Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
An Impish Christmas: A Young Adult Holiday Rom Com by Angel Leya is part of the Shifter Academy world and is set a year after the Siren Prophecy series. It’s Christmas and Kenzie couldn’t be more excited. Too bad no one else is. Not even her boyfriend Wes. She’s made a place for herself at the Academy with amazing friends and a charming boyfriend, even if the mer make it clear they don’t want her around. Since no one else is stepping up to help her whip the school into the Christmas shape, she decides to do a spell to give herself a little help. That’s when everything goes awry and suddenly Santa’s little helper is a menace that seems to have it in for her. When a handsome mer offers to help her bring the Christmas cheer and to do a little imp hunting, her boyfriend gets all the wrong ideas and Kenzie finds herself in the middle of a love triangle.
Angel Leya delivers a fun read that has humor, romance, friendship, and plenty of holiday spirit. This story is far from a traditional Christmas tale as Brown weaves in the menace of an imp causing mischief and a handsome mer vying for Kenzie's attention. Brown adds a love triangle that weaves elements of a romantic comedy, providing conflict for her love life and a playful connection to explore. The love triangle provides conflict with Wes, who doesn’t exactly approve of the friendship or trust the mer’s motives, but it also allows for Kenzie to explore her feelings and to understand what she wants in a relationship.
The imp is a little menace targeting her with Christmas-themed hijinks that include cookie fights, vandalized decorations, and plenty of rhyming taunts. These moments cause her frustration and near expulsion but also provide humor throughout as Brown has a nice wit in the writing that will no doubt have you laughing. An Impish Christmas is a chaotic and funny treat that is a perfect read for the holidays as it has charm, romance, comedy, and a mischievous little imp.