Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me by Various

Posted November 9, 2015 by Kara in book review, Kara / 3 Comments

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me by VariousMy True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White
on October 14th 2014
Genres: young adult, contemporary, fantasy
Pages: 321
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars

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.

This is a great story collection! Some stories were better than others. and my ratings ran from high to low, but there is definitely something here for everyone. Some of the stories put you in the mood for Christmas more than others, and there were a couple that didn’t even really feel like holiday stories. But regardless of all that, this is an anthology that’s definitely worth reading. It helps to read it near the holidays, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessary.

Individual ratings and short reviews for each story follow.

Border Leaf

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

5 Stars – Honestly, this was just perfect. It reminded me of innocence, first love, and being young again. The character development and chemistry was excellent for a short story. It was sweet and romantic.

The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link

4 Stars – A completely different tone and departure from the first story. Not everyone is going to like this one, I can tell. For me, though, it was captivating. It was atmospheric, unsettling, and had an ending that surprised me a bit. The fantasy elements don’t have a logical solution, and you don’t get one at the end. But it was strange, haunting, and wonderful.

Angels In the Snow by Matt de La Pena

3.5 Stars  I didn’t like this one as much. The writing was great, but I didn’t really feel an emotional connection to the story. Plus, cheating. But it was still really vivid and engaging.

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han

2.5 Stars – I didn’t like this one at all at first. Then I got into it, finished it, and now my response is, “That’s it? This is how it fucking ends? UGH.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins

5 Stars – I wasn’t sure if I was going to like at first. But….it was adorable and sweet, and man does Stephanie Perkins ROCK at dialogue! This is definitely my favorite story in here, right next to Rainbow Rowell’s so far.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan

2.5 stars – Meh. What was the point of this story, exactly? There was no real plot. I appreciate that there was a LGBTQIA story in here, but it just fell really flat for me. It didn’t feel fleshed out, I didn’t understand why the sister was so angry, there was just no point to this one. Meh. Decent writing, but that’s about it.

Krampuslauf by Holly Black

3 stars – This was just…weird. There’s no denying Holly Black can write, but I just didn’t expect the story to take the turn it did. I was along for the ride, and then it lost me. I was not convinced and suspension of disbelief didn’t happen. There were things I liked: the three girls, the party, the revenge on Roth, but the rest…not for me.

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman

3 stars – I appreciate the diversity, and the inclusion of a Hannukah story, but once again, I felt no connection to the characters. And to be honest, this one was a little boring.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire

3.5 stars – Fun humor, witty, and the chemistry worked really well. This one is kind of unmemorable though. Though since it was about a Christmas pageant, I am surprised I liked it as much as I did.

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White

4 stars  This was adorable! Whimsical! And the perfect story to get me into the Christmas spirit. I loved all the delightful holiday touches, and the fact that it took place in a place called Christmas, in a diner with holiday decorations, was just the icing on the cake. Cute romance, but the romance was definitely not the main focus, which I ALSO loved.

The Last Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter

1.5 stars  I didn’t like this one at ALL. The beginning grabbed me immediately and that’s why I gave it a half star. But the rest of it? Ugh. No character development. a romance between two characters that had no chemistry and they had like ONE scene together, and the plot was utterly ridiculous. There’s just no way that anything like that could happen and the author didn’t convince me it COULD happen. FAIL.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

4 stars – This one was actually wonderful, and as much as I want to give it five stars, I don’t think I can. You see, Laini Taylor’s writing is lush and descriptive and I have a feeling it is far better suited for novel form than short story. Too bad this one WASN’T expanded into a novel. I’d love to see the lore explored further.

Kara Sig Plant

3 responses to “Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me by Various

  1. If you had given Laini Taylor anything less than 3 stars, we were no longer going to be friends (kidding….maybe).

    Ally Carter’s story was freaking horrible. I almost stopped the damn book because of that one. It was like…..REALLY? REALLY Mary Sue Snowflake much???

    Stephanie Perkins won me back over with her story. It was the perfect length, the perfect set up, and I totally shipped the hell out of that one. It was one of my favorites, surprisingly!
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