Jack. Often I was overwhelmed with the deisre to give them a huge hug!

Jack was probably my favourite character in the story (not trying to be cliche for falling in love with the main character:P). At first, he was hot tempered and full of anger and was extremely 'Frosty', but I always laughed at his overreaction and outburst, despite being such a/an (adorable) kid, I find him funny. Yet throughout the book, I had watched him mature and accept love, although love had been something he could not comprehend. I love reading abouthis journey of discovering love, and discovering the true meaning of Christmas.

I am always picky with the girl characters I read about in stories, but there was nothing I would complain about with Clara, she might have just faced a tragedy, and was controlled by her Cinderella-stepmother, but she was strong, and she wouldn't let that define her. I respected her because she has such a good heart and she was not easiy detered from getting to know Jack.

Of course, the beautiful snowy and Christmas-ish setting also painted a graphic image in my mind (I was a click away from booking myself a ticket to North Pole) and the story would not be the same if we don't have Santa and St.Nick (TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PEOPLE!) and other characters that made the story alive! Furthermore, this story was creative because (I try to give as little spoilers as possible):

1. Who would have thought of Santa's 'business' has a company-like system?

2. Santa's people were actually immortals!

3. That Santa's employees don't only make toys but actually has cool superpowers as well? Like Jack Frost who created Frost, North who is responsible for the North Wind, and, oh you get the idea....

A Christmas story with a fairytale and romantic twist retold in a moden adaptation just for everyone! Perfect way to welcome Christmas, even if you don't celebrate it!

Reviewed by,
Natasha Anne
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katie Brown on Nov. 29, 2011 :
I’ve got to say, this novel really surprised me! I’d never really come across a YA book about Christmas before and didn’t really know what I was going to make of it – but I totally fell in love with it!

After trying to destroy Christmas once again, the Winter Council have decided that Jack has to fall in love with a human before Christmas morning if he wants to continue being Jack Frost.

Clara goes to the North Pole to spend Christmas with her grandfather, only to discover that he is Santa Claus! And who has he assigned to show her around the place? None other than the cold-hearted Jack Frost.

With only a week until Christmas, Jack decides to try and use Clara in his latest attempt to destroy the holiday in which he hates before he is kicked out of Council. But the more Jack gets to know Clara, the less he can deceive her. Will her really be able to use her in order to ruin Christmas if it means breaking Clara’s heart?

I adored Jack Frost! He is seriously a brilliant character! This story is very much about his life changing before his very eyes and him learning to accept and deal with the events of his past. He may not be very nice at times, but you can’t help but love him!

And Clara is just a big sweetheart.

I found the story completely unique and quite a breath of fresh air! It's beautifuly written and is totally different to anything I’ve read before. I’m sure this is a book that I will now read every Christmas!

This is a really heart-warming story about love and hope that is the perfect read for the holidays. If you only read one book this Christmas, make sure it’s this one!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jacquelyn Lane on Nov. 17, 2011 :
I hate the star rating system and need 1/2 stars. This book was a definite 4.5 stars for me.

What an extrodinary story of love and hope with Christmas in the mix. I was taken from the start of this book and fell in love with so many of the Characters. Of course, Jack & Clara were my favorite, but what about the others North, Sugar Plum Fairy, St. Nick, Kris (a/k/a Santa), Mrs. Clause.

This is a story about Jack Frost and how he hates Christmas. He meets Clara and starts to see things differently. It is a perfect Christmas read and brings back fond memories of the Holiday movies that will soon be coming to TV.

Sit down with a nice cup of cocoa and enjoy the journey.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jacquelyn Lane on Nov. 17, 2011 : (no rating)
I hate the star rating system and need 1/2 stars. This book was a definite 4.5 stars for me.

What an extrodinary story of love and hope with Christmas in the mix. I was taken from the start of this book and fell in love with so many of the Characters. Of course, Jack & Clara were my favorite, but what about the others North, Sugar Plum Fairy, St. Nick, Kris (a/k/a Santa), Mrs. Clause.

This is a story about Jack Frost and how he hates Christmas. He meets Clara and starts to see things differently. It is a perfect Christmas read and brings back fond memories of the Holiday movies that will soon be coming to TV.

Sit down with a nice cup of cocoa and enjoy the journey.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Veronica Morfi on Oct. 20, 2011 :
Jack Frost is well...Jack Frost. He works in the North Pole along with Santa Claus and North Wind and everyone else, making Christmas happen, but there's one special thing about him. Jack hates Christmas. He even tries to destroy them from time to time and when he gets his final notice from St.Nick, who os dying to expel him, he decides to try his last plan. But when the North Pole gets an anexpected visitor, Clara Claus, Stanta's grand-daughter, Jack thinks he should make her the tool of his revenge.

The book is very emotional, there is not so much action, but mostly things are happening inside Jack's and Clara's heads. They are both expiriencing things for the first time and they change along the way. Even if they are complitely different they both remind me a part of myself which helped me connect with them and care about them.

My favourite character was North, Jack's friend. He was so mystirious and different from any real person that made me all the more curious. I got the feeling that he always knew everything that was going on.

The things I didn't like are that the book is small and everything happens in a week time, so it felt like everything was happening too fast. I'd like it more if Jack had more time to be his usual 'hating-xmas' self and get to know Clara more slowly. Another was the ending...I am not really sure but I got the feeling that there was more to the story. There were a few lines that indicated that. And then I read at the Author's note that there was supposed to be a sequel. Supposed to be? What's that all about? I want the sequel!

To conclude, the book is a great, fast read and it's perfect for christmas!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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