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The 12 Days of Hipster

(The Avona Tales #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  125 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Sequel to Bowl Full of Cherries

Last Christmas, Tyler Lang accidentally accepted David Griffith’s invitation for dinner. Yes, it was an accident. See, hipster (don’t call him that!) Tyler doesn’t date guys, and even if he did, he certainly doesn’t date jocks. A rude and hasty exit right when the date was getting good left things awkward between them.

David Griffith isn’t rea
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 19th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 2016)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

I've been looking forward to this book ever since Bowl Full of Cherries came out in 2014. I was REALLY excited about the concept of the story.I mean, a pretentious hipster in denial about his bisexuality and a smitten jock? Sounded amazing! But while this story had some very good parts, it also frustrated me a great deal.

I'll just jump right in and start talking about my issues. For one, I absolutely hate more than two point of views in a story, especially a romance. I'm of the opini
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I'm happy to have finished this. There were times I thought it might be a DNF. I didn't "get" Tyler and, frankly, I didn't like him at all. Apparently, hipsters aren't my thing. The romance took way to long to start, and there was much too much about the other couple, Rell and Crowley, who were featured in book one. The thing is that those who recently read that book, Bowl Full of Cherries, would likely enjoy this one, but it's not promoted as their book so they should be secondary and they took ...more
Serena Yates
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, holiday, read-2016
The first book of this series, ‘A Bowl Full of Cherries’, had Tyler’s best friend, Crowly, pair up with Tyler’s twin brother, Rell. And what a funny and snarky and utterly sweet romance that turned out to be. Now it seems that it’s Tyler’s turn, and with his reluctance to admit that he is interested in guys, yet having accepted an invitation to dinner from David only to choose a cowardly escape at the last moment, this next part of their story was certain to be entertaining, if not hilarious. An ...more
A.M. Leibowitz
This is a sequel to one of my all-time favorite books, Bowl Full of Cherries. I will admit, I was a tiny bit hesitant that it might not be as good. I read the blurb and thought it sounded kind of like a gay-for-you, which is generally not my cup of tea. But since I'd enjoyed the first book, and it's by one of my very favorite authors, I went ahead and read it.

Let me tell you, if you're looking for a very typical gay-for-you, this is not that book, and you should go read a different one. But if y
This book was so funny! I loved A Bowl Full of Cherries, the first in this series featuring the twin and best friend of this book's MC, Tyler, and this follow up did not disappoint.

Tyler is the kind of MC you love to hate but love at the same time. A hipster who does everything he can to avoid being labelled a hipster, except, you know, actually not being a hipster. He's ironic without realising it. He is spoilt and whiny and an utter pain in the arse... but I love him. I really do. Mainly becau
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this but I couldn't...

My main complaints

1) Tyler is an asshole. Honestly, he's WAY too pretentious, rude, childish, judgy, full of prejudice, and narrow minded. He turned me off so much right off the bat that I really could not get into his character. He was so obsessed with labelling and pigeonholing David. I also wasn't expecting the hipster thing to be so annoying, but God, I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. We get it Tyler, you're not mainstream; move the fuck on....

3.5 Stars.

I came across Raine O'Tierney's writing recently and I am now a big fan.

This is a fun and funny romance. David is a simple wonderful hero in terms of his pursuit of Tyler. He has some family issues to work out and those could be more developed but as a man who knows his mind and loves the hipster mess that is Tyler, he is great,

Tyler is annoying and hyper self observant and unobservant at the same time. The hipster obsession are lovingly detailed and the music stuff and hobbies are su
I have a special place in my heart for O'Tierney's romance books. She always supplies the fluff and happy endings, which we all need a little more of these days. Her writing might be tooth-achingly sweet, but you never get to that cavity zone.

This book is a sequel to and a POV shift away from Bowl Full of Cherries, which I very much enjoyed. This isn't quite as good as the first book, but it is still a solid read. David and Tyler's story caught my attention right away (enough to dive into this
Jor Barrie
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I really love this book; it's so funny!

I love the obnoxious Tyler, who lives completely in his head and has rules about everything, including whom he should date.
Tyler likes girls, so he does not date guys. Especially not extremely handsome jocks 'without two brain cells to rub together'. Yet somehow he 'accidentally' accepts a date with David...

David: ''Tyler, look man, I like you. But if you don't want to be here, you should go. You'll have to take your hand back, though.''
Tyler looked down.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, holiday-season
sweet and funny and cute-I wanted more!
Lelyana's Reviews
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, arc, dsp, holiday, mm

I didn't read the first book of this series, tried to catch up with the earlier MCs, but failed.
I have a little problem with the writing style. I guess this one is not my cuppa, sadly.
Sadly I have to do some skimming through the (too much) conversation I didn't understand. So, I guess it's me not you, book.

More thoughts to follow.

*ARC was given by publisher, in exchange of an honest review.*
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea, but the execution didn't do the idea justice. Truthfully, I was more interested in David's organic store rather than his love life *LOL* Anyway, this was just light holiday story with idiot MCs (yes, they're both idiot, especially after their daddy issues were revealed) and characters from the previous book.
I'm gonna come back to this one... Tyler is hard for me to like right now.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Reviewed on The Blogger Girls

3.5 stars

Tyler Lang might be a hipster (even if he hates the word) but he’s very adamant that he’s not gay. Unfortunately, the fact he can’t stop thinking about David, a certain jock, really irks him. I mean he can’t be gay because that would be so hipster. When he accidentally agrees to a date with David and then runs half way through the date, he thought that was the end of that but fate has other things in mind. David’s just starting to get his life in order, runn
Crystal Marie
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
12 Days of Hipster by Raine O’Tierney is a contemporary, holiday second-chance romance. Tyler Lang bailed on his date with David Griffith last year, and yet, David can’t get Tyler off of his mind. Their inexplicable bond is tested through family trials on both sides.

12 Days of Hipster is a well-written romantic story. In the beginning, I was not a fan of Tyler. He was portrayed as a self-important jerk, who wasn’t mature enough to appreciate someone as hardworking as David. However, after they g
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue review

Rating 5 stars out of 5

For the full review, visit on 12/19

From that review "Wow, how did I miss this series from Raine O'Tierney? The 12 Days of Hipster is the second story in The Avona Tales and now I'm playing catchup because I love, loved this book! Not only did the author give me one of the most enjoyable tales this December but she also introduced this fellow Christmas music "whore" to the wonderful lyrics and melodies o
Rita C
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked David, but Tyler was hard to take. And we got to see more of Crowley and Rell, which was cool. Once again Crowley is the likeable one, and Rell can be challenging at times. Basically Tyler and Rell are exhausting at least half the time.
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Theodora IK
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5 Stars!

One of the funniest books I've read all year, I am in love with 12 Days of Hipster and, honestly, I was sad to see it end.

Tyler Lang hates to be called a hipster. So what if he only drinks microbrews, listens to indie music live or on vinyl, wears skinny jeans, suspenders and infinity scarves? It's cool and it's him. So, of course, it was an accident when he accepted a date with "Jock" David Griffith. For one thing, Tyler isn't gay (or at least he doesn't think he is) but more important
This was an enjoyable sequel to Bowl Full of Cherries, focusing on Tyler, Rell's hipster twin brother. Previous to Bowl Full of Cherries, David had asked Tyler out on a date that had ended with Tyler freaking out and leaving via the fire escape. Fast forward a year, and Tyler's life is now filled with Rell and Crowley living in the apartment with him and fate jumping in to insure that David keeps popping up unexpectedly in his life.

David is a gem. He is kind, understanding, and oh so patient. H
Morgan  Skye
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(Buddy Review with my bud Lin!)
MS: I was o psyched to see this sequel! I’m a big fan of Bowl Full of Cherries ( It hit all the right notes for me and was such a sweet and funny book. This is the sequel, and though it can probably be read alone so much would be lost without having read book one. Lin, what do you think? Can it be read alone?

LIN : Probably, but it’s better if you’ve read Bowl full of Cherries first. I loved catching up with Crowley and Rell!
4.5 stars

Synopsis: Tyler doesn't like chain stores, or mainstream music, or jocks. And he's not gay. He accidentally accepts a date from a jock, David, and then, after a kiss, flees out the fire escape. It's a year later, and Tyler's best friend/roomie and Tyler's brother are moving to their own apartment, and Tyler has to find a new place to live. He also has to find a job, because he got fired from his last one. Add to that the fact that he seems to run in to David everywhere he goes, and Tyle
Heather Martin
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

The 12 Days of Hipster is Book 2 in The Avona Tales series where we learn more about Tyler. Tyler, Crowley and Averell are all sharing a small apartment. Crowley and Averell are a big part of this book, so I would definitely recommend reading the series in the appropriate order.

Tyler is every personification of hipster that anyone has ever thought of
4.5 stars- Weirdly awesome

". . .All right now I'm being a liar. I like you. Serious present tense. I think your facial hair looks ridiculous and you smell weird-"
"Hey now."
" I can't help it. I have no idea what that cologne is but it's dreadful."
"I got it at a vintage shop."
"It's turned, bro"

The best way I can sum up this holiday read is quirky. There were times I thought it clung too much to the clichés it was making light of (holidays and hipsters mainly), but then I found myself smiling
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 I really like Rell but that probably doesn't count since this isn't really his book. The MCs of this book are mostly likeable and I enjoy visiting with all of them, including secondary characters again. I was looking forward to this book for over a year so maybe I had my expectations too high. The one thing that bugged me and pulled me out of the story is that logically I knew this was supposed to be set in NY but it felt like it would have been more realistically set in Europe, I'm not sure ...more
Feb 13, 2017 added it
2 stars

I Liked the first one better in The Avona Tales
I Loved David but I had trouble with even liking Tyler I just didn't understand why David was attracted to him in the first place.
I really had to struggle to finish this one.
It felt more a continue of Owl and Rell's story mixed with the beginning of David's&Tyler's .
I really wanted to like it but I guess this one was just not for me.
Ki Brightly
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to do a big review on this book, only because I read it about a week ago and now I'm not in the best position to do that, but here goes.

Great, interesting characters! I wanted to read about Tyler, basically since Bowl Full of Cherries. I even think he's more interesting than Rell, when it gets right down to it. He has layers and stuff.

Fun, engaging story, and a slow burn to end all slow burns...there is literally a year collapsed between the first and second date.

Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, m-m, funny
Well, after reading and loving Bowl Full of Cherries I was excited to read Tyler's story! Unfortunately, I didn't love it. I loved David, but I never really warmed up to Tyler in this story. I loved catching up with Rell and Crowley, but I think there was too much of them and not enough David and Tyler. The epilogue was much needed since they (view spoiler) but I have no idea how far into the future it takes place.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The 2nd book in the series - you don't have to read the first one (I guess) but you really should as it explains a lot of things and the characters are all intertwined and wonderful. Definitely on my holiday-to-be-read-again list! (Although they are so "feel good" and funny you could read them at any time.)
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