Release Date: October 9th, 2014
Genres: YA, Romance, Anthology
Source: Bought it
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A collection of joyful festive stories that will keep you warm during the cold winter months.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.
Last year in January (2015) I made a plan to read one short story per month from this anthology/collection/book-thingy (seeing as there were 12 stories and I thought that would be cool (it’s really not)) And, like most of my other plans, it totally failed. So here I am in January 2016 reading my way through the last bunch of stories all in one go because damn, this book has been sitting on my bedside table for long enough. Anyway, I ended up loving some of the stories, and downright disliked some too. Here are just my brief thoughts:
Midnights by Rainbow Rowell | ★★★★★
I DIED OF CUTE. It’s a beautifully told story, with a hint of sadness and a lot of adorable banter, and I absolutely loved the way it unraveled. She managed to create such authentic characters in just a handful of pages – I SHIP MAGS & NOEL
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link | ★
Whelp, that escalated quickly. Probably not the best story to follow right after Rowell’s, tbh. I did love the concept but I soon got confused and ended up skimming the last few pages, unfortunately. 🙁 Was that just me? o.o
Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Peña | ★★★ and a half
This one was really cute! To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance but I love how much the author managed to pack into just a few pages. Definitely will be checking out his other work!
Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han | ★★
Soooo definitely not my favourite thing I’ve read by Ms. Han. I loved how creative this one was but the romance didn’t feel real at all, and it was basically an attempted love triangle in the matter of 20-30 pages. Wanted to love this one but just couldn’t.
It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins | ★★★★
YAAAAAAAAAS!! This is a ‘love story’ that spans over just a couple of hours and well, Perkins pulled it off perfectly that made it seem so natural and non instant-lovey. This little story made me realise how much I’ve missed this author’s books! Perhaps it’s time for a reread of Lola and the Boy Next Door (aka my favourite novel of hers)!
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan | ★★
Meeeeeh… I really wanted to love this one (and yay for LGBTQ characters!) but I just wasn’t invested in the characters. There isn’t much of a romance in there. Sure, a guy dresses up as Santa for his boyfriend’s sister, and it’s cute, but I wanted to see them actually together as well.
Krampuslauf by Holly Black | DNF
I read 3 pages and gave up ._. Maybe I just wasn’t feeling it at the time? I might get back to this one later but I couldn’t get into this one at all.
What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? | ★★ and a half
Definitely some great themes going on here but I just didn’t feel really invested in the story. The dialogue was a highlight and felt realistic, even though I didn’t really like Sophie initially (I don’t even know why). Ending was a little bit too much on the cheesy side, though.
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus | ★★
I feel like I’m a black sheep for this one. I just didn’t get invested in it?
Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White | ★★★★ and a half
White’s novels have been a hit or miss with me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I absolutely adored this one! The characters are layered and three-dimensional, and I feel like I really got to know them within the couple of pages that this story was.
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter | ★★★
I wasn’t really convinced by the storyline that was presented here… but I think that this was just me? Despite that issue, I found this one to be quite enjoyable, and I loved the hanging mystery about exactly who the main character was. A fun read!
The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | ★★★★★
I’ve only read the first instalment to DoSaB and after all these years I forget how beautiful and magical Taylor’s writing is. This was a great choice to end the collection with – love, love, love.
Despite there being a few stories that I didn’t like all that much, I found My True Love Gave to Me to be a really lovely anthology. This is actually my first anthology of ever, and I must say I wanna try out some more! Do any of you have recs?
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