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  • Paperback
  • 377 pages
  • My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Romanian
  • 02 August 2019

10 thoughts on “My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

  1. says:

    Ratings for each of the stories Midnights by Rainbow Rowell 4 5The Lady and The Fox by Kelly Link 1 5Angels In The Snow by Matt de la Pe a 3 5Polaris Is Where You ll Find Me by Jenny Han 5 5 loved how quirky this one was It s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 4 5Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan 3 5Krampuslauf by Holly Black 1 5 skimmed this one _ What The Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth by Gayle Forman 5 5Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire 1 5 didn t finish this one Welcome To Christmas, CA by Kiersten White 4 5Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter 3 5The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer by Laini Taylor 3 5


  2. says:

    Like almost all short story collections by various authors, this one is a mixed bag of hidden gems and ones I didn t even finish If you d asked me beforehand to name a list of YA authors that I d like to appear in a short story collection, many of the ones here would have made that list Stephanie Perkins, Laini Taylor, Holly Black, Gayle Forman, David Levithan and maybe Rainbow Rowell I like but don t love her books Then if you d asked me what kind of short story collection I d like to have from these favourites of mine, you would have got all kinds of weird and wonderful suggestions from me but a collection of holiday themed romances would never have occurred to me as something enjoyable I m not much of a romantic or a Christmas person, to be honest I m of a Halloween type of girl and all the genres that could possibly go with it But I did get some really nice surprises here I m not sure it s worth buying the entire collection but it would be sad for you to miss out on the better ones And it is a pleasingly diverse set of stories, filled with people of all races, ethnicities, religions and sexualities thumbs up Personally, I think this book starts and ends with the two best stories, from Rainbow Rowell and Laini Taylor respectively Taylor s work came as no surprise but I didn t see Rowell s tale coming She really hit me where it hurts in a good way The story made me sit up and take notice in a collection that I wasn t sure would be my thing I m not going to review every single story properly because some didn t pique my interest and some I skim read, but here s what I thought Midnights by Rainbow Rowell 5 5This was my favourite story and it probably wasn t a good idea for it to appear first because so many that followed received unfair comparisons with it It tells the story of the midnight countdown on New Year s Eve over several years, revisiting the same characters in a non chronological order and slowly filling in the blanks on their personalities and relationship It amazed me how much I fell in love with the two protagonists, how well developed their characters were in so short an amount of time and pages You re a kaleidoscope You change every time I look away It was a funny, sweet, wonderful little story With a hint of melancholy, as all the best New Year stories should be There s something really sad about the possibility of the new and moving on and becoming someone else, not being who you once were Rowell captures that hint of fear people have about growing up and everyone they once knew changing around them The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link 2 5This was one I didn t read properly It started well and had an intriguing premise but I grew bored Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena 3 5I really liked the idea of this one and my only real problem with it was that I didn t like the female love interest It was refreshing to see a YA romance told from a male perspective and I liked the subtle exploration of race and racial stereotyping that existed without overtaking the main story It s about a guy who is house sitting for his boss over the Christmas period and is slowly starving in a house with no food he is broke An encounter with his pretty neighbor sparks an interesting and unlikely relationship that is built up through the telling of stories Indulging and tidbits about each others lives, the two grow closer But how much of what they tell each other is the truth Polaris is Where You ll Find Me by Jenny Han 2 5It must just be something about Jenny Han s writing style that doesn t agree with me because I ve been unable to like any of her books I started to skim read this story and I can t actually remember what it s about Hence, no real review Oh well It s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 4 5I m really not surprised that Perkins delivered It was her name that I saw first on this collection and I added it immediately before checking out who else was included Her stories are always so cute and sweet, but without too much of the cheesy This one is no exception.Unlike Rowell s story that deals with a relationship over the period of several years Perkins tells us a love story that takes place over just a few hours And it is surprisingly effective She builds instantly likable characters and uses her gift for dialogue to convince you to root for the two protagonists even after such a short amount of time It is one of the feel good, enjoyable stories in here, but it also deals with anxieties about the future and the expectations other people have of you Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan no ratingI didn t read far enough with this one because I felt no connection to the characters, which is why I m not leaving a rating or review I m extremely pleased that an LGBT romance was included in the collection, I know some romance collection publishers in the past have been douches about it, but I wasn t grabbed by the story As much as I have enjoyed Levithan s work in the past, most of his recent stuff hasn t really worked for me Krampuslauf by Holly Black no ratingSometimes I love Holly Black so much that I get pulled in and completely addicted to her stories And sometimes her style does nothing for me This time was the latter Didn t finish What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth by Gayle Forman 3 5This story is about a Jewish girl who moves to college in a small, very Christian place where she feels like a complete outsider There she meets a black boy who is equally treated like an outsider and these two big city small town misfits find something important in each other I liked it okay.The characters were interesting enough that I read to the end and enjoyed reading about their relationship However, I think the story was built up solely around addressing racial and religious stereotypes, which I agree is important, but here it overshadowed everything else that happened Most of the dialogue was made up of the two protagonists discussing the way other people saw them in this new town I understand the idea about outsiders coming together, but I got the impression that these two got together simply because she was Jewish and he was black Plus, the ending got a little too cheesy for me Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire no ratingI didn t read this one Someone tell me if it s good and I ll go try it Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White 3 5White is not one of my favourite authors I ve tried a bunch of her books and never been able to get into them or understand the hype So I didn t have much hope for this one, but I tried it and it was better than expected Unlike most of the authors in this collection, White goes with a quirky, funny style that was easy to digest and enjoyable The characters weren t as memorable as some of the others, but I did get a few laughs from it Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter no ratingI didn t try reading this one either because it just didn t appeal to me Feel free to let me know if it s good The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 5 5 sigh And finally Laini Taylor is so reliably, consistently good in her storytelling and her beautiful, evocative language In a collection full of contemporaries, she manages to take us into her own fantasy world and breathe some magic and wonderful prose into the holiday season All evening long, real snow would fall from the ceiling to glitter on the lashes of dancing girls and ardent boys, but Neve and the Dreamer didn t linger They had other things to do all of them All the things, dreamed and undreamed, in the depth and breadth of the whole spinning world.Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr


  3. says:

    OKAY, LET S ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THIS COVER time to enjoy people who haven t read Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor probably won t know the mentioned characters down belowSo about a month ago Stephanie tweeted thisYAAAAAAAAAAY So obviously when I saw the cover and the couples I started searching for Zuzana and Mik but then I stumbled upon thisWait, is that. No, it can t be. Can it But it s THEM IT S ZIRI AND LIRAZ IT S LUCKY ZIRI AND BADASS LIRAZ IT HAS TO BE.And now all we can do is wait emotion twirling EDIT 30.8.2014.Sadly I was wrong The story is not about Ziraz, instead it s about Neve Ellaquin, The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer.


  4. says:

    FINALLY DONE THIS BABY.My individual ratings Midnights by Rainbow Rowell 5 5The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link 1 5 couldn t even finish it Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena 4.5 5Polaris is Where You ll Find Me by Jenny Han 4 5It s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 5 5Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan 3 5Krampuslauf by Holly Black 2 5What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth by Gayle Forman 5 5Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire 3 5Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White 5 5Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter 4 5The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 1 5 I just couldn t do it Was not interested in the slightest so my overall rating is a 3.5


  5. says:

    I ll be rating each short story separately So far I ve read Midnights by Rainbow Rowell 5 starsSo cute and adorable Rainbow is the main reason I wanted to read this book The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link 4 starsI really liked this story It was intriguing and beautiful, but it also was a little confusing Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pe a 3.5 starsThis was cute and a little sad, there was a part when I wanted to cry Polaris is where you ll find me by Jenny Han 4.5 starsI loved this one It was cute and really original When I finished reading it I was like NO I WANT MORE Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan 3.5 starsAnother cute story, I really liked how the main character cared for his boyfriend The ending made me kind of uneasy, but it was still lovely It s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 5 starsThis is my favorite story of the whole book I fell in love with the characters and their relationship development, and that s not an easy task with a story this short I was smiling the whole time while I was reading it A lovely, lovely story Krampuslauf by Holly Black 3.5 starsThis one was fine, I really enjoyed it It was original and interesting Also, I identified a little with the narrator What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth by Gayle Forman 2.5 starsI love Gayle Forman but I don t know, this story just wasn t for me The writing was beautiful, but I couldn t connect with the characters Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra Mcentire 3 starsIt was okay, somewhat funny and cute I really liked Gracie s dad, the pastor, he was too sweet Star of Bethlehem por Ally Carter 3 starsI think this one didn t work quite well as a short story, the characters needed background explanation, but nevertheless, it was a nice read Heartwarming and original Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White 5 starsA beautiful story I loved everything about it It was so, so heartwarming and lovely I almost cried because I was in awe, with a big smile on my face I wish I could read about these characters The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 3 stars.This one disappointed me a little, I was eager to read it because it was from Laini and I didn t enjoyed it as much as I thought I would Maybe it was because there was almost NO dialogue Just paragraphs and paragraphs and paragraphs and NO interaction with anyone It was a tedious read for me I liked that it was REALLY magical and whimsical.


  6. says:

    But people don t need to remember how it felt to be happy and safe in the past They need to have hope that they can get there again in the future 3,6 5 stars average rating of all 12 short stories So while Laini Taylor s short story was stunningly beautiful and magical, there were others that really surprised me as well.I ve never read anything by Matt de la Pena and I must say I really loved Angels in the Snow Same thing applies to Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White.Of course, as always, it was a pleasure to read something new by Rainbow Rowell once again.I expected of David Levithan, was kind of weirded out by Krampuslauf by Holly Black, and Kelly Link couldn t satisfy me at all.To say the least, it was a nice collection of stories by awesome authors, but I still prefer whole novels to short stories.Find of my books on Instagram


  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book overall I don t read lots of books like this though I don t know if I ever have before actually but it WAS really strange to be reading a story that you LOVE then go on to read a mediocre story Below I ve listed my individual star ratings Midnights by Rainbow Rowell 5 5 LOVED this The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link 1 5 This was so weird and random Especially after reading Midnights Angels in the Snow by Matt de la Pena 4 5 KITTY This was good I really enjoyed the writing I felt so bad for Shy Polaris is Where You ll Find Me by Jenny Han 5 5 Wish this one would have been longer It s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins 5 5 MY FAVORITE OF THE BOOK Loved the characters, the setting, EVERYTHING Can I have this full book now Stephanie Perkins Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan 3 5 It was okay Not too memorable Krampuslauf by Holly Black 2 5 Didn t care for this story I was honestly just skimming by the end of it What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth by Gayle Forman 4 5 Enjoyed this one But really apple pie and cheese yuck Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire 3.5 5 This was an okay story A little cheesy Enjoyed some of the pranks Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White 5 5 LOVED this Ben was such a fun character I loved the plot and was so pleasantly surprised I started to tear up Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter 5 5 Definitely wish this was longer I would read a whole book about Lydia The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 2 5 What did I just read Did this story really belong in this book


  8. says:

    loved the first couple of stories but became bit to similar for me BUT i will re try this christmas again


  9. says:

    April 30, 2014 When I first saw this


  10. says:

    I ll update with individual ratings for each of the stories tomorrow


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