Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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

Synopsis: "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. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love."

Title: My True Love Gave to Me
Series: None
Genre: Romance, Some Fantasy
Ages: 12+
Pages: 336
My Rating: 3 stars
One Word: Diverse
Fave Quote: N/A


So my sister always knows what I want for Christmas, and last year, after I've been thinking about reading this book, she gave it to me as a present. I was ecstatic of course, but I knew I had to wait until next year in order to really get the Holiday feel when I read it. Now a year later I finally finished it!

There's always a problem with short story books, however, because they are always compiled of mostly average stories with some really good or just awful ones in between.

"Midnights" Rainbow Rowell
Rating: 4 stars
Cute, light, and very easy read. It was a great start to the book and hooked me in for the rest of the novel.However, Noel got on my nerves.

"The Lady and the Fox" Kelly Link
Rating: 2 stars
This story just got me so confused. It was a very...different story and its ideas were scattered everywhere. The ending was just over dramatized, and-I'm sorry I just can't deal with stories that seem realistic but have a weird fantastical twist that this one had. The romance was also written pretty awfully, sorry.

"Angels in the Snow" Matt De La Pena
Rating: 2 stars
I didn't like this story either as it was just not realistic at all. Who would be so cruel as to ask someone to cat sit over Christmas break, and not have any food in their fridge? The main girl in the story was annoying af too.

"Polaris is Where You'll Find Me" Jenny Han
Rating:4 stars
The storyline is very creative (claps to Jenny Han), but the main character was very bland and had no emotion at all.

"It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown" Stephanie Perkins
Rating: 4 stars
Thought it was a cute YA rom-com story, the romance part was a little awkward and definitely not realistic (I know it doesn't have to be realistic obviously, but I just couldn't relate.)

"Your Temporary Santa" David Levithan
Rating: 1 star
Didn't even make sense. People just kept randomly popping up and I'm still not even sure if the family knew they were dating...??

"Krampuslauf" Holly Black
Rating: 3 stars
Started out really good with a solid main character...and then just turned weird fast with the whole fantastical element. It was a similar weird twist to "The Lady and the Fox"

"What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?" Gayle Forman
Rating: 5 stars
Was cute and adventurous, main character was very realistic and I could totally relate to her (despite the fact that I'm not Jewish).

"Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus" Myra McEntire
Rating: 4 stars
Was a relatively cute story. I enjoyed the main character, except some parts of the story seemed too fast paced or convenient for the main character if you know what I mean.

"Welcome to Christmas, CA" Kiersten White
Rating: 5 stars
I never liked White's Mind Games novel, however this short story was the best. Main character was funny and could handle her own, and story was built perfectly.

"Star of Bethlehem" Ally Carter
Rating: 3 stars
Was cute, but the romance part sped up wayyy to quickly, and the story overall just didn't flow too well. There were some funny parts though.

"The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer" Laini Taylor
Rating: 3 stars
I usually love Taylor's writing but for some reason this story wasn't that good. Maybe it was the fact that I just wanted to get the book over with or the fact that I was not expecting a story that fantastical. Her writing is always beautiful, though so it had to get at least 3 stars.

Well, there you have it. I'm rushing through this review because I'm on vacation and am antsy to get outside to the warm weather, but I think you get the gist of my review :). It feels like I give every book with short stories 3 stars just because the stories are so diverse and all receive different ratings.

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