Review: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: October 9th, 2014
Series: N/A
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
Genre(s): Anthology, Christmas, Contemporary Romance, New Years
Synopsis from Goodreads:

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

my rambles

As this is an anthology with twelve different stories and authors, I’ll be writing a few sentences on each to share my thoughts with you! I’ll give a rating to each story and then an overall rating at the end.


“Midnights” by Rainbow Rowell
This was such a great story to start out the book with. Rainbow Rowell’s story was cute, and everything that she is known for. I immediately loved the characters, and I didn’t want this story to end. But when it did, I was left smiling in true Rainbow Rowell fashion.

“The Lady and the Fox” by Kelly Link
I had never heard of Kelly Link before reading this story, and while I liked it, her writing was a little hard to love. This was a fantasy-romance story stuck amongst a book full of contemporary, so there was something magical and dreamlike about it. Still, I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters. But it definitely has a magical Christmas feel to it.

“Angels in the Snow” by Matt de la Peña
I had never read any of Matt de la Peña’s work before, but I did really like this story. It was cute, but a little predictable. There was drama, and things progressed pretty quickly, but I still really enjoyed it!

“Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me” by Jenny Han
I was really disappointed with this story. I love Jenny Han — I’m obsessed with pretty much all of her books. Her story was so short, and while it was cute, I just wasn’t feeling it. I was hoping and expecting a romance that would make me all swoony but I didn’t get that at all with this one, unfortunately. 😦

“It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” by Stephanie Perkins
While I was really looking forward to Jenny Han’s story, Stephanie Perkins was the one that I was oh so eager to get to. And all I can say is asdfghjkl. This. Story. I would be so happy if it continued on for a full length book because: A. The characters were so awkward and wonderful and NORTH. He was so SWOONY. and B. I liked this story just as I liked Anna & Etienne and Lola & Cricket and Isla & Josh. So I guess this is kind of like me begging Stephanie Perkins to continue writing their story as a full length book? Please, and thank you.

“Your Temporary Santa” by David Levithan
After everything I’ve heard about how David Levithan is such an amazing author, I can say I was extremely let down by this story. It was cute, but it didn’t really have a beginning-middle-end thing going on. I didn’t see the progression or point. Cute, but definitely my least favorite so far.

“Krampuslauf” by Holly Black
Another disappointing story, although I wasn’t expecting Holly Black’s writing to be anything like an ordinary holiday romance. This story was strange, but I kind of liked it! Definitely not a story you’d expect to see in a holiday anthology, but it was unique and spiced things up a bit.

“What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?” by Gayle Forman
I really enjoyed this one! Having never read Gayle Forman’s writing before I really liked it and her characters. It wasn’t my favorite, but one of the stories from the book that I particularly enjoyed!

“Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus” by Myra McEntire
This was another really cute story! I love Myra McEntire, but have never read anything of the contemporary genre from her, so this was a pleasant surprise! The characters were cute and it was one of those opposites attract stories that you can’t help but love.

“Welcome to Christmas, CA” by Kiersten White
This story was really heartwarming and very holiday-ish. That’s all I can really say about it! Very cute.

“Star of Bethlehem” by Ally Carter
I would have to put this story right up there with some of my other favorites from the anthology! And the ending was so hopeful for the holidays, I just couldn’t help but love it! And Ethan = SWOON. I’m definitely eager to check out more of Ally Carter’s books after EVERYONE has been telling me they’re so fun!

“The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer” by Lani Taylor
This one wasn’t a very holiday-ish story either, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very magical and fantastical — could easily be freestanding.

OVERALL:
A wonderful collection of holiday stories from such wonderful authors, that will be sure to entertain and fill your heart with holiday delight!

xo

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Top Ten Books for Wary Contemporary Readers

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.


The way I gush about some of the contemporary books that I’ve read while blogging here you probably wouldn’t believe that I’m a “wary” contemporary reader. I used to hate it, but here are some of the books that I read that changed my mind.

The Serious Stuff

   

  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher [REVIEW] – About a girl who is kidnapped but grows conflicting feelings for her captor. Is sure to bring on the feels and get your mind going about these twisty emotions.
  • We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt [REVIEW] – Siblings and inappropriate relationships…
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – The first serious contemporary book I read, and you’ve probably read it too.
  • All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry – Could be shelved in various different genres, but contemporary is definitely one of them. A beautiful and moving book that’s a perfect gateway into the “serious” contemporary genre.

The Cutes-y Romance

   

  •  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Every nerdy book-lover and writer will relate to Cath and fall in love right along with her!
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – If you’ve been following this blog for even a little bit you’ll know my love of Jenny Han’s books. This is the first contemporary book I’ve ever read and it will definitely turn you into a lover of this genre.
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – I think of Jennifer E. Smith as the queen of cliché. Don’t go into her books expecting deep contemporaries. They’re the perfect adorable, cute romances that will send you on a little trip, too.
  • On the Fence by Kasie West [REVIEW] – Although I haven’t read any of Kasie West’s parallel world books, I ADORE her contemporaries. If you’ve read her other books than you should definitely check out On the Fence and her other contemp book The Distance Between Us. SO. CUTE.

Fun, Fun, Fun

  

  • Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer – There’s an adorable romance, but there’s also topics like breaking through the stereotype of being a “smart” girl.
  • The Innocents by Lili Peloquin & The Lying Game by Sara Shepard – Both are also mysteries, so if you’re worried about diving all the way in and like a little bit of thrilling and puzzling fun, these are your books!

What books you suggest to wary contemporary genre readers?

xo, emily

Top [Eight] Books with Great Friendships

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top [Eight] Books with Great Friendships

Lately in YA there aren’t a ton of books focusing on just friendships. I think there should definitely be more out there. Romance is slipped into almost every place possible so I found this week’s topic to be a challenge. I changed it a little to fit my needs.

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